Why You Should Own a Norwegian Forest Cat

Suzie Q After Landing in Riyadh, KSA ~ Fall 2011

Suzie Q After Landing in Riyadh, KSA ~ Fall 2011

Meet Suzie Q.  Suzie was, as a kitten, worth around $1,000 and she is fixed and de-clawed.   She is a Norwegian Forest Cat, which is a very special breed of cats.

One of the best aspects of Suzie's personality is her laid-back nature.  She is extremely chill.  This makes Norwegian Forest Cats especially great with children.  Suzie, however was a rescued cat from an abusive household.  When my mother, God bless her, first got Suzie, her bones were showing through her thick fur (due to malnourishment) and she was terrified of anything that moves.  She still is socially retarded with other animals and even some people, but I love her anyway. 

Suzie Eating in Riyadh, KSA ~ Fall 2011

Suzie Eating in Riyadh, KSA ~ Fall 2011

One thing that's really important for you to know about Norwegian Forest Cats is that they are big, and therefore eat more than regular cats.  Suzie is female and weighs around 11 lbs, which is normal for a female (males are double that size).  I had a vet once tell me that I needed to put her on a diet (which I did) and, after severely restricting her food intake according to the "Dr's" orders, and watching her suffer, I did a little bit of my own research and found out that she is not overweight.  They are just big cats.   Be prepared to spend more money on food.  

Another important thing you should know about Suzie's breed is that they are fluffy.  I know this is obvious from the picture, but I mean REALLY fluffy.  They shed everywhere.  It's quite difficult to keep up after such a fluffy cat, so consider yourself forewarned.

However, they are beautiful and extremely photogenic.  Suzie regularly graces my Facebook profile photos and her good looks are constantly the topic of conversation for anyone who sees her.   

She also travels very well with me.  She doesn't whine; doesn't give me a hard time, and does a great job in airplanes.  Suzie is very smart as well--a natural physicist.  Every time she is with me in the cabin on a flight and we land, she will spread her body out in a big fluffy space-ship like bubble in order to maximize her air resistance and lower the velocity of her fall (obviously it doesn't work, but she tries anyway).  It's adorable and I love her. 

Bottom line: if you can handle fluff and higher food bills, a Norwegian Forest Cat is definitely one of the best breeds of cat. 

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