A cat sitting business is an excellent business to start up in Spokane. First of all you can run it from your own home, secondly cats are extremely popular in this city and thirdly, there isn’t that much competition—yet.
Establishing a cat-sitting business can be a somewhat challenging because cats are quite, unpredictable. Cats don’t actively seek human attention or endorsement—they don’t need it. Running a cat-sitting business necessitates universal business intelligence coupled with good, sound judgment, patience and knowledge of how to best care for a feline. This is definitely a business for cat lovers only.
Employ and hold on to knowledgeable, experienced and skilled employees, people who work and work hard. This is imperative because this is not a job that just anyone can do. It demands patience, good customer service skills which include the ability to interact with pet owners and knowledge of cats and cat care in general. Select first and foremost an avid cat lover. Once you’ve found people that interact well with your feline clientele, put forward a range of benefits — from flexible scheduling to health insurance — in order to retain your employees. Replacing employees is very expensive. Appreciate them, don’t be cheap. You pay for what you get.
Offer continuing education on pet sitting for cats. It is important that your sitters be trained in feline care, including recognizing signs of illness and knowing what to do in the event of a physical emergency while the pet owner is away, such as an infection, sudden change in behavior, presence of worms or other ailments. Suggest they take the Cat College courses on Cat Channel.
Create good business relationships with local veterinarians especially those that specialize in cat care. You can’t foresee what may happen while one of your cat clients is in your care, and possessing an established connection with a veterinarian supplies you with a back up reserve, in addition to the cat’s regular vet. Besides, they can provide you with an all-embracing knowledge about cats that you can use to more proficiently run your business.
Uphold organized files for each client. In essence, a cat-sitting business is about working with different clients and cats, all of which have exclusive needs. Keep a file for each client and a corresponding folder for each cat so that you know which cats need to be fed at a certain time, have specific behaviors, take medication and/or other crucial characteristics of the cat’s colorful personality.
Demand employees to be professional at all times. This means that even if they are scratched or bit by one of the cats they are sitting for or if one of the cats escapes outside and they have to charm its way back home in all kinds of weather, they must still maintain a sense of stability, calm and positive authority