“I think animals make people better,” Frank Fantini (record store employee)

“I think animals make people better,” Fantini said. “It changes the store. They make it more of a calming place.”

Music store cat

Music store cat. Image source.

I have written about placing shelter cats in workplaces before and I have also presented pictures of cats in workplaces generally or, for want of a better phrase, putting cats to work.

I have not, however, made a statement like the one in the title to this article. I think it’s a very interesting and wise statement. Any time that I read about cats in the workplace the reports are positive.

Placing well chosen rescue cat in the bookstore is an extension if you like of the cat café. It’s based on the same concept which is that when a domestic cat is in a room, a home or a store, the place feels better.

This reminds me of that very well-known cat quote of Jean Cocteau:

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”

Another one addresses the same theme.

“A home without a cat–and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat–may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?” – Pudd’nhead Wilson.

Both these cat quotes are relevant in this instance as they both support what Frank Fantini says in the opening paragraph. The presence of a domestic cat makes a place calmer and emotionally warmer. From the point of view of a store that should translate into better sales.

Of course, there are some potential hazards such as some people do not like cats but overall there are benefits and I agree that animals make people better or make people behave better in their presence unless, of course, you are one of those incorrigible, uneducated fools who likes to hurt or shoot them.

Do you have any idea why animals make people better or make people behave better? Perhaps you don’t think they do. I am going to hazard a guess and say that when we are around animals we are for that moment connecting with nature and in doing so we are connecting with our roots. A lot more of us should spend more time connecting with nature and appreciating it. We tend to build concrete jungles and distance ourselves from nature. This is bad for us.

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“I think animals make people better,” Frank Fantini (record store employee) — 10 Comments

  1. Lovely post Michael! And one that is so true. I say that a house is NOT a home without at least one or two resident kitties:)

  2. Animals bring people together. Talking to some lovely people the other day that I hadn’t met before turns out they love cats; they have 5. We immediately warmed to each other I certainly felt a connection, felt warmth and trust, I like to think they felt something similar. I tend to find that cat lovers are good kind hearted, open people and I have only found that wasn’t the case on one occasion.

  3. THE PARTS STORE HAS A BEAUTIFUL BLACK KITTY.AND THE TIRE STORE HAS A GREY KITTY,BEAUTIFUL TOO .THEY BOTH OF THEM HAVE HAD THIER SHARE OF PETTING FROM ME.I THINK BOTH PLACES HAVE A REAL WARMTH TO THEM. AND I HAVE MET THE NICEST PEOPE IN THE PET FOOD ISLE.

  4. I love living with cats and also seeing cats wherever I go, even seeing one sitting looking out of a window gives me a warm feeling, I stand and wave and blow kisses to him/her lol
    Going into someone’s home who doesn’t have a cat feels empty, something missing.
    There’s a pic going round facebook right now, a girl at a party, but she’s sitting in the corner with the cat, oblivious to the partying …that’s always been me lol
    I think it’s lovely to have cats in a workplace as long as the cats are safe and have a private place to retreat to when they want a bit of peace.
    A book shop with cats in it, would be paradise to me!

    • Same as me too. I’m having a bad experience with a ‘guest’ this week and its a disaster – Molly has regressed and is nervous and Gigi wants more of me than I am having time to give and it’s just not working.

      Cats have made me a thousand times better – and I see how when somebody who doesn’t get them is around the atmosphere and feeling completely falls apart because the cats are unhappy which makes me unhappy.

      The only solution is kick the so called friend out but he doesn’t have a flight until the weekend so it’s just not an option to cut it short.

      • Does your friend not like cats Marc? Cats know don’t they! I wonder why people who don’t like cats want to stay where cats live, we have a good excuse, our house is too small lol

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