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These are my tips to work at home with your cats.

  1. If you have something important to do, save it for later. Cats are your priority.
  2. Before you start a Skype meeting, warn everybody that you have cats and they like to jump up and watch the screen like it’s TV.
  3. If you’re on a conference call and your cat begins to meow, get up and leave the room. Your cat isn’t going anywhere.
  4. It never hurts to give your cat some treats before a meeting.
  5. It also doesn’t hurt to give your cat treats during a meeting.
  6. Give her a few more snacks at the end because she’s been a good girl.
  7. Keep a peacock feather in your office. It’s just fun to play in the middle of the day.
  8. Have lots of perches and cat beds around your desk. They’ll probably go unused because the best spot is right in front of your monitor. Have them, anyway.
  9. The minimum number of required lint rollers in your home office: 4.
  10. Be prepared to walk away from your project at any point because your cat finally settled down and you wonder — Hey, where is she? Is she dead? How come she’s not bothering me? Oh, she’s sleeping somewhere else and looks cute. Let’s wake her up!

That’s how I do it, anyway.

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