Careers with cats: Most jobs working with cats involve working in catteries including at private boarding, quarantine and animal rescue charity catteries. Other jobs include cat sitting (small businesses), cat grooming and cat behaviour roles. For many jobs with cats, it is crucial to have relevant training as without this, your CV won’t get noticed.
Here are a few examples of different jobs working with cats:
Owning and running a boarding cattery can be both rewarding and fulfilling and be one of the more profitable careers with cats. We offer a course specifically for anyone wanting to set up their own Cattery Business.
The work is very demanding with a lot of responsibility; this career will probably become a way of life, as it is most likely that you will need to live on site. Purchasing or building a cattery will require a large up-front financial outlay, so it is worth first giving careful consideration as to what you could reasonably expect as a return from your investment.
Thorough research into demand and supply in your area is very important, first ensure that there is sufficient business available in your area and adequate demand for boarding services. Whilst there will be plenty of rewards in looking after the cats, there is a lot of hard work involved in ensuring that their stay is stimulating and as stress free as possible.
For this type of business, it is crucial that you are healthy and fit; the day will involve a lot of walking around the cattery to check on cats as well as lifting and bending if you are doing any of the cleaning.
Working as a Cat Groomer can be very rewarding as grooming can prevent and alleviate suffering. You will need to have a love of cats and a good understanding of cat behaviour. You will need to enjoy working with the public and have good communication/customer care skills.
Check out our current range of grooming qualifications here.
Cat sitting is an excellent career choice if you care passionately about cats and would like to run your own animal business working from home. The concept of cat sitting is simply that the owners’ cats will stay in their own home environment where they receive individual care from a pet sitter who will visit daily. There is therefore the minimum of disruption to the animal’s routine.
Some Cat Sitters set up their own businesses and others take on work from pet sitting businesses. If you enjoy interacting with cats, this could be a good way to work from home and earn extra income doing something you enjoy. There are several ways of increasing your earnings and enhancing your business. Some companies also offer cat grooming and have veterinary staff that will ensure that if a client requires a medical service, the cat’s medication or insulin injections will be administered correctly, etc.
Cattery Managers are employed by private boarding, quarantine and charitable organisations to manage the business on a daily basis. The role of a Cattery Manager varies and is dependant on the size and type of business or organisation.
At boarding establishments, the Cattery Manager has responsibility for customer relations, booking management, advertising, training & recruitment, managing daily routines and ensuring good standards of care & hygiene throughout the cattery. A rescue centre Cattery Manager would also be responsible for many similar tasks as well as overseeing cat adoptions and managing diverse animal welfare issues and is the one of the most rewarding careers with cats.
You can get yourself job ready for this career by studying our online Cattery Management qualification.
Whilst the work of a Cattery Assistant is physically demanding, it also involves a lot of hands-on contact with the animals and this can be extremely rewarding. This career involves having responsibility for the individual needs of the cats in your care. The job could involve some interaction with the public when interviewing prospective owners at a rescue centre or when dealing with cat owners at a boarding cattery, so it is important that you are able to interact well with people and have good customer care skills. A good starting point for careers with cats.
Our online cat courses can help you prepare for this career.