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Is Your Workplace High-Stress? Then Adopt a Workplace Cat

We're only weeks away from Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 23, mark your calendars), but what about the domestic house cat? It's time the average cat got a little bit of workplace respect, too.

Studies have shown that a cat's purring can reduce our blood pressure, which could be a good thing for stressed-out employees. Could the average house cat survive the modern workplace, though? Could employers deal with all the bad cattitude?

Consider Japanese IT firm Ferray Corporation, which welcomes cats in its workplace. The company currently has at least nine cats wondering the halls, walking across desks and purring for employees. Ferray's CEO offers $45 (U.S.) per month to employees who rescue a cat. That's so cool.

Could cats work in the average American workplace, though? Cats are curious, and their sense of exploration can get them into trouble occasionally. They seem to know when we're hard at work, and that's when they decide to walk across our desk. They can maneuver shelves and reach the highest cabinets with ease. They are highly-independent, self-sufficient furballs who bother us only when they need more food or want to play, which in a way makes them the perfect colleague. We need them more than they need us, but they also have a sixth sense when we're stressed, sick or anxious. Then they will then take care of us -- in their own way, of course.

If you're interested in cat adoption, you can contact your local animal shelter or look for a cat adoption shelter in your area. Petsmart has a cat adoption service, as well. Ask the adoption experts to suggest a few cats that get along well together to minimize cat fights. Introduce them to the workplace at the same time, so one cat does not see it as their domain and the other cat as an interloper. Jackson My Cat From Hell Galaxy offers great cat socialization tips on his website, too.

Keep in mind that some of your colleagues are likely highly fearful of felines, or might be allergic to them. An estimated 2% of Americans are allergic to cats. So make sure you have the staff's blessing before investing in any kitty litter boxes.

Maybe it's time we give cats a chance at work? As I write this, one of my recently-adopted rescue cats (we have two) is standing on all fours in front of my monitor, blocking my view of the screen. And he'll stay there until I move him out of the way. House cat doesn't care. But I wouldn't have it any other way.


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