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This giant fluffy cat breed is a much-loved feline in Northern Europe and is almost as popular in Great Britain and the rest of Europe. The Norwegian Forest is similar to the Maine Coon in appearance and personality, with the prominent resemblance being their extra-large size. These giant teddy bears are super affectionate yet highly intelligent and adapt well to all homes.
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Meet the Norwegian Forest
Norwegian Forest cats, affectionately called “Wedgies”, are among the largest domestic cat breeds alongside Maine Coons. Male Norwegian cats weigh 13-20 lbs, and females are a bit smaller, at 9-13 lbs when fully grown. Additionally, they will reach 12 to 18 inches in length and 9 to 12 inches in height.
Their muscular, well-boned bodies and long, thick, double-layer coat makes them appear significantly bigger than most other house cats. This uniquely large appearance is what makes them so attractive to many cat lovers.
For others, it’s simply their cuddliness as their lush, glossy fur certainly makes them look like a warm and snuggly furry friend. Luckily, as they love human interaction, they are usually happy to be their owner’s teddy bear.
Their double-layered fur consists of a dense undercoat to keep them warm in sub-zero temperatures and a water-repellent top layer to protect them from the elements. However, don’t worry about them overheating in the summer. Their undercoat sheds in the spring and then regrows in the autumn. Moreover, the thickness of their coat is not consistent throughout their body. You’ll find it is thickest around the legs, chest and head.
Wedgies have distinctive triangular-shaped heads with large, high-set ears and almond-shaped eyes. Their eyes, like their coats, can come in various colours. The most common coat shades are white, cream, brown and grey, or a mixture of these. However, they can also have black, blue, red, and gold on their coat. In addition, they may have a solid colour or bicolour, tortoiseshell, calico or tabby patterns.
The temperament of a Norwegian Forest cat
Wedgies are known for being affectionate and loving companions, thanks to their gentle and calm nature. They love to stay close to their owners, and as they are pretty quiet, you’ll often turn around to find your kitty right there, simply relaxing in your presence. Therefore, they certainly have an undemanding nature. Still, when you start to pet them, you’ll immediately notice their eyes light up and will hear an instant purr.
Norwegian Forest cats are a very intelligent breed, and they can have a lot of energy. Therefore, with this feline, you’ll need to have a bunch of games up your sleeve as they require plenty of playtime. They also love to climb, so bookshelves and cat trees are ideal to have with one of these kitties around.
Challenging puzzle games are great for them, too, as they will occupy their mind and allow them to release their energy. You’ll know if they are not feeling challenged or stimulated enough, as they will start acting particularly lazy and sleepy.
Because of their high energy, they are not massive lap cats, although they are not immune to sleeping on their owners either. However, most times, they prefer to receive love through petting and stroking. Moreover, they generally only get very vocal when they are hungry or need something.
Although they have infinite love to give to their owners, Wedgies can act slightly reserved around strangers. They don’t instantly trust new people but don’t take long to warm to them either. Once they meet someone a couple of times, they will be keen to make a new friend as they know that more humans mean more attention.
10 Reasons to add a Norwegian Forest to your family
- They love to be involved in family life - Norwegian Forest cats want to feel like they are part of the family. They adore when they are cuddled, played with, and involved in family events.
- They have British ancestors - It is thought that this breed’s ancestors may include British shorthairs brought to Norway from Great Britain by the Vikings around 1000 AD.
- They love children - Wedgies like receiving attention from all humans, including the smallest ones. They will even tolerate a child dressing them up or carrying them around.
- Even their meow is cute - They tend to have a very high-pitched meow that sounds more like a cute chirp rather than a demanding call.
- They will keep pests away - Norwegian Forest cats are natural hunters. They can catch any rodent or insect that enters the house, keeping it clean and pest-free!
- Each one has a unique appearance - Their coats can come in almost every colour and pattern, so you know that your Wedgie will look different to all the others.
- They take five years to mature - Being so slow to develop; your Norwegian Forest will possess that cute innocence of a playful kitten for years to come.
- They don’t shed a crazy amount - Don’t let their fuzzy appearance stop you from bringing this loving feline home. They don’t shed as much as you think, and they won’t cover all your furnishings in cat hair.
- They adapt well to change - If you’re someone who moves house frequently or you plan to bring new two-legged or four-legged beings into the home, your Norwegian Forest will take it all in its ever unfazed stride.
- They are so easy to love - No cat enthusiast could not fall in love with the gorgeous appearance and adorable personality of a Norwegian Forest Cat.
Best homes for a Norwegian Forest cat
Norwegian Forest cats are calm and adaptable, so they will generally find happiness in any household, providing they receive plenty of love and care. If you have young children or existing pets, Wedgies are a fab choice as they are so easygoing.
