Pets on the Job

Darwin. (courtesy Flickr/Rejean Pellerin)

Darwin. (courtesy Flickr/Rejean Pellerin)

Pets don’t vote but two “political” animals were a big part of the late Ted Kennedy’s life. His Portuguese water dogs, Splash and Sun, sat in on meetings and literally sniffed out the opposition.

Read the Politico.com story.

Whoa… what does this have to do with cats?

The lesson here is how animals in the workplace can make people feel better, boost productivity and become a focal point for actually increasing business.

True, it is harder to brings cats to the office. There’s the litter box, scratching issues and co-workers with allergies. Wandering off and loud meows could also cause problems. The cat’s disposition and the nature of your work are important factors.

A lot of the obstacles to a cat on the job have a practical solution. We have some basic suggestions. First, find out you company’s policy toward animals. You must be sure a new place won’t stress your pet so much that you will do more harm than good. It’s probably not a good idea to bring kitty to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange but a book store or gallery could work.

Next: bring a covered litter box, food bowls, toys and trim kitty’s claws. (Your might want to also use Soft Claws — just in case). Find out if any co-workers suffer from allergies. Work out the logistics of transportation and you may be ready for a cat-tastic day at the office.

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