Since the very beginning, the Found Animals Foundation welcomed people and dogs of every race, breed, and color. We’ve had big dogs, little dogs, black dogs, skinny dogs, pure-bred dogs, and very-mixed dogs. However, we have yet to employ any felines. Sure, we have had the occasional cat intern (aka foster kittens), but no feline has ever filled a full-time position in our office.
In came Max:
Max is a 7-year-old Domestic Shorthair that joined our team this month. The Found Animals staff was incredibly excited to meet him and have affectionately dubbed him “Office Max.”
Max’s resume listed that he had previous work experience with dogs, so we were confident that he would not have any discomfort in a canine-friendly workplace. On his first day, Max was very forward and friendly with all his human coworkers and it seemed like he was going to have a very easy time adjusting to the office life. Unfortunately, there was an awkward interaction between Max and two of his canine co-workers, which resulted in this…
Making friends in a new office can be tough, so I sympathized with Max. I bought him a crate and provided all the necessary comforts (a cat bed, litter box, and water bowl). Now, he seems a little more confident in our office space. We also plan to enroll him in the next anti-discrimination training in hopes of easing tensions with his canine coworkers.
Want to integrate your own cat into the workplace?
Follow these steps to make the transition a little easier than Max’s first day at the office:
- Take it slow! Any new environment can be stressful for any pet. Monitor your cat’s comfort and let your kitty set the pace. If possible, consider bringing your cat in for half-days or on days when the office is really quiet.
- Make it comfortable! Do your best to make your cat feel welcomed and at home. You can bring familiar items from home (e.g. bedding, scratching posts, treats, and toys) that can help your kitty adjust to your office.
- Have a hiding place! Cats are all about hiding, especially when they are still getting used to a new place. A pet crate is a great way to provide your kitty with his own fortress of solitude, plus it can double as a place to stash your cat when you need to be away from your desk.
- Be realistic! If your cat is struggling in the office, then he may never become the workplace pet you’ve always wanted – but that is OK! Being an office cat can be really stressful, and it can be a difficult task for even the most confident of kitties. For most cats, living a quiet life at home is perfectly fine.
Have you ever had an office cat? Have any questions about cats in new places? Tell us in the comments.