Remember Tama, that adorable calico kitty who in 2007 was promoted to the rank of Station Master at in Wakayama Prefecture’s Kishi Station? Thanks to her, it seems like more and more felines are now taking a leaf out of her book and wanting to climb their way up the (corporate) ladder.

But it’s a harsh world out there, and cats just entering the workforce don’t exactly have endless opportunities. So what’s a new feline graduate just out of school to do? Well, it would seem that kitty recruits do seem to have good prospects in one area of specialization–as long as they don’t mind working as arm cushions at traditional Chinese medicinal clinics, that is!

Earlier this month, a Weibo user posted a series of photos of one traditional Chinese medicine practice’s feline “assistant” online. But before we look at the pictures, take a look at the following excerpt from Wikipedia about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM):

“TCM’s view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.). While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis aims to trace symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as many other things.

The pulse is examined for several characteristics including rhythm, strength and volume, and described with qualities like ‘floating, slippery, bolstering-like, feeble, thready and quick’; each of these qualities indicate certain disease patterns. Learning TCM pulse diagnosis can take several years.

According to the Weibo post, one way for doctors of traditional medicine to diagnosis their patients’ conditions is to take their pulses. However, in order to do so, the patients must first be completely relaxed. Generally, people will just lay their arms down on a soft cushion until they feel nice and comfortable, but can you think of something they could use that’s even more relaxing than a pillow?

Well this TCM practitioner certainly did:




Yup, the patients at this particular clinic get some extra special help in the form of a fluffy kitty arm cushion! Boy, talk about sleeping on the job…

If your cat is thinking about starting a career soon, perhaps this is a sign that you should check the local traditional Chinese medicinal shop near you to see if they’re hiring for any new Cushion Assistant openings. Also, just a friendly piece of advice–you’ll probably want to steer your purring pal away from any potential acupuncture jobs. We don’t think that would go over so well.

Source: The Vision Times
Images: Sina Weibo