Finally! The perfect job is here! There is a veterinary clinic out there looking for someone to work full time cuddling cats. It's a unique opportunity to do something a cat lover really loves -- loving cats for a living. Now to figure out if you qualify for the position. It does require more than a pair of hands and a warm lap. First of all the job is in Clonsilla, Ireland.
While it does sound so cozy and idyllic, there are things to remember: cats and kittens come equipped with claws and teeth. These felines are also far from home and completely stressed out. They are not the cuddly little fur balls you find in living rooms around the world.
The vet is Just Cats Veterinary Clinic and Cattery and is located in a suburb of Dublin. It caters (or catters) only to pets of the feline persuasion and is dedicated to making the experience as comfortable as possible for their clientele. That is the reason that they are looking to fill the position of Cat Cuddler. And, yes, that is the actual title of the position.
Naturally there are necessary qualifications for the position. The right candidate must be soft-spoken with gentle and caring hands. To calm the stress of the patients it helps if the applicant is also a cat whisperer with a knack for understanding the feline psyche. They would also like to find someone who can tell the difference between the different kinds of purrs.
You didn't even know that there are different purrs? Well, you're out. Just kidding. Cats often purr when they are stressed. Much like some people laugh when they are nervous. I have had several cats who would purr like thunder at the vet's office because they are terrified. Of course, I also had a cat who purred happily because she like getting to meet all those new people. It can be important to know which purr is which.
Just Cats is an equal opportunity employer, but they freely admit that they do discriminate -- against dogs. This place is cats only and dogs are not welcome as either patients or guests. This policy is strictly for the comfort and reassurance of their clients.
I know that I am ready to hand in my resume and pack up my home (though my cat is of a different opinion), but there is one niggling little detail that I can't overcome. "A veterinary council of Ireland recognised qualification is essential for this role" according to the website. Darn. I was so close.
So if you live in the Dublin area and have the right "cattitude" you could be the next professional cat cuddler. Or is it the first professional cat cuddler? Either way, I am genuinely envious of whoever is lucky enough to get the job.
Maybe veterinary clinics in the U.S., and more importantly, where you live, will decide that this is a beneficial service to provide and more of us can be this lucky.
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