Norwegian forest cat

A gray and white Norwegian Forest Cat.

Due to their development in a cold climate, Norwegian Forest Cats have thick double coats that can keep them warm in almost any weather. The fur is fluffy, especially around the neck. In spring they shed a large part of the dense, woolly undercoat and make the coat look significantly lighter than in winter.

Norwegian forest cats have long tails that are abundantly covered in fur. The head is triangular in shape and the expression on the face is cute. Their paws are large and round, with thick tufts between their toes.

Norwegian Forest Cats come in many different colors and patterns, including tabby, patched tabby, solid, and tortoiseshell. Your eyes can be green, gold, or copper. These cats are big. Males can weigh 10 to 16 pounds, women 8 to 12 pounds.


  • Thick, fluffy fur
  • Light green eyes
  • Gently
  • Patiently
  • Hardy

Ideal human companion

  • Families with children
  • Households with other pets
  • First-time cat owners

How they want to live

Nowegian Forest Cats are friendly, playful, and patient. Although they enjoy being with their family, they are also fine when left alone for a short time.

Norwegian forest cats are known to be tolerant of children and other pets. They are very intelligent and like to climb. They are not easy to weigh down and adapt better to change than many other cat breeds.

Although these cats have thick, fluffy coats, they do not require frequent grooming like other long-haired breeds. A weekly brushing is usually sufficient in the year. Brushing more frequently in the spring will prevent hair from ending up all over the house.

Things you should know

Norwegian forest cats love to be high up and appreciate a scratching post or a place to settle down.

Norwegian forest cats are good with children and other pets.

They shed heavily in the spring and should be looked after more often at this time of year.

Norwegian forest cat story

As the name suggests, the Norwegian Forest Cat comes from Norway. Norwegian forest cats, known in their native language as Skogkatter, accompanied the Vikings on their journeys through Europe. The breed developed on its own in the cold climates of Northern Europe, resulting in a lush double coat.

In the late 1930s, some of these cats were shown at a cat show in Germany, and the breed began. During the Second World War, the breed was almost forgotten. It saw a revival in the 1970s.

The Norwegian Forest Cat was first recognized by the International Cat Association in 1984. It has since been approved for registration by the Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.

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