Grooming a Norwegian Forest
The coat length varies depending upon the season. In spring, the Wegie sheds its longer, heavier winter coat, and in fall the cat sheds its lighter, shorter summer coat. This molt is so apparent that a summer Wegie almost looks like a completely different cat, with only the tail plume and ear and toe tufts to remind you of the winter Wegie. During the molts, thorough and daily combing with a good quality steel comb is necessary to prevent matting and limit the amount of cat hair covering everything you own. During the rest of the year, however, the Wegie requires minimal grooming. A once a week combing is usually enough to prevent mats.
Cost of a Norwegian Forest Cat
You can expect to pay from $400 to $600 for pet quality. For show quality, expect to pay $600 to $1,000 and sometimes more, depending upon the bloodline, gender, color and pattern, geographical location and breeder. Retired show or breeder quality Wegies are occasionally placed for a low cost, sometimes just the cost of the spaying or neutering surgery.
Reputable breeders do not release their Wegie kittens until 12 weeks of age and many wait until 14 or 16 weeks. Don’t begrudge the cat the extra time with its mother – that maternal time is important if the cat is to become a confident, well-socialized cat. Ask the breeder if the kittens have been handled daily, particularly during the first few weeks of life. Early handling is vital if the cat is to become a well-socialized adult.