The Norwegian Forest cat is an unmistakably large breed with an impressive coat. The breed naturally developed on farms and near ports, and has a coat designed to survive Norway’s harsh weather. With their steady, easy going temperament and gentle affection, you’ll never want them far from your side, and the Norwegian Forest cat is happy to remain sprawled by the fire on cold winter nights. They enjoy companionship but this patient and even-tempered cat will not demand it of you.
The Norwegian Forest cat is a fairly low maintenance breed, though their long coat will need the occasional brushing, particularly in the spring when they begin to shed their thick winter undercoat. They have a moderate activity level and will enjoy regular play time, but this isn’t a cat to tear the house apart in boredom when you’re gone. Adaptable and friendly, they make a good addition to many kinds of households.
Appearance / health:
The Norwegian Forest Cat is large cat with a sturdy build and a considerable coat. This is a cat that is both big-boned and fluffy! The body is moderate in length, broad chested, and solidly muscled. The legs are average in length, sturdy, and the feet are large, round, and tufted. The tail is at least the length of the body and quite bushy. Atop a muscular neck sits an evenly proportioned, triangular head. The muzzle is average in length, and the chin is strong. When seen in profile, the Norwegian Forest cat has a long and straight nose from brow to tip. The ears are large with a wide base, slightly pointed, and may be quite furry with lynx tips and long hair coming from the edge of the ears. The eyes are large and almond-shaped with a slight slant. The Norwegian Forest cat may have eyes of any color, though blue or odd-eyed is only accepted as standard for white or mostly white cats.
The coat of the Norwegian Forest cat is semi-long with a dense undercoat. The top coat is smooth and water-repellant, while the undercoat is thick and wooly. Ears and toes are tufted, and the tale is full and busy. The Norwegian Forest cat may have a considerable neck ruff and britches. They may come in all possible colors and patterns though some breed registries do not accept chocolate, sable, lavender, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, or points.
The Norwegian Forest is largely a healthy cat, though there may be an increased incidence of kidney and heart disease. DNA tests can detect the disorders commonly responsible, and many breed registries require breeders to test their cats before registering them. Because of their size, the Norwegian Forest may also be more prone to hip dysplasia.
Behavior / temperament:
The Norwegian Forest cat is a friendly, intelligent, and social cat. These laid-back giants enjoy affection and attention, but aren’t demanding or clingy. They enjoy being an unobtrusive companion, following you from room to room but giving you your space. The Norwegian Forest is a cat who can easily go with the flow, and is readily adaptable to different environments. They do well in homes with children, being both gentle and patient. They tend to get along well with other pets in the household.
While not a couch potato, the Norwegian Forest cat is not an overly active breed. He does enjoy climbing, and this strong cat may impress you with his ability to reach new heights. They enjoy playing and are intelligent enough to be taught tricks. Because of their history, the Norwegian Forest cat is a keen and effective hunter so you’ll probably never have to call the exterminator again!
confident nature, stunning, puffy long hair, great family pets, affectionate cat, wonderful lap cat
regular brushing, kidney problems, long hair, renal failure, constant grooming
heavily boned cat, prolific hunter, dense double coat, interesting vocalization, medium-active cat
Zorro, the mini-lynx
Zorro was my childhood pal. As a kid, I lived on the countryside, which is a perfect environment for a Norwegian forest cat. He had a very “catty” personality, and liked to stray off for a couple of weeks now and then. When he eventually came home his long beautiful fur was ruined. His body was covered with big hair lumps impossible to brush out, so my mom had to cut them off and he would look pretty rugged until his fur grew out again. Anyway, Norwegian forest cats are “talkers”, they can have really strange sounding monologues that will give you goose bumps if you are caught off guard. But don’t be alarmed it’s only your long haired Norwegian pal who wants to cuddle! I almost forgot that they are huge, so if you live in a tight apartment you should think twice before inviting a “mini-lynx” into your home..
From MrAxelsson Mar 28 2017 8:05PM
Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
From T Lee 535 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 576 days ago
Adopt a Norwegian Forest Cat from a shelter near you