Can affectionate cats increase your productivity? While reading the Washington Post a few days ago, I ran across an article that said another cat cafe was going to open in the Washington D.C. Metro area. My curiosity got the better of me, and I began searching for more articles about cat cafés, and to my surprise, it is a growing trend. Cat cafés are popping up in larger cities around the world like Tokyo, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and more. According to Buzzsumo.com, the most shared article after typing in the keyword productivity, is a company who filled their offices with cats in Tokyo.
Stress levels have been lowered, and communication has increased in the workplace since the introduction of 9 cats. Despite some of the feline mischief, employees are happy with their new tenants. The internet solutions company also offers a cat bonus for anyone who adopts a cat. Cat cafés have been around for the last 20-25 years, mostly in Asia, but in the last year have been popping up in the United States. New York will be launching its second café sometime this month where patrons can pay an entry fee, have a beverage, and enjoy the company of a feline friend. Cat cafés might sound silly to some, but it is an opportunity for those who cannot own a pet, too. These cafés allow individuals to enjoy the affection of an animal, and the animal is also shown love from a person, instead of spending their days in a shelter.