While it is typical to expect any breed of cat to have some health issues, Norwegian Forest Cats can have both genetic and inherited health problems. If a cattery claims that their Norwegian Forest Cats are in perfect health and will never have any health issues, take this as a major red flag. The breeder should be deeply knowledgable and honest about two very common health problems in particular that frequently occur during a Wegie’s lifetime.
Norwegian Forest Cats are bigger than most cats and enjoy being around people, hence their popularity in Europe. Whether you adopt a male or female Norwegian Forest Cat ultimately depends on your personal preferences, and more likely will be decided by the particular cat you happen to fall in love with regardless of their gender. In other words, our cats often choose us and not the other way around!
Every cat needs at least some occasional grooming, but some need it more frequently and extensively than others. The Norwegian Forest Cat is not the most demanding of all cat breeds, but it does require more consistent grooming because of its unique coat. Wegies tend to shed less than other breeds, but still need their coat brushed and cleaned to help prevent knotting and excessive hairballs from forming when cleaning themselves.