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Cat’s Eye View: Guest Post by Bubbles

Written by Guest Blogger | September 17, 2012

The following is a guest post from Bubbles, one of the office cats at PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters.

Hi, I’m Bubbles, PETA’s Director of Office Companionship. It’s a huge job, as you can imagine, providing the other staff with someone to talk to at any time and training them how to be excellent companions as well. As an expert, I wanted to share my insights on companionship with PETA Files readers.

I’ve heard it said that “showing up is half the battle,” and I think that’s true. For me that means making my rounds every day sitting on this person’s desk and that person’s chair, rubbing up against multiple ankles and lying across computer keyboards. For you, that likely means giving your cats attention the moment you get home, playing with them, curling up on the couch with them, brushing them, talking to them and doing whatever they like to do with you. Some cats even enjoy going for walks on a harness. Of course, cats also need toys, cat towers, and window seats to make their days less boring, but quality time and affection is what they crave.

Look, I get it, we’re all busy. I sometimes have to help edit, write letters, help with inclement weather preparations, the list never ends. But being a good companion means making the time. My humans are worth it. And I know your cats are too.

For some more tips, check out 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You, by PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. You can also try to get in touch with me, but I’m rarely at my desk. Lots of companionship to spread around, you know. 

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  • Glenda says:

    Talk about office cat. Well, I work in Griffith Park, someone dumped an orange tabby cat in the park (10 years ago) he was there on his own for three weeks and we were suprised that the coyotes did not get to him. Around this time I had to put my cat to sleep for her reasons, my co-worker brought this cat to me, at the time I was not ready for another cat. So cat stayed in the office, everyone pitched in to surport him. My manager would take him home on the weekends, and all of a sudden she did not bring him back she kept him along with her other two cats (which I rescued and gave to her) She had to sell her house. She was finding homes for cats, I said I will take him ‘Parker’ (girls at office named him ‘Parker’ cause he was found in the park) he is still here and I enjoy every minute of him, along with October (a black fluffy cat) HORRAY for cats for comfort

  • Reese says:

    WOW!! Carla’s story was amazing. I Love all Animals. I have two small Dogs and I am sorry to say my Cat just passed away. She was left behind from a cold hearted tenant that moved away. they just left her, I heard a cat crying and I seen this skinny sad cat that was limping, I went door to door asking who’s cat this is, the neighbor told me that she was abandoned. I took her home named her Precious and fell so inlove with this Cat. Now, I know everybody thinks that there pets are different than others, but she was. When I took my Dogs for there walks, Precious would actually walk with us. I am talking she would walk next to me and my two boys and she had so much fun. I had Precious 7 years. 2 weeks ago when i was going to work Precious ran out the door and I could not get her. I will regret that day forever. When i came home she was in the street. She went to rainbow Ridge and I feel like It is all my fault because I didnt catch her that morning I was going to work. I am going to a class that ASPCA has for people that have lost there pets and having a hard time dealing with it. I feel like I let her down and that I was not a good mom because she died a horrible death.

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  • sandy says:

    i have 3 cats of my own ad several semi feral ones that we feed in the neighborhood..i can guarantee they are as loyal as dogs and then some..i love dogs but nothing compares to the moment they settle on your lap pouring just before they fall asleep

  • carla says:

    I am an avid animal lover and advocate; i love most kinds (particularly mammals and birds), and especially cats! The only reason i don’t own a dog (or two!)is because i live with my daughter in a very small apartment. We have two cats, one being born right here in my apartment after we fled from New Orleans escaping Katrina by a day! His mom was born in New Orleans but he was born in Georgia. He came breach,and by the time he finally made it out, he was dead.I stood there devastated seeing the poor thing not breathing, picked him up and started massaging his tiny chest and blowing small puffs of air(mixed with copiuos tears) in his mouth, and after a few puffs, he started coughing and gasping for air!!!I put him with his mother and it was great!!! He is now 7 yo!! and we love him SO much! Cats undoubtedly have their own personality, just like us. Long live Bubbles and his kind!!

  • Laura Z. says:

    My daughter and I have two cats- Tonks and Lupin-named after Harry Potter characters by my daughter. We give our cats so much love and attention its crazy and they return it as well. They make me happy when Im down and bring so much joy to our lives.

  • Jana says:

    What a star! Loved this post and hope Bubbles will grace us again soon!

  • Joy says:

    My cat is named Medallion, named for the medallion shaped patch under his neck, and his medal of bravery while living outside, before coming to live with me. I’m very lucky to enjoy his love & loyalty. People say he hit the lottery when he came to live with me, but I’m the winner. A loving, loyal family member. Love You Medallion Kisses.

  • lisa says:

    I have 13 rescued cats the eldest blind and 18yrs old the youngest 4 and half months i rescued from a feral coleny i know alot of people prefer dogs and think they are more loyal and loving but give a cat a chance they are amazing animals one of my boys knowing excatley what time i come from work and is waiting at the end of my street everynight to greet me what a great way to end a hard days work.

  • Shari says:

    My cat’s name is also Bubbles! She supervises me cooking meals in the kitchen. She watches TV programs with me and keeps me safe at night by being a window watching night guard! Bubbles makes sure when I am sick in bed to always smuggle with me and never leaves my side until she knows that I am ok. The least we can do for our animals is to make time for them too! After all they do so much for us!