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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hello! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how I could find a job in a cat related industry apart from breeding and vet work. I am currently not working but I do have a college degree in Education. I sell on eBay but I want to work with cats in "real life" and hopefully earn a little money from it. I am rather creative and have tried a few cat related crafts that I occasionally sell on eBay. I even attended a cat show in order to get some ideas of the types of products that are sold there. I would also like to work at a shelter caring for cats but most of the jobs are voluntary (which I am considering since I am not working). If anyone has any suggestion I would love to hear them. I hope I put this post in the right place.

post #2 of 27
The best way to can get leads is to start by volunteering. This way, you will be surrounded by animal lovers and greatly extend your network base.

To me, this is the quickest way to get contacts in the community around you. You could also talk to various vet and animal clinics in your area to see if they have ideas.

Good Luck!

post #3 of 27
Pet sitter, photographer, provide transportation to the vet for elderly or disabled, go to schools and give talks about spay and neuter and general care, Thats all I can think of on spur of the moment. I f I think of any more I'll add to it!
post #4 of 27
Some of the things I have seen people do for sale at cat shows are the curtains and bases for the cages, little sleeping bags for the cats, other craft things that have cat themes. You could do picture frames, covered keepsake boxes, sew kitties as toys, make catnip toys etc.... Type in Cat craft ideas in your search engine (I found google to be the best) and see what comes up!

Here are a couple I found has dozens of cat-themed fabric designs for all tastes and decors.

Look into natural therapies for animals and see what courses are available! This would be like Bach flower remedies etc!

Grow cat friendly seedlings, grasses, catnip etc to seel in nice pots!

Anyhoo just a few ideas mate!
post #5 of 27
Originally posted by Bundylee
Look into natural therapies for animals and see what courses are available! This would be like Bach flower remedies etc.....
Big market in Toronto for animal natural therapy. If you can get some good education that would be a future job opportunity.

Good one Bundy!

post #6 of 27
Thanks Mate! I think it will be big too!!! Oh by the way! You've got mail!

Have a look at this site to give you an idea!
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Great ideas! I think I will start out volunteering at the local shelter to get contacts as suggested. The shelter is the sponsor of the annual cat show here in Ft. Lauderdale. Maybe I can get some contacts that way to help me come up with the ideas for crafts. I will take a look at the website links that you all sent and get some ideas from them too.
Thanks for all of your help. It has given me inspiration to start pursuing cat related fields! I'll keep you posted on my volunteering. I am sure that I will have ALOT of questions and stories.

Thanks again,

P.S. Has anyone ever done pet sitting before? Do people get their cats babysat? I am afraid of dogs, so dog sitting is out, but if the house only has cats that would be fine. There is a community newspaper where I live and I did see a section for pet sitting in there. What's it like?

post #8 of 27
Here in Toronto the more popular company is called Housesitters. When your on vacation they will do multiple things like feed your cat, water your houseplants, take in your newspaper etc.

But I'm sure there are just 'cat' sitters as well. I've usually seen ads like that if you are in an apartment building/condo.
post #9 of 27
Why don't you become a steward at cat shows and then study to become a cat judge??? If you are good enough you can travel the world!
post #10 of 27
Mike and I have decided that since we don't have the money to donate to shelters, nor the time to really volunteer, we're donating a little time and effort. We're going to go around and take pictures of the animals waiting to be adopted, and make up portfolios of them.
post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
What does a Steward do?

House sitting sounds like a terrific idea...I love cats, grow lots of plants, and like to see how others decorate their houses
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
Marcy that is soo sweet of you to take pictures of the adoptable kitties. Too bad there is no money in it. That may be something I could do as a part of being a volunteer.
post #13 of 27
Volunteer, or be a pet sitter!

