Welcome to Vanir Cattery specializing in Norwegian Forest Cats since 1995.

The cattery is named VANIR, the term for one branch of the ancient mythological Norsk gods.

The table below will help you to understand the subtle differences between a Norwegian Forest Cat and a Maine Coon Cat.


Differences Between The
Forest Cat & Maine Coon
Reference Norwegian
Forest Cat
Maine Coon Cat Siberian
Head Equilateral triangle Wedge shaped with a square muzzle Broad, modified wedge with gentle rounded contours
Nose Profile Straight, no break Gentle curve Nose has a slight curvature and the lower portion to the tip of the nose is concave.
Eyes Almond shaped Large with open expression Large, almost round.
Ears Outer edge of ear
follows the line of
the head down to
the chin completing
the triangle.
Set high on the top
of the head with not
more than a ears
width apart.
Set high on the top of the head with 1 to 1 1/2 ear width apart.
Body Medium in length,
square in the
Long and rectangular.
Legs Hind legs are higher
than front legs.
Medium in length Moderately long, slightly rear legs longer than the front legs
Tail Long and flowing,
as long as the
body, circumference can reach 12" plus in
Long and flowing, as
long as body, not
as bushy.
Wide at base, blunt at tip. Even and thick long hairs drape down from the top side of the tail.
Coat Distinctive double
coat, long guard
hairs covering a
thick wooly
Silky, shaggy, uneven
coat with a slight
Moderately long to longhaired.
Ruff When cat matures, a
profuse ruff develops
around the neck.
Moderate frontal ruff
around the neck.
Mature Size/Age Up to 15 pounds,
Females age 3
(7-10 lbs.)
Males age 4.
(10-15 lbs.)
Up to 20 pounds,
Females smaller,
Males larger.
Not given


If you have any questions please feel free to contact me; either by phone or via e mail address. VanirCats@aol.com



CFA Certified Cattery of Excellence

Cheryl McConnell
PHONE: 515-249-0060
E-MAIL: VanirCats@aol.com