The Norwegian Forest cat, sometimes mistaken for the Maine Coon cat, is a breed of domestic cat from Northern Europe. The Norwegian is a natural breed, well adapted to a very cold climate, with a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs and a woolly undercoat for insulation. (W)
The Vikings are said to have kept cats for their valuable mouse hunting skills, as well as, keeping them for pets. Kittens were sometimes given to new brides as part of setting up a new household. (VAL)
It is interesting that brides should receive cats, since cats were associated with Freyja, the goddess of love. The Vikings also believed that the goddess Freyja rode a cart drawn by a team of cats. (VAL)
You can learn more about Viking pets at Viking Answer Lady.