Would You Bring Your Cat to Work if You Could?


I’m seriously just about the luckiest cat mom on the planet. Why? Because I have a job where I can bring my cat to work.

The decision about which cat to bring was pretty straightforward: I was certain that only one of my three cats would be a good office kitty. Siouxsie Mew, at the venerable age of 18, has pretty much seen and done it all. She’s calm in the face of new experiences and relaxed enough that she wouldn’t drive me crazy by getting into everything while I was trying to do my job.

Siouxsie’s now accompanied me to work three times, and here’s how our days usually go down.

1. The adoration of the throne

Siouxsie loved the new heated bed I got her just for her days in the office.

2. Starting her rounds

Once she’d inspected the throne and found it satisfactory, it was time to take a walk around her new domain.

3. Assisting me with my work

Siouxsie’s never been reluctant to “help” me do my job.

4. The adoration of the cat

One of my colleagues stopped by to pay Siouxsie her proper respect.

5. Lunch with Mama

Siouxsie inspected my sandwich to make sure it was suitable for consumption.

6. End of lunch with Mama

My sandwich was found wanting.

7. Showing a dog who’s boss

Siouxsie put an overeager Italian Greyhound in his place with a growl and a hiss.

8. More adoration of the cat

Another colleague came by to give Siouxsie her due worship.

9. Lap time

It’s just like home: Siouxsie loves to sit in my lap while I’m at the computer.

10. Adoration fatigue

Holding audiences all day was exhausting for poor Siouxsie, so she had to take a nap. She was Not Impressed when I woke her up because it was time to go home.

Have you ever brought your cat to work? How did it go? Would you bring your cat to work if you could? Sound off in the comments. Bonus points if you have photos of your cat at the office.

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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, since 2003.

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