The Norwegian Forest cat

Very attractive demeanour. Elegant and strong. Although without a doubt, what distinguishes the Norwegian Forest breed from all the others is their long and lush fur. Their neck, covered with fur, immediately brings to mind the picture of a lion. This unusual fur was inherited from their ancestors, which lived in the cold Scandinavian region and had to protect themselves from the harsh Northern winter.

Given that their origins are uncertain, this breed has been related to Scandinavian fables and myths, which associate them with their ancestral gods. With a friendly character and easy to live alongside, Norwegian Forest cats are happy inside the home but they also cope extremely well outdoors thanks to their hunter’s, or rather fisher’s, instinct.


The Norwegian Forest is a fairly large cat with a strong constitution. Their limbs and solid muscles make them very powerful jumpers and climbers: they like to get up to the highest places in the house.

Their coat has two layers: the inner layer, dense and woolly; and the outer layer, long, shiny and waterproof. They require regular brushing, especially around the stomach area, where it tends to get more knotty.

These are friendly cats, slightly reserved with people they do not know, but very sociable with members of the family and even more so with other cats. They can take up to 5 years to mature, which means that you have time to ensure that they become familiar with your house rules.

They can take up to 5 years to mature, which means that you have time to ensure that they become familiar with your house rules.


If your house is near a river or there is a pond in the garden, you will notice that your cat has excellent qualities as a fisher. And if they have none of this to hand, avoid fish tanks inside the home!


They need a balanced diet, rich in proteins and vitamin A. You should be very alert to them becoming overweight, because they tend to gain weight quite easily.


The most common health problems in this breed are hip dysplasia and retina injuries, which lead to restricted vision. One pathology that is particular to this breed is glycogen storage disease type IV, which causes serious muscular problems and is fatal. Fortunately, it is passed on through a recessive gene (which is to say that, for the cat to suffer from it, both the father and the mother must be carriers of the gene), which means that it is not terribly common.


  • WEIGHT: from 3 to 9 kg.

  • COLOUR: several, except lilac, chocolate, colourpoint, cinnamon and fawn.

  • FUR: two layer semi-long.

  • LIFESPAN: 15 years.

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