Huge Norwegian Forest Cat the size of a large Maine Coon

On average, the Norwegian Forest Cat (NFC) is smaller than the Maine Coon but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Not all MCs are larger than NFCs. This TikTok video illustrates the point. This NFC is very classic in terms of 'type' meaning desired appearance as per the breed standard. Super appearance. Huge Norwegian Forest Cat the size of a large Maine Coon. Image: MikeB from screenshots. Here is the video. For me it is a bit irritating because of the soundtrack. Horrible for me. But the point is made about size. This is a great NFC. A classic in terms of coat: a grey tabby-and-white. It is his size which is untypical for this breed although they are one of the largest domestic cat breeds challenging the supremacy of the Maine Coon sometimes .

Do Norwegian Forest cats like water?

Norwegian Forest cats (NFCs) don't like water any more than any other cat. Neither do they like water any more than any other. The question really refers to individual cats and not to a breed of cat. I don't think the fact that the NFC comes from snowy Norway makes a difference in this discussion.

There's probably a bit of a myth on the Internet about domestic cats and water in any case. There is a myth that Turkish Van cats like water. It is not true. In general, all domestic cats are slightly averse to water because their wildcat ancestor didn't really live around watercourses or rivers or streams. They lived in scrubby dry and slightly arid landscapes. This history has been brought forward to the present in the DNA of domestic cats. They don't drink water that well because they learned over eons of evolution that water is scarce and therefore the learned to take their water from their prey animals. The Norwegian Forest cat is no different to a random cat in Scotland or in South America.

NFC in the snow getting a little wet and not minding one bit. Photo in public domain.

And random bed cats are no different to pedigree cats when it comes to liking or disliking water. There is one exception possibly to this and that is the wildcat hybrids. This is because there is wild cat DNA in these cats and with respect to the two predominant wildcat hybrids namely the Savannah and the Bengal, they have serval and Asiatic leopard cat DNA in them respectively. The serval lives in areas where there is long grass and this could be where there are watercourses and the Asiatic leopard cat lives in rainforests. Therefore these wildcats are very used to being around water. This is why their hybrid offspring have this trait which is that they like water or they have a predisposition to liking water.

The answer to the question is that some individual Norwegian Forest cats might not mind getting wet. While others will be uncomfortable getting wet. On this topic you also have to discuss how they get wet. A lot of cats don't mind getting wet because it's raining but this is completely different to being dunked into a bath where the cat is submerged in water. It is likely that a cat would dislike the latter but not be bothered with the former. This applies to Norwegian Forest cats as well as any other cat.


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