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Japanese Company Allows Staff To Bring In Cats To Lower Employees’ Stress Levels

A Japanese company has been praised for allowing staff to bring in cats in order to counteract employees’ stress levels. 

Japanese IT firm Ferray has introduced an “office cat” policy which allows staff to bring in their pets in order to combat the stressful working environment.

In total, nine fluffy cats wander the office freely in the office hours, doing whatever their hearts desire!

Hidenobu Fukada, who is head of the firm, stated that the policy was originally brought about in 2002 when it was suggested by one of his employees. He agreed and ever since, employees have been bringing in their most trusty companions along with them to work.

Not only does the head of the firm allow cats in the workplace, but he also encourages them to adopt rescues from Japan’s overpopulated shelters and strays from the streets.

Credit: Ferray

He said: “I give 5,000 yen ($45) a month to those who rescue a cat.”

Eri Ito, an employee at Ferray, thinks that it is an absolutely incredible idea and wishes it was allowed at more workplaces across the country.

“Cats are sleeping just beside us… It’s healing,” Ito said.

Although the cats are a soothing remedy, they are still some cons to have the fluffballs in the office.

Credit: Ferray

Fukada said: “Sometimes a cat will walk on a phone and cut off the call, or they shut down the computers by walking onto the off switch.”

Despite these problems, bringing cats into the office is still regarded as a success amongst his employees, and the cats love it too! Following their lead, many companies have started to do the same.

One by one, everyone across the country is becoming a crazy cat lover and registered cat cafes are popping up everywhere.

Meanwhile, a bookstore in Canada is allowing kittens to roam free too, in the hopes that customers will adopt them.

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