FamousNiki, real name Niki (Russian: Ники), is a male Scottish Fold cat and an international celebrity on Instagram. FamousNiki became popular over the Internet (particularly in its native country, Russia) for his human-like behaviour, facial expressions and wide variety of unusual poses.[1] Facebook verified and assigned Niki's profile a blue celebrity checkmark.

FamousNiki, Кот Ники
Other name(s)FamousNiki
SpeciesFelis catus
BreedScottish Fold
March 7, 2011
Moscow, Russia
Trainingsitting upright
OwnerVictoria Virta, Tamerlan Dzhidzhoev
FamousNiki on Instagram, FamousNiki on Facebook


Nicky's owners are Victoria Virta and her husband Tamerlan Dzhidzhoev, founder of GloveRussia.ru. Victoria is a popular Russian media personality, entrepreneur and Internet marketer. She is the founder virtagroup.ru, which owns the rights to the FamousNiki brand.


FamousNiki became popular on the internet due to its ability to sit upright on its hind legs. According to Virta, FamousNiki possessed this ability even in his early years and his posture is not due to any deformity. She is cited as saying, "It’s just the way he feels comfortable."[2] Another FamousNiki trademark is his ability to imitate a human by walking on just his hind legs.[3]

In two years, FamousNiki gathered more than 127,000 followers on Instagram[4] and more than 35,000 followers on Facebook.[5] FamousNiki's Russian admirers created a fan community on social network VKontakte, which boasts more than 1,000 members.[6] One of FamousNiki's photos is on “The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures of All Time Chart” according to BuzzFeed.[7]


  1. ^ "Российский кот заработал за год миллион и набрал в Instagram 100 000 подписчиков". Metro News. October 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Фото: кот, который любит сидеть по-человечески, стал звездой в России". Postimees. 4 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Кот Ники любит сидеть как человек". ZooPicture.ru.
  4. ^ "Instagram". instagram.com.
  5. ^ "FamousNiki". Facebook.
  6. ^ "Звезданутые животные". vk.com.
  7. ^ "The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time". BuzzFeed.

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