Norwegian Forest Cat

norwegian forest cat
Norwegian forest cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat from Norway and originated thousands of years ago. The speculation about their ancestry.

They may have descended from long-haired cats from Turkey, brought back to Norway by Scandinavian warriors or they may be related to the Siberian cat from Russia.

In 1987, the breed was first introduced to the Cat Fanciers Association and was accepted for full champion status in 1993.


 The Norwegian Forest Cat’s most distinguishing characteristic is their long, thick coat and large size. This cat’s head is shaped like an inverted triangle, topped with heavily tufted medium-to-large ears.

Their eyes are large and almond-shaped, which vary in color from stunning green to gold and copper. They have a large chest, muscular thighs, round paws, and a long bushy tail. It looks like a Siamese cat.

Coat Length: Long, dense, glossy, smooth

Age Expectancy:14–16 years

Size: Males weighing 10 to 16 pounds and females weighing 8 to 12 pounds

Norwegian Forest Cat


The Norwegian Forest Cat is large and athletic, so you may find them sitting atop the highest point in your home, and they have no hesitations about jumping down from the top. Norwegian Forest Cats are fond of their family.

As a laid-back and independent breed, they don’t demand constant much attention. Norwegian Forest Cats are content to simply sit in the same room with their humans and will happily entertain themselves while alone.

These felines are moderately active and are happy to play in the water. They get along with other dogs and cats, as well as mild-mannered children.

Feeding & Grooming

Feeding: Every cat is unique and each has their particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. 

Cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different nutrients from their food. Proper nutrients will vary depending on age and overall health, so energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat.

Grooming: This cat breed requires grooming, by brushing its long coat once or twice a week. A bath is rarely necessary, which is a good thing and it’s practically a waterproof coat, it can be very difficult to get them wet enough for a bath.

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