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Run Your Own Cat Sitting Business

If you're passionate about cats and want to build a profitable and sustainable cat sitting business as part of a premier and nationally recognised brand with a history of excellent care, then The Cat Butler franchise offers the ideal opportunity. We've built a trusted, accredited and firmly established cat care franchise that could be purr-fect for you. 

The Cat Butler was established in 2015 by Sandra James to provide home-based cat care services across HertfordshireFrom the early stages of The Cat Butler’s development, the company has carved a niche in providing a cat sitting service that provides comfort, reassurance and security for customers and their cats – by providing quality cat care at home.

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

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

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

Over 1,000 5-Star Reviews

We are an established brand with a history of excellent care and over 1,000 5-star customer testimonials. Our franchisees benefit from this recognition to secure new clients

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

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

High Online Visibility

We have over 600,000 followers across our social media channels. Your business will benefit from this huge boost to its brand awareness. Strong online visibility allows potential customers to find our franchisees on our website and stand out from their competition

Enjoyable!

The Cat Butler offers a unique opportunity that combines your love of cats with a dream career that’s flexible, profitable and rewarding.

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.

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.

 

How much does The Cat Butler franchise cost?

The Cat Butler franchise is low-cost and affordable compared to other pet franchises. The investment to become a Cat Butler franchisee is just £8,500 and covers the initial package of services and start-up support we provide to every franchisee. Using our marketing systems, you have the potential to start generating earnings immediately, and you can break even in as little as three to six months with The Cat Butler.

What do I get for my inititial investment

We give you everything you need to get your business off to a flying start in your local area and start generating earnings immediately:

  • Exclusive use of The Cat Butler® brand in your franchise area
  • Comprehensive induction programme covering all aspects of running a Cat Butler franchise business
  • Step-by-step operations manual with guidance on how to replicate our business in your area
  • Accredited Cat First Aid training
  • Your own mini-site on The Cat Butler website that is optimised to generate hundreds of business enquiries in your local area from the first month
  • Trustist online review platform with hundreds of 5-star customer reviews, which drive customers to your business
  • The Cat Butler email address
  • High online visibility (over 600,000 followers on social media)
  • Initial supply of promotional leaflets, branded stationery and business cards
  • PR release online and in local area
  • Two-month business launch marketing programme including 1st page Google listing
  • A pack of branded clothing
  • Bespoke operational software to manage the business + client online booking system
  • Ongoing expert support and advice to help you grow your Cat Butler business

How long will it take to get my investment back?

You can break even in as little as three to six months with The Cat Butler.

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.

Read more in our Franchise FAQ's FAQ's

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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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Case Studies

Read about some of our The Cat Butler franchisees around the UK. These case studies will give you an insight into the background of the franchise owners.

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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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Sam - The Cat Butler Thame Franchisee

Having researched business opportunities in the cat sitting arena, I came across The Cat Butler franchise using a Google search and can honestly say it's been a brilliant experience so far. The training programme has been really helpful with franchisee team induction days, pet first aid, plus there's been time for self-study with a wealth of materials easily accessible to me via the franchise programme along with opportunities to meet those already doing the job.

 Sandra (franchisor) is always on hand if you have any additional questions or queries and is very supportive. I personally feel that choosing to become a franchisee instead of setting up on my own has undoubtedly saved me a considerable amount of time investment and cost. I've run my own small business for the last seven years so I know what this can be like!

The Cat Butler franchise itself is the perfect model for anyone looking to pursue a rewarding role providing exceptional care for our feline friends and it's easy to start working as quickly as you want to as it's all ready to go. I would certainly recommend coming on board as a franchisee to anyone thinking about it.

Helen - The Cat Butler Wirral Franchisee

I have absolutely no business experience but with an established brand and Sandra’s (the franchisor) vast experience, extensive knowledge  and unwavering support behind me I have every confidence I can turn my love of cats into a viable and rewarding business.    My journey is only starting but I have already learnt so much especially about marketing and promoting my business, and most importantly, about how to provide the best care for our feline community.  The Cat Butler offers the ultimate start up package equipping me with the skills and confidence necessary to provide the outstanding service I desire for my own “children".

Clare & Jo - The cat Butler Derby Franchisee

After teaching for over 20 years, we were looking for a way to combine our love of cats with running our own business. After researching The Cat Butler website and the franchise opportunities available we knew we had found the perfect match.

The information on the website was extremely comprehensive, so we contacted the franchisor, Sandra who arranged an online discovery meeting to explain the business model. After completing the paperwork we spent three days in St Albans on a training course. This was very comprehensive and covered all aspects of the business side of the franchise, cat care, cat first aid and visiting the cats with the  local Cat Butlers.

Sandra has been amazing throughout every step of the process, no question is too big or too small and her wealth of experience has proved extremely valuable, it is so reassuring to have her there to help and support us. If you’re looking for a franchise opportunity and love cats we would certainly recommend getting in touch.

Jane - The Cat Butler Radlett Franchisee

Sandra, the Franchisor, has been incredibly supportive from day one and made it a very slick and easy process to join The Cat Butler. I have just completed my training and feel very confident to launch my new business. Sandra has built a terrific brand and everything I have seen of it has really impressed me, from the operations manual to the business software and all the marketing materials including flyers, business cards, welcome home cards, and even sympathy cards for when a feline customer crosses The Rainbow Bridge. She has thought about absolutely everything. The website is fantastic too and takes a weight off my shoulders knowing it has all been done for me. I really am super impressed.

Julie - The Cat Butler Chichester Franchisee

I was no stranger to running my own business when I set up as a franchisee with The Cat Butler, and I have lots of experience caring for my own cats, so I thought I had a good platform from which to start.  However, the support given by the Franchisor, Sandra and the team at Head Office was really extensive, encompassing a wide range of elements needed to provide a truly stand-out cat sitting service. 

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

Mark - The Cat Butler Oxford Franchisee

I was looking to start my own cat sitting business, and I saw an advert for The Cat Butler. After looking through the franchise model, all of the support and pre-existing materials available, it was a no brainer to become a franchisee. Sandra (franchisor) and the other franchisees were so supportive and knowledgeable that the experience was painless. I now own my own business with the backing of an organisation that has been delivering amazing service since 2015.

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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