Questions to ask yourself before buying a cattery
For the cat lover, running a cattery business should be a dream come true. You get to indulge your passion and spend most of your time looking after your favourite animal, and your cat owning clients all share the same interests as you. Cattery ownership is a lot of work however, and a love of cats is just the first personal trait you’ll need if you want to make the business work.
Unlike many other types of business you can buy, when you take on a cattery, you take on responsibility for the full-time management of a site that will usually need to be open 365 days a year. The busiest times for a cattery business are during public Holidays, school Summer Holiday dates and Christmas. You need to ensure that this working pattern will suit your lifestyle. However owning a cattery presents a very rewarding business and home lifestyle opportunity.
Pet boarding premises must be registered with the Government annually. If you want to run a cattery, you need paperwork to prove that your premises allocates a certain amount of space to each animal, that there is sufficient ventilation, food and water for the animals, and that there is a series of emergency response plans in place in case of emergency.
People who run catteries have to be good with humans as well as cats. Cat owners are trusting you with their cherished pets – you need a warm personality to reassure your clients that you will care for their animals properly in their absence. If you can inspire a strong relationship with your clients, you will enjoy repeat business for long periods of time.