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 shed a lot?

No, Norwegian Forest Cats do not shed a lot. Or, to put it another way, they don't shed hair faster or more furiously than other domestic cats! All domestic cat shed hair even the hairless cats shed some hair because they are partly covered with very fine down hair fibres. Although of course they will shed a lot less!

Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cat from Winterfyre Norwegian Forest Cats.

The fact of the matter is, the purebred cats, although they look very fancy and special, in terms of their anatomy and behaviour they are very ordinary or typical. Selective breeding which creates these fancy purebred cats does not touch up or have any impact upon nearly all the basic elements of the domestic cat. Selective breeding only changes the appearance of the cats slightly over time and sometimes it fixes a certain behaviour but only to a certain extent.

All the other basic functions of a domestic cat remain the same. Please don't think otherwise. This breed of cat has a medium-longhaired coat but that doesn't mean, to me, that they shed more. It just means that the hair strands are longer so when they do shed hair strands you get a bit more hair on your sofa or on the carpet. I don't think that is of any particular importance, however.

For the sake of completeness, shedding hair strands in domestic cats is triggered by the fact that there is more light during the warmer months and less light during the colder seasons when the days are shorter. It is the amount of ambient light which dictates whether a cat sheds fur or not. It is not directly related to heat which may surprise you.

If a cat is a full-time indoor cat they will shed all year round to the same amount because the ambient light is pretty well the same all year round. It is the indoor/outdoor cats which shed more during summer and during winter.


  1. Artificial light will make cats shed more google it Mike.


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