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Norwegian Forest Cat

NorwegianForestCat

An Affectionate Family Cat

Active, Affectionate, Sociable

Norwegian Forest Cats are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Norwegian Forest Cats, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Norwegian Forest Cat and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Muscular, well-balanced, moderate length Coat:Long, glossy, water-resistant, smooth

Length of fur
4

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.

Dental: Norwegian Forest Cats have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is a curious and gentle friend for the whole family.

Positive Traits:

  • Energetic, active, and athletic

  • An affectionate companion and family cat

  • Large, strong, and athletic

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and sweet

Negative Traits:

  • Coat needs to be cared for frequently to prevent matting

  • An indoor cat that doesn’t do well in the heat

Whether you are considering adding a new Norwegian Forest Cat to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Norwegian Forest Cat will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Norwegian Forest Cat you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Norwegian Forest Cat could encounter:

Suspected Disease Risks

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes Mellitus

The true origin of the Norwegian Forest Cat is unknown, however they appear in stories all the way back to the Vikings. The Norwegian forest cat has a large, muscular body and long legs. Their long, water-repellant hair coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns, with a woolly undercoat for extra insulation. The large, almond shaped eyes of a Norwegian Forest Cat are usually green, gold or copper. Loving and laid-back, they enjoy children and other family pets. Natural athletes, Norwegian Forest Cats like to climb and be in high places to observe life.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Norwegian Forest Cat shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.

    Dental: Norwegian Forest Cats have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is a curious and gentle friend for the whole family.

    Positive Traits:

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • An affectionate companion and family cat

    • Large, strong, and athletic

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and sweet

    Negative Traits:

    • Coat needs to be cared for frequently to prevent matting

    • An indoor cat that doesn’t do well in the heat

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Norwegian Forest Cat to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Norwegian Forest Cat will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Norwegian Forest Cat you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Norwegian Forest Cat could encounter:

    Suspected Disease Risks

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes Mellitus

  • History

    The true origin of the Norwegian Forest Cat is unknown, however they appear in stories all the way back to the Vikings. The Norwegian forest cat has a large, muscular body and long legs. Their long, water-repellant hair coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns, with a woolly undercoat for extra insulation. The large, almond shaped eyes of a Norwegian Forest Cat are usually green, gold or copper. Loving and laid-back, they enjoy children and other family pets. Natural athletes, Norwegian Forest Cats like to climb and be in high places to observe life.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Norwegian Forest Cat shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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