Homing Information

It is a good idea for potential new kitten owners to read this page, before thinking about getting a Nordligdrøm kitten

Homing a kitten

Kittens are ready to go to their new homes at 13 weeks old, in accordance with GCCF and FIFe recommendations. I abide by the cat fancy code of conduct and the guidelines they set out. All the kittens are born and brought up in the house and are given freedom of our home when they are old enough and used to all sorts of domestic noises and socializing with our other cats.

Our kittens will have completed a full course of vaccinations and be registered with FIFe (Fédération Internationale Féline) and new owners will be given a copy of their 4 generation pedigree. Kittens are litter trained, wormed and have been seen by a vet at least twice. They come with 4 weeks free insurance, kitten toys and a CD with pictures of them from when they were newly born, so new owners can see the various stages of development.

The safety and security of Nordligdrom kittens is of great importance and I want them to have happy and long lives, so if you enquire about any of our kittens I may ask you several questions about how you intend to keep them and about you and your family. It isn't intended to be intrusive, but my priority is finding the best homes to suit them and their personality.

All of our kittens are strictly sold on the basis that they are pets or perhaps to show and they have been placed on the non active register, which means they should not be used for breeding and any resulting off-springs cannot be registered as pedigree cats. The kittens should be neutered at 6 months or as recommended by your vet and special care should be taken with young female kittens who may well come in to season before this time. Micro chipping is highly recommended and it is suggested this is carried out at the same time as they are being neutered, when they are under an anaesthetic.

Attached is a draft agreement which I ask new kitten owners to sign at the time of collecting a kitten. It lays out the responsibilities from me as a breeder and what is expected from the new owner, using the guidelines from the cat fancy code of conduct. Agreement for buying a Nordligdrom kitten (2020 update)

Living with Norwegian Forest Cats

There is a lot of information available on the Internet about Norwegian Forest Cats (or Skogkatt and wegie as they are often known) and their ancient Northern European origins. When people ask me about what they are like - I usually describe them as being descended from Scandinavian working farm cats, that just happens to be incredibly beautiful!

My breeding lines tend to produce kittens that are full of adventure, fearless, confident, mischievous and playful, with interesting and diverse personalities.
Being a natural cat breed NFC’s are not particularly prone to any hereditary diseases and as per the Norwegian Forest Cat standard, their pedigrees must be able to be traced back to the foundation lines.

As a breed most NFC’s enjoy regular company and are better suited to homes with other similar minded felines, canines or human companions who are prepared to spend time with them.

I prefer my kittens to go to homes where they are not a single pet, as they may soon become bored, particularly where owners are out at work much of the day or have very young children who are not used to caring for cats. At home you will find they follow you around the house, stand in front of the computer screen as you try and type, are tucked up with the children when they do their homework and play their video games or asleep on the newly pressed pile of laundry when you are trying to do the ironing or in the dog basket, with or without the dog!

It is not unusual for them to become very attached to one person and be a bit put out if they aren’t the centre of attention! NFC’s don’t always like to sit on your lap, partly as they are quite big, but will often curl up next to you or by your feet. They like to sleep on the bed if allowed! They are loyal, good natured, affectionate and majestic, with magnificent coats in the winter and beautiful flowing tails. They require regular, but minimal, grooming and all of the kittens will have been introduced to this sensation while still living with me, and usually enjoy it.

Safety and Security

Norwegian Forest Cats love the thrill of the outdoors and are avid hunters, if they are given the chance and seem to like to go out whatever the weather. However, they tend not to be as street wise and traffic aware as some other breeds or household cats and should only be allowed outside if this is supervised or any outside space is made safe and secure.

Over the last few years several of my kitten owners have lost their cats in road traffic accidents, so it is really important that their welfare is addressed, before considering giving a home to a kitten.

There are several things you can do to keep them safe. Allowing them outside on a harness (they adapt well to this and don’t seem to mind if started as a kitten) building a cat run, installing an electronic cat fence, enclosing all or part of the garden with netting on angled brackets etc. Catios are becoming very popular and there are many companies advertising them. They are a good alternative for the garden on a balcony or you could build one yourself.

Unfortunately, they will easily climb over a 2 metre wooden fence and this would not be a deterrent. Keeping them secure also minimizes the possibility of them getting in fights with any neighbourhood cats or being stolen. I am always happy to discuss the various options available or see what sort of solution can be found, as the main priority is that they are kept safe and sound.

It is hoped this never happens, but if at any time in the future new owners find they are unable to keep any Nordligdrom cat, please contact me. I will always be happy to help find a positive solution for their future.