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Norwegian Forest Cat

enero 12, 2021

The Norwegian Forest Cat it has preserved that noble physiognomy once venerated by the Vikings. Natural selection was able to bring forward only the specimens that showed those characteristics indispensable for survival in an uncontaminated environment (woolly undercoat and auricles coming out of the ears).

The long selection work has stabilized and then enhanced those distinctive traits of the feline breed that have too often become a source of confusion among Norwegian Forest Cat, the Maine Coon and the Angora.


After the foundation of the first breed club, official recognition also came in 1977 of the feline with a long and soft fur, with an imposing size and striking whiskers.


The Norwegian Forest Cat has a expansive, calm and sly character. His primordial hunting instinct makes him extremely attentive to everything around him, enormously committed to scrutinizing the attitudes of the master himself. When the Norwegian Forest Cat gets attached, it turns into a playful, lively feline, able to get along well with the little ones of the house and other pets.

Despite presenting itself as an active feline who loves outdoor adventures and able to cope with the cold, the Norwegian Forest Cat has also been able to adapt to family and domestic life (as long as it manages to get out easily).


A Norwegian Forest Cat pup looks like a small lynx. Despite the breed reaching a large and massive build as adults, Norwegian Forest Cat puppies develop slowly (they reach full maturity only around 4/5 years of age).

A Norwegian Forest Cat puppy demonstrates itself intelligent and naturally curious. In this sense it is necessary to stimulate its natural inclination right from the start: the puppy must be able to get out of the home, play with water and start climbing trees. In short, it is essential to stimulate the natural hunting propensities of the Norwegian Forest Cat.

The merits of the most impressive cat breed in the category «lead» to the definition of a price: a Norwegian Forest Cat kitten costs around 700- 1000 euros.


The feeding of the Norwegian Forest Cat must take into account the specific needs of this rustic cat. Considering that this particular feline maintains the needs of a hunter, it is advisable to base its diet on a good protein percentage or on the maintenance of a nourishment similar to what the feline would have in nature.

In this sense, opting for an industrial type diet allows you to be aware of the ingredients and quantities necessary for the correct development and general well-being of the specimen (proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals). The Norwegian Forest Cat needs to eat inversely proportional to age: at 12 weeks, the puppy will have to eat 4 times a day; as an adult, the cat will have to eat 2 times a day.

Overfeeding the animal too often leads to obesity and related diseases related to this condition such as diabetes and fertility problems, for example. In this direction, proper nutrition and good physical exercise are the key ingredients to keep a Norwegian Forest Cat healthy.

Grooming and hygiene

Despite the length and volume of the coat, the care of the Norwegian Forest Cat’s coat does not require great attention. It is enough to brush it a couple of times a week to remove dirt and to make it voluminous and silky.

It is important, however, especially during the moulting period, give him supplements capable of eliminating hairballs formed inside the stomach.

The actual grooming represents a less demanding task: not to eliminate that imperceptible layer of fat that protects the fur of the Norwegian Forest Cat it is preferable not to wash it frequently (it is advisable to clean it with specially formulated dry shampoos).


From the genetic point of view, the most common pathologies in the Norwegian Forest Cat are: hip dysplasia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, polycystic kidney disease and type IV glycogenosis.

Generally speaking, the Norwegian Forest Cat enjoys good health. An early diagnosis allows to highlight the possible presence of hereditary diseases and therefore to put in place a therapeutic plan aimed at solving each single problem.

Periodic visits to the vet, the main vaccinations against diseases of another nature (feline immunodeficiency, feline leukemia, infectious feline enteritis, feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, feline chlamydiosis, rabies and the like) and the necessary antiparasitic operations (to avoid the onset of filariasis and leishmaniasis) are essential elements to keep this particular in good health feline.

  • Head The head should be triangular, with a slightly rounded forehead.
  • Eyes The eyes should be large, oval and slightly oblique.
  • Ears The ears must be large, rounded and with tufts of hair.
  • Body The body must be large and massive.
  • Tail The tail must be long up to the shoulder blades, fluffy and thick.
  • Arts The legs must be long and muscular, with round feet.
  • Coat and color The coat must be thick and heavy. All colors are allowed, including all varieties with white. All hybridizations arising from Pointed, Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Cinnamon and Fawn designs are excluded.