Norwegian Forest Cat
6 to 10kg.
White, black, blue, red, cream and silver, plus various patterns and shadings
Their most distinguishing characteristic is their long, thick coat and large size. The Norwegian Forest Cat’s head is shaped like an inverted triangle, topped with heavily tufted medium-to-large ears.
Large, almond-shaped eyes vary in color from stunning green to gold and copper. They have a large chest, muscular thighs, round paws, and a long, bushy tail.
Norwegian Forest Cats may be at risk for one or more of the following diseases:
Glycogen storage disease IV
Polycystic kidney disease
Your Wegie needs a complete and balanced cat food formulated for her size and activity levels such as Pro Plan Complete Essentials or Pro Plan True Nature. Additionally, because of her long coat, she may need a food specially formulated to help control hairballs, like Pro Plan Specialized Hairball Management or Purina ONE Hairball Formula, particularly during the shedding season.
Like many other large cat breeds, Norwegian Forest Cats do not fully mature until they reach 5 years of age. Although your Norwegian Forest kitten will transition to adult cat food before this, she needs a kitten food with all the nutrients she’ll need for proper growth and development, such as Purina Kitten Chow Nurture, Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula or Purina ONE Healthy Kitten.
The Norwegian Forest Cat hails from Norway and originated hundreds (or even thousands) of years ago. There’s speculation about their ancestry. They may have descended from long-haired cats from Turkey, brought back to Norway by Scandinavian warriors serving the Byzantine Empire. Or they may be related to the Siberian cat from Russia.
The large feline was first exhibited at an Oslo cat show in 1938, but World War II interrupted plans to develop the breed further. Norwegian Forest Cats were finally registered as a breed in 1977 with Europe’s Federation Internationale Feline.
They were exported to the U.S. in 1979 where their popularity quickly grew. In 1987, the breed was presented to the Cat Fanciers Association and was accepted for full champion status in 1993.
The breed appears in a Norwegian fairy tale, which states the Norse goddess Freya’s chariot was pulled by these six giant cats.
In Norway, they’re called “skogcatts”, which translates to “forest cats”.
The Norwegian Forest Cat has been nicknamed “Wegie”.
King Olaf V designated the breed the official cat of Norway.