It has come to my attention that today is national Take Your Dog to Work Day to promote the adoption of dogs from shelters and to confirm that canines make good companions. I suppose that is a worthy cause.
I will not stoop so low as to point out some of the less than desirable characteristics of the those of the pup persuasion. Suffice it to say that you'll never find a cat greeting you with a nose to the nether regions, which could save a trip to the HR office.
I daresay that this company would cease to function were it not for my gentle nudges to motivate the underlings. I sit at the helm of this vast pet product empire ensuring all the little details get handled. I don't take credit, mind you. I simply go about my tasks in my own quiet way, communicating a world of words with a simple gaze. Those of you with cats know precisely of the power of which I speak.
If you're blessed to be the staff of a cat, it would behoove you to entertain the idea of making your office more feline friendly. After all, we cats have been known through the centuries as the inspiration for art, science, and are the well-documented muses of many an author.
We may even save you time and money as a pest elimination system. This includes rodents, insects, dogs, and that sniveling allergy-ridden coworker who's always raiding your mini fridge.
We also do a superb job of being a paperweight and seat warmer. And who else will keep your place in your reading materials by putting their whole body into the job? We may even be a cure for carpal tunnel syndrome by draping ourselves over your keyboard!
In spite of these selfless acts, we cats are often characterized somewhat as being divas. I prefer to call it as having "leadership skills." I shall now use these skills to direct you to the needs of your cat coworker.
Whether you work at a home office or must commute, consider the safety of your kitty. Use a crate with familiar and comfortable bedding for transportation and to create a safe haven inside the office should the activities become too burdensome. Be sure to cat proof your office, checking for open doors, windows, and missing ceiling tiles. Secure fragile equipment and valuables on shelves and tuck cords away. Consider a non-slip pad on a high shelf to allow your cat coworker a perch from which she may preside over the activities.
Note: It would be wise to ensure your own job safety as well by procuring permission from the boss and human coworkers before bringing in even the most experienced and skilled cat coworker.
Truly, we cats need very little to be happy. Just a few rubs, a couple of toys, food and water dishes, and a soft sleeping surface will work. We can find our own methods of staying occupied.
There is the small matter of a rather indelicate issue; however, this can usually be addressed with a covered litter box or even disposable roasting pans in a pinch. Scoopable litter, a scoop, a stash of plastic grocery bags to remove any leavings will have your coworkers amazed at a cat's cleanliness! A little room spray might be added insurance.
Consider the office dress code. BaxterBOO.com offers a wide array of cat accessories to make sure your cat is properly attired. I highly recommend items from our new Catspia line. My current go-to look for the office is this Floral Neck Band.
While I'm sure my convincing arguments have you rushing to plan your cat's debut at your workplace, I suggest a more leisurely introduction. Every pet is different. Some would relish a new adventure, but others will be stressed with a new environment. Monitor kitty's comfort and let her set the pace. A half-day trial might be a good idea, or even letting kitty come in on the weekend when it's quiet.
I hope these tips will have you thinking outside the cubicle.
P.S. I'd love to hear about your experiences in working alongside a cat!
Photos courtesy of Jacob Davies.