Are you familiar with Maine Coon cats? They are a very distinctive breed, very large, and we have two, a brother and sister, Tobias and Tirza. They are remarkably similar to Norwegian Forest cats and one theory holds that they were brought to Maine by the Vikings who first “discovered” the Americas. Either some of the cats escaped or were traded with the native people. Certainly later European settlers found that cats were a valuable trading commodity as there were no native domestic cats in the Americas and they were prized for keeping down rodents amongst the grain stores.