One important thing to note about Norwegian Forest cats is that they crave human attention but never demand it. Unfortunately, this hidden trait can make people think they will do fine if left alone frequently. But, in reality, prolonged periods of solitude will make a Norwegian Forest an unhappy kitty. Therefore, if you work full time, be sure to shower them with love in the morning, evening, and weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions About Norwegian Forest Kittens
Why should I choose a Norwegian Forest kitten from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
We believe that the only acceptable way to raise kittens is in a loving family home where they stay with their mother. Furthermore, it’s our company mission to help the fight of illegal pet farms that operate in unethical ways. Therefore, we support only moral, licensed breeders that show they provide top quality care towards their kittens.As a result, all our breeders keep their kittens in the family home, treating each one as their own pet. Because of this, you will know that by choosing one of our Norwegian Forest kittens, you’ll receive a well-developed, fully healthy feline.
Is a Norwegian Forest kitten right for me?
Norwegian Forest cats make affectionate, friendly, and easy-going pets. They have a playful nature yet a calm temperament, making them an enjoyable feline to have around. They love human interaction but are not demanding, so they are a good fit for many families. It’s totally fine to leave a Norwegian Forest cat alone for short periods. However, a Norwegian Forest kitten is unlikely to thrive without regular human interaction and will suffer if you are rarely home. Therefore, they are best suited to owners that are home a considerable amount of time.
Is The Pedigree Paws a trustworthy agency?
You have probably heard many sad stories about dishonourable breeders and agencies that have scammed animal lovers. Therefore, we know it’s not easy to know who to trust when looking for a new pet. At The Pedigrees Paws, we prioritise building assurance with our clients by operating transparently and ethically, thus being a trustworthy figure. One way we do this is by only working with licensed breeders and ensuring all our Norwegian Forest kittens have the official registration documents to prove they are 100% pedigree. However, don’t just take our word for it. Feel free to check out testimonials from hundreds of our content customers and see for yourself.
Are Norwegian Forest Kittens from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Yes, we would never facilitate the sale of any Norwegian Forest Kittens that are not 100% healthy. To ensure this never happens, we make sure all our breeders follow the strictest health protocols. So, for example, every Norwegian Forest kitten we list has a thorough health check with a licensed vet first. Both parents of the kitten also undergo a DNA test. These tests ensure they have no genetic mutations that can pass down to the kitten, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or hip dysplasia. In addition, your Norwegian Forest kitten will be microchipped before the sale and have all their vaccinations up to date.
How long do I have to wait to receive my Norwegian Forest Kitten?
For the optimal development and wellbeing, we keep every Norwegian Forest kitten with their mother and siblings for the first 8 weeks of their life, at least. However we do prefer that they stay together for 10-13 weeks, but the exact duration will depend on the specific breeder. It is important that no kitten leaves their mothers company before this age, as if this happens, their health and wellbeing often suffers.
Can I see the parents of a Norwegian Forest kitten before purchase?
Yes, seeing a Norwegian Forest kitten’s parents will put your mind at ease as you’ll see that they are healthy, and therefore, your kitten is more likely to grow up to be a healthy feline. Plus, as the Norwegian Forest is one of the largest breeds, you’ll get an idea of how big your baby Wedgie will get. We will arrange for you to have a video call with the breeder to see one or both of the kitten’s parents virtually.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my new Norwegian Forest kitten?
Yes, all our Norwegian Forest kittens come with internationally recognised pedigree documents such as GCCF, TICA, FIFe that prove they are 100% Norwegian Forest breed. You’ll receive your kitten’s registration documents with them, but the specific enrollment will depend on the breeder’s location.
Do your Norwegian Forest kittens come from good breeders?
Yes, we work with the most passionate and ethical Norwegian Forest breeders in the UK and Europe. These breeders all adhere to strict animal welfare policies set by international organisations, such as Cat Fanciers’ Association amongst others. However, we do not stop there. We also have an extensive in-house breeder selection process and we ensure our breeders see their kittens as family members and sentient beings. Therefore, you can have total confidence that your baby Wedgie will grow into an affectionate, well-tempered, easy-going companion.
Are your Norwegian Forest kittens raised in a family home or breeding facility?
Part of our strict breeder requirements is that they must raise their kittens with the mother cat and siblings in the family home. For various reasons, we do not support any other way of breeding animals, such as commercial breeding facilities. In this environment, kittens are often kept in unclean cages without their mother, where of course, they experience a great deal of neglect, and are treated like products. However, when kittens grow up with their mother and siblings in a happy family home, they thrive. Not only do they receive sufficient health care, but regular human interaction means that they will quickly adapt to their new home with as little stress as possible.
How can I help my Norwegian Forest kitten adjust to its new home?
Norwegian Forest Cats and kittens are very easy-going, but some can take a little while to warm up to strangers. Therefore, to make the transition as stress-free as possible and help them adapt quickly, we recommend taking a few precautions.First, ask the breeder to send a towel or blanket containing the mother’s scent, which will help keep your new kitten calm during the transition. Secondly, keeping them in a small space for the first couple of days will help them feel safer. Therefore, we recommend that you keep your baby Wedgie in one room only, until they are acting confident and settled.