About Norwegian Forest Cats
The Norwegian Forest Cat has evolved through the centuries as a product of its environment. They had to feed, defend, and protect themselves from the elements in the forest. Only the cats that were good hunters and quick to escape from predators survived.
The resulting NFC breed is Intelligent, friendly, and calm, with a well proportioned, medium to long body, and a semi-long, water repellent double coat. Their strong, independent nature is reflected in a triangular face, strong chin, sometimes with lynx tipped ears, a straight profile, and a long flowing tail that is carried high.
Popular in Europe, NFCs first came to the USA in 1979. The survival and purity of this unique breed is due to the commitment of breeders worldwide.
About Our Cats
at Zion Forest Cattery
Whether adopting one of our kittens, youngsters, or alters, rest assured that your new Norwegian Forest Cat family member has brought into the world according to the highest standards. We strive to produce kittens with exceptional temperaments, robust health, and striking appearances. Zion Forest Cattery's breeding program focuses on maintaining the breed's natural beauty, strong build, and luxurious coat in order to preserve the Norwegian Forest Cat's wild and majestic appearance, while also ensuring they are loving and affectionate companions.
All of our breeding cats are tested negative for Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKD) as well as Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD IV). All of our breeding cats are regularly tested for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).
We adhere to the highest standards of ethical breeding to produce healthy, well-socialized, and stunning Norwegian Forest Cats that embody the breed's distinct characteristics.
We prioritize the well-being and welfare of our cats to ensure they receive the best care, nutrition, and veterinary attention.
We provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for our cats, allowing them to thrive physically and emotionally.
We are equally dedicated to educating potential owners about the unique needs and characteristics of Norwegian Forest Cats. We strive to match each kitten with the perfect forever home, ensuring a lifelong bond between the cat and their new family.
How To Adopt
from Zion Forest Cattery
Step 1: Apply
Ready to bring a Norwegian Forest Cat into your home? Start the process by downloading and reading the Contract, and filling out our Application form:
Step 2: Deposit
After we have had a chance to review your application to determine the best match to one of our kittens, we will contact you to arrange for a deposit.
About Zion Forest Cattery
Zion Forest Cattery was established in 2023 by David, Tara, and Nicole Johnson in Snohomish, Washington, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Our cattery will focus primarily on showing in TICA (The International Cat Association) and CFA (Cat Fancier Association) events in the Pacific Northwest. We seek to preserve their magnificent heritage through selective breeding, producing quality breed standard cats with excellent temperaments, gorgeous double coats, and strong conformation.
We are dedicated cat owners and breeders who ascribe to The International Cat Association's Code of Ethics. We are graduates of the PawPeds Academy G1 Class for cat breeders, through which we are well-versed in everything from cat anatomy and behavior, to nutrition, diseases, and health programs. We attend shows and show our cats within both TICA (The International Cat Association) and CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) throughout the year.
Our mission as Norwegian Forest Cat breeders is to preserve and promote its unique and captivating qualities in a way that contributes to the preservation and advancement of the magnificent Norwegian Forest Cat breed.
We are proud to be part of a community of breeders who share our passion for these extraordinary cats.
About The Johnson Family
Zion Forest Cattery was established by David, Tara, and Nicole Johnson in Snohomish, Washington, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Tara fell in love with the gentle giants after a coworker told her about these large, laid back, friendly cats. David and Nicole were quickly onboard. Tara's family has Norwegian heritage on her dad's side, so the intrigue of Viking Forest cats quickly turned from curiosity to ownership.
In 2020, we purchased our first "Wegie" (the common nickname for Norwegian Forest Cat), named Logan, from Seven Streams Cymbrogi Norwegian Forest Cattery, followed by our first female Wegie, named Cami, in 2021.
Late in 2022 we decided we wanted to embrace the Forest Cat life and dive into showing and ultimately breeding. Our first sire Pharaoh came to us in 2023 from Forest Eyes Cattery in Poland. We then headed to Minnesota to pick up Artyi from VikingTails Cattery. Our final queen came home with Tara in Summer of 2023 from Betty's Angels in Switzerland.