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 .

Norwegian Forest Cat - focusing on the muzzle

 This Norwegian Forest Cat (NFC) looks like he is on top of a cat enclosure fence. Look at the overhanging grill. That's a classic cat enclosure fence but he is on the outside! 

Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cat. Photo: Reddit.

Is it a cat enclosure and did he escape it? Possible. Perhaps the owner decided that he looked so good after escaping his 'prison' that they decided to take a nice photo and it is a damned good one.

The cat looks very similar to the Maine Coon. And they are similar. Hell, he could be a Maine Coon! For me the biggest difference is in the muzzle. The MC's muzzle is quite square compared to the NFC's. This cat's muzzle is between the two perhaps. It is totally inline with the breed standard I'd argue.

The photos below compare this aspect of the NFC appearance to that of the MC.

Norwegian Forest Cat face compared to Maine Coon's
Norwegian Forest Cat face compared to Maine Coon's. Image: CFA breed standard page.

For a NFC show cat the appearance of the muzzle is worth 10 points. There is that noticeable triangular look of the face compared to the more boxy and square appearance of the MC's face because of the larger muzzle. This triagular face is seen in the photo and drawing below.

NFC muzzle
NFC muzzle. Image: CFA breed standard page.

Another difference is the relative lack of lynx tipped ears in the NFC when all MCs should have quite noticeable hair tufts growing out of the ear flaps. This cat hasn't which points to the fact they he is a NFC.

He is a beautiful grey/brown tabby with a nice ruff, not overly large. He looks very composed and confident. 

Cat owners like their cat to be confident as it leads to better interactions. The embedded image below comes from the Reddit website. It may stop working and if it does I apologise. I can't control it though.


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