Do you love felines and seem to have a way with them? If so, you may want to consider a career where you can work with cats and get paid for it. From the scientistic to the economic to the artistic, there are several ways you can turn your passion into a paycheck. Here’s our top ten list of careers for cat lovers.
1. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
One of the primary career paths for cat lovers is to become a veterinarian. This will require a great deal of schooling; you’ll need to obtain a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. You can specialize in cat care specifically during your pursuit of a DVM degree or choose to work with all animals. Clinics and hospitals for cats only are popping up everywhere these days and provide an excellent opportunity for cat lovers.
2. Veterinary Technologist or Technician
Another option for working with cats–or animals in general–is to become a vet tech. To become a vet technologist usually requires a four-year degree. In contrast, vet technician jobs typically require a two-year degree. Both positions work closely with a veterinarian on determining injuries, diagnosing illnesses, and conducting medical tests.
3. Veterinary Assistant
If you’re ready to get started immediately, consider becoming a veterinary assistant. For this job, you can either complete a training program or get on-the-job training. You will be assisting the veterinarian with whatever is needed. If you want to work with cats specifically, choose a position in a cat hospital or clinic.
4. Cat Behaviorist or Therapist
Do you have a way with cats and often understand why they do what they do? Then a career as a cat behaviorist, or therapist, may be perfect for you. Cat parents are often fraught with questions and concerns about their cat’s behavior and habits. They are looking for advice on how to help their feline companions overcome these. If this career path interests you, check out the Association for Animal Behavior Consultants and learn how to start building your credentials.
5. Cat Blogger and Writer
Help cat owners understand their pets better by becoming a niche writer specializing in cat behavior. Writing assignments might include blogs, newsletters for associations or organizations, or articles for magazines, both print and online. You can provide health advice, pet food reviews, ways to vacation with your cat, and so on. For more guidance on this career, check out the Cat Writers’ Association.
6. Cat Photographer
Another way to combine creative skills with your love of cats is to become a cat photographer. This may not be easy as cats aren’t always interested in sitting still. However, if you’re patient, you can take portraits for cat owners or even create cat calendars. If you’re looking for a way to get started with an already established method, consider buying into a pet photography franchise. You can also expand into videography at some point.
7. Cat Agent
If you enjoy watching movies or television shows, it’s highly likely you’ve seen cats playing roles or serving in the background. Consider becoming a cat agent yourself and represent several cats or just your own. This is a highly competitive field and may take time to break into, however.
8. Cat eCommerce Store Owner
You already know what cat toys and accessories are out there, so why not set up shop online and sell them? You can choose what products to sell and can create your own marketing. Conduct research on the most popular selling items, and any niche areas you can focus on, particularly at first. Here’s where your photography skills can come in handy also. Put up photos or videos of your cats using them. Locate dependable wholesale suppliers and create an appealing website. You may even want to specialize in cat-related books.
9. Catio and Cat Furniture Designer and Builder
Designing spaces for cats is becoming a popular career, and it’s a great time to get in on it. If you are good at woodworking, offer your design services and building skills to cat owners. Create “Catios” or cat-specific furniture such as cat sofas or bunk beds.
10. Cat Groomer
It takes a special touch to calm cats enough for a grooming session. Cats are notorious for hating water and baths. Many cat parents avoid even trying to groom their cats and are relieved to find a talented, patient cat groomer.
There are numerous other careers where you can be with your cat, such as becoming a bookstore owner with your cat as the store’s mascot. You can also choose to work with the bigger felines by working at a zoo or a big cat rescue.
As you can see, your love of cats can be parlayed into a variety of career options. Discover what you do best when it comes to your feline companions and spend your days working in a career you love.