British psychologists have evaluated the influence of cats on remote work. It turns out that their presence in the house has a positive effect on the remote work of employees, because pets help them get rid of stress and lift their spirits.
The authors of the study conducted a survey among 700 working from home cat owners. 63 percent of them said that a cat calmed them down, 56 percent admitted that they began to feel less lonely. Also, more than half of the respondents (53 percent) said it lifted their spirits when they saw a cat doing something funny. According to them, it inspired and energized them. In addition, some were used to talking to their pets and discussing work problems with them.
One of the specialists participating in the study, Gina Akers, advised to equip a place for the cat near the working owner, so she can always see him. In addition, the conditions should be created for her, so she could find something to do, without distracting the owner from his work.
Psychologist Joe Hemmings pointed out that the closeness of pets creates a sense of “normality and life” for their owners, which, in turn, calms pets and reduces their stress level. The expert noted that the animals probably became happier themselves, because now they do not have to wait long for their owners from work.
Previously, Javier Sanchez, an Amazon engineer and manager at technology company Akvelon, created an app that translates cat meows into human words. Pet owners can record their cat’s meow, and the app will recognize and translate it into one of nine common feline intentions that convey their mood and state of mind.