A woman named Sophie posted an ad on Gumtree (an Australian classifieds site) for a human cat to sleep at the foot of her bed at night. It sounds like a weird request because it is totally a weird request. Ads like this are the reason you should never go on the Internet with your parents. But the job isn't all bad. Sophie offers amenities fit for cats, and wages fit for humans, if one would be so daring to do this for money:
Night Time Watcher Required, $30 p/h neg.
I would like to state that this add is not a joke and all joke replies will be deleted. If however, you want to make some extra cash and don't have much previous work experience this may be for you.
What is required you ask?
I'm looking for somebody to curl up on the end of my bed an purr softly like a sleeping kitten as I sleep. I have had a lot of trouble sleeping and I think it would be comforting falling asleep to the sound of a cat purring and also knowing that someone is there to keep an eye on me as I sleep.
I'd also appreciate it if you could arrive in a realistic cat costume and enter my house on all fours. I have always found great comfort in the idea of having a pet cat but I just don't have the time to clean up after one and feed one.
I'd be prepared to pay you up to $60 if you can make a nice and relaxing and consistent purr and maybe $35 to $40 if you 'lets say' ain't the best .
The shift times will vary and i'm really looking for a rotating roster of one or two permanent 'staff'. I was thinking that the ideal candidate would be able to cover 3 nights between the hours of 11pm - 6 am.
I will provide you one bowl of milk and one bowl of tuna for if you get hungry or thirsty during the night. I'd prefer if you didn't eat or drink whilst I am still awake as I would find that very off putting.
You can of course use my bathroom. But only two hours after I fall asleep to ensure that I won't suddenly wake up to find the room empty.
Please no time wasters,
So in addition to being good at purring, you better be good at lapping milk out of a bowl. While it sounds like the person playing the cat could be at risk of getting murdered, her ad did say this job is great for strangers with little professional work experience. That would seem to put Sophie at greater risk, if anything.
Thankfully, no one will get murdered. Mashable Australia confirmed through correspondence with the author of the ad that it was just a joke, despite beginning the ad by specifically saying it was not a joke:
It was written just in humor to brighten up a shady day. I have had a series of responses from serious to sarcastic. It is rather amusing reading some of them.
Yes, it must be amusing for Sophie to read serious inquiries from unemployable loners that want to watch a stranger sleep while they wear a cat costume. If she has this much free time to brighten up a shady day, she could try reading a book or getting a real cat instead.