The health department are idiots. Cats are the cleanest beings on earth -- far cleaner than humans! -- and they keep their environments very clean and safe.Here in New York City, we have lots of deli/bodega cats. The regular shoppers in the neighborhood get to know and love them, and they keep mice/rats/cockroaches away from the food. Of course, the health department doesn't approve, but I'll take a cat over vermin any day!
(If you've seen Russian Doll on netflix, the deli cat in that show is pretty representative).
It's definitely a shelter vs. office situation for a lot of these cats. You'd be shocked at the number of people who pass away on some of our senior communities and next of kin will say, "Oh, just put her/his cat outside; it'll be okay." Our first office cat, Emily, who is now firmly ensconced in her new home/office, was in that situation.If we’re talking about alternative: shelter vs office, I think it’s a great idea. Provided the cat will not loose the opportunity to get adopted.
Emily is beautiful and her name fits her exactly!It's definitely a shelter vs. office situation for a lot of these cats. You'd be shocked at the number of people who pass away on some of our senior communities and next of kin will say, "Oh, just put her/his cat outside; it'll be okay." Our first office cat, Emily, who is now firmly ensconced in her new home/office, was in that situation.
She's only about a year or so old and had never been fixed so we took care of that. She has the sweetest, most docile and kind personality I've ever seen in a cat. She lets me brush her teeth with no fuss, and when I had to give her a pill she practically took it in her paw, popped it in her mouth and swallowed! Well, not really, but she was really easy to pill, and she purrs non-stop. People don't seem to bother her and she just lays on the office sofa napping most of the day. I honestly hated to say goodbye to her today but I had to get back to Orlando.
PS: None of these pictures do justice to her eyes. They are emerald emerald green and so beautiful in her tiny face!
Excellent suggestion about the cameras, which are very prevalent and don't cost a lot to buy, depending on what you get.Definitely an idea that has its merits, but I'd be worried about the cat(s) during the off-hours (like 6pm - 9am, etc., when humans aren't around). Would you have a camera in the office to have someone visibly eyeball the cats at night (or videotape them), in case any of the (senior) cats were having any issues, like getting sick/vomiting (for example) behind a shelving unit or box -- a spot not normally noticed during the daytime hours? I guess I'd just assume that health issues in seniors is likely, so I'd want to be observant about that.
Emily is breathtakingly beautiful!Hi Everyone!
I wanted to share a few current photos of Emily, my company's first office cat. We're now up to twelve! I know I'm totally biased but I honestly think that Emily is one of the most beautiful cats I've ever seen. Her green eyes are like nothing I've ever seen before.
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Those should be fired.Oh yes I see, I re-read the original post. Property management offices in different buildings, got it.
Thinking about it, TBH I'm less wild about a business owner having an office cat policy for offices in which he doesn't work. Allowing it is one thing, but if you make it mandatory you are going to get some schmuks that dont really like or know how to take care of cats. No? Happy to be wrong.
You and I think very much alike. I'm a regional manager for a large property management company in Florida and I am infinitely lucky that they support my TNR efforts and feral colonies. Truthfully, they most likely do so because it keeps the feral/stray population down on their properties; however, I don't care what their rationale is. The cats are my only concern. My management company has allowed me to develop a 501(c)(3) and they contribute a lot of money to it for the upkeep of the cats on the properties in my portfolio. I'm happy to say, too, that TNR is becoming mandatory on ALL properties in my company as of January 1, 2020. I feel a real sense of pride because I know this is due to the success I've had with my properties.The "business" I asked to help feed feral cats after TNR, flatly refused. What about buildings that will never be opened again, due to the economically depressed areas everywhere, that could be moderately retrofitted for feral cats? Your abandoned obsolete warehouses? Places with a large property outside could help with even a mediocre outside feral cat facility, igloos with bedding straw, and later reflective foam wrap, or board, in the winter time, would be better that anything else.