are norwegian forest cats aggressive

Pico the Norwegian Forest Cat

I went to visit this stunning Norwegian Forest Cat who was lucky Norwegian Forest Catenough to live within a stunning forest location, not far from Horsham. Sadly he had become a bit of a handful for his owner and was starting to become frustrated and this had subsequently lead to bouts of aggression. This could often be unprovoked and often random in nature. His owner was starting to feel concerned about his behaviour and so contacted me for help and advice.

I spoke with this lovely boy’s owner for a few hours about his history, daily activities, available resources, and—above all—the areas that needed attention. When I conduct a behavior consultation, I frequently find myself assuming the role of a detective as we work to solve the puzzle of why we might be witnessing the undesirable behaviors. We shouldn’t take cat aggression lightly because these animals are armed with powerful tools that can injure people and spread infections later on. By doing a home visit, I am able to take a close look at the cats’ living quarters and identify any potential hazards or issues. Following every visit, I always write an extensive report and action plan and include some useful resource links for the owners to check out.

It’s so important that we take a look at the environment that our feline friends are living in and ask ourselves whether they are suitable and positive for their wellbeing. Many cats can suffer in silence as we may not realise or understand their needs. As we are always taught in the veterinary profession ‘Cats are not small dogs!’Pico needed some feline behaviour helpAfter my visit, I will keep in touch with the owners to see how things are going and whether we need to make any adjustments. I am always delighted when we get a positive outcome.

“When my 18-month-old Norwegian Forest (indoor) Cat Pico started to get a bit manic, sometimes bordering on aggressive, and even biting me a couple of times, once breaking the skin, I contacted Zoe,” Pico’s owner stated. After meeting Pico, who was acting well, and asking me questions about his background and character as well as observing his home, Zoe paid me a visit and left with a ton of useful advice. A few days later, she sent me her report, which contained even more priceless information that I have since implemented. Since following Zoe’s advice, I can genuinely say that Pico has calmed down and become more affectionate. I am better prepared and less alarmed if he does, as he occasionally does, return to his previous behavior, and he appears to settle down more quickly. I can definitely recommend Zoe as a cat behaviorist because she really seems to know what makes cats tick and what doesn’t, and since he seems to be a happier cat, I am a happier owner!”

Understanding the Behavior of Norwegian Forest Cats

It’s important to comprehend the causes of Norwegian Forest Cats’ biting behavior before moving on to the solutions. These cats are intelligent, curious, and independent. They enjoy playtime, hunting, and exploring their environment. But, aggression is not uncommon in these felines.

Medical issues causing pain or discomfort

Finally, biting behavior in Norwegian Forest Cats may indicate underlying health problems. Your cat may bite as a means of communication if they are experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of a medical condition. Taking care of any physical issues must come before treating the biting behavior.

Make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible if you think that your cat’s biting behavior may be caused by a medical condition. They are able to conduct a comprehensive examination and suggest any necessary treatments to deal with the underlying problem.


What are the cons of the Norwegian Forest Cat?

The Norwegian Forest cat breed can be prone to: – Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy¹ which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively. – Pyruvate kinase deficiency which is a disease that causes anaemia (death of red blood cells).

How friendly are Norwegian Forest Cats?

Despite being keen hunters, Norwegian Forest Cats have a kind and gentle nature and mature late, taking up to five years to fully develop. They take some time to trust and form bonds with their owners, but once that bond has been formed, the Norwegian cat is a loyal and affectionate companion.

Do Norwegian Forest Cats like to be picked up?

Norwegian forest cats are eager to be close and interact by playing or just observing, but they prefer not to be picked up all the time. Their dense coats require more care than shorter-haired breeds, and they are prone to certain health conditions, but these cats are well worth the effort.

What is the behavior of a Norwegian Forest Cat?

This breed is typically described as friendly, calm, and gentle. Norwegian forest cats are adaptable to different families and lifestyles, and are generally good with children and other animals. These cats are intelligent and alert, and they love human connection and affection.