I don't know if you live in a busy area for this. But pet sitting is a great job, and you can take on clients as you have time for it. So you wont be stuck to a set full time or part time schedual if your in school, or random changes in life plan.
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
I am not in school. I am 31 years old and fortunatly my boyfriend makes enough to pay the bills. But, that said, I am stir crazy not working. I have had jobs in the teaching profession and after 2 years decided to get into administrative work. Admin. work is just to boring for me, I like to stay active and not stuck in an office all day. sitting and volunteer work sound like a great experience for me and I get to work with animals and possibly make contacts in the neighborhood. I live on the outskirts of Ft. Lauderdale, FL so there are plenty of residential neighborhoods around to try my hand at pet/house sitting. I am going to look in the classifieds now for pet-sitting ads.
Thanks again for the great advice.

post #15 of 27
If you really want to get serious you could volunteer at a local zoo and get some serious work done. Granted depending on their need and your experience they might start you off with frogs or something.

But it's a good foot in for something that could be really exciting!
post #16 of 27
Thread Starter 
That is a good idea however, I am scared of any animal that is bigger than a cat, especially dogs and horses so I don't know if tigers and giraffe's would be the greatest animal for me to work with, lol. Thanks for the advice though. My boyfriend's sister actually worked at a zoo for many years in Richmond, VA. She took us into the arangotangue(sp?) cage one day and I about had a heart attack

post #17 of 27
LOL. Well it's my main goal to own a refuge for big cat species some day (namely jaguars). Or at least work at one.

I tried to volunteer at the local zoo in DC, when we lived closer, and they wanted you to work for like 40 hours a week. I have a cruddy car, and driving/parking in DC is just insane, I have a heart attack every time I've had to do it.
And I couldn't have had much of a PAYING job if I was volunteering 40 hours a week. Maybe later in my life, if a zoo is in a more convient location, it would be great to do.

They always have you start off with something small, DC's zoo's policy is that volunteers don't work with the bigger carnivors (and with good reason.)
post #18 of 27
Do you have any experience in the cat grooming side. There are many persian owners who have trouble with bathing, drying, grooming those long coats. I am not sure of the situstion there, but many owners here use the parlours to do that for them. Maybe you would be interested in that?
post #19 of 27
Thread Starter 
Cat grooming is a good idea as well. i don't have any experience in that field however, unless brushing my long haired cats counts, lol.
Maybe I could incluse cat grooming in my pet sitting services package as anoption.

Just wanted to ask this again in case someone who knows might have missed the question...What does a Steward do at cat shows? and Has anyone ever done pet sitting?

post #20 of 27
I've done pet sitting for 3 different companys last year, and it's GREAT. But find a company to work for, where you agree with their policy's.
I also have looked after friends or associates pets for years now.

The first pet sitting place I had an interview for, certainly had LOTS of busines, but they didn't have the pet sitter go and meat the client or the clients animals prior to taking care of an animal.
That's not a good idea.
Walking into a house with a dog who has never met you, might see you as in intruder... and well things can happen.
post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 
Did you have any clients with just cats or do most of them have dogs or dogs AND cats?
post #22 of 27
Sorry Coco Maui I should have explained it better! Okay....

In a cat show you will see a Judge and a helper (steward) Most judges start out as Stewards. The Stewards job is to take the cats out of the cage and present them to the judge! This is important because the Steward has to take the cat out in such a way as to keep it calm, secure and hold it so the judge can have a look at it before it gets placed on the table. The after judging the Steward puts it back into the cage. The Steward also sprays the tables and the judges hands and their own after every cat and assists the judge with the paper work! It is a fairly short course to take to become one and here in Australia I think they even get paid (don't know how much) to do it! To become a Judge you start out learning one section (such as domestics) then as you qualify you go to the next etc! Most judges are very knowledgeable and if you are good enough eventually you will get flown around the world to judge different shows! I hope this helps.
post #23 of 27
I wouldnt mind being a judge! The perks sound good to me!
post #24 of 27
I would LOVE to be a handler or a judge in a cat show, but I'm currently not qualified and I don't have any animals of my own to show, unless I were to get into the house hold division.

As for the pet sitting job. Most of my clients were dogs yes. But you can designate what you want, cats only, dogs only, ferrets, birds, other exotics etc. You don't have to do a certain client if you don't want to, most companies will ask you ahead of time if a new client sounds like something your interested in taking on.

