Owning a cattery is an ideal business for entrepreneurs who are passionate about animals, and now’s a great time to consider owning a more luxurious pet boarding business.
Facts & Figures
- There are roughly two million cats in South Africa, and 4 million dogs
- A well-built cattery should have runs that are around 8 metres by 1.2 metres
- A daily standard rate can range from R50 to R120 depending on the quality and services of the cattery
- Luxury boutique catteries are becoming more popular in South Africa and can charge up to R500 a night
A lifestyle business
Potential customers will want to see that you and your staff have a genuine love for cats. They must feel comforted that their pet will still enjoy all the care and attention that they would usually get at home.
You also need to have a lot of patience; you may have to take care of animals who are disobedient and lack training.
Remember, a lot of your business will come from repeat custom or through referrals, so you need to make sure you maintain a good relationship with all your clients.
There is a growing demographic of South African’s that are spending thousands of rand to pamper their pets, with some luxury boarding facilities charging between R375 and R500 a night.
These types of facilities offer very high-level amenities such as oak-crafted beds and leather cushions, making the more basic catteries look archaic.
However, the luxury boarding market can vary, and some catteries may simply offer animals spacious shelters and runs or wheat-free feed and treats. You should consider the
Research what other
These could range from pet portraits, grooming or
To decide which services to offer your customers, try putting yourself in their shoes and consider what would attract you, as a pet owner.
Speaking to friends, family
Also, consider the monetary cost of implementing a service; for example, if you’re going to offer a pet taxi service, you will need a van that has been kitted out with appropriate security cages and a part-time driver that will be able to cover shifts you can’t do yourself.
Licensing and permits
It is essential that you check with your local council the exact regulations you need to abide by to ensure your cattery business is operating correctly.
Each state will have different licensing requirements and there will also be certain by-laws that will stipulate how you should maintain your cattery business and dispose of waste, etc.
The City of Cape Town has an Animal By-law (2010) which states that all kennels and cattery enclosures must be constructed of durable materials, with adequate access for cleaning and disinfecting.
If you are a home-owner who is keen to build a cattery business on your land, it may be worth hiring a planning consultant. They will have experience in dealing with the council and the knowledge on how to submit a solid planning application that could put you in a strong position of being approved.