If you ever meet a cat that is extra fluffy and is closer in size to a small-breed dog, this is most likely your first encounter with a Norwegian forest cat. Also called skogkatt (forest cat) in Norwegian, these long-haired beauties have quite a history. Some historians believe that they were brought to Norway by traveling merchants, while others say it was the Vikings themselves who carried them home from their journeys. But whatever their origin story might be, Norwegian forest cats perfectly adapted to their new environment and thrived for centuries.

Interestingly, this breed was not created artificially through human manipulation. After their ancestors were first introduced to the pretty harsh climate of Norway, forest cats started evolving to become the absolute gorgeous animals we know them to be. Today, skogkatts are adept climbers and even like fishing in ponds or other bodies of water, unlike most cat breeds who hate getting wet.   

Norse mythology has numerous mentions of fairy cats – giant felines who could climb mountains and pulled the chariot of goddess Freya. It is also very likely that the ancestors of forest cats served as ship cats, taking care of vermin infestations. One could say that life at sea made them real Viking cats. 

A modern Norwegian cat mostly prefers to stay at home and nap on a thick carpet or a sofa, though you can see that unmistakable adventurous spirit in their eyes. And although Norwegian forest cat size may suggest otherwise, they are, in fact, very friendly and affectionate animals that get on well both with family members and other pets.

In this article, we have collected Norwegian forest cat pictures so that you can admire their unmatched beauty. 

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Dylan, 11 Month/Old Norwegian Forest Cat. Our Vet Tech Carried Him Around The Office To See The Rest Of The Staff For Pets And Pictures. He Was Feeling Proud

Dylan, 11 Month/Old Norwegian Forest Cat. Our Vet Tech Carried Him Around The Office To See The Rest Of The Staff For Pets And Pictures. He Was Feeling Proud

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Ent Hugger
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

must... not... upvote... every... dang... post..... ah screw it, take my upvotes kitties!!!! <3

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Norwegian Forest Cats

Norwegian Forest Cats

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When We Rescued Him From The Humane Society. Little Did We Know That Bagheera Was Actually A Majestic Norwegian Forest Cat

When We Rescued Him From The Humane Society. Little Did We Know That Bagheera Was Actually A Majestic Norwegian Forest Cat

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Susie Kamper
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I upvote as I’ve rescued a black Norwegian too. He looked identical to yours. He died in my arms after 16 years. He too was majestic so I kind of feel bad that I named him Fatty McFat

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A Handful Of Norwegian Forest Kittens

A Handful Of Norwegian Forest Kittens

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Fluff Master Supreme

Fluff Master Supreme

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My Norwegian Forest Cat Nugget

My Norwegian Forest Cat Nugget

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Meet Astrid, My New 9-Week-Old Norwegian Forest Cat. She's Enjoying The Train Home From K.C. To Chicago

Meet Astrid, My New 9-Week-Old Norwegian Forest Cat. She's Enjoying The Train Home From K.C. To Chicago

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Freya The Cheeky Norwegian Forest Cat

Freya The Cheeky Norwegian Forest Cat

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Meet Odin, A Norwegian Forest Cat!

Meet Odin, A Norwegian Forest Cat!

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My Cat, Fearlessly Scouting The Woods

My Cat, Fearlessly Scouting The Woods

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Mille, The Norwegian Forest Cat

Mille, The Norwegian Forest Cat

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Ent Hugger
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

who needs legs when you have all that floof!

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I'm A Norwegian Forest Cat. How Do You Do?

I'm A Norwegian Forest Cat. How Do You Do?

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Pepper, The Norwegian Forest Cat Just Loves Snow

Pepper, The Norwegian Forest Cat Just Loves Snow

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Argle Bargle
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry Pepper, I thought you had teeth on your tongue. Don't worry, I won't mention the boobcicles

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Our Nearly 17 Year Old Norwegian Forest Cat, We Love Him Dearly

Our Nearly 17 Year Old Norwegian Forest Cat, We Love Him Dearly

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In His Element

In His Element

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Ent Hugger
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wolf-cat?? that face... what a cool looking kitty!

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My Friend's Norwegian Forest Cat Knows She’s Beautiful

My Friend's Norwegian Forest Cat Knows She’s Beautiful

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glowworm2
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She certainly is. Look at her eyes and fluff!

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Norwegian Forest Prettiness

Norwegian Forest Prettiness

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Ent Hugger
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

be still my heart that is one gorgeous kitty! the coat, the eyes... 10/10, would snuggle! and then 10/10 would need a lint roller :)

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#19

Loki And Freya Love To Cuddle With Each Other

Loki And Freya Love To Cuddle With Each Other

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Dylan, 2 Year Old Norwegian Forest Cat

Dylan, 2 Year Old Norwegian Forest Cat

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Meet Freyja My Norwegian Forest Cat

Meet Freyja My Norwegian Forest Cat

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My Name Is Zelda And I'm Pretty

My Name Is Zelda And I'm Pretty

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Our Little Norwegian Forest Cat

Our Little Norwegian Forest Cat

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My Norwegian Forest Cat That Has A Genetic Mutation That Caused Dwarfism. The Most Affectionate, Loving Cat I Have Ever Known

My Norwegian Forest Cat That Has A Genetic Mutation That Caused Dwarfism. The Most Affectionate, Loving Cat I Have Ever Known

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#25

The Eyes On This Norwegian Fluff Ball

The Eyes On This Norwegian Fluff Ball

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ice blue-green like a glacial lake.

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Enzo - The Norwegian Forest Cat

Enzo - The Norwegian Forest Cat

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Hi, My Name Is Blitz And I’m A Norwegian Forest Cat

Hi, My Name Is Blitz And I’m A Norwegian Forest Cat

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Dylan, 2 Year Old Norwegian Forest Cat. King Of The Play Room, Killer Of Cloth Mice

Dylan, 2 Year Old Norwegian Forest Cat. King Of The Play Room, Killer Of Cloth Mice

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glowworm2
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the guy the vet tecs were parading around the office.

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This Is A Norwegian Forest Cat. They Often Get Confused For Being Fat Or Overfeed. But They Are Actually Just Extremely Fluffy Due To The Cold Climate They Come From

This Is A Norwegian Forest Cat. They Often Get Confused For Being Fat Or Overfeed. But They Are Actually Just Extremely Fluffy Due To The Cold Climate They Come From

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#30

Our Weegies, Svenson And Bjornson

Our Weegies, Svenson And Bjornson

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Torbjørn - 12 Weeks

Torbjørn - 12 Weeks

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And already the size of other cats, full grown.

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#32

What Are You Looking At??

What Are You Looking At??

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Thor's Mane Is Really Filling In

Thor's Mane Is Really Filling In

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My Handsome Norwegian Forest Cat Louie

My Handsome Norwegian Forest Cat Louie

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My Cats Winter Coat Norwegian Forest Cat

My Cats Winter Coat Norwegian Forest Cat

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Caro
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are not supposed to tumble dry your cat.....

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Norwegian Forest Cat From Chicago

Norwegian Forest Cat From Chicago

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He's Working

He's Working

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