Which cat should you get? - Maine Coon vs Norwegian Forest Cat – Feline Be Mine

Which cat should you get? - Maine Coon vs Norwegian Forest Cat

Maine Coon vs Norwegian Forest Cat

Which pet should you get? - Maine Coon vs Norwegian Forest Cat


Bringing a new cat in your home is an exciting experience. While owning a pet is extremely rewarding, it is very important to remember that owning one is huge responsibility bearing the fact that it will be part of your life. You will be required to provide all necessary requirement that your pet needs including things like food, grooming, exercise as well as veterinary care. It is therefore very important to conduct an extensive research when deciding the breed of cat to acquire as your new pet.

As a pet owner, you need to be sure that you will be able to meet the behavioral, physiological as well as social needs of the pet. As a result, purchasing a cat should not be an impulsive decision. It needs to be a decision that is well thought of so that your final choice blends well with your lifestyle. Before you make your final decision, you need to ask yourself the following questions: Am I prepared to take care of the cat for its whole life? Can I afford its expenses? Do I know how to care for it and will the cat fit into my lifestyle and priorities? In this article, we are going to focus of two different breeds of cats; Norwegian forest and Maine Coon cat to help you make an informed decision when choosing one.

Benefits of Maine Coon Cats

Eight month old Maine Coon

The distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills has made Maine coon cats to be the largest domesticated breed of cat in Northern America. It is a Native American haired cat and was first recognized as a specific breed in Maine where it was named as an official cat in the state. This cat is held in high regard by many people because of their amusing talents. Choosing Maine Coon as your pet has many benefits. First they are extremely social animals. They are not discriminative when it comes to socializing with people. In addition to that, Maine Coon cats are extremely loyal to their owners. In fact, some people say that if you want to keep all your secrete safe, then you should share them with this cat. They are also very funny and curious. They will always entertain you and make you happy all the time. Another very important feature that this cat has is excellent hunting skills. Unlike other type of pets that largely depend on the owner to feed them, Maine Coon cats know to fend for themselves and as a result they are not very demanding and easy to maintain.

Benefits of Norwegian forest cats

Norwegian Forest Cat

Just as its name suggest, Norwegian forest cat is native to Norway. Despite its hardy faced this cat is social and enjoys the company of humans as well as other pets. In most cases this cat usually prefer to be round people in place of their choosing. So are you considering to own this cat as your pet? If yes then below are some of the benefit that you will get to enjoy. Norwegian forest cat are well known for their intelligence. Unlike other breeds of cats, this cat can do things that a normal cat wouldn't. As a result, it will always keep you entertained at home. In addition to that, they are also very active. They spend most of the time playing and socializing with other pet and human. They have good hunting skills and does not depend of the owner entirely for food. They also have strong immune system meaning that they have high resistance to diseases when compared to other breeds of cats.

Type of color for each cats

Both Norwegian forest cats and Maine coon cats are available in many different and unique colors. Some the colors that Norwegian forest cats are available include black, brown and tabby and white, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn and red. Patterns include solid color, tortoiseshell, bi color, tricolor, ticking, tabby, smoke and shaded. On the other hand, some of the color available in Maine coon include black, golden, gray, white and silver. Patterns include bi color and tabby.

Possible health concern for each cat

Norwegian forest cats

Just like any other pet, Norwegian forest are also susceptible to diseases especially if they are not well taken of. Possible health concern for Norwegian hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, glycogen storage disease type IV as well hip dysplasia.

Maine coon cats

Maine coon cats have some hereditary health issues that are life threatening to the cat. Some health concern that this breed of cat is at risk of include spinal muscular atrophy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, polycystic kidney disease as well as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Health concerns mentioned above can lead to frequent urination, increased thirst, weight loss, lethargy, and vomiting. If you cat is experiencing any of the above mentioned problem, you need to take it to the nearest local veterinary doctor. 

Cost associate with each pet

How much does it cost to take care of mane coon cat or Norwegian forest cat? This is a very common question asked by many people. The truth is that there is no definite figure that one can quote because the cost associate with each pet differs depending on factors such as quality of food given, veterinary expenses as well as the individual personality of the cat. 

Expectancy and size of each pet

Norwegian forest cat

Norwegian forest cats are big and males can weigh up to 13to 22 pounds. The lifespan is usually 14 to 16 years.

Life expectancy for Maine coon cats

A study that was conducted pet insurance data between 2009 and 2014 found that the median lifespan of Maine coon cat is 12.5 years. According to one study 74% of the cats lived up to 12 years while only 54% lives up to 16 years. Males can weigh up to 18lb while females weigh up to 12lb

Personality of each type of cat

Norwegian forest cats are gentle and friendly. They are also sociable but do not demand so much attention and petting. Although they are social, they are a bit reserved with visitors. They are also independent and prefer to spend their time on the farm and trees

Maine coon pets are extremely playful and very curious. Most of the time, you will find them playing and exploring. They are also out outgoing and social and love to interact with other pets and people. They are also very intelligent.


It is evident both Norwegian forest cats and Maine coon cats are both unique in their own ways. In addition to that, each breed has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is upon you as a person to choose the breed that you think will blend well with your lifestyle.

Which Cat do you think is better? Share your experiences below and let us know which cat you have.

1 comment

  • Terance

    I have a Norwegian Forest Cat, and I always have to trim her fur in the summer months. It grows so thick and sheds her fur all around my house.

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