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Great Names for Your Norwegian Forest Cat

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As its name indicates, the Norwegian Forest cat originated in Norway. For domestic cats, the breed is very large and sturdy, although males are significantly larger than females. Their coats are insulated and protect the cats from water. They are adapted to thrive in cold environments like the forests of Norway.

Norwegian Forest cats are intelligent, friendly cats who can demand a lot of attention from their owners. A Norwegian Forest cat lives life on his own terms. He likes to choose when and how he will snuggle on your lap or by your side -- but he will snuggle. But even when not snuggling, forest cats like to stay fairly close to their owners. These cats are moderately active.

The origins of the Norwegian Forest cat is unclear, but many people believe their ancestors were first introduced in Norway over a thousand years ago by the Vikings. It is possible the short-haired cats brought by the Vikings interbred with long-haired cats introduced by the Crusaders and this cross resulted in the new breed. The breed was brought to the verge of extinction during World War II and only careful breeding programs afterward saved it.

Three Norwegian Forest cats stand guard in the snow.
Three Norwegian Forest cats stand guard in the snow. | Source

Facts About the Breed

  • The breed is called the Skogkatt in Norway

  • Adult males can weight 12-18 pounds

  • Cats have an insulated double layer water resistant coat to keep them dry in wet winter conditions.

  • The Norwegian Forest Cat was first recognized by the International Cat Association in 1984.

Some Thoughts on Naming Your Cat

There are lots of ways to go about naming your cat. Below is some food for thought when you are trying to come up with that perfect name.

  • Names Based on Fur Color and Pattern: Norwegian Forest cats appear in a large variety of colors and patterns. So you might want to think about basing your cat's name on her coloration. Names like Blaze, Dapple or Chalk might work well.
  • Names Based on Norwegian Mythology: The land of Norway has a rich mythology to draw from. You might name your cat after a Norse god or other mythological inspiration. Names like Odin, Freya, and Thor all come from Norse mythology.
  • Names Based on Personality: Norwegian Forest cats have their own, unique personalities. Get to know your new pet and you might get a great name. Some personality-based names include Owl, Serenity, and Tracker.
  • Names Based on the Northern Forest: Your cat was bred to be at home in winter forests and among splashing streams. Use this heritage to inspire a name like Snow or Oak.

Magda

Magic

Magnus

Maple

Max

Mifnight

Nanna

Nutmeg

Oak

Obsidian

Odin

Olaf

Otto

Owl

Paprika

Poppy

Pumpkin

Ragnar

Raven

River

Roar

Russet

Sable

Saga

Serenity

Shade

Sidle

Sif

Sig

Siri

Snow

Storm

Sunflower

Tawny

Thor

Toffee

Tor

Tracker

Tyr

Ulf

Val

Valkyrie

Viggo

Warrior

Whisky

Winter

Zest

Zisa


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100 Names for Your Norwegian Forest Cat

Aina

Albin

Amber

Anja

Apple

Ash

Astrid

Autumn

Baldur

Banner

Bard

Bjorn

Blaze

Bruno

Casper

Chalk

Cinderfur

Cobweb

Copper

Cotton

Crimson

Dapple

Dragon

Duncan

Elf

Elisibet

Elric

Ember

Ester

Flame

Flax

Flint

Frey

Freya

Frigg

Frost

Goblin

Griffin

Grizelda

Halle

Heath

Hedvig

Hemming

Hugo

Icicle

Inga

Jasper

Jingles

Kaia

Keegan

Leaf

Lilly

Loki

What's in a Name?

Whichever name you choose for your Norwegian Forest cat you will enjoy being a part of her family. Your cat will make sure you don't feel lonely and can keep you warm on even the coldest winter night.

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