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Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat Profile

Weight 7.7-21 lb (3.5-9.5 kg)
Origin Norway
Color White, black, blue, red, gold; multi-colored
Fur Long, thick, dense, shaggy
Lifespan 10-14 years
Personality Independent, docile, friendly, sporty
Active Cat Active
Playful Cat Playful
Independent Cat Independent
Vocal Cat Vocal
Sheds Cat Sheds

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Breed Characteristics

The Norwegian Forest Cat looks wild and untamable but is actually a very well-balanced, gentle, loving and friendly cat. No matter how hectic life gets, nothing upsets this unflappable cat. They also deal with change very well (unlike e.g. the Russian Blue), so is the perfect pet for a family where there’s always something going on and no two days are the same.

Together with the Maine Coon and the Ragdoll, the Norwegian Forest Cat is one of the largest and heaviest cats. In Norway, they’re called “skogatt”. That means forest cat. In the USA, the name is sometimes shortened to “Wegie”.

The Norwegian Forest Cat is very playful and just as curious. They love to explore every nook and cranny and will enthusiastically climb on everything and anything. So you’ll often see them high up on bookshelves. A high cat tree is especially important for this cat. If they’re allowed to go outside (which is very much recommended), they’ll run up trees and, unlike other cats, skillfully make their way back down.

Norwegian Forest Cat Norwegian Forest Cat - Photo: Elisa Putti/Shutterstock

They’re quite independent and capable of keeping themselves occupied. But they should never be left alone for too long - after all, even we humans get awfully lonely if we don’t hear or see anyone for a long time.

Like almost all large cats, the Norwegian Forest Cat doesn’t really like sitting on laps. But they love being tickled and stroked and will thank you with an affectionate headbutt.

The Norwegian Forest Cat gets on very well with other cats and dogs. They are, however, a little reserved with strangers.

Norwegian Forest Cat Norwegian Forest Cat - Photo: Elisa Putti/Shutterstock

Appearance

The Norwegian Forest Cat is large and heavy. They’re sometimes mistaken for Maine Coons as the two look quite similar. The Norwegian Forest Cat has a very triangular face, a straight nose and a flat forehead. The Maine Coon’s face is more wedge-shaped with high cheekbones. They always look a little like they’re smiling. Both have lovely, dense, thick fur but the Norwegian Forest Cat’s coat is all the same length. Their eyes are green, gold or copper.

History

According to Nordic legend, two huge cats pulled the goddess Freya’s carriage. This cat breed is said to be over 4,000 years old.

Did You Know?

Norwegian Forest Cats have little tufts of hair on their paws. These are called their “snow shoes”.

Norwegian Forest Cat Norwegian Forest Cat - Photo: Joanna22/Shutterstock

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