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Today is going to be a slower day of work! Thank goodness for the holiday season because nothing gets done and that is totally fine. There are a few things that I need to do, but for the most part, I am going to relax, blog, maybe make some Pinterest pins, and go workout. I am currently working from home right now so I have extra company, my cat Sirius, but my cat won’t let me work. If you have read any of my blog, you know that he is a main component of my life. To give some background, my roommate was fostering him (I pretty much took over that job) and I fell in love with him and his brother. They were both the cutest kittens ever and I wanted them both but knew taking care of a cat was a huge responsibility. Luckily Sirius’ brother was adopted which made getting a cat way easier. I adopted him right away after seeing how unhappy he was at the adoption events at PetSmart.
Benefits of my cat
Anyway, Sirius has been a huge part of my life and my mental health and overall an amazing addition to my life. It is always great to come home and hear him meow really loudly because I am back. Definitely a wonderful cat, but he won’t let me work lol! I think all cat owners know of this problem. In times of remote working, our pets are really the ones benefiting from this. They are getting more attention than ever. For me, however, I spend most of my days in my office or my lab. This leave Sirius alone to roam the apartment.
I understand that he wants attention. It’s hilarious because he’s super shy unless I am on my computer, then he is right up in my face, hitting all of the keys and scratching at my monitor. It definitely makes it hard getting work done, but you know what, that’s good! It can be annoying when they walk into the camera view while you’re on a zoom call, but that’s hilarious. Sirius made an appearance on my qualifying presentation and it made one of my committee members laugh. It was hilarious.
Yes, I won’t get things done in an extremely quick manner, but that’s fine. I am enjoying my cat’s company, he’s having a good time, and we are bonding. It is well worth it.
Get them toys
But if you are having a hard time getting work done because of your cat, might I suggest investing in more cat toys! That has helped me a lot. When I was doing my qualifying exam and working from home for 2 weeks straight, I got Sirius a few toys to keep him busy. Luckily for cat owners, cat’s usually sleep during the day. Sirius was asleep for a decent amount of time but when he was up, he was playing with toys and not bothering me. If you are having trouble with your cat walking all over you ever second, I suggest getting them a few toys. This one specifically is Sirius’ favorite. I think it’s because of the catnip lol. I wrote about the different cat toys that you can get them here. Go check it out if you want ideas.
I know this was a bit of a random blog post, but sometimes you just need to write something random. Cat owners know that struggle of trying to work from home and having your cat just flop on you keyboard without warning. It’s cute and annoying but I am happy my cat does it. Plus, he keeps me from doing work which is always good and I enjoy life more. If you have a cat, let me know about them. If you have written about them, link to a blog post about them so we can all check it out.
I can sympathize. I actually use a small, rolling table as my cat table that I keep next to my desk chair when I’m at the computer. I pet him between typing and this keeps him off my desk. Also, they like bird-watching from a bird feeder I have off my apartment’s patio. You might try turning on a live bird cam and see if your cat will watch it for some mental stimulation. The Cornell Lab of Orinthology website has lots of bird cams that one of my cats like. The other won’t watch TV. (I’m not affiliated with their website. I just enjoy it)
That’s a great idea. I’ll try that next time! Thank you 🙂
My cat Freesia, puts a gentle paw in my arm while I am working on the laptop to remind me it’s more important to scratch her head and ears than to get my syllabus finished…after all…priorities!
How cute though. And very sweet of you to adopt him.
Ash @ Essentially Ash
“Still True post grad!!! But ….. he reminds me of a VERY IMPORTANT PART OF WORKING WELL (not just working hard) – that PLAY- PLAYYYYYYYYYYYY- is equally important….. and it was such an astounding lesson, that I wrote a line of dialogue in my movie – that nails that point home … with love 🏄🏽♀️🏄🏼♀️🏄🏿♀️🏄🏾♀️cali lili , cali lili indies ™️ 🌊🦋🐬🌊”
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