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Norwegian Forest Cat

Veterinarian Reviewed on November 15, 2009 by Dr. Janice Huntingford

Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a member of the Semi Longhair Group. Category II, Natural Breed (TICA Standard).


7-20 lb. (3-9 kg.)


This natural breed has an adult size that varies from line to line.


The coat may be of all colors, including black, red, blue, cream, white tortoiseshell, blue-cream. Bi-colors and tabbies.


The Norwegian Forest Cat sports a semi-long double coat that is smooth and silky. The outer coat in winter has oily guard hairs that resist water. The undercoat is woolly or cottony.



This confident and rugged cat defends its territory. The intelligent Norwegian Forest Cat wears an alert expression.

Country of Origin:

Central Norway


Shorthair and longhair cats that accompanied the Vikings in 1000 A.D. and the Crusaders in the 11th-13th-centuries, respectively, are the likely forerunners of the Norwegian Forest Cats. These cats bred with Norway’s local farm and feral cats. With their protective coats, they inhabited the farms and woods. They also functioned to guard grain stores. The Norwegian Forest Cats earned their place in Norwegian fairy tales and mythology.


Skogkatt, Skaukatt. Nickname: Wegie.


This friendly cat is quite playful. With an independent nature, the Norwegian Forest Cat may be reserved with strangers.



If socialized when young, this cat will get along with children and other pets. Cats raised in isolated areas may show different behaviour.


Favorite activities include climbing and hunting. A climbing device, such as a climbing tree is a great addition for the pet who loves to stay active by going up and down. Provide a scratching post. Some Norwegian Forest Cats will fish in streams.


Owners need to provide a large enough home to allow their cat to move freely. Be careful the cat does not become obese. The patient Norwegian Forest Cat loves his people and other pets. This pet demands attention and should not stay alone. With its heritage as an outdoors cat, it likes to roam. However, keeping your cat indoors is best.


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