30 Pics Of Finnish Cats Living Their Best Winter Life (Interview)
Four cats who are some of the cutest megafloofs we’ve ever seen are Sämpy and its furry friends Hiskias Hääppönen, Elmeri, and Nelli, all from Northern Finland.
30 Pics Of Finnish Cats Living Their Best Winter Life (Interview)
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The chonkier the cat, the more of it there is to hug and love. Four cats who are some of the cutest megafloofs we’ve ever seen are Sämpy and its furry friends Hiskias Hääppönen, Elmeri, and Nelli, all from Northern Finland.

To bring a smile to your face, brighten up your day, and give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning, we’ve compiled the chonkiest, floofiest, and most wholesome pictures of Sämpy and its pals. If you’re up for it, share this list with anyone whom you think is in need of some catto goodness. Remember to upvote your fave Finnish cat photos and scroll down.

We’d love to hug one of these cats and never let go, what with the weather getting chilly and all. What about you, dear Readers? Would you like to have a chonky cat like in these pictures? Perhaps you already own one, in which case, what can you tell us about their character and how to raise them? Share your thoughts with us in the comments and check out Bored Panda’s previous posts about cats here (Curious Zelda), here (Bocco and Zuu), as well as here (cats bond with humans just like dogs and babies).

In an interview with Bored Panda, Riikka Hedman, the owner of Sämpy and the other cats, gave us insights into these majestic animals, their ‘careers’ in publishing, as well how Sämpy became a beloved icon on the internet. Make sure to scroll down for the full interview!

“Sämpy is a 6-year-old domestic cat and isn’t a special breed, although he looks like a Norwegian Forest cat. Elmeri, the gray cat, is 11 and he is also domestic cat. Hiski, the biggest tabby without white paws, is a half-Norwegian Forest cat and is 2 years old. They all are neutered male cats. On my sites, there are also pictures of a gray-white cat, Nelli, but she passed away earlier this year,” Riikka explained about her cats.

She continued to say that Sämpy adores outdoor activities when the weather isn’t too cold. “He is so happy when he goes with me on a small trip to the old forest near our house. There is a small river there, as well as many other exciting places, and interesting scents. Elmeri and Hiski prefers to stay in the yard, at home, but sometimes they come along for a walk. My cats jump over obstacles I build in the back yard for them, especially in the winter. It is easier to demarcate the jumping area when there is a lot of snow.”

Riikka shared the fact that she won the 2014 Photographer of the Year title in a Finnish photography magazine’s competition. The prize? A ‘super-fast’ camera. Riikka was overjoyed. “I was practicing shooting with my new camera and got a great jump shot of Sämpy. I sent the picture to a local newspaper and it became so popular that a journalist was sent to make an article about the cat. When the article came out I got a lot of wishes that the cat would have his own Facebook page. After Facebook, I created an Instagram account for Sämpy.”

Sämpy’s owner mused that the popularity of the social media accounts is most likely linked to the fact that she usually photographs her cats outdoors, ‘in beautiful surroundings, in funny situations, and without forcing them’ to do anything: “I think that in a good cat picture the cat needs to be natural and do its own cat things.”

There are a total of two books about Sämpy. The first one was published in 2016 and is called ‘Kissan vuosi’ (‘Cat Year’). “Then the publisher contacted me and asked for a photo book about Sämpy and of course I agreed.” The new book came out just last week. Sämpy and Riikka have together also published calendars for three years.

“It's not that easy to pick pictures for a book, but luckily there are professionals at the publishing house. I also wrote some text, but the books are mostly picture books. In the captions, I use the local dialect, which has also been a much lauded. I do not have any specific plans for the future, but proposals are certainly welcome. If anyone wants to make Sämpy a character in an animated movie, a wallpaper, or a key chain, it is all fine, as long the cat doesn't have to leave his home himself. Sämpy hates travelling,” Riikka pointed out.

Sämpy & Co. have captured the hearts of many internet users, most of them in Finland, but plenty of them spread all around the world as well. The cat has over 104,000 followers on Instagram and another 43,000 fans on Facebook. They’re all waiting for the newest photos featuring Sämpy, as well as his friends Hiskias, Elmeri, and Nelli. The latter is didn't play much with the other cats and she also hated the cold weather, which is somewhat ironic because she lived in Northern Finland.

In a previous interview with a Finnish blogger, more was revealed about Sämpy. According to the journalist, Sämpy answered the questions itself. “I live in the north of Oulu, in the village of Kalime,” the cat told the Finnish blogger.

“My favorite hobby is hunting. I hunt mice and moles. I’d also like to catch birds, but they are too fast. I also like meeting with my Secretary of Forest Trips and playing with my cat friend Elmeri," Sämpy the floofy and chonky cat explained. “Every day, I eat dry food and wet food; meat and salmon every now and then. Best of all is butter, that’s my biggest delicacy. Sometimes, I get a small dollop of butter. Aaaaah. And yes, I hear when the butter box is being opened.”

