Norwegian Forest Cats, or
Wegies ['Weejees') are highly intelligent cats who will remind you of
dogs in the way they welcome you at the front door, follow you
around the house, fetch and retrieve small toys thrown for them, and
when out of breath after an energetic play session they loll their
tongues out and pant! They have very 'smoochy' eyes and purr
louder than most cats whilst only having a soft, high-pitched chirrup
when they miaow.
They love to be cuddled and given plenty of attention, and are
usually confident with other cats, dogs and children.
However, they are not a laid-back cat, content to snooze on a window
sill and ignore all that is going on around them. They like
instead to be involved in everything you do. In general,
however, they are good at keeping themselves amused and do not become
destructive when bored.
Large cats, they can grow to 9 kg or more (males) and 6 kg
(females), and are known for their enormously fluffy tails which their
ancestors used to wrap around themselves for warmth when sleeping in the
snow. Their double coat, a soft undercoat to keep them warm, and
an outer, oily and coarse coat with guard hairs, render the cat virtually
waterproof in extreme weather conditions. NFCs are
very robust and healthy, and not normally prone to feline diseases or
genetically inherited problems.