VIKING OF THE CAT WORLD — THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT
- Emerald green eyes with a band of gold.
- Tufts on paws.
- Long silky inner ear hair to deflect the wind and snow that gives this Viking her racing stripes.
- A long spun-silk coat to delight the touch.
Magnificent tail that fans to twelve inches.
Is the Norse name accurate? It sure is, skogkatt, meaning forest cat. A natural breed that came out of the Norwegian forest sometime in the last 4,000 years.
These beauties must have been companions of Sif, the Norse grain Goddess and wife of Thor. How else was Sif to guard the wheat and barley from the Loki’s tricky rodents. They must have traveled on the knarrs and long boats to Siberia and Iceland.
At the cat show last weekend I saw this Siberian, Russia’s native forest cat. Doesn’t it look a lot like our Viking? A descendent?