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Norwegian Forest Cat's head should be an 'equilateral triangle'

The terminology of the breed standards of the purebred cats can be slightly mystifying to outsiders. I know that when I first read the cat association breed standards they looked a bit odd to me. I'm now used to reading them. The breed standard of the Norwegian Forest Cat (NFC) states quite unequivocally that the head should be an equilateral triangle "where all sides are of equal length as measured from the outside of the base of the ear to the point of the chin".  In that vein, I have superimposed a red equilateral triangle over the face of an NFC to illustrate what this means. Norwegian Forest Cat head should be an equilateral triangle. Illustration: MikeB based on an image in the public domain. In case you were wondering, an "equilateral triangle" means a triangle in which all three sides are of equal length. I think this aspect of this cat's face is very important. It is a factor which distinguishes it from a similar-looking purebred cat, the Maine Coo

Are Norwegian Forest Cats vocal?

This, I believe, is a difficult question to answer with precision because even within a cat breed there will naturally be variations between individual cats as to their character and behaviour and temperament et cetera. My reference work which I go to on this kind of topic is Legacy of the Cat by Gloria Stephens who is a former show judge and who knows the business very well. She is clearly imbued with all aspects of the cat fancy. And I will, therefore, quote her verbatim if I may as follows: "They are by nature free thinking, yet because they have been domesticated, they remain extraordinarily astute, affectionate and loving. They are usually very quiet , so it may be difficult to know when the female is in season. Most are not interested in playing games but will quietly watch other cats at play. These cats are intelligent, dependable and sensible." On that appraisal, I cannot say that the Norwegian Forest Cat is vocal. Quite the opposite in fact according to Gloria Steph

Are Norwegian Forest Cats hypoallergenic?

I'm afraid not. First things first. The word "hypoallergenic" means in this context a cat which is less likely to produce an allergic reaction in a person. The word does not mean that a cat will produce no reaction at all times. It is more nuanced than that.  Norwegian Forest Cat kittens. And secondly, you probably know that the allergen which causes the allergic reaction in people is called Fel D1 and it is contained in the saliva of the cat . All domestic cats have it. It is highly unfortunate that they have because about 10% of the human population are predisposed to an allergic reaction to the domestic cat. ASSOCIATED PAGE:  Some individual cats are hypoallergenic for Fel d1 However, the Norwegian Forest Cat is just like any other domestic cat in this regard. And why not? There has been a lot of discussion about preventing an allergic reaction in people because it stops good people adopting a cat. Although, many people who are allergic to domestic cats live with on