The Wegie, as he’s nicknamed, is a large cat who looks as if he would be perfectly at home stalking prey in a forest or fishing out of a creek. He has a long, beautiful coat, tufted ears and a plumed tail. This is a gentle, friendly cat who loves being around people.
Did You Know the Norwegian Forest Cat Resembles the Maine Coon?
At first glance, the Wegie resembles the Maine Coon, and it’s certainly possible that they are related way back in the mists of time, but there are some physical differences between the two. Wegies have a more compact body and a straight profile, where as the Maine Coon has a slight concavity in profile. Norwegian Forest Cats have almond-shaped eyes while Maine Coons have eyes with an opened oval shape.
Meet the official cat of Norway. In his native country, he’s known as the “skogkatt,” which means “forest cat,” so when this cat came to North America, he was given the name Norwegian Forest Cat. That’s a mouthful, so he is affectionately referred to as the “Wegie.” He resembles the Maine Coon Cat, and there is certainly a good chance that the two are related way back when, but the Wegie is a breed in his own right with his own distinct characteristics.
This is a kind, loving, gentle cat with a strong nurturing instinct. The Wegie stands out for his double coat of many colors and patterns, tufted paws and ears, triangular head, plumed tail and sturdy, heavily muscled body. He’s on the large side, weighing 10 to 15 pounds. Independent and intelligent, he loves his family but isn’t demanding of attention. This is one of those cats who can get along with everyone, including dogs and other cats.
Wegies mature slowly and take a long time to reach full physical and emotional development. A Wegie enjoys climbing and being up high, so be sure to purchase a ceiling-height cat tree and place it where he can watch over his domain.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is well suited to any home with people who will love him and comb his gorgeous coat once or twice a week. He does have periods of heavy shedding, during which you will need to comb him more frequently. Physically, he is adapted to harsh climates, but keep him indoors to protect him from cars, diseases spread by other cats and attacks from other animals.
Other Quick Facts About the Norwegian Forest Cat
The Norwegian Forest Cat matures slowly.
The Wegie is a sturdy cat with a large, muscular body and a thick, heavy coat suited to the harsh Scandinavian winters of his homeland. It comes in most colors and patterns, with the exception of the colorpoints seen in Siamese, and may darken or lighten seasonally. The most common pattern is tabby with white.