Think about this the next time you’re feeling under the weather while cooped up on cramped public transport or stuck in an endless traffic jam on your way to work: There are other lucky people out there whose day to day work load involves visiting cats and kittens and acting like the carefree aunt who stops by to bless nephews and nieces with treats while avoiding most of the responsibilities of feline parenthood.
They are cat sitters and they are living the feline dream.
Yes, while you’re at work and trying to avoid the dreaded water-cooler small talk, cat sitters are getting away with making meowing sounds at cats in the name of riveting conversation.
And while you’re navigating the tricky internal politics of the office, your cat sitter is dealing only with the small matter of making sure that all cats in the household receive an equal sharing of midday treats.
When you’re stuck staring at a spreadsheet for another three hours before getting to leave for home, cat sitters around the world are feasting their eyes on a parading procession of Mackerel Tabbies, British Shorthairs, Ragdolls, Maine Coons and Persians.
And as you’re burdened with cleaning up someone else’s gross soup splatter from the microwave, cat sitters are collectively scooping up nuggets of poop.
Okay, maybe that last one isn’t exactly something to be wholesale jealous of. But at this point you get the idea: Whatever humdrum part of day-to-day life gets you down, there’s a strong chance that cat sitters are instead living it up in a world populated with impish kittens and noble napping furballs.
It’s enough to make you wonder whether we might not be better turning the world into a place where everybody is a cat sitter.
Would the economics work out? Probably not. But it’s a guarantee that we’d all be a lot happier and a lot less stressed.