Norwegian Forest Cat

Everything You Need to Know About Norwegian Forest Cat



What are Norwegian Forest cats like?



 Known as the Skogkatt in its native Norway, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a large, semi-longhaired cat whose rugged appearance fits its name. Despite the hardy facade, this breed is very much a homebody that enjoys the company of other pets and particularly their human companions.

How long is a full grown Norwegian Forest cat?

 How long is a full grown Norwegian Forest cat? Norwegian Forest Cats are generally healthy, with a long life span of 14 to 16 years.

Norwegian Forest Cat Breed Information

Weight Male: 10 - 16 poundsFemale: 8 - 12 pounds
Colors White-Black-Blue-Red-Cream-Silver-Tabby-Cinnamon
Kitten Price Average $600 - $800 USD

Do Norwegian Forest cats shed a lot?

 The Norwegian must be groomed daily to keep the coat free from knots and tangles, especially during shedding season. This grooming can be incorporated into play time, but generally she enjoys being groomed. As with all thick coated cats, a hairball remedy may need to be given when regular shedding is occurring.

How big are Norwegian Forest cat?

 The fully mature (approximately age five) Norwegian Forest Cat is a large, sturdycat, well-muscled with significant boning.
 Expect a male to weigh from 12 to 16 pounds; fully grown females will weigh from 9 to 12 pounds.


What is the life expectancy of a Norwegian Forest Cat?

 It is a big, strong cat, similar to the Maine Coon breed, with long legs, a bushy tail and a sturdy body.
The breed is very good at climbing, since they have strong claws. The lifespan is usually 14 to 16 years,
though kidney and heart diseases have been reported in the breed.

Are Norwegian forest cat hypoallergenic?

  The Siberian cat, among others, may produce less Fel d 1 than certain other cats, and Norwegian forest cats seem to be related to Siberians.
 Still, there is no trulyhypoallergenic cat, so individuals with allergies may react to any cat.

Health

Both pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. Norwegian Forest Cats are generally healthy, with a long life span of 14 to 16 years. The following diseases have been seen in the breed:

      Glycogen Storage Disease IV, a rare heritable condition that affects metabolism of glucose. 
 Most kittens with the disease are stillborn or die within a few hours of birth, but occasionally a kitten will not show signs until about 5 months of age and usually die within a few months. A DNA test is available that can identify affected and carrier cats.

       Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is inherited in some cat breeds such as the Maine Coon. Heritability has not been proven in the Norwegian Forest Cat.Polycystic kidney disease, a genetic condition that progressively destroys the kidneys. No DNA test for the disease is available for Norwegian Forest Cats, but the disease can be detected through ultrasound as early ass 10 months of age.
       Retinal dysplasia, an eye defect that causes spots on the retina but does not worsen the cat’s vision.
 

Care

Brush or comb the Norwegian Forest Cat’s long coat once or twice a week, using a bristle brush, wire slicker brush or stainless steel comb. If you run across tangles, work them out gently so you don’t hurt the cat. A bath is rarely necessary, which is a good thing. With the Wegie’s practically waterproof coat, it can be very difficult to get him wet enough for a bath.

Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Wipe the corners of the eyes daily with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection. Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.

Keep the litter box spotlessly clean. Like all cats, Wegies are very particular about bathroom hygiene. A clean litter box will also help to keep their fur clean.

He is certainly built to survive a cold climate, but it’s a good idea to keep a Norwegian Forest Cat as an indoor-only cat to protect him from diseases spread by other cats, attacks by dogs or coyotes, and the other dangers that face cats who go outdoors, such as being hit by a car. Wegies who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such an unusual cat without paying for it. If possible, build your Wegie a large outdoor enclosure where he can enjoy the elements safely.

Children And 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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