Work with Cats: Introduction to Jobs Involving Cats and How to Get Started

Work with Cats: Introduction to Jobs Involving Cats and How to Get Started

Because you love cats, you want to work with them and be involved in jobs related to cats, not just as a pet owner!

Many cat lovers may share this sentiment.

There are many jobs related to cats, and some of them do not require qualifications or experience.

In this article, we will explain jobs related to cats and how to pursue them.


Table of Contents

1. Jobs that Care for Cats
∟ 1-1. Veterinarian, Nurse
∟ 1-2. Groomer
∟ 1-3. Pet Hotel, Pet Sitter
∟ 1-4. Animal Shelter
2. Jobs that Connect Cats and People
∟ 2-1. Pet Shop
∟ 2-2. Breeder
3. Jobs Working with Cats
∟ 3-1. Cat Cafe 

1. Jobs that Care for Cats

First, let's introduce jobs that take care of cats and ensure their health and beauty.

It is a responsible job to take care of lives, but it is a rewarding job where you can directly interact with cats and make them happy.

We will discuss "Veterinarians and Nurses," "Groomers," "Pet Hotels and Pet Sitters," and "Animal Shelters."


1-1. Veterinarians and Nurses

When you think of "working with cats," the first thing that comes to mind may be working as a veterinarian or nurse in an animal hospital. It is an essential job to help cats with illnesses or injuries, administer vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries, and protect the health and lives of cats.

To become a veterinarian, you need a national license, similar to human doctors. After studying for six years at a university with a veterinary program, you must pass a national examination.

The entrance requirements for veterinary medicine programs are quite high, with an entrance exam score ranging from 64 to 71. However, the pass rate for the national exam is around 80%, so becoming a veterinarian is achievable with diligent study.

What's important is gaining experience in the field while continuously learning the latest in animal healthcare.

On the other hand, you can become a nurse at an animal hospital without a license.

However, starting from May 2022, the Animal Companion Nurse Law has been enforced, making it a national license. If you aspire to be a nurse at an animal hospital in the future, it is advisable to study at a university or specialized school with a curriculum and take the national exam.

This will also be advantageous in your job search, and you will be able to perform tasks such as blood collection and microchip insertion.

※ The first national exam is scheduled for the end of February to March 2023.


1-2. Groomers

If working in an animal hospital is like being a "doctor" or "nurse" for cats, then groomers are like "beauticians" for cats.

Groomers are responsible for tasks such as cutting and styling a cat's fur, brushing, shampooing to make the cat look beautiful, as well as nail trimming, ear cleaning, health checks, and more.

Unlike human hairstylists, there is no national license for groomers; it is a private certification. Therefore, you can work at a pet salon and learn grooming skills on the job.

However, since it is a job that requires immediate skills, it is better to study knowledge and skills at a specialized school. Graduates of these schools can also obtain private certifications.


1-3. Pet Hotels and Pet Sitters

Pet hotels and pet sitters are jobs where you take care of cats on behalf of their owners.

Pet hotels are lodging facilities for cats and dogs, and pet sitters visit the owner's home to take care of the pets.

You will be responsible for feeding, playing, and keeping the cats company.

To work at a pet hotel, you do not need special qualifications, but you should like animals and be able to provide them with care and attention with love.

Pet sitters are often independent contractors, and many of them have taken pet care courses and obtained certifications. To become a pet sitter, you can take a course to learn about animal behavior, pet first aid, and other necessary knowledge.

Many people who have experience as a pet owner become pet sitters.

It is a job that allows you to work with cats in a home environment, so it is suitable for those who want to have a close relationship with cats.


1-4. Animal Shelter

Animal shelters are facilities that take in and care for abandoned or stray animals.

There are many cats and dogs in need of a warm home, and working at an animal shelter is a job that saves these animals and gives them a second chance at life.

Animal shelters have various roles, including cleaning and feeding animals, administering medication, providing socialization, and finding new homes for the animals.

To work at an animal shelter, you do not need special qualifications, but it is essential to have a strong sense of responsibility and love for animals.

Volunteering at an animal shelter is also a great way to gain experience and get started in this field.


2. Jobs that Connect Cats and People

Next, let's introduce jobs that connect cats and people.

These jobs involve activities such as selling cats, providing information, and creating opportunities for people to interact with cats.

We will discuss "Pet Shops" and "Breeders."


2-1. Pet Shop

Pet shops are retail stores that sell cats, dogs, small animals, fish, and pet supplies.

Some pet shops specialize in selling only cats, while others offer a variety of pets.

Working at a pet shop involves interacting with customers, providing information about cats, and ensuring the health and well-being of the animals in the store.

While there are no specific qualifications required to work at a pet shop, having knowledge about cats and pet care is essential. Experience as a cat owner can be a valuable asset in this job.


2-2. Breeder

Breeders are individuals or businesses that specialize in breeding cats of specific breeds.

They are responsible for ensuring the health and well-being of the breeding cats and their kittens, as well as finding suitable homes for the kittens.

Becoming a breeder usually involves starting with one or more breeding cats of a particular breed, gaining experience in breeding, and establishing a reputation in the breeding community.

While there are no specific educational requirements to become a breeder, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of cat genetics, breeding practices, and responsible breeding ethics.


3. Jobs Working with Cats

Finally, let's introduce jobs where you can work with cats in unique settings or industries.

These jobs may not be as common as the ones mentioned earlier, but they offer exciting opportunities to be around cats.

We will discuss "Cat Cafes," "Zoos," and "Animal Production."


3-1. Cat Cafe

A cat cafe is a unique establishment where customers can enjoy beverages and snacks while spending time with cats.

Working at a cat cafe involves taking care of the resident cats, ensuring they are comfortable, and interacting with customers to provide a pleasant experience.

While there are no specific qualifications required to work at a cat cafe, having a love for cats and excellent customer service skills are essential.


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