My Sweet Little Boo (Norweigan Forest Cat)

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Featured Dec 2013 and Dec 2014, Rainbow Bridge Group

Featured in Cats and Dogs, 8-Jan-2013

Very very hard Christmas this year 2011. My dear cat Boo passed away.

Friday the 23rd I noticed Boo seemed a bit more quiet and listless than usual. Saturday Christmas Eve it was clear there was something wrong. I was surprised at how cold she felt. I picked her up and wrapped her in a towel and laid with her under my electric blanket. We both fell asleep – she was very happy and purring loudly. After we came home from spending Christmas with my parents I found her and she was NOT good. I knew she could not wait until the AM and took her to the Animal Hospital ER.

Unfortunately we learned she was in kidney failure and one of her kidneys was very small to begin with. Her prognosis was poor. She was only 7 years old. I had to make the decision to put her down, which was horrible but the right thing. She was such a sweet and beautiful little girl, sweet personality. Gentle little thing. It was so hard to leave her…. My wonderful sister came to be with me and my daughter and we all said goodbye to her. Very very hard.

Boo Boo Oct 12, 2004 to Dec 25, 2011

Norwegian Forest cat

The Norwegian Forest cat is a breed of domestic cat native to Northern Europe. This natural breed is adapted to a very cold climate, with top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs, and a woolly undercoat for insulation. During World War II, the breed became nearly extinct until efforts by the Norwegian Forest Cat Club helped the breed by creating an official breeding program. It was registered as a breed with the European Fédération Internationale Féline in the 1970s, when a local cat fancier, Carl-Fredrik Nordane, took notice of the breed and made efforts to register it. Currently, the Norwegian Forest breed is very popular in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and France.

It is a big, strong cat, similar to the American Maine Coon breed, with long legs, a bushy tail and a sturdy body. The breed is very good at climbing, since they have strong claws. The lifespan is usually 14 to 16 years, though kidney and heart diseases have been reported in the breed. (unfortunately Boo did die at 7 years do to kidney failure in the one kidney she had).

The wisps of fur you can see coming out of her ears and curling past the ears is very characteristic of the breed. They also LOVE to climb and mine spend most of their time on top of my china cabinet, the book shelf and the refrigerator.

The Norwegian Forest cat is strongly built and larger than an average cat. The breed has a long, sturdy body, long legs and a bushy tail. The coat consists of a long, glossy, thick and water-repellent top layer and a woolly undercoat and is thickest at the legs, chest and head. The profile of the breed is generally straight.

Norwegian Forest cats have a quiet voice but can develop a loud voice if kept in a house with a dog. They are friendly, intelligent, and are generally good with people. The Norwegian Forest cat has a lot of energy and can be very demanding of attention.

I presently have 5 Norweigan Forest Cats
Dotty – 12 year male
Puffin – 11 year male – BIG
Sugar – 6 year old male
Spice – 6 year old male – BIG – BIGGEST male
Cinnamon – 6 year old female

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