Norwegian Forest Cat Breed

A gentle giant, the Norwegian Forest Cat. They may be perched on your home’s highest point because they are big and athletic, and they have no problem jumping down. Norwegian Forest Cats love their families but are wary of strangers.


They don’t need continual attention because they are a laid-back and independent breed. Norwegian Forest Cats will comfortably amuse themselves when left alone and are pleased to simply sit in the same room as their owners. These cats like short bursts of action followed by lengthy cat naps and are content to play in the water. They are moderately active. They get along with other dogs, cats, and well-behaved kids.

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Their massive stature and lengthy, thick coat serve as their most defining features. The skull of the Norwegian Forest Cat is formed like an inverted triangle and has medium-sized ears that are highly tufted.

The colour of these oversized, almond-shaped eyes ranges from brilliant green to gold and copper. They have round paws, a long, bushy tail, a broad chest, and strong thighs.


14 to 16 years

Colour Collection

With the exception of colour point, the coat of the Norwegian Forest Cat comes in a wide variety of hues and patterns (think Siamese).

Hair fall

Regular brushing is necessary to remove loose fur during the heavy shedding seasons for Norwegian Forest Cats. Brush their lengthy coat once or twice a week to remove knots when they are not shedding. Rarely do they need baths, and it’s practically difficult with their nearly waterproof coat.


The following illnesses may be present in Norwegian Forest Cats:

4th-stage glycogen storage disease

Cardiomyopathy with hypertrophy

renal polycystic disease

retinal dystrophy

Breed History

Norway is the country of origin for the Norwegian Forest Cat, which dates back hundreds of years or perhaps thousands of years. Regarding their ancestry, there is conjecture. They might have been descended from Turkish long-haired cats that Scandinavian warriors fighting for the Byzantine Empire brought back to Norway. Or they can be connected to the Russian Siberian cat.

The huge cat was initially displayed in 1938 at an Oslo cat show, but efforts to further improve the breed were halted by World War II. The European Federation Internationale Feline finally recognised Norwegian Forest Cats as a distinct breed in 1977. In 1979, they were shipped to the US, where they gained immediate notoriety. The breed was introduced to the Cat Fanciers Association in 1987, and in 1993 it received full champion status.


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