Norwegian Forest Cat

Grey Norwegian Forest Cat

History of the Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest, called Skogkatt (forest cat) in Norway, is a natural breed and, despite its rugged appearance, is not descended or mixed from any wild cat. Forest cats came to Norway from Europe and are descendants of domestic cats brought by the Romans to northern Europe.

The Norwegian forest cat is believed to have existed for a long time, as there are many references to large, long-haired cats in Norse mythology. Estimates of the writing time of these cat stories vary widely. Most Norse myths were transmitted through oral tradition and were eventually recorded in the so-called Poems of Edda, written sometime between 800 BC. I wrote. And 1200 c. These myths indicate that domestic cats have been present in Norway for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. Whether the cats described in the tales are forest cats is controversial.

When cats came to the Nordic countries, most likely with settlers, merchants, or crusaders, the breed’s ancestors were probably short-haired, as the cats worn by the Romans (in general) were from Egypt and were short-lived with hairy varieties. The cats survived and adapted over time to the harsh climate. Northern Norway, where the sun never sets between May 12 and August 1 and where the winter nights are long and dark, has proved to be a tough test for these cats. Over the centuries, they have roamed the Norwegian forests, developing long, tight, water-repellent clothing, strong constitutions, quick intelligence, and well-developed survival instincts.

The first attempts to identify the forest cat as an independent breed began in the 1930s. However, after World War II, the breed is almost extinct. It was not until the 1970s that cat lovers in Norway started working on cat conservation in the Norwegian Forest.

Wedgies (also known as the Norwegian Forest Cat) came to the United States in 1980. The first to recognize the breed, TICA accepted the Norwegian Forest Cat competition for the championship in 1984. The breed won CFA champion status in 1993.

Norwegian Forest Cat Personality

The Norwegian forest cat is passionate about natural sports and loves to jump on the counters, bookshelves, and tops of scratch sites. Active also playful, Wedgies maintain their fun-loving life until adulthood but do not be fooled by their impressive, muscular, and timeless exterior. Cute, friendly, and family-oriented, they love their fellows.

Despite the wild years in Norway’s forests – or perhaps because of it – he would instead calm down than have fun. Maybe, given the years spent in Norway’s harsh climate, they don’t care much. Accept new people and situations. Jungle cats are hardy and calm species. On the contrary, it is an excellent nibble, especially when sitting next to their favorite people. Open and friendly, they tend not to bond with one person but instead passionately love everyone unconditionally.

Physical Attributes


Solid and balanced muscles, moderately long bone structure, firm appearance, broad chest, and generous circumference, without being fat. The wing is intense. Man can be both tall and imposing; Women can be more refined and more petite.


An equilateral triangle of the same length, measured from the outside of the base of the ear to the chin’s tip. The neck is short and well-muscled. The nose extends directly from the forehead’s direction to the end of the nose without breaking the line. The flat forehead extends into a slightly curved skull and neck. The chin is firm and should align with the front of the nose. The profile is slightly rounded. The muzzle is the straight line that extends to the ear’s base without visible hairs and a disc.


Medium to large, round at the tip, broad at the base, fixed on the head’s side as at the top of the head, alert, with the ear slightly to the side. The outer part of the ears follows the lines from the head to the chin. The ears are very furnished.


Large, almond-shaped, beautifully open, and expressive, placed at a slight angle, with the outer corner higher than the inner corner. The color of the eyes is usually shades of green, gold, green-gold, or copper. White cats and white cats may have strange or blue eyes.

Arms and Legs

With the hind legs longer than the front legs, Medium makes the notch more significant than the shoulders. The thighs are strong muscles. The lower legs are large. Seen from behind, the hind legs are straight. When viewed from the front, the paws appear to be “toe.” Large, steady round paws with a thick tuft between the toes.


Long and bushy. Wider at the base. The length is usually equal to the body from the bottom of the tail to the neck’s base. Maybe he has guard hair.


A distinctive double layer, consisting of a dense layer, covered with long, shiny, soft, water-resistant protective hair, hanging on both sides. The apron has three separate sections: a short collar around the neck, side cuts of lamb, and a front end. The bruises are chubby on the hind legs. The fur can be fuller in winter than in summer because the thick fur develops fully in winter. Softer coats can be found on shady, complex, and bicolor cats.


Every color and pattern is possible, except for those with a hybridization that leads to shades of chocolate, sable, lavender, lilac, cinnamon, deer, dotted (Himalayan type markers), or these colors in white. The color and pattern are often distinct and distinct. In classic tabs, mackerel, and polka dots, the design should be well defined and uniform.

How to care for a Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest cat has a double layer of long, waterproof fur. It should only be washed under exceptional circumstances, such as exposure to dirty conditions or medical necessities.

This breed of cat’s fur should be brushed weekly, using a stainless steel comb or a soft brush. It is common for these cats to shed a coat in the spring and one in the winter, and at that time, their coat should be brushed two or three times a week.

Like all cats, wedgies need regular dental care. Brush your teeth at least once a week to help prevent gum disease. Cats also appreciate a clean litter box, which is cleaned several times a week. Wipe the corner of the Norwegian cat’s eyes once a week to clean them of any secretions. Use a new, clean cloth for each eye to avoid cross-contamination.

Cost to adopt

You can adopt a Norwegian Forest cat for as little as $75-$100. However, you should expect to pay somewhere around $600 if you choose to buy from a breeder. Unless you want to show your cat there really is no reason to seak out a breeder if money is the only thing keeping you from adopting this amazing cat.

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