It is a universally accepted fact that pets are good for the soul. All right, perhaps not quite universal enough, but at clovio we definitely understand the benefits of a cute, furry friend keeping us company.
With our schedules being as flexible as they are and considering our privileged position that allows us to laze around on our own couches while working, a four-legged ball of fluff to cozy up to can make the hours spent on the job that much more enjoyable.
Cuddling with a purring kitty is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face, not to mention the inspiration that they provide for topics to write about, such as their miraculous effects on lonely seniors, pet insurance, or even something as pragmatic as adapting a home security solution for a cuddly companion.
The cats of clovio, unlike some of their canine counterparts, require very little urgent attention… that is unless they are breaking, chewing, or ripping something to tiny shreds, but hey, everyone has their bad days. For the most part, however, the little rascals are fairly unobtrusive companions.
There is no need for long walks for cats to take care of their business and nor are they particularly clingy to their human slaves, perfectly capable of amusing themselves on their own.
Give them a spacious cardboard box and our feline friends are busy for hours, if admittedly far from silent. However distracting their romping about can occasionally get, though, it is probably just as well that we sometimes take a break to play and, in spite of everything, cats still require much less attention than a gaggle of colleagues at a traditional workplace would.
Saci and Patrik
These two could not be more different from one another if they tried. Saci is a long-haired, seal point cat, spending her second decade of life as a slightly grouchy cuddle monster. It took her a few years to get used to the purrfect life she leads, having been rescued from less than favorable conditions when she was young. But these days her problems don’t get much worse than having to share lap space with Patrik, her Siamese housemate.
Patrik is a bit of an oddball, often behaving in the most outrageously un-catlike ways that you could imagine. He likes to provide caterwauling commentary whenever his owner, Zsuzsa, doesn’t give him the attention he demands, and is especially vocal with his indignation when reprimanded. He is energetic and loves to run around, occasionally making a point to annoy Saci, but it’s all in good fun, of course. When Zsuzsa is away, Patrik is quick to show his dissatisfaction by chewing up her possessions, including shoes, hats and – on one memorable occasion – even chewed out a piece of drywall. Yet it’s hard to stay mad at him when he sits at the door like an eager puppy and greets his owner with obvious joy as soon as she gets home.
Tommy is a classic ‘made in Romania’ story: he was found in a box in the middle of a field together with his five siblings, left there to die because the original owner didn’t want them. Fortunately, a couple with big hearts found them and took them to the city and straight to the vet. Tommy was so tiny, he had digestive problems and had to wear an oxygen mask on his pretty face for a week.
But when Irina first saw him, she realized immediately that she had to adopt him. His very, very big eyes had a look that said “spoil me”, and he was so miniscule he could fit in her hand.
Now he’s approximately three years old and loves playing with his toys, and will occasionally – when he is in a good mood – bring them to play catch, just like a dog. He is a best friend to Irina, and makes her feel very grateful to have him around.
As a kitten, Monio was advertised as a mixture of purebred pedigree cats in a Hungarian online marketplace, except with a fake picture. He was full of fleas when Antal got him and the seller disappeared immediately after the transaction and couldn’t be reached. While growing up, however, Monio turned out to be a great cat, who occasionally surprises its owners with dead birds and other treasures of similar quality.
In general, he doesn’t like to be bothered and his favorite activity is sleeping. His only friend is the neighbors’ white poodle, and will often be spotted chasing the red laser light of his well-loved toy. Aside from that, he permanently looks annoyed and prefers to be left alone, certainly raising vocal opposition against any attempt to pet him.