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Norwegian Forest Cat

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The Norwegian Forest Cat, also known as the "Skogkatt", is said to have originated in Medieval Scandinavia, where they were kept by Danish and Norwegian sailors as pest controllers and pets. The breed is described in some Viking legends as a fairy-like cat that can scale sheer rock faces. This chilly start, catching vikings' vermin on the high seas and icy rocks, may explain the breed's heavy winter coat, large muscles and large size.

In the early 1900s the Norwegian Forest Cat had become rare in Scandinavia and was at risk of disappearing. Breeding programs were established in the 1930s, but World War Two interrupted this work.

In the 1970s a special breeding program was organized in Norway to protect the breed. The late King Olaf designated them the official cat of Norway, which boosted their profile and increased their popularity, enabling the breed’s population to recover. The Norwegian Forest Cat was granted Championship status by TICA in 1984.


The Norwegian Forest Cat is an adaptable cat that can fit into almost any household. They are well mannered and particularly enjoy human interaction.


The Norwegian Forest Cat comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Breed Details

  • Status: Fairly common
  • Place of Origin: Norway
  • Rough date of Origin: 1950s
  • Hair length: Longhair
  • Activity Level: High
  • Vocalness: Low
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Moderate
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Weight: 3.0 - 9.0kg
  • Size: Medium
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: Outdoor Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
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2 cats bought by my granddaughter -

2 very friendly brothers, now neutered, will fight like cat and dog then fall asleep in each other’s paws, so cute. High maintenance, brushed twice a day at least but love the sessions. House cats only as I live by a lot of traffic on the road.

Wedgies -

The Norwegian forest cat is a very friendly, loves everyone and everything type of cat. If you are looking for a lap cat however, this breed is not for you. They love their family, and will actively seek out company but will not sit on your lap for the evening. My cat will come in , eat and go out again. After visiting the neighbours cats for some feline company, he will come home when he pleases. I would not recommend this breed is kept in towns or cities, as their name suggests they like outdoor access and gardens to play in as a minimum. Mine regularly sits up in a tree. Be prepared to groom regularly, every day in summer, as the double coat knots easily, and sheds easily. The double coat protects the cat from the rain and cold weather, but be prepared for wet legs as your soggy moggy will still rub against you!

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