In this month’s Cat Breed Corner, we’re going to get all Haruki Murakami on you. That’s right: it’s time to shine a spotlight on the Norwegian Forest Cat. Check out the Norwegian Forest’s stats, personality, health, grooming, and more!
Weight – 5.5kg – 10kg
Lifespan – 12 – 16 years
Best breed for:
- Active Owners
- Families with children
- Families with other pets
Breed History ♜
In Norse mythology, the goddess Freya employed Norwegian Forest Cats to pull her chariot. While this legend may take some liberties with the breed, it does prove one crucial point: Norwegian Forest Cats have been revered in their homeland for a long time. With roots in either Turkey or Siberia, this breed evolved their thick undercoats to content with the cold Norwegian climate. Having first been exhibited at an Oslo show in 1938, they didn’t become world-renowned until the 1970s.
Personality Traits and Trainability ★
Once a hunter, always a hunter. In years past, this Norwegian kitty survived by pouncing on prey in forests and farms. These days, they have evolved into a domestic breed – however, they’ll gladly still hunt for cat toys, string, and shoelaces. While few would describe them as a “lap cat”, the Norwegian Forest is relaxed and amiable. They come to love Pet Owners who earn their trust, and can be patient and playful with children. If you’re looking for a cat that would rather play than nap, the Norwegian Forest is the breed for you!
Living Conditions ⌂
Norwegian Forests can adapt to living in either houses or apartments. However, given their hunting instincts, they are best kept indoors for the safety of local wildlife. Despite their social nature, they are also self-starters, and are often happy to be left to their own devices. Having said that, they adapt well to living with other pets, and can form fast friendships with both cats and dogs.
You see that mighty, lion-like mane? It comes at a price – and that price is constant vigilance. You’ll want to brush your Norwegian Forest every day to keep their coat straight and tangle-free. The good news is that the Norwegian Forest usually enjoys being brushed. Once you turn the grooming into a habit, your kitty will come to view it as bonding time with their favourite human!
Fun Fact ♥
Norwegian Forest Cats are ace tree-climbers. Thanks to their stout claws, they can climb down trees head-first!