Monday, May 28, 2012

No cats!

„Do you have a cat? “, is what this poster is asking. Well, it seems like most Finns – at least the ones living in Helsinki – would have to answer this question with “no”.

In most other cities you always see some cats strolling around. Not so in Helsinki. Here you barely get to see any of those animals. The only time I ever got to see a cat here on the street was a few weeks ago. It was on a leach and walked by its owner. That’s another reason for me to believe that Finns are in general more dog people. And if they happen to get a cat by any weird circumstances they apparently try to train it to behave like a dog.

Asking a Finn why I don’t get to see any cats here I was told that first of all it would be way too dangerous for them in the city due to the traffic and second of all they couldn’t handle the extreme winter temperatures. Hundreds of cats in the streets of St. Petersburg – it has quite the same climate and the traffic in Helsinki is nothing compared to what you see there – clearly disprove those arguments.

This leaves me to the conclusion that cats probably just don’t fit the Finnish mentality. Being reliable, following the rules, carrying social responsibility as a part of a group - those are all highly appreciated values in the Finnish society and are all not really characteristics for a cat.

If anyone knows any other explanation, please let me know. Otherwise I will have to accept that Finns and cats are just not made for each other.


  1. Hi,

    Of course there are cats in Helsinki, a lots of them. You just don't see them wandering around alone. Although keeping the cat out without a leash is not forbidden, there are regulations. Most of the cats in the cities are mainly kept inside.

    Attached a part of Public Order Act

    Chapter 4
    Section 14
    Control of dogs
    (1) In order to maintain public order and security, the owner of a dog, or the person in whose possession the dog is, shall:
    1) keep the dog on a leash in built-up areas;
    2) ensure that an unleashed dog has no access to exercise tracks or other similar running
    tracks, and that the dog has no access whatsoever to a public beach, a children's
    playground, a market place during trading hours, or a ski track maintained for public use or a sports field, unless this is specifically allowed; (1195/2003)
    3) ensure that the dog's faeces are not left on the ground in a maintained section of a built-up
    (2) The provisions of subsection 1(1) and (2) do not apply to a State-owned dog used in the
    course of performing a public duty, a dog accompanying a guard performing guarding
    duties, a trained rescue dog on duty, a dog assisting a physically handicapped person, or a
    guide dog for a visually impaired person.
    (3) The provisions of subsection 1(1) do not apply to an enclosed yard, a dog training area or a specifically designated fenced-in exercise area. In such areas, however, the dog shall be
    under the supervision of its owner or the person in whose possession the dog is.
    (4) The provisions of subsection 1(2) also apply to a cat. The provisions of subsection 1(1)and (2) also apply to a horse and, as appropriate, to other domestic animals and pets.

    Section 15
    Horse riding
    (1) Riding a horse and driving a horse-drawn or other similar vehicle on an exercise track or
    other similar running track, a ski track maintained for public use and a sports field are
    prohibited unless otherwise indicated.
    (2) The provisions of subsection 1 do not apply to necessary service and maintenance work or
    to actions by the authorities associated with maintaining public order.

  2. I have read your blog its very attractive and impressive. I like it your blog.

    Java Training in Chennai Core Java Training in Chennai Core Java Training in Chennai

    Java Online Training Java Online Training JavaEE Training in Chennai Java EE Training in Chennai

  3. JavaScript is the language future. The new JavaScript Version (Ecmascript 6) has been released.

    Javascript Online Training | Angularjs Online Training

  4. In the event that you see Birman kittens available to be purchased, you are probably going to experience passionate feelings for quickly.adoptable pets

  5. Such an extraordinary blog and every one of the compositions. Can't resist considering the creator.
    cat hammock bed

  6. In the event that you are searching for somebody somewhat more settled may I recommend a more seasoned feline.

  7. When perusing through various styles of cat beds, regardless of whether you think about secured beds, warmed cat beds or extravagance cat beds, recall that your principle point is to pick the sort that will offer your cat the solace and warmth that is perfect for it.

  8. Do you choose canned food or dry food? What brand? There are so many different brands, all shapes and sizes of pet food to choose from and pet owners are Love Iguanas provided with very little information to base your decisions on (other than advertising) - it can get so confusing!

  9. I really like your blog. Great article. It's most evident, people should learn before they are able to

  10. I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work. tall cat trees for large cats

  11. I was very impressed by this post, this site has always been pleasant news Thank you very much for such an interesting post, and I meet them more often then I visited this site. How do i keep my cat out of my christmas tree

  12. Your blogs are easily accessible and quite enlightening so keep doing the amazing work guys. túlméretes szállítás

  13. Very informative post! There is a lot of information here that can help any business get started with a successful social networking campaign. cool dog houses

  14. Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! causes of low thyroid levels in dogs

  15. I admire this article for the well-researched content and excellent wording. I got so involved in this material that I couldn’t stop reading. I am impressed with your work and skill. Thank you so much. step in harness safest

  16. Wow! Such an amazing and helpful post this is. I really really love it. It's so good and so awesome. I am just amazed. I hope that you continue to do your work like this in the future also best all natural cat food