This Japanese Firm Lets Its Employees Bring Cats Into The Office And We’re Jealous

Whether you love your job or can’t stand it, I’m sure you’ll agree it could be improved by one thing — cats. One day, that dream could be a reality.

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We all get that Monday morning feel when the week begins. Your alarm clock starts buzzing away and your heart sinks as you remember it’s time to start yet another working week. Nightmare. Well, imagine how much better your day would be if you could take your kitty into the office with you. If you worked at one particular company in Japan, you could!

Yes, the leading IT firm, Ferray, in Tokyo has a rather intriguing policy for its staff members. Way back in the year 2000, the company introduced the ‘cat accompanying commuting’ policy, which means that people can take their kitties into the office each and every day. Um, can we have a job there, please?!

And, that’s not all! The company CEO loves cats so very much that he also gives his staff 5,000 yen (around £35) when they rescue a kitty from a shelter. The idea is that the workers at the firm give more homes to cats that need their help. What’s more, the fact that they can bring them into work means that they can give them extra care and attention.

While you may think that having your kitty at work would be a distraction, this is one boss who seems to think that it’s really no big deal. “Although cats may get in the way when (the employees) want to concentrate, they are also charming, they do not develop into problems,” the head of the firm, Hidenobu Fukuda recently told The Metro.

All we can say is that we hope companies around the world follow suit and adopt this cat-friendly policy. Taking your pet to work would not only be great for your cat, but also great for your general stress levels. As far as we can see, it really is a ‘win win’ situation!

If you are interested in more cat related news, how about reading about men are becomings ‘A cats best friend’

Here’s How Puzzles Could Improve Your Cat’s Well-Being

Make no mistakes, our feline friends are seriously smart. That’s why giving them little puzzles could improve their well-being, according to science.

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You could say that the average house cat has a pretty darn easy life. They get to snooze all day long, wake up, and have us feed them whatever treats they may fancy. It really doesn’t get more luxurious than that. While most of us think we’re doing right on behalf of our pet, some research suggests that they need more of a challenge. Here’s why:

This story starts way back with our cat’s ancestor; the African wildcat. Before felines were domesticated, there would be only one way to get food and sustenance — they had to work for it. Whether that meant hunting or, indeed, foraging, it didn’t matter. What mattered was that these intelligent animals had the natural instinct to get out there and work hard until they had the food that they needed.

Flash-forward to the modern day, and our house cats are not so dissimilar to those ancient creatures. While we may feed them on command each and every day, there may be a better way to help them. Yes, according to a recent study published in SAGE, giving your kitty a food puzzle instead may be the best thing you can do for their well-being.

House Cats Need Puzzles

This study is particularly relevant to house cats that never leave the home environment. Being alone all day long and then simply getting fed when they need it can get a little tiresome. Since cats are, at the core, very smart creatures, they need to be challenged in some way. Of course, one of the easiest ways you can do that is by investing in a puzzle of some sort. The very best games are the ones where cats need to work for their food. In a small way, these simulate what it is like to be out in the wild, seeking food.

How Food Puzzles Help

As part of the study, the researchers looked at a whole range of different cases in which cats began using puzzles. There were a great many examples of times when these little games helped kitties to overcome behavioral problems and health ones too. For example, there was the case of a two-year-old cat who was previously scared of humans, but became more willing to accept them after playing the games. There was also the case of a three-year-old cat with aggression problems, who had a rapid personality change after starting the puzzles.

Types of Puzzles

So, what types of cat puzzles should you get? Well, luckily, there are a whole load of different kinds on the market. Without a doubt, the best styles of puzzle are the ones which reward the cat by giving them some form of food at the end of it. This plays into the feline’s basic instinct. They complete a task and they get a reward. This is how things work in the wild, and so it simulates the same process. It really is that simple!

Revealed: How Classical Music For Cats Helps Them Relax

Question is, is classical music for cats hitting the right notes?

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When you’ve had a long, hard day at work, it’s only natural that you’d need to unwind somehow. While some of us like a hot cup of tea the moment we get in, others use a less-tangible thing to calm our nerves; classical music! Yep, putting on your favorite track is certain to help you relax and forget the many troubles of the day. But what about cat? Will classical music for cats help them to switch off?

You may think that we’re the only species to use this medium, but you’re wrong. You see, we might have more in common with cats than we ever thought before. A relatively recent study has suggested that when cats listen to a particular style of music, they start to chill out just as we do. It might sound a little far-fetched but classical music for cats, does, have calming effects and here’s the science to back up that:

Purr! Put that record on!

According to research published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, music can help kitties relax when they are about to undergo surgery. What’s more, not just any old music can do. It would seem that the feline species have rather high-class taste when it comes to the tunes they like as they prefer classical music above all else.

So, how did the scientists find this all out? Well, clinicians monitored 12 different female cats who were undergoing surgery. Each kitty listened to two minutes of utter silence, followed by two minutes of a classical, pop, or heavy metal track. The cats that listened to the classical music were by far the calmest of the entire group. (Unsurprisingly, those that were exposed to pop music had neutral results and those who listened to heavy metal appeared the most stressed. Duh!)

So, what does this all mean?

Well, the takeaway message here is that cats may like music just as much as we do. For a long time, people have been under the impression that music has no impact on animals, but now that seems seriously unlikely. This study shows that our little feline friends are more perceptive than we ever imagined. What’s more, they actually enjoy music in the same way that human beings do.

Of course, us cat lovers want the very best for our pets. All too often, cats can suffer from stress, loneliness, and even anxiety. This happens when the cat feels threatened or is left alone for a long period of time; neither of which are advisable. If your kitty happens to suffer from any of the above, putting on some Bach can’t hurt. In fact, it might just help your pet to calm down a tad, which can only be a good thing.

The best classical music for cats

Sadly, the study did not delve so far as to find out which particular artists cats like the most. So, for the meantime, we will have to guess which composers are their absolute faves. Still, if you’re completely new to classical music, you might want to start with something well-known like Chopin or Handel. It’s worth taking a look around online until you find some tunes that both you and your kitty will adore. Good luck!