Up to 5 years
Norwegian Forest Cat kittenNorwegian Forest Cats are lively, even-tempered kittens who are easy to train and enjoy being involved in anything interesting their owners are up to.
The Norwegian Forest Cat develops slowly, not reaching full maturity until the age of five. The majority of their growth happens up to 12 months old; the following years are spent building muscle. This is in part due to their large stature.
From 5 years
Norwegian Forest Cat adultThe adult Norwegian Forest Cat is large, with a sturdy appearance and strong legs. They are skilled hunters and like nothing more than prowling and chasing their prey.
9 - 20 lb Weight
7 - 15 lb Weight
Norwegian Forest Cat health and agingThe Norwegian Forest Cat's affectionate and playful character is known to last well into old age. That being said, their health and nutritional needs will change as they grow older. It is a good idea to arrange regular check-ups with a vet at this stage, as they will be able to advise on any nutritional changes or health problems that aging may bring.
Due in part to their size, Norwegian Forest Cats are prone to bone and joint stress, which can cause an abnormal gait, as well as discomfort to the cat. One of the best ways to prevent or combat this problem is through weight management. This can be achieved through balanced diet, adapted food portions and plenty of exercise.