6 reasons why cats make the best work-from-home companions
By: Claire, redwigwam
We talk a lot about our office dogs here at redwigwam. As a team, we’re HUGE dog fans and we welcome them into our office with open arms (I mean, they even have their own sofa to sit on!)
But today, it’s International Cat Day – and we wanted to celebrate our lesser-talked about feline friends too.
Over the course of the last two years, we’ve all worked from home A LOT! So, it’s inevitable our team cats have become part of our Microsoft Teams calls. Sometimes they laze about in the background (we especially love Duck’s over radiator cosy sleeping pod) and sometimes they’re more actively involved in our meetings! Of course, we’ve seen them stroll across keyboards and had them pinch our chairs when we stand up, but they are amazing company.
Here's 6 reasons why cats make the BEST work from home companions
1) They’re just there….
It’s a proven fact that cats have a calming presence – and cat owners say this takes away some of the stress of the working day. A study by Washington State University found that just 10 minutes fussing over your cat can reduce high levels of cortisol (the hormone linked to stress levels).
2) They breed creativity
The head scratches and tummy rubs are ideal for thinking time (honestly!) A few minutes away from your screen, interacting with your cat forces your brain to think about problems in a different way. Just like solutions often come when you’re in the shower!
3) They’re very low maintenance
They don’t need walking; they mostly keep themselves clean and they don’t need to be taken outside when they need the toilet.
4) They roll at your feet and purr when you come in…
(… even if you’ve just nipped out to the kitchen to make a cuppa). Can’t say our office colleagues do that (although to be fair, it would probably seem a bit strange if they did!)
5) They don’t bark in meetings
No offence to our doggy friends of course, but constant barking whenever someone walks past the window or knocks at the front door can be somewhat distracting. Cats are just there, mostly in the background (once they’ve had a quick nosey to see who’s on the call of course).
6) They sleep. A lot.
Cats can sleep for around 15 hours a day. So, you really don’t have to worry about them being bored while you are at work. Set up a cosy spot for them nearby and they’ll happily snooze the day away.
So, there you have it. Cats are awesome companions while you’re working from home. Head over to our Facebook page and share a picture of your cat working with you - and meet Duck, Daisy and Bibby - some of the extended redwigwam team!