We kitties are very lucky because for the most part, we don’t have to work if we don’t want to. But sometimes it gets boring, being catered to — the meal and litter box service and daily Bird TV can get monotonous. A job actually has many benefits for a cat — it stimulates your mind, makes your life more interesting, and creates a regular routine… and you know how we cats love routines! Jobs even pay money, and while that’s not meaningful for cats, you can trade those silly slips of paper for things like premium cat food, toys, and if you save up for it, big ticket items like cat trees and fancy cat beds. Really, there are a lot of reasons for a cat to want a job, as long as it’s the right one. That’s the key — there are good jobs for cats, and some not-so-good choices. Here is my list.
Best Jobs for Cats
This is a great job for those of you kitties who aren’t terribly active but still like something new every so often. We cats really understand comfort, and we spend as much as 16 hours a day sleeping, so a good mattress is important to us. I’m sure there are many of us out there who have already become experts at judging a good mattress, even without any formal training. Why not put that knowledge to use?
If you are tired of hearing your human complain every time you claw the couch; if your scratching post is worn down to the wood and then some; if every new carpet must be examined and pulled at thoroughly before you deem it acceptable, then you should look into a textile design career! When your human sees your stunning fabric creations, she will be sorry she ever yelled at you for shredding the easy chair – she had a work of art in her own home and she should have appreciated it.
Yes, it is a menial job, but so much fun! And there is no shame in a job you truly enjoy. Dishwashing is something all kitties would work at if they were allowed. I’m sad that the dishes here seem to be off limits to me.
President of the United States
Yes, I am jumping from one extreme to the other, but let’s face it, we cats would do a much better job of keeping the Free World in line than any of the guys in office in the past 70 or so years. After all, don’t you keep your own human in line pretty well?
Now let’s look at jobs that we cats might not be suited for.
Worst Jobs for Cats
Race Car Driver
This only makes sense — it’s hard for a cat to control a steering wheel and switch gears at the same time. The outfit is uncomfortable, and we are not all that competitive. So no NASCAR for us.
Domestic servitude for a cat? Just no. That’s humans’ work.
A lot of us cats are fascinated with wires and electrical cords, but electricians aren’t allowed to chew on them. Ever. Becoming an electrician may sound appealing on the surface, but in reality it’s a bummer if you are a cat.
Stop acting shocked! Admit it… you’d keep it all for yourself and there would be no profit. But then, who cares about profit anyway? Maybe catnip farmer would work after all.
What other jobs can you think of that might be good or bad for cats?
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