Norwegian Forest cats Breed Profile
Coat Type, Color & Grooming:
The coat is well designed to withstand the harshest of winters, but by spring it sheds its dense, woolly undercoat, leaving only the magnificently plumed tail and the tufts of its ears and feet to remind you that this is indeed a longhaired cat. They come in all coat colors and patterns except the Siamese point patterns. Apart from periods of heavy shedding (less pronounced with indoor cats), the Norwegian Forest Cat does not generally require daily grooming; combing once or twice a week is recommended.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is large, sturdy, and boxy, with back legs that are slightly longer than the front legs and paws tufted with fur between the toes. The head is triangular, with widely spaced ears and large, almond-shaped eyes that range in color from green to hazel to gold. White cats may have blue eyes or odd eyes.
Norwegian Forest Cats are gentle, friendly cats that enjoy climbing and, according to one source, fishing. They thrive in a busy household with lots of children, other animals, and plenty of action.
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