If you have some spare space for the cattery buildings, a love of cats, and are happy to open your doors to the public, then starting a cattery business could be a great option. Whether you are thinking of starting a small and exclusive cat hotel, or a larger scale cat kennel, then Pedigree Pens can advise you on all aspects of the process. We talk to people everyday about the process of setting up a cattery business and understand that for many it is a leap of faith into the unknown. We are always at the end of the phone or email and will help you every step of the way.
Caring for other people's pets is a big responsibility and it takes dedication to cope with the long days and the hard physical work.
A cattery represents a large call on your time; however, if it is the life for you then you will gain great satisfaction from establishing and running a high quality cattery. If you think that running a cattery might be the career for you, seek out as much information as possible. It is worth viewing a selection of catteries as there are different styles and designs.
Try and include one of those catteries which have FAB Listing to give you an idea of good construction and management. It can be all too easy to take on or build a poor quality cattery if you have not done your research.
Be sure there is sufficient business available in your location and catchment. If you buy an existing cattery this should give you an established client list.
You should also be free of planning permission applications. Buying a home and business together may be a large financial outlay. Local authorities are now enforcing these standards more stringently and may not licence a cattery if they feel it does not comply with these guidelines.
Certain buildings, for example wooden stable blocks, may be converted into cattery accommodation although this option can sometimes prove very expensive.
Bear in mind you may need to apply for planning permission 'change of use' and any conversion should follow the same principles of good design. Many people decide to erect a cattery either on their current property or on the land of a newly purchased house.
Before purchasing a new property it is advisable that you check with the local authorities to ensure that they will permit you to build a cattery of the size you desire on the site.
Regulations Timber cattery with penthouse sleeping accommodation All boarding establishments are required to be licensed by the local authority under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act of The licence, which is granted in the name of the owner, is issued annually.
All catteries must have a current licence. Alternatively, they may adapt these guidelines to suit their own requirements. However, these guidelines may change when the new Animal Welfare Bill comes into force. During the year your local authority will usually make one or more visits to inspect your premises and this is normally carried out by an officer from the Environmental Health Department or a veterinary surgeon appointed by the local authority.
The licence fee, which is decided by each individual local authority, can vary enormously. If you are planning to purchase an existing cattery, you should check the terms of the licence, as the licence is issued to the owner personally rather than the business.
It is important to find out if there are any reasons why the licence might not be renewed and to obtain permission in writing from the local authority to transfer the licence to your name.
Planning permission If you plan to build a new cattery you will need to apply to your local authority for outline and detailed planning permission, which can sometimes be a lengthy process. The local authority will provide the necessary paperwork and advise on how to proceed.
Building Regulations may apply to specific types of catteries. You may care to engage the services of a professional architect to draw up plans for you, or do the work yourself. If you decide to employ a specialist cattery builder to construct your cattery, they will usually offer a complete package and make a planning application on your behalf.
If your planning application is turned down by the local authority, it is possible to appeal. Your local authority should provide you with written reasons for the refusal. A lifestyle rather than a job Running a cattery is a way of life. Your clients will place complete trust in you and rely on you for absolute security and excellent care for their cats.
Living on site is strongly recommended to ensure the smooth running of the cattery and it should never be left unattended for more than short periods of time when cats are in residence. The busiest times in the cattery calendar are the times when everyone else is off on holiday!
Bank holidays, school holidays and Christmas will obviously be your peak periods and you will find that as your reputation is established, quiet times become increasingly scarce. If you have young children or other dependents who need care, think carefully about the feasibility of starting a cattery as the necessary early starts and weekend work can also present problems.
Taking a holiday and having a social life can also be difficult. It is possible to close down for short periods through the year if these are carefully planned.
An alternative would be to employ someone totally reliable, well trained and familiar with your cattery to stand in for you. Although running a boarding cattery is all about cats, a great deal of time is spent talking to and reassuring owners and maintaining a high quality business image.
Ability to communicate clearly and calmly is vital. If you do not like people this is not the job for you!The Starting a Cattery Kit concentrates on the start-up information for beginners, finding out if it's right for you, and how to survey a property/location. It really explores the whole idea of starting a cattery - giving an insight to people who know very little about starting or running a cattery, or not done it before.
Anyway, something to make clear is that for most people running a cattery is a vocation, not a business venture - That's not to say you can't generate a large income by running a cattery, but it will need to be busy.
You'll need volunteers or employees at 20 cats a day and once you go over 40, it becomes very profitable but entirely unrewarding. Pedigree Pens Ltd. have been manufacturing uPVC catteries since and have helped ’s of cattery owners start successful cattery businesses. Starting a cattery business can seem quite daunting, as it represents a change in life direction for many people and there is a lot to think about and organise.
Secrets of Creating a Successful Kennels Kennel & Cattery Design, PO Box , Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 6WA, UK 44 (0) That way you have more fun running your business and getting to know your clients - without the extra stress of financing a bigger build cost, or staff and business issues.
Do work through a business plan and take advice on finance and all that is involved. Qualifications and training. No formal qualifications are needed to run a cattery at the present time, although it is a great advantage for any cattery proprietor to have training in cattery management.
What you need to know.. Running a Boarding Cattery is a very rewarding and fulfilling way of life and all our customers tell us it is a lifestyle rather than a job.