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How to keep employees: Offer cat food subsidies

In Japan, some companies are even giving paid leave when pets die

Tokyo software developer Eureka allows employees to show up with sick animals and offers paid time off so workers can take their pets to vets.

TOKYO -- A growing number of Japanese companies are introducing pet-friendly benefits, offering employees days off for the birthdays or losses of their dogs or cats -- and even allowing them to bring their pets to the office.

These measures, believed to reflect the increasing predilection of treating pets as family members, are aimed at maintaining morale and slowing employee churn.

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