Cat at work with owner

Tips for Bringing Your Cat to Work

Cat memes have been on the internet for a while now, so it's no surprise that National Bring Your Cat Day was created to celebrate these cuddly creatures. But what about cat lovers who work?
If you’re lucky enough to work from home or to have your cat be a part of your office life, then you can take him/her with you today, June 21!
Now keep in mind, most cats aren't ready for a professional environment, but you can still show them some love when you get home.
This blog post has some tips for bringing your cat to work.

Tips for Bringing Your Cat to Work

Cats are sensitive creatures, and even minor changes in your home may cause them stress. But, with that being said, they also like to explore new environments and meet new people. Things you'll need to ask yourself before taking your cat to work with you:
  • How are they in the car?
  • Do they like being in their carrier?
  • Would they get along with everyone in the office?
  • Will they be a distraction?

Depending on how you answer these questions will determine if they are a good fit to join you at work.

Get Permission

Asking your boss before bringing a cat to work is the first step you need to take if you think your cat can handle its new surroundings. After that, they will tell you whether or not it's allowed and if there are any restrictions. If it doesn't seem like they would approve, don't push your luck by trying to sneak in a cat on their day off!

Plan Ahead

Cats can be unpredictable, and you never know what they're going to do. Ensure that your cat is comfortable with the carrier by leaving it out for them to explore before work or even giving them a test drive in the car, so their first experience isn't on an unfamiliar commute. You don't want your cat getting tired of being cat-napped! Be sure there is no way for your cat to "escape" either! Because they are very curious, they may wander outside your work area, and you don't want to lose your puurrrrrfect friend!

Bring Goodies

Cat paws on the laptop

There is a very good chance that this is going to be your view most of your day! But you'll need toys, food, water bowls (one for wet and one for dry cat foods), a litter box if necessary, and cat bedding like blankets and pillows.

Co-Workers vs. Cat

Cat lovers will make themselves known, but we need to remember that not everyone is a cat person. This may mean keeping your office door closed and then having your cat on a harness and leash when you allow him or her to explore your workplace. Please make sure your cat is comfortable near other people, including co-workers. If they are aggressive around others or not social at all, it may be best to leave them home today!

Cat on a keyboard

Signs Your Cat Is Uncomfortable or Excessively Nervous:

  • Constantly meowing
  • If the cat starts growling and hissing at you when carrying him in the carrier on their way to work
  • Displaced fur (ruffled up)
  • Excessive licking of their paws or face

Are you planning to bring your cat to your workplace on Take Your Cat To Work Day? What other tips would you recommend for people who plan to take their cats to work? Be sure to tag us @vitalpetlife with the hashtags #bringyourcattoworkday