The Norwegian Forest Cat is a rare breed that has existed for centuries in the forests of Norway, developing naturally without human intervention. The Norwegian Forest Cat, also known as Skogkatt (Norwegian for 'forest cat') and 'Wegie' in the USA, appears enormous with its long, thick fur and tufts of hair growing at the tips of its ears. Although it will develop strong bonds with its family and owner, it often prefers its own space to relax.
When is a Norwegian Forest Cat fully grown?
As the Norwegian Forest Cat belongs to a breed of large cats, it only reaches full maturity when it is three to four years old. The cat can weigh up to about 8 kg. The breed differs from many other long-haired cats in that its legs are longer and more elongated, giving them a thinner appearance than other breeds, such as the Maine Coon. Their triangular face and tall ears, adorned with tufts of hair inside and at the tips, are in accordance with the breed's standard.
What is the price of a Norwegian Forest Cat?
A Norwegian Forest Cat costs between 3,000 and 5,000 DKK. It's important to be aware that the Norwegian Forest Cat goes by different names, including Skogkatt and Wegie when searching for reputable breeders. The price depends on the availability of litters and the demand for the breed. Be prepared to spend more if the kitten is of show quality as opposed to pet quality.
How long does a Norwegian Forest Cat live?
Like many other domestic cat breeds, a Norwegian Forest Cat has a lifespan of 12 to 20 years, depending on their overall health and level of care. Although they typically have good health, the naturally muscular breed is susceptible to obesity and other weight-related disorders as they age, including diabetes and joint problems. They can also be prone to retinal dysplasia, heart or kidney disease, and glycogen storage diseases. Regular veterinarian visits and vaccinations should be maintained, as with all other cats.
How much does a Norwegian Forest Cat weigh?
Males typically weigh between 5 to 7 kg, while females typically weigh between 4 to 5.5 kg.
Both male and female Forest Cats have significant muscle and bone mass after reaching full maturity, which can take up to five years.
What sets a Norwegian Forest Cat apart from a Maine Coon?
The two breeds differ significantly in many ways. The Norwegian Forest Cat has a triangular skull, a flat forehead, and a straight nose, while Maine Coons have a larger muzzle than a Forest Cat. The Norwegian Forest Cat has a 'normal cat face' compared to Maine Coons. Maine Coons look more like lions from the side, thanks to their prominent nose and high cheekbones. The tip of the Norwegian Forest Cat's tail is pointed, while a Maine Coon's tail tip is bushy and less angular. Last but not least, Norwegian Forest Cats are usually quieter than Maine Coons, which tend to be noisier.
Norwegian Forest Cat or Maine Coon, which is bigger?
Although the Maine Coon is one of the largest breeds, the Norwegian Forest Cat is also one of the largest. In fact, Barivel, a Maine Coon, broke the previous record for the longest domestic cat in May 2018 by measuring 120 cm.