How to Create a Cat-Friendly Office – Because Remote Working Isn’t Everywhere
If there was a silver lining in a pandemic last year, then we got a lot of feline content. There was the attorney in Texas who left his cat filter on during the virtual court and our own cats who interrupted important meetings with our superiors.
As life (hopefully) returns to normal in the months ahead, we may have fewer of those moments. But they may not go away completely. Some employers may continue to allow more remote working after seeing how productive their teams have been from home. With this setting adjusted by your employer, consider making your home office a cat-friendly place to work.
“It’s important to consider how your cats will react to the new reality,” says Mario Arbore, an architect who makes bespoke cat furniture for Square Paws.
Mario shares ways you can make your home office fit for a cat.
Take Kitty’s pointers to make your office more cat-friendly
We’d love to think we’re our cats’ bosses. But deep down we know it’s the other way around. We are your personal assistants. Some cats are also very picky and empathetic bosses. Earn high marks from them by observing what makes them happy.
“Different cats like different things,” says Mario. “Certain cats like to hide. Other cats want to be by your side. “
If your cat is a hiding place, consider leaving a shelf empty on a bookcase or storage room. Your cat can climb in and “hide” from you while you are still chilling in your office. You can also buy a cat den. Or use some cardboard boxes to create a fortress as more items are shipped these days.
Some cats are cozier. A cat mat, blanket, or comfortable bed on your feet can help them feel safe and loved.
Protect your keyboard
Cats often like to climb on our keyboards. Unfortunately, they are unfamiliar with spelling or grammar. Prevent typos on important documents by investing in an acrylic keyboard protector. You can also find distractions to distract Kitty’s attention.
“Have places to do activities like magic wand toys, scratchers, or catnip mouse,” suggests Mario.
You can find some scratches that actually mimic a keyboard and computer.
Invest in cat furniture
In the past year, you may have upgraded your home office area with a more comfortable chair and a new desk. Consider doing something similar to make your home office more cat-friendly.
“Make it a place where they can own the space themselves,” says Mario.
Objects like a cat tower or a tree give them space to climb and keep them away from the chair, desk and keyboard. If your office has a window, you should have a seat in the window.
“Cats love to enjoy the sun,” says Mario.
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