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Zoom Calls Are So Much Better With Cats: 4 Expert Tips

Written by: Crystal Uys

Last Updated on July 2, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

Zoom Calls Are So Much Better With Cats: 4 Expert Tips

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After times of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom calls seem to have become the standard way of doing things. We’ve all become familiar with video calls for everything from doctor’s appointments to work meetings and job interviews.

While some people might find interruptions by their cats during an important meeting to be aggravating, I think that cats add a certain amount of fun and levity to Zoom calls!

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Why Do Cats Love Zoom Calls?

It all depends on the cat. Some cats are independent and might not bother you, but others can be clingy. My cat Bella is both. She follows me around the house and does naughty things when she wants my attention. Cats seem to get jealous when something else captures their owner’s attention. I’m sure I’m not the only one with a cat that hates smartphones!

Combine the need for attention with the fact that laptops are warm (which helps explain why cats always like lying across the keyboard) and typically high on a desk, and you have a threefold reason for your cat wanting to be part of your Zoom call.

Also, maybe Bella believes that she is helping me do my work! It’s unlikely, but possible!

cat lying next to a laptop on bed
Image Credit: Catherine Heath, Unsplash

Why Do Cats Make Zoom Calls Better?

Most of us have been on a Zoom call that felt slightly awkward. Some people don’t feel comfortable speaking on video chat or seeing themselves in that little square. It’s difficult not to constantly look at yourself and think: “Do I look okay? Why do I look so weird when I smile? Why did I pick such an unflattering angle?”

If you’re not dealing with a highly formal and professional call, a cat can be the perfect icebreaker and a distraction for you from overanalyzing your face. When the pandemic was at its height, seeing someone’s cat in a meeting was a welcome highlight when many days felt dark.

Also, there’s no better way to get to know people than through their pets! They diffuse any nerves and tension for you and the other party and can be conversation starters. The other party might also view you as an amazing person because only amazing people own cats, right?

Personal Story

My cat, Bella, is no different from the myriad cats interrupting Zoom meetings worldwide. I had an interview for a museum job, which was incredibly important to me, and I was a bundle of nerves! I couldn’t keep my cat out of the room because she would end up yowling and scratching at the door, which can be far more distracting than having her in the room with me.

But sure enough, after the interview started, she wandered in and decided she wanted a closer look at my laptop. What this did was make me feel less anxious. How can you not be relaxed with an adorable cat showing how much they love you? The interviewers even got a chuckle out of it.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job, but that wasn’t my cat’s fault or even my fault; there was just too much competition. So, yes, I believe cats can make video calls a much more pleasant experience. Some lucky cat owners might even get jobs if a cat lover is interviewing them!

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Image By: Bohdan Malitskiy, Shutterstock

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When Do Cats Not Make Zoom Calls Better?

Unfortunately, there are moments when having your cat around isn’t a good idea. For example, not every interviewer will respond favorably to a feline interrupting the call. Also, having a cat around might be far too distracting for some people. The more professional the job and interviewer, the less likely they will appreciate your cat like you do.

Some supervisors will dislike seeing your cat hovering around. You may not want to work for someone like that, but cats don’t pay the bills. Case in point: A new employee was reprimanded by her boss during a Zoom meeting after her cat jumped in her lap. After the meeting, he messaged her and told her that it was unprofessional to have her pet during the meeting.

If you suspect your interviewer, boss, professor, or whomever the meeting will be with will not appreciate your cat, you’ll need to take a few steps before the call.

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The 4 Tips to Keep Your Cat Away From a Zoom Meeting

Sometimes, having your cat around during a Zoom meeting is not in your best interests, so here are a few tips that will hopefully keep your cat away from the camera.

  • Exhaust your cat: If you give your cat a long play session before the meeting, they’ll probably just sleep through the entire thing. This also helps if your cat is looking for attention and is bored, as they’ll have your undivided attention for a while. Try this about 15 minutes before your meeting.
  • Make a corner for your cat: It might be worth splurging on a heated bed and other goodies for your cat. Set up the bed and a few of your cat’s favorite treats and toys where you will be sitting for the appointment. That way, your cat will be near you but will likely sleep in the cozy bed, especially after a play session.
  • Stock up on treats and toys: You can place puzzle feeders near the cat bed, which can keep your cat occupied. You can also throw the occasional treat to your cat to distract them and keep them in their corner.
  • Reschedule: If you can, reschedule if the meeting has been set around your cat’s mealtime or feed your cat just before the meeting. Eating a meal after an exuberant play session will likely make your cat sleepy and less likely to interrupt you.

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Cats attending Zoom meetings alongside their owners is a great way to get through the appointments! It also shows that you are human and a loving one at that! Unfortunately, not everyone sees it that way, and sometimes, your cat just can’t be in the picture. Just give them plenty of love and pets when the meeting is over, and hopefully, they can make an appearance the next time.

Featured Image Credit: Fusso_pics, Shutterstock

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