Frivolous Friday—Cats At Work


MullicanFamilyJuly2009 005According to some sites, this is “Take Your Cat to Work Day.” Can you just imagine the chaos and distractions in a busy workplace should several employees bring their cats?

Some of us work with cats in the office day in and day out. In fact, it seems that most writers have cats. I wonder if it’s because of their calming effect, or their inspirational qualities, or because they’re easier to have around than a rambunctious dog that needs walking, letting out, and constant reinforcement and attention—(well, some do, anyway). And dogs tend to bark at the most inopportune times—when you’re being interviewed on the phone or conducting an interview, for example.

So will you take your cat to work today? If you do, I’d love to hear about the experience. If you can only imagine what your work space would look like with your cat there, I’d love to hear about that, too

Our cats actually work here. Max was our best paper weight ever (and I emphasize “weight”). He entertained himself by trying to make a basket with my favorite pen. If I couldn’t find it, I knew where to look—in my waste basket. He practiced a lot and got very good at it.

Lily brings me my slippers when it gets cold (or in the heat of the summer—it doesn’t matter), and she is my designated lap-warmer on chilly mornings. She also strives to keep flying insects from invading my space and does her best to corral any stray paperclips.

Sophie used to retrieve faxes that came through. She is also our primary paper shredder.

And all of the cats provide a calming atmosphere in this home and in my office which I appreciate more than they will ever know. However, they can also cause my blood pressure to rise, when they step on my keyboard or chase a toy amongst the wires behind the computer and disconnect something. And I’ve had to have cat hair cleaned out of the computer more than once.

Oh well, I guess with any employee, you have to take the bad along with the good. And with cats, I’ve found, the good way outweighs the bad.



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