While they might have to spend a little more on cleaning costs, companies in Japan that allow employees to bring their furry friends to the workplace are drawing attention and even enjoying unexpected benefits.

One company says it is getting the pick of qualified recruits among cat-lovers, while the feline presence leads to a less stressful environment and better focus among its employees. Although there are still only a limited number of pet-friendly companies in Japan, more people, especially among the younger generation, are starting to take notice.

Ferray Corp., a Tokyo-based information technology company, has permitted employees to bring their feline companions to its office in Chuo Ward since it was founded in 2000. At present, six cats "commute" with their owners on foot, aboard bicycles or by train.