Japanese Company Fills Offices with Cats to Help Employees Unwind and Improve Productivity

In a cramped city like Tokyo, where owning a pet is a luxury and most apartments have strict no-pets policies, it’s hard for cat lovers to spend quality time with their favorite animals. In response, cat cafés have cropped up all over the city, where people get to sip delicious beverages while petting a purring kitty. But even that doesn’t come close to having a cat in your own home, because the time spent with the furry creatures is quite limited.

That’s why a Japanese company has come up with a great idea to get its employees to interact with pets more often – a cat-populated workplace! The offices of Ferray Corporation, an internet solutions business, is filled with nine lovable rescued cats that are allowed to roam freely all through the day. The cats are so adorable that employees of Ferray are reporting considerably lowered stress levels.

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Of course,letting cats run free in a workplace can have unexpected consequences, and the Ferray office is no exception. The felines are regularly up to no good – they switch off computers, chew on LAN cables, scratch the walls, tear up papers, and mess up code by walking on keyboards. And when clients visit the premises, the purring felines have the bad habit of going through their bags or sleeping on meeting tables.

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Despite these annoyances, employees say they aren’t bothered by the cats one bit. It seems that office communication has increased dramatically, since everybody just can’t seem to stop talking about the cats. It’s a topic that brings employees together and lowers everyone’s stress. As you can imagine, it’s next to impossible to be upset when there’s a cute cat hanging out nearby.

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Not only does the company have nine cats, but every single day is Bring Your Pet to Work Day. Employees are encouraged to bring their own pets into the office. And if they don’t have a pet of their own, the company actually offers a 5,000 yen ($42) per month ‘cat bonus’ to anyone who is willing to adopt a cat.

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Interestingly, Ferray isn’t the only office in Tokyo with bizarre pet policies. Mars Japan Limited, a company that specializes in pet supplies, also encourages employees to bring their pets to work. It also gives benefits such as time off, condolence pay and covering funeral costs in case of the unfortunate death of a pet.

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Ferray actually admits that the most important quality that they look for in job candidates is a love of cats! Of course, they ask for basic skills and experience too, but if you don’t love animals, you have little chance of getting hired.

Source: RocketNews24


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Feedback (34 Comments)

  • chris wright Posted on February 23, 2015

    What a wonderful idea I really agree cats have something about them that can either calm when needed or give you a giggle when needed too. Cat ate an invaluable part of life at home and at work so this story has proved good boss keep up the good work everybody From a big cat lover

  • Michelle Posted on February 23, 2015

    This is a great idea. Who does not love a cat?

  • Denise Painter Posted on February 23, 2015

    Wish they were local!

  • sam Posted on February 23, 2015

    I don’t know if staring at a sleepy cat would make me more productive but deffo gives a homely feel :)

  • Mimi Posted on February 23, 2015

    Thought you might like this

    Barbara

  • Frantzeska Tyrannes Posted on February 23, 2015

    I so love this company… i always work with my cat and she definitely increases my productivity… i love this new trend..

  • Rudolph Andrew Furtado Posted on February 23, 2015

    I have two traditional Persian cats at home in Mumbai and they do make a difference to my standard and quality of living. I work from home and travel a lot blogging my experiences with my cats helping me avoid “WRITERS BLOCK”. Agreed that their maintenance costs me a packet more being the emotional attachment as a live alone along with my house care-taker who looks after them in my absence. Nice to read this article of cats being allowed free access in a Japanese office which would definitely help the worker productivity.I have personally visited Tokyo and was astounded by the cleanliness and orderliness of this huge Megalopolis, the World’s post populated city.

  • John Posted on February 24, 2015

    Horrible idea. 9 cats peeing everywhere will make that office a cat lady craphole to work in. Not to mention hey what about employees or customers that could be highly allergic to cats? So basically the employer is a crazy cat person with a license to discriminate.

  • Mia Posted on February 24, 2015

    It would only work for me if they were Russian Blues. I’m allergic to cats

  • Aileen Bartolome Posted on February 24, 2015

    That is a very creative and humane idea. PET THERAPY truly reduces stress. Dogs and cats give the much need fun, rest, and energy to employees. I congratulate you and your being innovative and relevant.

    Great work and great management!

  • T. Tranum Posted on February 24, 2015

    Gee, ya think they might have actually *FORGOTTEN* (gasp!) to make plans for those kinda things?? Oh nooo!! Now everybody is gonna get sick or maybe even lose their job!! Especially now that it’s an international story! Guess they’re all screwed.

    (GAWD yr an idiot! )

  • Claudia Posted on February 24, 2015

    @John, I know you’re trolling, but you’re still an idiot.

    Cats don’t “pee everywhere” they pee in litter boxes. And the article clearly states that the company only hires cat lovers. So if you’re “highly allergic to cats” you wouldn’t be working there.You probably wouldn’t even apply there.

    Also this is in Japan, so “license to discriminate” is meaningless if you’re trying to apply American standards. Clearly this is acceptable behavior for a corporation in Japan, since other companies do it too.

  • Grace Posted on February 24, 2015

    I think more companies should do this. I particularly like the incentive to employees to adopt a cat of their own. Excellent idea!