Sämpy continued about his owner (or ‘secretary’ as it refers to her): “The secretary is my servant and maid. All the time she is pointing her camera at me. In the morning, she usually will go somewhere, of course, she makes breakfast for us cats before she leaves.

I like to sleep outside, even in the middle of the grass if the weather is good. Inside, I lay on the sofa and sometimes on top of the refrigerator. Sometimes, I sleep in the sauna, whenever it’s not too hot. In the summer, I’m the boss. I’ll give orders to the other cats and mice of the neighborhood,” Sämpy revealed.

Comments (53)
Francis
my very first cat was a similar one. a norwegian forest cat. i loved her more than anything! she was so fluffly und cuddly but she loved it to be outside to explore the neighbourhood. even 10 years later, i still miss her every day
Raine Soo
Thank you for all the photos of these magnificent boss cats!
Grace Barclay
Thank you so very much Riikka Hedman for these beautiful cats and their photos. I had to stop saying they were so beautiful; we don't want to make the old gods jealous now ;-)
GFSTaylor
I have a Norweigan Forest Cat. Iella is an indoor cat, so she doesn't get as fluffy as these outdoor cats. She's still a lovely big teddy to pick up and cuddle, a real armful to hug. https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Iella-being-demure-5dba508d8ece1.jpg
Cheryl Milliner
My cat passed this year and I was thinking no cats after him. But after seeing your pictures, I am doing some deep rethinking on the no pets thing.
Katinka Min
CAN'T HANDLE THE FLOOF!!! *passes out*
it's me again
Floofiness overload. I want them all! ??? Mine are similar but not as magnificent https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Mini-Murph-5dbb3fd7ac1d9.jpg
it's me again
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nvee
Absolutely beautiful... we had a Maine Coon ... and she looked so similar to these
Teresa Cline
Such mystical, beautiful, creatures. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos.
Katherine Neuber
Beautiful cats. Hard to type with my Siamese cat on my lap
sharron lynn parsons
An excellent post, especially for cat lovers, the photos are excellent, adorable models !!!
Danielle Renee
every one of these are stunning!!
Shirley Hill
I love these cats and their photos! I had a Norwegian Forest Cat as a teen and young adult (a male) and he was the nicest cat I've ever had. He was very large and fluffy.
Brenda Pereira
I normally get no fun from looking at pictures of cats and am not a big cat fan, but these photos are enough to convert anyone. They are fabulous photos, and, of course, I like the mid-air ones the best!
Jaguarundi
Now I'll have the Lion singing "I Am the King of the Forest" from "The Wizard of Oz" in my head all day. (so worth it...)
ANNA BOWMAN
lol
Maija Knuutila
So beautyful cats<3
Seabeast
Aw, I miss my big fluffy brown tabby brother and sister team. They lived good long lives, but I still think about them.
Albert Ambrosia
Amazing cats and so beautiful I thank HIM daily for all of HIS animal friends. Let us help HIS animal friends of the land, sea and air. Pax+
Suzanne Short
Beautiful and unique cats. One of the photos of two together so close and loving was oh so neat to see.
Zelda
LITTLE BIG MAJESTIC MAJESTICALLY ADORABLE HANDSOME FLOFF CATS
Mavia Kainaat
Amazing!! I now have my assorted selection of pics for my Lock screen, Wallpaper, Display Pictures, Cover, etc.........
Jo Choto
I think I just found my spirit animal: adventuresome snow floof!
Monalisa Neva Masquerade
Oulu rules. We love Sämpy <3
Lindy Mac
These are gorgeous to LOOK AT but I will never get a long haired cat again. The matting and the hairballs...OMG... trying to comb out the mats and they yell at you...
sharron lynn parsons
A very enjoyable post, so many of cat lovers around the world, I have had dogs and cats, now two cats all rescued, having two cats, I couldn't imagine having just one, a person would have no idea, just how cats change your life, until you love one !!!
Ellie
The fluff is strong xD
Lisa Woodward
Please send me more cats, I loved these , it's an over size of mine
Mary Tonningsen
Wow, those are some gorgeous cats and beautiful photos!
Éva Nemes
Extra-fluffy - cats <3
Debrina Blackmoon
nice post! awesome floofs!
Vincent Jay
Wow! That thick fur is incredible.
Demonic Darkness
God it must be amazing to hug that giant ball of fluff. We have 6 lovely kitties, but all shorthair. Much too hot to have a cat like that in Florida. One day I'll travel somewhere cold just to hug one of these floofs.
Marika Stanway
I can't even... Absolutely STUNNING!
Marcellus the Third
Why does the URL say "Norwegian" but the page title says "Finnish"?
Miss Kitty
I can't handle so much FLUFF! ??❤️
Gina Foxley
So beautiful!
Iggy
What lovely photos! Such beautiful cats! Thank you for the lovely article.
Alice Laughs
I wonder if Maine Coons came from these floofs.
de' leendha
i'm crying here... cause i reallyy want to squeeze them
chillchillpill
Boy oh boy - these guys in the spring would be a Roomba's nemesis!
Janine B.
Happy kitty life. :)))
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