Here in the United States, we’re celebrating Labor Day today, so this post is dedicated to all the working cats out there.
I’ve had a number of working cats in my life. Virginia was my first office cat at the animal hospital I managed, followed, of course, by Buckley, as those of you who read my book know. Amber wasn’t so much a working cat as she was the inspiration behind The Conscious Cat, although who’s to say being a writer’s mewse is not hard work. Allegra and Ruby contribute to this site with their own columns, Allegra’s World and Ruby’s Reflections. They’re also designated product testers.
Cats hold any number of jobs. There are store cats, office cats, clinic cats, and nursing home cats. I love visiting stores or offices who have a resident cat. I think having a cat on the premises completely changes the energy of a business.
If you’re not sure what type of work your cat would excel at, you may want to consult Ann Dziemianovic’s Careers for Your Cat. With the help of this charming book, your cat can find his dream job! He can take the Meowers-Briggs Career/ Personality Test, specially designed for your cat. You never know what hidden job talents your feline might be harboring when you think all he’s doing is sleeping the day away.
Some of the hardest working cats are the bodega cats in New York City. In a recent New York Times article, readers from 10 New York City neighborhoods submitted photos of their bodega cats. Flying under the radar of New York’s health codes, which prohibits live animals in establishments that sell food, these mousers are the original urban predator, as depicted in the video below:
Happy Labor Day! If you have a working cat, please share your story!
Photo credit: New York Times: Cats at the Bodega, Just Doing Their Job
You may also enjoy reading:
Book review: Careers for Your Cat by Ann Dziemianonvic
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