Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest Cats in the eyes of the novice seem totally the same.
Most get very confused since they are alike at first glance. Both arelarge breeds. Both have long silky coats. Both are well known for being outgoing and friendly.
Certainly, both breeds are wonders of nature. And, as hard pressing it is to distinguish a Maine Coon from a Norwegian Forest Cat, some differences set them apart.
If you are picking between these two plus-sized breeds and are having a hard time because they just appear to be very similar, read on to find out their dissimilarities.
From there, you will have several factors to compare and contrast the two of the fluffiest cat breeds there was.
What do Maine Coons and Norwegian Forest Cats Have in Common?
Before we proceed with the distinctions of the two furballs, let’s first pay attention to the factors that make people think they are the same.
Many believe that Maine Coons are descendants of Norwegian Forest cats. However, this is only based on the fact that they both grow to a large size as breed and have long and thick silky coats.
These coats are meant to keep them warm during harsh winters.
Both Coons and Wegies are social and friendly. They show great loyalty and they enjoy being around people especially around loving families.
The two are equally intelligent but, as mentioned, no matter how similar they seem to be, they are still two different breeds.
What Are the Differences?
In an overview, here is how you can differentiate the two based on their appearance.
Norwegian Forest Cat
At first glance
Tough cat breed that can
withstand harsh winter
climates. Originated in Maine.
Huge and sturdy, muscular cat
breed. Females are smaller.
Males are big and grand.
Originated in Northern Europe.
Wedge-shaped head with a square muzzle
Equilateral triangle head shape
Gently curving nose
Straight nose from brow ridge to
of the ear
inner corner is lower than the
Muzzle / Chin
pronounced nor pinched
Lynx like’ ear tufts
apart and set high on the head
Lynx like ear tufts'
The thick, smooth, long shaggy coat
hair longer on stomach and
britches, and short on shoulders
Ruff of hair around the neck
Distinctive double coat
A long thick bushy tail that
Long bushy tail with long
sweeping hair laying in one direction
A long body that is well
proportioned, and looks rectangular
Medium length body looks
Legs & Feet
Large round paws with tufts of hair
Medium legs with front legs
shorter than hind legs
heavy tufting between toes
Slow growing cat breed,
reaching full size between 3-5 years
Slow growing cat breed,
reaching full size at 5 years
Physically they look pretty much the same, but a closer look at their personality tells otherwise.
Both are active and busy cats. That means, if you take home either one of them, you need to have plenty of suitable entertainment. Keep in mind that Wegies have strong claws and they love climbing.
Both Wegie and Coons are intelligent and highly trainable.
Main are particularly happy to walk on leash and play fetch like dogs. Coons like to chat and are very vocal while Wegies are quiet but may sometimes purr loudly. Both are potentially affectionate.
Lifespan figures for every cat breed aren’t always accurate. Basically, they are always dependent on how you take care of them.
However, based on a study conducted by researchers in Sweden Maine Coons have an 80% chance of living up to 5 years and 41% of living up to 12 years.
Norwegian Forest Cats, on the other hand, are studied to have a 91% chance of making it to the 5th year and 62% of reaching 12.5 years.
The needs of both cats are almost similar, considering they both have the same type of fur and coat.
Brushing twice a week with a well-made slicker brush is enough. If you aren’t too busy, you can do that at least once a day, to keep them from getting hairballs.
Both Wegies and Coons need a diet that is rich in animal sources of fats and proteins. But, be sure to keep an eye on their weight.
Since both are particularly large breeds, overweight may cause them to strain on their joints that can develop into hip dysplasia.
Coonie or Wegie, which is the better pet?
If you are looking to pet a big cat, both can pass. Their muscular body covered in fluff is unlike any other breeds. If this is the feature you like in a cat, then it is unlikely that another cat breed can compare.
However, in terms of good health and life expectancy, that of the Norwegian Forest Cat’s makes them unrivaled.
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