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Run Your Own Cat Sitting Business

We all love and enjoy the company of cats, but if you're really passionate about cats and want to build a profitable and sustainable business as part of a premier brand, then The Cat Butler franchise offers the ideal opportunity. 

Established in 2015 to provide a stress-free alternative to a cattery, The Cat Butler provides feline customers with consistent, reliable and tailored care in their own homes when their humans are away.

Today, The Cat Butler cares for thousands of cats across the UK, with services delivered by a network of vetted, trained and insured professionals.

  • Join a growing and reputable national cat sitting brand.
  • Enjoy a flexible work-life balance, running your own profitable business in your area.
  • Become a cat expert, just like us, with full training and support.

The Cat Sitting market

The UK pet industry is thriving, and the cat sitting market will continue to see unrivalled growth over the next few years.

The Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) estimates that some 12 million homes across the UK are now ruled by a cat. That's an increase from 7.5 million cats the year before! This presents a substantial opportunity to provide quality assured cat sitting services to a broad range of people taking regular breaks and holidays. The pet industry is booming, and with so many cats to care for, the opportunities for a Cat Butler franchisee are enormous in every area.

Turnover at The Cat Butler has shot up, and in June 2022, we recorded a 162% increase in revenue compared to 2019!

Franchise Opportunity

Combined with the actual results we are seeing across the network, we feel fairly confident in saying there has NEVER been a better time to consider buying a Cat Butler franchise.

Our franchise provides cat-loving professionals with an opportunity to take a slice of this market in their own area, with support and guidance from an established, premier brand. The Cat Butler is recognised and trusted and, along with the UK pet industry, continues to grow each year.

We’ve created a business model that’s replicable, and with this, we provide a complete package to ensure local Cat Butlers hit the ground running and succeed and grow their business. This covers all aspects of start-up, including training and support, through to ongoing marketing and recruitment.

Our cat sitting service is competitive, affordable and, most importantly, scalable. Becoming a Cat Butler requires lower start-up costs than other pet-industry businesses. In addition, our unique combination of affordability and specialism in cat care gives us a competitive edge over competitors such as catteries and general pet sitting services.

We are members of the British Franchise Association (bfa)

The Cat Butler is an accredited member of the British Franchise Association (bfa) and is fully committed to their strict codes of practice and ethical franchising.

The bfa is a self-regulated body that promotes ethical franchising practice, and our membership protects The Cat Butlers' franchisees and their clients. It's reassuring for our franchisees to know that our business model reaches the high standards and ethics set by the bfa. 

Why choose The Cat Butler Franchise?

Stress-Free Cattery Alternative

Cats are happier at home! We offer a feline-friendly alternative to a cattery, allowing cats to stay happy, in the familiarity of their own home, when their humans go away

Only Cats!

Our service is attractive to the majority of cat owners who prefer a service that specialises in cats. Our Cat Butlers are trained to a high standard to understand how cats behave and how to make their lives more comfortable

Professional Service

All of our Cat Butlers are passionate about cats and are fully vetted, trained and insured, providing peace of mind while our clients are away

The Purr-fect Match

We take the time to get to know the cats that we look after, and we match them with Cat Butlers who can deliver precisely what they need

Reliability

Our visits are scheduled and consistent from one day to the next, giving our customers peace of mind when they are away from home

Home Care & Security Service

As well as caring for our feline friends, we make sure our clients’ homes are safe and looked after while they’re away

Affordability

Our prices are competitive and affordable to many cat owners in comparison with services such as a cattery

Flexible

A Cat Butler business is flexible. Our franchise opportunity offers a great work/life balance and enables you to build a successful and enjoyable business around your passion for cats, your family, and your lifestyle

Repeat Business

Many customers use us year after year after year - which means lots of repeat bookings, providing a reliable business model for franchisees throughout the UK

Scalable

The Cat Butler franchise is designed to be run as a management franchise - as the number of regular clients increases, you can take on self-employed cat sitters to help with the service delivery

High Profitability

The Cat Butler franchise model allows you to build a profitable and sustainable business in your area. With low start-up costs and overheads, the ability to work from home, and the high potential for repeat business and referrals, The Cat Butler franchise can be highly profitable

The Cat Butler Franchise

An introduction from Sandra James

Are you thinking about making a career change? Would you love to work with cats, build a successful business around this passion, and re-capture the work-life balance you’ve long dreamed of? Well, that’s exactly what we are offering here at The Cat Butler. A chance to run your own cat sitting business - a highly successful one - in your area.

I’ve always been an animal lover, and cats, in particular, are my passion. I’ve grown up with them around, and as an adult, I’ve always had feline companions in the house. They are more than pets to me, so much more, and it’s fair to say that, in my home, my role is to serve those cats. They want feeding or a chin rub – they let me know. They want to go outside or let back inside thirty seconds later - let me get that door for you! I sometimes wonder whether I am a cat owner or staff!

The idea of The Cat Butler came about after I felt unable to go away on holiday - the thought of putting my then cat Ziggy in a cattery broke my heart. There were marvellous catteries nearby, but I knew Ziggy wouldn’t settle there. Like many cats, Ziggy thrived on routine and consistency in his own home, where he is happiest, and that is precisely what The Cat Butler delivers. 

Cats are territorial and very particular creatures; most prefer to be in their own homes rather than go to the cattery; our teams of professional Cat Butlers provide the ultimate cat visiting service when their owners can’t be there. We are more than just a feeding service! As well as waiting on our feline friends hand and foot, er paw, we also spend quality time playing and interacting with them and giving them lots of fuss and attention.

