A job opening at a Dublin veterinary clinic is getting a ton of attention because it basically sounds like a dream job for cat enthusiasts.
“Cat Cuddler Needed!” reads the job posting at Just Cats Veterinary Clinic, a veterinary clinic devoted to — you guessed it — cats.
The post asks potential applicants some crucial questions to see if they’re the right fit:
The site explains that a cat cuddler’s responsibility is to help calm felines that may be anxious about their time at the vet. That’s why qualifications include “gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time,” a soft-spoken demeanor and “an ability to understand different types of purring.” (Purring is typically associated with being content, but cats also sometimes purr when they are stressed or afraid.)
Veterinarian Aoife Caulfield told HuffPost that the job’s formal title will ultimately depend on the skill set of the person who gets hired.
“The essence of the job is having a staff member that is responsible for ensuring that our patients and guests have a pleasant experience while receiving their healthcare.
The job’s salary will likely be between 20,000 euros and 25,000 euros (about $22,000 to $28,000), she said.
Caulfield explained that researchers have found cats often don’t get the veterinary care they should: Pet owners are often hesitant to take cats to the vet unless there’s an emergency because the animals get so stressed at the office. But Just Cats is hoping to change that.
“By helping the cat and the owner to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible when they come to visit, we give our patients the best chance of receiving high-quality health care and continuing to engage with us,” she said.
Caulfield said the clinic has already received hundreds of resumes, including applications from all over the world.