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Ten Reasons Your Cat is Celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 22, 2012

10 reasons for cats to celebrate "Take Your Dog to Work Day"

June 22, 2012 – Finally.

You humans might not be aware of this, but we cats have had this date circled on our calendars for months: Friday, June 22, is National Take Your Dog to Work Day. Are we jealous that it’s not Take Your Cat to Work Day? Hardly. In fact, as the official spokescat of the CATalyst Council, I present to you our own Top 10 list of why cats should celebrate this day as well:

 1.     Our midday naps will not be interrupted by incessant, frenzied yapping sparked by the mail carrier’s arrival. Or a squirrel in the yard. Or the wind blowing the tree leaves. Or absolutely nothing at all.

2.     Getting the couch all to ourselves. Enough said.

3.      A respite from the tedious licking. (I mean, really…if they’re going to lick, at least they could make themselves useful and groom something.)

4.       No sliding in the drool puddles left behind on the tile floor.

5.      No mile-wide water spills around the dog bowl.

6.       We’ll finally get to eat our own food. All of it. No sharing.

7.      No “I get to go outside and you don’t … nyah, nyah, nyah!”

8.     A rare opportunity to use the dog bed as a scratching post. Or litter box – it’s our choice.

9.      Being spared the humiliation of the most base of all canine greetings: the infamous and oh-so-annoying Butt Sniff. How uncivilized.

10.  Finally, peace and quiet when nature calls, and no fear of some crazy canine with questionable culinary habits raiding the litter box when we’re finished.

 We know this day means a lot to you and the dog, and we hope you enjoy your time together at the office. Don’t worry about us, and don’t be afraid to put in a little overtime on Friday. In fact, if you enjoy your time spent together at work, why not just go ahead and make it “Take Your Dog to Work Year?” Or “Leave Your Dog at Work Day?”

Dr. Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council (and my roommate), offers her own advice for cat owners.

 “While Friday isn’t ‘Take Your Cat to Work Day,’ why not make it your very own ‘Spoil Your Cat After Work Day,’ with extra playtime or a special treat when you get home from work?” Dr. Brunt says. “And while you may not be able to bring your cats to work with you and your dog, you can—and should—bring them with you to the veterinarian at least once a year for regular veterinary check-ups. If you really want to pamper your cats, make sure to schedule a ‘Take Your Cat to The Veterinarian Day.’ By providing the same level of veterinary care for you cats as you do for your dogs, you’ll help them live the happiest, healthiest life possible.”

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