It’s a really exciting time for us at The Cat Butler as we are receiving requests for our Cat Butlers from across the UK, and the business is growing rapidly. We are looking for cat lovers passionate about providing the highest standards of care to our feline friends while their owners are away from home to join our team.

Becoming a Cat Butler requires no prior experience, and we can get you set up very quickly. Our only real requirements are that you love cats and that you’re excited about the idea of running your own business.

If you’re a cat lover dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and looking to build a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable business, then a Cat Butler franchise could be the purr-fect opportunity!

When you join our franchise family, you might be your own boss, but you’ll never be alone – we are always here, ready and willing to help you build a business that we can both be proud of.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Then we’d love to hear from you!

Sandra James,
The Cat Butler Founder

Sandra James,
The Cat Butler Founder

Request a Brochure

If you're a cat lover and you're interested in our opportunity to run your own local cat sitting business, we'd love to hear from you.

Please complete our contact form and we'll send you a copy of our brochure by e-mail which includes:

  • Comprehensive information about The Cat Butler franchise
  • Key components of the franchise including training, marketing and business tools
  • Franchise package costs and financial support information

Once you've had time to read the brochure, we'd love to hear from you with any specific questions about the opportunity.

The Cat Butler Franchise Questions

What experience do I need?

You don't need to have previously worked as a cat sitter or have experience running your own business. It goes without saying, though, that you must be mad about cats and be professional, reliable, organised and happy to be flexible about your hours of work.

Most clients are flexible about the times that their cats are visited while they are away, so it's possible to schedule your visits around other aspects of your life and home and family if required.  You can run the business by yourself or with a partner - we can discuss both options with you. 

You will receive full training in all areas of the business. You will use our proven business model.

How much does The Cat Butler franchise cost?

The initial franchise fee costs just £9,999 (*make sure you take advantage of our special offer which ends soon; more details below) and includes a wealth of benefits, support and advice.

As a guide - and based on our many years of experience running a cat sitting business  - using our marketing systems - we expect your bookings to start within the first few weeks, and you can break even in as little as three to six months with The Cat Butler.

*Save £3,000 on your franchise fee. Offer ends soon!

Anyone who downloads our franchise brochure from our website and answers our questionnaire by 30 June 2022 will have their franchise fee locked in at the old rate of £7,000 (as long as they complete the purchase of their franchise by 31st December 2022).

What do I receive by becoming a Cat Butler franchisee?

Complete Start-up Package

We give you everything you need to get your business off to a flying start in your local area and start generating earnings immediately. Our franchise package contains up to £4000 of marketing in your area, 5 days training, dedicated website booking system, ongoing head office support and mentoring from The Cat Butler founder, Sandra James, and more that you will need to operate the business.

For a detailed breakdown of the franchise package, please click here

 

Is there funding available for the initial franchisee fee?

We are very pleased that you can use the Government-backed start-up loan scheme to purchase your franchise and that this scheme can not only help fund the purchase of your franchise but also with initial working capital. The loan is unsecured, so there’s no need to put forward any assets or guarantors to support the application, and all owners or partners in your franchise can apply.

>>> The Government-backed start-up loan scheme

We can also help you find and secure finance for your Cat Butler franchise business through our finance contacts.

Is the business scalable?

As with many pet care franchises, The Cat Butler is designed to be run as a management franchise, leaving you free to build a successful, sustainable and profitable business.  

There is a high demand for The Cat Butler service, and as your client base grows and at times you may get so busy that you might have to turn away bookings - so you may consider recruiting cat carers to help - we can assist you in this process.

 We would expect you to spend a few months doing the visits yourself, so you become an expert in delivering your premium service and are then able to train your staff up to Cat Butler standard.

Read more in our Franchise FAQ's FAQ's

Learn more about the Pet Franchise Opportunity

The Package

The Cat Butler® franchise package offers a proven model supported by effective business systems and a comprehensive training & support programme

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The Package

FAQs

Got a question about coming a Cat Butler franchisee? Find out more in our frequently asked questions section.

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Case Studies

Read stories from some of our Cat Butlers, and find out what it's like to be a professional cat sitter.

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Case Studies

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The latest news and insights about The Cat Butler franchise opportunity, as well as the UK pet sitting market

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Contact Us

If you love cats and dream of a career where you can spend all day every day with them, we'd love to hear from you.

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Gregory & Romina Deaton - The Cat Butler Bromley Franchisee

We saw it as a simple business model that permits people with little experience running a business to start up and build up a client base quickly. It was particularly advantageous to us in that it was also home/locally based and allows us to work around our family and existing work commitments. The marketing and training assistance is also a big draw. It is essentially the complete start-up package for those of us that love and live with our feline friends

Running a Cat Butler Franchise with your partner

If you decide to run a Cat Butler franchise with your partner then you will have the flexibility to fit your cat care and admin duties alongside your other hobbies and commitments. 

Most clients are flexible about the times of day that our services are delivered so the business can be operated to suit you and your lifestyle and family commitments.

There is a high demand for The Cat Butler service, and you’ll get lots of repeat bookings and recommendations from existing clients. At times you may get so busy that you might have to turn away bookings, so you may consider recruiting cat carers to help.

School holidays are always busy but the rest of the year is busy too, as many people prefer to go away out of the school term and also for weekends away. Your family holidays will still be possible during the off-peak months. Your clients should be fine with this as long as you give them enough notice. Some clients will even plan their holidays around your availability!

The Cat Butler Franchise offers a fantastic business opportunity for couples who love cats
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