Norwegian Forest Breed Information

Norwegian Forests are a playful breed that don’t require constant attention. You won’t hear much from a Norwegian Forest cat unless they want your attention. They’re not known to be real lap cats, and are more likely to be found at a high point in the room.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their cat develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Norwegian Forests are prone to include:

  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) – a condition where cysts, present in the kidneys from birth, gradually increase in size until the kidney cannot function normally, resulting in kidney failure. A genetic test is available for this disease.

We’d recommend discussing the medical history of your potential kitten’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a cat with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.

Coat care:

Although they are a long haired breed, Norwegian Forests shouldn’t need the daily care of some other long haired breeds. However, it is a good idea to give a little extra grooming in the spring when the coat is changing from a heavy winter to a summer coat.

Estimated cost over lifetime:

These costs are based on essential items such as:

This does not include initial purchase cost, non-essential items (such as holiday care) or potential veterinary treatment of which an excess needs to be paid before your pet may be covered by pet insurance.

Insure your Norwegian Forest Cat with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your cat is poorly, especially for breeds like Norwegian Forest cat's that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

*Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.

By insuring your Norwegian Forest cat with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

Energy levels
 
Overall grooming needs
 
Compatibility with other pets
 
Tendency to vocalise
 
Lap cat
 
Tendency to climb jump
 
Average lifespan 14-16 years
Coat length Long
Possible health problems Polycystic kidney disease
Average purchase cost £500
Estimated cost over lifetime £15,800-£18,000
Average weight 5.5kg
Breed group Semi Longhair

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