Cat Chow offering dream job for cat lovers

Here’s a job listing many cat owners might consider a dream job: Purina Cat Chow is conducting a nationwide search for a “Cat Chow Correspondent,” someone who will travel the United States to connect with fellow cat owners. The position lasts just one year, but there’s a $50,000 stipend involved, and the person selected won’t even have to quit their day job.

The application process has started and will continue through March 28, 2011. Cat owners can apply at

“Consumers must complete a brief application and upload a photo of themselves with their cat to be considered for the position,” a Purina news release explains. “The selected Purina Cat Chow Correspondent will be announced by May 15, 2011, and the position will run from May 15, 2011 to May 15, 2012.”

So, what qualifications does one need to apply? Purina is looking for a cat owner who is “passionate and enthusiastic” about cats and who has an interest in connecting with others and learning about the relationships other owners have with their cats.

An alternative to applying online is to attend one of five “casting call” events held at certain PetSmart stores around the country. (Online applications are just as valid as in-person, however, so don’t worry if one of these events isn’t near enough to you.)

Events are scheduled for:

– Feb. 19 – Phoenix, Ariz. – 1900 E. Rio Salad Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

– Feb. 26 – Boston, Mass. – 5 Mystic View Road, Everett, MA 02149

– March 5 – Tampa, Fla. – 12835 Citrus Plaza Dr., Tampa, FL 33625

– March 12 – Minneapolis – 1100 W. 78th St., Richfield, MN 55423

– March 19 – San Francisco – 315 Gellert Blvd., Daly City, CA 94015

Again, you don’t have to apply in person or have an in-person interview to be considered. You can apply online at and upload a photo of yourself and your cat.