No, You Can't Pay The Interest In Catnip
August 29, 2014 8:03 AM Subscribe
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To entice new homeowners, Russia's biggest bank is running a special promotion which adds unusual perk with its mortgage - a cat
The promotion is linked to a Russian superstition that it's good luck for a cat to check a home out first before the owners move in. But since not everyone has pets, Sberbank has assembled a team of ten loaner cats
, owned by bank employees and volunteers, who be delivered to customers' new homes the day they move in to scope it out for a couple hours. There's even a hairless Sphinx on the roster for allergy-prone homeowners.
However, Business Week
reports that supplies are limited - only thirty people will get a cat with their mortgage; fifteen in Moscow, and fifteen elsewhere in the country. The eight pages of fine print also state that they have to give the cats back after two hours.
This is something of a trend for Sberbank - an earlier promotion invited customers to take a "What Kind Of Cat Are You" Personality quiz
which ended with a pitch for the purrrrfect home for your newly-discovered feline personality.