You know how they say, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”?
Well, there’s a job opportunity that recently came up, and it’s the sort of job “they” were talking about when “they” first uttered that phrase.
Right now, a veterinary clinic and cattery in Dublin is looking for a professional cat cuddler to, ya know, cuddle cats and stuff.
And I mean, if that’s not exactly the type of job they were referring to, then I really don’t know how to help you.
How to Get Paid to Cuddle With Cats
Just Cats Veterinary Clinic and Cattery focuses on providing low-stress, cat-friendly veterinary care by creating a welcoming, cozy and secure environment for, well, cats.
Part of that initiative includes having a professional cat cuddler on staff to pet the cats, cuddle the cats, play with the cats and generally make the cats feel both important and at ease.
The ideal candidate, the job listing says, will have gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time, a soft-spoken voice and strong cat-whispering capabilities to calm the nerves of cats who have figured out that they are, in fact, in a vet’s office.
The ability to understand different types of purrs and cat communication cues will give you a “distinct added advantage” in landing the job.
(That makes sense; bilingual candidates are usually highly sought after.)
Other important traits that would make you successful in this role include loving cats, being a crazy cat person, having “cattitude,” feeding strays because you just love cats so darn much, getting warm and fuzzy feelings from petting cats, counting cats before you go to sleep (whether they’re your own personal herd or imaginary ones makes no real difference) and just generally being really enthusiastic about cats.
This position is based in Dublin, Ireland, but as far as premier locales for petting cats go, Dublin is high on the list. (FYI, locales at the bottom of the “great places to pet cats” list include: bathtubs, laser testing factories, dog parks, busy intersections, circuses — those are probably lions — and anywhere within 50 feet of a “beware of cat” sign.)
The only real drawback here is that the clinic freely and openly admits to discriminating against dogs. But no workplace is perfect, amiright?
If, despite the cattery’s unfair treatment of dogs, you’re genuinely interested in becoming a professional cat snuggler, visit the original job listing here to learn more about the role and how to apply.
Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She spends 90% of her time at home snuggling one particularly needy cat.
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