Great Names for Your Norwegian Forest Cat
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.
Facts About the Breed
The breed is called the Skogkatt in Norway
- Adult males can weight 12-18 pounds
- Lifespan: 12-16 years
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 for your beloved pet.
- 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, River, or Oak.
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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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