Norwegian Forest Cat

Growth Size

Norwegian Forest Cats grow to a weight of 5.5 – 9kg.


14 – 16 years.


Norwegian Forest Cats are quite docile and gentle. They love human and feline companionship, and can sometimes be a bit cheeky and playful. They have strong climbing instincts, so a scratching pole or cat tree is recommended for this breed.

Training Difficulty

This intelligent breed is surprisingly easy to train. With the right methods they can be taught a variety of tricks, or to retrieve items. They love being challenged and are interested in figuring out puzzles or learning new tricks.

Recommended Owners

Ideal for most home environments. The gentle nature of the Norwegian Forest Cat is suitable to please young families, singles, and the eldery.


The Norwegian Forest Cat's origin is traced back to around 4000 years ago! They were known to Vikings and farmers in Norway as the 'Skogkatt', which translates to 'Forest Cat'. This breed was first shown at an Oslo cat show in the 1930s. It wasn't officially recognised until 1984, after breeders developed it as a pedigreed cat with a standardised appearance.


All cats are 'obligate carnivores', which means they require meat in their diet. Taurine is essential to a cat's health, and it gets this amino acid from either wet or dry foods containing meat. Depending on factors such as size and weight, adult cats can eat a quarter to half a cup of dry food per day, or 140 – 250g of wet food per day. These amounts can be halved if feeding a diet of both wet and dry food.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


For a semi-long-haired cat, this breed's coat is relatively low maintenance. If allowed outside, Norwegian Forest Cats may need twigs removed from their fur, otherwise a weekly brush is fine.


Norwegian Forest Cats love to be perched up somewhere high, so they can survey the area. A tall cat tree is recommended for this breed to deter them from climbing up your bookcase!