Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat

Behaviour/Adaptability

Intelligent and sensitive, Wegies are known for their sweet disposition. They adapt well to life on the outside, but prefer to be on the inside, where the the action. They love to be around people and are sure to spend a lot of time with their owner. time with their owner. They are active cats, who have random bursts of energy and then have a siesta. energy and then take a nap. Wegies adapt well to change, but also like to do things their own way. also like to do things on their own terms.

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Norwegian Forest Cats are large, affectionate animals that make excellent family pets. Learn more about this kind and gentle cat breed. Norwegian Forest Cats are large, affectionate felines affectionately nicknamed “Wegies” by fans of the breed. Wegies are popular all over the world and especially adored in their native Norway, where they are known as skogkatt.
These gentle kittens make amazing pets and are instantly recognisable by their enormous size and calm, gentle temperament. Norwegian Forest Cats are affectionate and undemanding companions. If you can provide plenty of love, attentive grooming and safe surfaces for your cat to climb on, the Wegie will make an amazing family pet. Norwegian Forest Cats typically cost between $800 and $1,500, depending on age, pedigree, location and other factors. Norwegian Forest Cats are athletic, muscular cats with large bodies. According to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), these cats typically weigh between 4.5 and 6 kilos – males tend to be larger than females – and have a long, bushy tail and abundant fur that makes them appear even larger.
“Domestic cats weigh on average 2.5 to 3.5 kilos; Norwegian forest cats are definitely bigger than that,” says Bruce Kornreich, DVM, PhD, director of Cornell’s Center for Feline Health. “They can weigh up to 18 or even 20 pounds in some cases.” Their long fur is shiny and water-resistant, adapted to the harsh Norwegian winters. Wegies have a dense undercoat that helps keep them warm, which means they need regular brushing and maintenance. Their coat moults; in fact, their winter undercoat will moult in spring. The Norwegian Forest Cat’s coat is available in a wide variety of colours and patterns. Coat colours include white, black, blue, red, cream, silver and gold. This fluffy cat’s coat can also have solid, two-tone, tortoiseshell, calico and brindle coat patterns. Their eyes are shades of green, gold or copper, or somewhere in between.
The appearance of Wegies is often compared to that of the Maine Coon, but Norwegian Forest Cats are slightly smaller and have a more slender build. Norwegian Forest Cats also have almond-shaped eyes, while the Maine Coon has rounder eyes.

Breed Characteristics:
Coat Type: This breed has a semi-longhaired double coat that is waterproof. They also have a dense undercoat, bushy tail and tufted paws to keep it warm in colder climates.
Colours & Body Type: Norwegian Forest Cat’s are large and muscular. They have a triangular head and large almond eyes, giving it a unique appearance. This breed comes in most colours but is commonly seen in brown tabby or white. Coat patterns are also possible but not colour pointing.
Grooming Needs: Medium maintenance.
Similar Breeds: Maine Coon, Siberian, Turkish Van.
Vital Stats:
Height: 23 to 28 cm
Weight – Female: 4 to 5.5 kg
Weight – Male: 5.5 to 7.5 kg
Health Profile: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, Glycogen storage disease (type IV).
Life Span: 14 to 16 Years

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