5 Purrfect Jobs for Cat Lovers
People who love animals might find themselves dreaming of a career that will allow them to help animals and the people who care for them.
But what if you aren’t ready to go to veterinary school or become a vet tech (two of the careers often thought of when it comes to those that let you work with pets)?
What are some of the other job opportunities for cat lovers that might give you the chance to live the dream of being surrounded by fur babies while making money?
Cat Café Owner or Employee
Cat cafés have become popular around the world, and they offer pet lovers an opportunity to have a job where cats are the coworkers. If you’ve thought about running your own business, you might even consider opening a cat café of your own. Coffee and cats: sounds like a fabulous combo, doesn’t it? And what’s even better is the cat café that operates in a way that saves homeless kitties and puts them up for adoption. Ah, a job that not only has perks, but also gives back!
Pet Sitter or Pet Hotel
Pet parents who spend long hours at work or travel a lot for any reason often turn to qualified cat sitters to take care of their fur babies while they’re away from home. Their cats get to stay home, in the comfortable environment that they know, and they get to work or travel with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their pets are being looked after by someone who adores kitties.
If you’re interested in this type of work, you could open up your own pet sitting company or search for positions at established businesses. You might even decide to open up, or work for, a pet hotel where people could take their cats when they would rather not leave them home alone.
Cat Groomer or Pet Photographer
Sometimes, cats need a professional grooming session too. Having the expertise to work with felines is a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition, as not all groomers will be comfortable or experienced with working with kitties.
If grooming doesn’t appeal to you but you’re interested in using your artistic talents, becoming a pet photographer might be a great choice. Whether you work for an established photography company or start your own, you might be able to create a reputation as a cat photographer who’s able to capture stunning images for use in publications, calendars, promotional materials, websites, and more.
Feline Nutritionist or Feline Behaviorist
More and more pet parents are focusing on feeding their fur babies the highest quality foods for optimal health. If you want to work with cats and their guardians, becoming a pet nutritionist might be a good path to take. You could teach people about the benefits of a species-appropriate diet, and you might be able to consult with them one-on-one or work as part of a veterinary clinic or pet supply store that offers these services to customers.
Sometimes, pet parents also need help with figuring out their kitties’ strange or negative habits. When that happens, they could employ the expertise of a feline behaviorist. With the right training, you’ll be able to analyze a cat’s behavior and figure out what he needs to be a happy and healthy pet.
Animal Shelter or Rescue Worker
In the world of cat rescue, rehabilitation, and sheltering, there are a lot of non-profit organizations that run on donations and volunteers. However, there are also many groups that have been able to set themselves up in a way that allows them to hire staff. So, if you want to make a difference in the lives of cats, consider searching for a job at a rescue. You might be surprised by the variety of jobs there, which could include everything from office positions, to animal care work.
A Career with Cats Is Possible
If you aspire to have a job that will allow you to spend time with kitties, the suggestions above might help put you on the path towards a career you’ll love.
Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.
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