The kittens are raised in our house "underfoot." They receive a lot of attention and love. Proper socialization of the kittens is very important. We feel it is important to prepare the kittens for what their life will be like as an adult cat. Consequently, we introduce them to new situations and establish routines that will continue throughout their lives. These things include clipping their claws at a young age, vacuuming around them, giving them baths and blow dries, etc. All of our kittens are well adjusted to home life. Norwegian Forest Cats are very social cats and tend to do better when they are not the only cat in the house. They also do not like to be left home alone a lot or for long periods of time.
They are great climbers and like to be on top of the highest point in a room, so providing them with sturdy cat trees is a must. They like their feet to always be on solid ground, so we've found "hammock" or swing type cat beds/trees do not get used. They need good quality sisal and cardboard scratching surfaces to keep their claws healthy and to prevent scratching on furniture. We never allow our cats to be declawed. Declawing is the process of removing the first joint on a cat's "fingers", thereby removing the claw as well. It is very painful, causes them to not want to use a litter box and causes life-long anxiety. If you need to have a declawed cat, please find one who is already declawed at a shelter or rescue organization.
All kittens are spayed or neutered prior to leaving for their new home. Also, before leaving, they have started their kitten vaccinations and have been microchipped. All litters are registered with CFA. All new owners are required to submit the pre-paid CFA registration form. Kittens are old enough to go to new homes at 16 weeks. Many families ask if they can get their kitten before 16 weeks, however we have found that they are not ready before then. We will sometimes allow them to leave a little sooner if the individual kitten seems independent and ready to leave. But usually they are still nursing (for comfort) and very dependent on their mother until 16 weeks. If they are separated too early, the transition to their new home is more difficult and increases the chance of having behavioral issues.
We are very protective of our babies, so please be prepared to answers questions such as, what is your experience with cats, why do you want a cat, what do you expect from your cat, etc. We may also ask for a reference from your veterinarian. We reserve the right to keep a kitten without explanation.
If you are interested in purchasing a kitten or have questions, please contact us by email