How to Groom A Norwegian Forest Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Norwegian Forest Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Long

Coat Texture: The Norwegian Forest cat has a long, thick, and water-resistant double coat that keeps them warm in cold climates. Their fur is also known for its silky texture and beautiful, flowing mane.

Norwegian Forest Cats

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a large, muscular breed with a thick, water-resistant coat that comes in a variety of colors. They are known for their triangular-shaped heads, almond-shaped eyes, and tufted ears. These cats are highly intelligent and playful, making them great companions for families. They are also known for their love of climbing and exploring, so providing them with plenty of vertical spaces and toys is important.

Regular grooming is necessary to maintain their thick coat, but their friendly and affectionate nature makes it a bonding experience for both cat and owner.

Grooming Tools for Norwegian Forest Cats

In order to groom Norwegian Forest Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections$1 – $5
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns$3 – $10
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling$3 – $12

Grooming A Norwegian Forest Cat: Step-by-Step Guide


Frequency: Brush your Norwegian Forest once or twice a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Norwegian Forest Cat

Bathing a Norwegian Forest cat can be a bit of a challenge due to their thick, water-resistant coat.

  1. Before you start, make sure you have a good quality cat shampoo and a detangling comb.
  2. Begin by brushing your cat’s coat thoroughly to remove any tangles or mats.
  3. Wet your cat’s coat with warm water and apply the shampoo, being careful to avoid their eyes and ears.
  4. Work the shampoo into a lather and rinse thoroughly. Repeat the process if necessary.
  5. After rinsing, use a towel to gently pat your cat dry, being careful not to rub their coat too vigorously.
  6. Finally, use the detangling comb to remove any remaining tangles and mats.

With a little patience and care, your Norwegian Forest cat will be clean and happy!

How Often Should I Bathe My Norwegian Forest Cat?

You should bathe your Norwegian Forest Cat every 6-8 weeks to maintain their thick, water-resistant coat and prevent matting.

How to Trim the Nails of a Norwegian Forest Cat

  1. Get your tools: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  2. Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  3. Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  4. If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  5. Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat breaks and treats as needed.

Recommended frequency of clipping: once every 2-3 weeks, or as needed if you hear your cat’s nails clicking on the floor.

How to Clean the Ears of a Norwegian Forest Cat

  1. Get the following: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  2. Hold your cat securely and gently lift one ear flap to expose the ear canal.
  3. Squeeze a few drops of the ear-cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds to help the solution work its way in.
  4. Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any dirt or debris that comes out of the ear. Be careful not to push anything further into the ear canal.
  5. Repeat on the other ear.
  6. If your cat has a lot of ear wax or debris, you may need to repeat this process a few times until the ears are clean.
  7. Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your cat pulling away or meowing. If you notice anything unusual, stop and consult with your veterinarian.
  8. After you’re finished, give your cat a treat and lots of love and praise for being such a good kitty during the ear-cleaning process.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Norwegian Forest Cat

  1. Start by getting your cat used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled brush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the brush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Hold your cat’s head gently but firmly and brush its teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as these are the areas most prone to plaque buildup.
  5. Be patient and gentle. If your cat becomes agitated or stressed, take a break and try again later.
  6. Aim to brush your Norwegian Forest cat’s teeth at least once a week. However, if your cat is prone to dental issues, your vet may recommend more frequent brushing.

Remember, regular dental care is important for your cat’s overall health and well-being. By brushing their teeth regularly, you can help prevent dental problems and keep your Norwegian Forest cat’s teeth and gums healthy.

Norwegian Forest Cat Coat Care

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks in your cat’s fur.
– Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick preventative treatment to keep your cat protected.

Matted Fur

Norwegian Forest cats have a thick, long coat that can easily become matted if not properly groomed. To prevent matting, brush their coat at least once a week with a metal comb and slicker brush. If matting does occur, use a dematting tool or scissors to carefully cut out the mats.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Norwegian Forest cats have a thick, double coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and skin irritation. Use a slicker brush to remove loose fur and prevent tangles, and consider using a de-shedding tool during shedding season to prevent hairballs and skin irritation.

How Often Should I Brush My Norwegian Forest Cat?

You should brush your Norwegian Forest Cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangles in their long, thick fur. During shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to remove loose hair and prevent hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Norwegian Forest Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Norwegian Forest Cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip their natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation, and even skin infections. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is pH-balanced and gentle on their skin.

Are Norwegian Forest Cats High-Maintenance?

The Norwegian Forest cat is a low-maintenance breed. Although they have long hair, their coats require little grooming. But you should increase the number of weekly combing sessions during the spring. This will help your Norwegian Forest cat with shedding.

Do Norwegian Forest Cats Love Water?

Yes, Norwegian Forest cats actually love water. They certainly enjoy playing in/with water.