Norwegian Forest Cat

Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Vocal
Intelligence
Health
Grooming & Shedding
Kid Friendly
Other Pets

Size

Eye Color

Fur 

Male: >12lbs
Female: >12lbs
Blue, Green, Gold, Odd-eyed
Long
Straight

Colors

Patttern

Longevity

White, Black, Blue, Red, Cream, Silver, Golden, Red, Cameo, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Brown
Solid Color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Ticking, Smoke, Shaded
14-16 Years

History

This native Norwegian has a history that goes back hundreds if not thousands of years. From Norse folklore, to urban legends, this Norway feline may be rare today, but has been around for a long time. It’s not fully known how the cats breed came to be. It’s likely this breed came a result of long haired cats in the region that were transported around by warring tribes during the Byzantine Empire. The cat would have naturally evolved to adapt to the much harsher winter conditions in the area and arctic climates.

Like most cats that have been around for ages, this workhorse survived by making himself a practical addition to farms, military compounds homes and stores. The Norwegian Forest Cat is a skilled hunter and enjoys chasing down mice and other rodents. Despite being one of the oldest recorded cat breeds, they weren’t officially recognized by cat associations until the late 70’s.

Personality

The Norwegian Forest Cat can be reserved with visitors. Even when family is around, they aren’t much of the lap type that needs to be constantly in your presence. They appreciate the occasional rub and scratch behind the eras, but will not demand constant attention and petting. They are simply satisfied to be in the same room or just near you. The Norwegian Forest Cat has no trouble keeping herself entertained when no one is home with makes her a great companion for working pet owners with no children.

The Wegie (wee-gee), short for Norwegian, is typically a quiet breed. Unless they really need your attention or feel particularly ignored they don’t speak much. The occasional chirp and meow to let you know if they require more food or something specific may come up, but this is not a chatty cat

She’s a large breed. Almost as large as the Maine Coon and she can climb trees with ease. You will commonly find your Wegie on top of cabinets, the refrigerator and any other tall objects in your home. Their wild heritage gives them uncanny athletic abilities and despite their fluffy exterior, this cat has a waterproof coat. If you have fish tanks or ponds in home, you might want to think about how to best keep your Norwegian Forest Cat from eating your pet fish or simply making a mess in the water.

Health

Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Norwegian Forest Cat is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:

  • Glycogen Storage Disease IV - rare heritable condition that affects metabolism of glucose
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - a heart related disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease - a genetic condition that progressively destroys the kidneys
  • Circle
    Retinal dysplasia - eye defect that causes spots on the retina but does not worsen the cat’s vision

Care

Brush or comb the Norwegian Forest Cat’s long coat once or twice a week, using a bristle brush, wire slicker brush or stainless steel comb. If you run across tangles, work them out gently so you don’t hurt the cat.  You don’t run the risk of spreading any infection.

The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.

Children And Other Pets

The friendly, laidback Norwegian Forest Cat  is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect, and he doesn’t mind playing dress-up or going for a ride in a baby buggy.

He is happy to live with other cats and cat-friendly dogs, too, thanks to his amiable disposition. Introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.

Breed Recognition