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Norwegian Forest Cat

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Breed Information
Popularity (2014) #14
Name Norwegian Forest Cat
Other names Skogkatt / Skaukatt, Norsk Skogkatt / Norsk Skaukatt, Weegie
Origin Norway
Size Large
Coat LongDenseSilkySoftGlossy
Lap Cat No
Life span 12-16 years
Temperament SweetActiveIntelligentSocialPlayfulLivelyCurious
Weight Male: 10 - 16 poundsFemale: 8 - 12 pounds
Colors WhiteBlackBlueRedCreamSilverTabbyCinnamon
Kitten Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Affection Level 5 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood With Others: It is usually good with everyone and can be very affectionate towards them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Energy Level 3 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Regular grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. It stimulates circulation, massages the skin, and removes debris and loose hair. Frequency should be once a week.
Health Issues 3 starsHealth Problems: Unfortunately, it is known to have a myriad count of illnesses and conditions. Owners with these cat breeds should prepare for some long-term medical costs or hedge their risks with pet insurance.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 stars
Shedding 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this cat to shed moderately. By providing it proper nutrition, regular grooming, and keeping the shedding contained to a small area, like a pet bed, will minimize shedding and make it more manageable.
Social Needs 5 stars
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Vocalization 1 starsLow Vocalization: It is known to be quiet. Therefore, owners shouldn't be concerned of excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.
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Kitten Names
Rank Male Female
01 Cassidy Molly
02 Blade Angel
03 Duncan Pepsi
04 Coco Emma
05 Symba Belle
06 Lucky Lexi
07 Romeo Chloe
08 Aaron Maya
09 Blaze Poppy
10 Astro Maya

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a strong, solid, muscular cat that is somewhat similar in type to the Maine Coon. It has been suggested that the Norwegian is an early ancestor of the Maine Coon and perhaps of the long-haired Manx variety, as well. Called the “Norsk Skaukatt” in its homeland, this cat has a long, dense double coat, with a coarse outer layer covering a thick, wooly undercoat that makes it virtually water-proof even in the heaviest of rainstorms. Its tufted, lynx-like ears, ruffed neck and long bushy tail provide additional protection against bitter weather. These are big cats. Adult males typically weigh between 10 and 16 pounds; females weigh substantially less. Their hind legs are longer than their front legs, which is one characteristic that distinguishes them from the Maine Coon. Despite its size, the Norwegian Forest Cat has a certain elegance about it. It has a refined, triangular-shaped head with a long, straight face in profile. Its eyes are large, almond-shaped and slanted slightly upward at the outer corners. This breed comes in a wide range of beautiful colors. However, color and pattern are considered secondary to a correct coat and body type. Norwegian Forest Cats do tend to shed, especially during the summer months, although their coat requires only occasional brushing and combing to keep them tidy.

Norwegian Forest Cats are smart, friendly and playful, much like their probable distant cousins, the Maine Coons. They are inquisitive and have great affection for the outdoors. However, they also greatly enjoy the company of people and other pets. In fact, Norwegian Forest Cats are known to go looking for companionship, if they have been left alone or unattended to by their owners for prolonged periods of time. Norwegians are affectionate but not overly pushy or pestering. They certainly like to cuddle with and be close to their owners, but they are not as clingy or demanding as some other breeds. They also are not an especially loud or vocal breed. Norwegian Forest Cats are patient, stable and even-tempered. They are not easily-stressed, which makes them terrific companions for families with young children.

Children & Other Pets
The friendly, laidback Norwegian Forest Cat  is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect, and he doesn’t mind playing dress-up or going for a ride in a baby buggy. He is happy to live with other cats and cat-friendly dogs, too, thanks to his amiable disposition. Introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.
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