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6 Reasons My Desk Is a Total Cat-Magnet

I work from home, and my cats are always at my desk, ready to "supervise," fight over my lap, and otherwise humorously hinder my productivity.

 |  Jul 7th 2014  |   23 Contributions


I work from home, so most of the day you can find me sitting at my desk, pounding away on my laptop keys, probably writing something about cats. Go figure.

Speaking of cats, mine are absolutely obsessed with my desk. Each time I sit down to work, Cosmo and Phoebe magically appear, ready to "supervise" me with their nosiness and demands. Some days I'm honestly shocked that I get anything done. They, on the other hand, are convinced their presence boosts my productivity. Hah.

Here are six of the many reasons my desk is a total cat-magnet.

1. There's stuff to swat

Phoebe: "Any more pens for me to swat off your desk?"

Phoebe sometimes stretches out and makes herself right at home on my desktop. And from that spot, she reaches a busy little paw as far as it will go and swats anything within reach. Pens and paperclips are the usual targets, but she's been known to bat whole stacks of papers onto the floor and then look at me like, "What?" She's a sassy one.

2. My lap is there

Phoebe's claimed my lap, and Cosmo radiates jealousy.

My lap is prime real estate -- just ask my cats. Phoebe and Cosmo are constantly battling for who gets the cushy spot. And when one of them has claimed the choice napping-nest, the other stands around and pouts. I had no idea my lap was "the place to be." 

3. Sometimes there's food

Cosmo: "This is relevant to my interests."

I know it's best to leave your desk, take breaks, and eat meals away from where you work. However, I can be a bit of a workaholic and usually eat breakfast and lunch while I write. My cats are all for me taking meals at my desk, because it means they get to investigate the noms. Of course, they assume everything is for them.

4. They have a basket

Basket = the supervisor's office.

Since my kitties love chilling on my desk so much, I decided to place a basket for them at one end of the desktop. It's close enough that they can keep their eyes on everything I do, yet provides them a comfy bed. I'm here to please.

5. My magical laptop is there

Phoebe: "Do you need an editor?"

Phoebe is fascinated with my laptop. She enjoys watching my fingers fly across the keyboard, and sometimes she hides behind the screen and pretends I can't see her. She thinks it's a great place from which to secretly swat pens and paperclips. News flash: She's not as stealthy as she likes to think she is.

6. There are interesting things to sit on

Phoebe: "You need what?"

Cats love sitting on top of anything, right? Mine are partial to stacks of papers and folders, but have been known to squat on top of something as tiny as a Post-it note. Of course, many times they're perched atop something I need at the time. And would you believe they act completely offended when I take the item away from them? Of course you believe it.

Do your cats love your desk or work area? Tell us about it in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.  

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