Purchasing a purebred Norwegian Forest Cat is a big decision. Finding a reputable, ethical breeder isn’t enough. You’ll also need to perform all the due diligence necessary to ensure your cat’s health and pedigree. It is a time-consuming process, but well worth it!
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.
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.