It has been said that dogs need a job to keep them happy and out of trouble. Many have been
bred for specific work, like sheep dogs, and now we train Labs and German Shepherds to do police work or help people with disabilities. There are many working dogs out there. But cats? Not so much.
I think cats make up their own minds about what kind of work they want to do. At the top of the list is supervising humans. They do it well and will follow their human around all day, even accompanying the human into the bath room. A cat will be mesmerized watching a human cook dinner and might even keep the human company on the counter.
Before the human goes to sleep at night, the cat is right there to inspect the bed for comfort. They provide the same service for comfy chairs. Another thing they do is watch a person very carefully while they eat. Their job is to make sure that if any food falls off of the fork before it gets into the mouth, the cat will be there to catch it, stopping a mess from happening before it starts.
Let’s not forget the obvious: cats are great at keeping the rodent population at bay and killing bugs; a service worth its weight in gold just by itself! And work as a companion to a person who lives alone? Gosh, they are never NOT on the job!
See? Cats can work, too, like dogs. We just have to recognize the work they do is highly specialized and different from their canine partners, however, no less important. Cats would not be involved in any work that was not important.
It’s a big job snoopervising humans. They need so much of it. You know the phrase “Good help is hard to find?” It was INVENTED for humans, that’s why they are so lucky to have cats around to help out.
So, on this Labor Day the question is:
What jobs do your kitties do for you?