Norwegian Forest Cats | Norvég Erdei Macskák

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The Norwegian Forest Cat, Norsk Skogkatt, Wegie, Norvég Erdei Macska, you name it.

The Norwegian Forest Cat differs from most breeds on a crucial and very important point. It is not a product of planned breeding, it is a breed that has evolved naturally, not created as the ideal picture of the perfect cat.

"..If ever there was a cat built to match its environment, it is the Norwegian Forest Cat. It has developed over many years of natural selection into a breed able to survive the long harsh winters of Norway. It is a sturdy cat with a double coat which has protective, water-resistant guard hairs over a downy, warm undercoat. The coats of the free-roaming cats do not mat because the loose hair resulting from their annual molt is removed by rubbing against such things as tree trunks and brambles...".
Source: CFA Yearbook article by Susan Shaw

more on Norwegian Forest Cats

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about Gallifrey

Gallifrey was the homeworld of the Time Lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe. Looking down on the galaxies below, they sworn never to interfere, only to watch. <Doctor Who>. The literal translation of Gallifrey: "They that walk in the shadows". Just the perfect cattery name for these noble species.

about testing/scanning

Our cats are coming from tested lines and we also test/will test them regularly: once in a lifetime for PKD & PK def. and for HCM & CIN according to Pawped's recommendation.

GSD-IV (Glycogen Storage Disease IV) - note: GSD4 is a disorder inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, so two GSD IV N/N (negative, healthy) cats will have only N/N (negative) kittens.
Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency - note: PK def. is inherited as an autosomal recessive condition, so two PK def. N/N (negative, healthy) cats will have only N/N (negative) kittens.
PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) - note: PKD is an inherited kidney disease, cysts are present from birth. Most easily diagnosed by ultrasound, which can identify the disease very early in its course. Currently there is NO approved DNA test for PKD in Norwegian Forest Cats. PKD can be diagnosed only by ultrasound scan.
HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) - note: currently there is NO approved DNA test for HCM in Norwegian Forest Cats. HCM can be diagnosed only by regular ultrasound heart screening (echocardiography).
CIN (Chronic Interstitial Nephritis) - note: testing for CIN may be done via an ultrasound scan of the kidneys. Because this disease can appear at any age, it is recommended that multiple ultrasounds be done to screen for CIN.

Our cats are tested on a regular basis and the results (GSD-IV, PK Def., HCM, PKD, CIN) are published in international databases:: Pawpeds | Winterfyre | HCM Info Liste | MCAT | IG-HGK;