The hardest part about leaving for work each day is looking at my kitten Holmes’ sad face as he knows it will be several hours until we can have a cuddle again.
Although I understand they are not everyone’s cup of tea, millions of people around the world love cats and understandably so.
Far superior than any other pet, in my clearly unbiased opinion, each cat has their own personality. They are just the most playful things as kittens and are amazing company.
If cats are indeed your thing then a veterinary surgery has just the job for you.
Just Cats in Clonsilla, Dublin, is a vet exclusively dedicated to cats that even describes itself as being a ‘no dogs’ allowed clinic.
They are advertising for a full-time cat cuddler and it really does sound like the perfect job.
The job description on the website states:
Are you a crazy cat person and loves cats? Does cattitude come naturally to you?
Have you counted kittens before you go asleep? Do you feed the stray cats in your locality?
Does petting cats make you feel warm and fuzzy?
So far all my answers are yes so you best hurry up and apply before I do!
The description continues saying:
Based in Clonsilla, Dublin, we are Dublin’s only veterinary clinic for just cats.
We are looking for someone to work with our feline friendly staff in a ‘no dogs’ veterinary clinic.
We are an equal opportunities employer, however we do discriminate against dogs attending our veterinary clinic as patients.
The ideal candidate must have gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time.
They need to be softly spoke and capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in patients.
An ability to understand different types of purring is a distinct added advantage in helping you secure this position with us.
To apply send your CV and cover letter to the email [email protected]
The advert does state that a veterinary council of Ireland recognised qualification is needed for the role.
Animal lovers also have another reason to rejoice as ‘pet-ernity leave’ is a little paid leave that allows owners to spend time with the newest member of their family.
Mars are one of the few companies who offer ‘pet-ernity leave’ and Gosia Faras – Corporate Affairs Director at Mars Petcare UK – told UNILAD:
As you’ve probably guessed, lots of our Associates (which is what we call our employees) are pet lovers and it’s important we have pet friendly policies to make it as easy as possible for them to be responsible pet owners.
We introduced our Pet-ernity scheme in 2012, which offers Associates 10 hours paid leave when the get a new dog or cat.
Pets are part of the family so having the time to bond with and settle them in is essential – just as you would for a new baby.
This isn’t our only pet friendly policy, for the last ten years we’ve had pet friendly offices. We do all this because we know that owning a pet is good for you!
Bringing your dog to work helps to reduce stress, promote a healthier lifestyle and increase collaboration and morale. This also has a big role to play in keeping Associates engaged and attracting new ones.
For millennials, this is especially true – 73 per cent believe that allowing pets at work greatly benefits Associates and 60 per cent stated that they are more likely to stay at a company with pet-friendly policies.
Ultimately, happy pets mean happy Associates – so we’re not barking mad!
It is a great idea!
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.