  • Cindy Posted on February 25, 2015

    I wish cats in the workplace had been an option where I worked. I definitely would enjoyed my job more. As to “John” who said cats would be peeing everywhere, it’s blatant that he is less acceptable than the cats since he seems to be unaware of litterboxes. Or m aybe he is discussing his bathroom habits. Cats are definitely more descriminating as to where they park their tails. Pets in the workplace improve morale & efficiency. The article DID address the issue of cat allergies.

  • Cecanniah Posted on February 25, 2015

    I love those people who loves cat. :)

  • july bongcales Posted on February 25, 2015

    i would probably love working there…. i so love cats in fact i have 15 adopted cats in my house and it gives me lots of happiness!

  • Alexi Posted on February 25, 2015

    Wonderful idea – cats improve productivity and lower stress level. I know that from experience. I work from home, living with 3 fantastic cats. They helped me through the hardest part of my life, I had no job, no future, and, due to extreme stress, I developed obsessive-compulsive disorder. When I moved in with the kittens, things changed for the better. Now I have a job that I adore and no obsessive-compulsive disorder. I can thank this to my friends with the paws and whiskers.

  • Delia Posted on February 25, 2015

    They could put up cat scratch toys, and chew toy, something to for the cats to play with and tear up instead of the wires. What they are doing is awesome, I wish more places would do it!

  • Ilia Posted on February 25, 2015

    I”d be spending all my time petting the cats to do any work!

  • Jane Posted on February 25, 2015

    I’m a cat owner and from the body language and expressions of “most” of those cats, I would say they’re not happy. I also notice that some are laying on computer equipment, because the equipment is warm, so it’s probably too cold in the office. These cats almost have a feral look about them. Where do they go when employees go home, they just stay there an wander around an empty office? These are not owned cats. Maybe entertaining for employees, but not good for the cats, they have no family.

  • gail carlyon Posted on February 25, 2015

    Wonderful cats are so loving and attentive clean creatures they do not “pee” EVERYWHERE UNLIKE MANY HUMANS THEY LOVE THEIR LITTER BOX TOILETS

  • Bob Posted on February 25, 2015

    Good thing Mars offers to cover funeral costs.. if your cats eats their food regularly, they’ll die sick due to all of the byproducts and chemicals in their food products.. at least Mars is covering to compensate for a problem they create!

  • Marie Posted on February 25, 2015

    @Jane. You’re kidding right? They look perfectly relaxed, and cats love sleeping on warm things even when it’s warm out. They have fur, if they’re that cold the people would be freezing lol. And cats sleep ~18 hours a day sooooo I’m sure they’re fine being alone for a bit. What do you think other cats do when their people are at work all day? It’s like the reverse of that. And they have a bigger family than most cats, considering they’re in a work place with a bunch of people.

  • Leslie Posted on February 26, 2015

    i have 6 cats and I see these office cats as very happy, comfortable, and content. Cats ALWAYS lie on warm things, mine do and my house is comfortable. They don’t look feral, either. I don’t know what kind of cats you have Jane, but you clearly do not know how to read cats at all!

  • Cara Posted on February 26, 2015

    Hmmm….I love cats but that would be a lot of Dander. Some people are allergic to cats, and I would not like to work in an office with cats!

  • Deirdre Posted on February 26, 2015

    How do the cats feel about this?!

  • Mahamati Posted on February 26, 2015

    I wish i could have taken cats to work. one would hide in the car and i would hear her meow half way into the city have to turn around and take her home. i used to take 2 to the beach, they would sit on the front seat and paws on the dashboard looking at the sea…only a five min drive from home when I lived i Cairns

  • Tash Posted on February 26, 2015

    I wish my workplace was like that, cats are amazing

  • Mouse Posted on February 26, 2015

    “Horrible idea. 9 cats peeing everywhere will make that office a cat lady craphole to work in. Not to mention hey what about employees or customers that could be highly allergic to cats? So basically the employer is a crazy cat person with a license to discriminate.”
    First off, if you properly train a cat, it won’t just pee anywhere it pleases. Secondly, allergies are a lot less common in Asia than much of the rest of the world. Major pet allergies are really rare. And anyone that doesn’t want to work in such an environment has a choice of not working there. No one is forcing anyone to get a job at that company, and as an “internet solutions” company, I’m sure they have a lot of competitors you could work for instead.
    Also, not that it’s necessarily right, this is nowhere near the worst “discrimination” you could face in the Asian workforce.

  • LockesCow Posted on February 27, 2015

    I work in a creative agency here in SoCal and we have a bunch of dogs roaming around the office everyday. Not sure about productivity, but we’re much more happy with them around.

  • patnap Posted on February 27, 2015

    I’m sure this is great for the humans, but how do they get the nine cats to get along? I had three cats at one time and two (male and female) kept ganging up on my original female. Would not get along for nothing!

  • leslie Posted on February 28, 2015

    Aw i wish more & more will recognize d health benefits of having pets! Great idea indeed, i salute ds company! ☺

  • Debbie Posted on March 3, 2015

    What a wonderful idea

  • Lynn Posted on March 9, 2015

    Who cleans the litter boxes?