Starting a kennels and cattery business is one of the most difficult and time consuming enterprises to start and run – yet it can also be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding. If you’re a dog or cat lover and have always dreamed of working with animals then running a kennels and cattery could provide you with the perfect business…


Why start a kennels and cattery business?

There will always be a demand for kennels and catteries. Britain is said to be a nation of animal lovers but there are always times when dog and cat owners simply cannot look after their pets or need a break from them for whatever reason. Starting a kennels and cattery business is highly rewarding and is obviously ideally suited to animal lovers – yet you should also be aware that it is extremely hard work. The animals will require attention 365 days a year and many owners work extremely long hours and take very few breaks, especially during the early years. If you are prepared for this however and it has always been your ambition to work with animals then few businesses provide such enjoyment and rewards.

What skills will I need?

You will need to be passionate about animals and have experience of looking after them. If you lack experience, consider taking one of the many animal care courses available at colleges and think about working in a kennels or cattery for a while to gain experience and get a feel for what this life is like. This is a business that requires lots of commitment, so you need to be sure it is well suited to you and it is by no means for everyone, even if you consider yourself an animal lover – cats and dogs will become your life and there will be little time for other things.

Start-up costs

Starting a kennels or cattery is very expensive. The main cost is acquiring or building the accommodation to house and look after the animals. It is possible to start-up on a small scale, for example by purchasing a house with a small kennels or cattery within the land (such properties do come onto the market from time to time) however even on a small-scale this isn’t a business that can be started on the cheap. Ongoing costs are also expensive, especially as your business expands.