Some of them are mid day walks/care taking, (just walking a dog once a day during random times night or day.) Vacation visits, which can be 1 or more visits a day while the owner is off on a business trip/vacation etc, and then they have overnight stays, where you basically live at the clients house and keep their animals company while they are gone over night, or over a period of a few nights etc etc.
There's a lot more little details to it, but those can depend on what the companies policy's are.
post #25 of 27
Notes on Stewarding


1. Stewarding engagements can be arranged through the Show Manager (preferably of a show run by a Club of which you are a member). You should write to your Breed Club Secretary, who may be able to advise you further.

2. A good steward is of enormous help to a judge, but a bad one is a hindrance. Judges at shows are usually very busy and novices may be asked to act as second stewards on their first engagement. This should not be taken as a slight but will provide an excellent opportunity to learn as much as possible about the duties of a steward. Second stewards may be asked to pay for their own lunch, as Clubs cannot always afford to do so for more than one steward.

3. Stewarding is part of the training to become a judge. When stewards wish to find out more about the Judge appointment Scheme, the information is available from the GCCF.

4. If GCCF Stewarding Certificates, for the Judge Appointment Scheme, are being collected, the judge should be told before the start of judging.

General requirements for a steward

5. Physical stamina is needed as the work is hard and requires you to be on your feet all day.

6. The ability to concentrate on the job is very important, as the judge should be able to rely on the steward to be ready and alert at all times. The temptation to chatter to the judge, other stewards and particularly to bystanders must be resisted.

7. Stewards are responsible for other people's cats and must learn to handle them correctly and confidently, so that they are not frightened when they are removed from the pen. People who are nervous or hesitant when handling cats will not make good stewards as it is sometimes necessary to keep hold of a frightened cat in difficult circumstances. In the event of the cat causing an injury, great care should be taken to cover wounds quickly to prevent any possible spread of infection. If a show rejection has been received under section C or D, a person may not steward until a GCCF clearance has been received.

8. Stewards must be tactful and polite to the judge, to show officials and to exhibitors. An effort should be made to appreciate why the judge arrived at his or her placings in the different classes and the judge should assist their stewards in understanding the placings. Judges will normally give a verbal critique on each exhibit; these comments must be treated as confidential. If approached for information regarding the judge's opinion of an exhibit, a steward must refer the exhibitor to the judge, reminding them not to approach the judge until his/her judging has been completed.

9. The GCCF Show Rules should be studied carefully before embarking on a stewarding engagement and prior to each show any additional club rules should be noted from the schedule. Show Managers sometimes issue instructions to stewards on show day; these should be read carefully before the commencement of judging.

10. It is a GCCF Rule that stewards may not exhibit in an Open Class which is to be judged by the judge for whom they are stewarding. It is important to check this well in advance.

Detailed information

11. Show Managers appreciate notification from a steward when the booking has been made by the judge, giving details of the steward's name, address, telephone number and the name of the judge. Stewards should also let the judge and the show manager know immediately if they are unable to fulfil an engagement.

12. A steward should wear a clean white overall with pockets. It is useful to take a spare overall if possible and a small clean towel. All this equipment should be washed on return home to prevent the spread of infection. Additional equipment that may prove useful includes: several pencils with rubbers attached, a few sticky plasters; a spring clothes peg to secure the door of the pen if necessary and a pencil sharpener. Stewards are responsible for their own belongings during the day; the facilities in the Judges Room are for the use of the judges.

13. A ruled chart should be prepared before the show, to be used for recording the pen numbers of the winning cats in each class to enable a check to be made to prevent cross judging.

14. Judges are not expected to enter the show hall until it has been cleared of exhibitors and it is the steward's responsibility to make sure that the necessary equipment is ready for the judge. There should be a trolley, disinfectant and paper towels awaiting the judge and there may also be lunch tickets and other vouchers to be kept during the day. The judge's book should always be collected by the judge and NOT by the steward. The steward should listen to any messages given out over the tannoy system and should see that the judge hands in any paperwork required by the management when it is called for.

15. The judge relies upon the steward to take the cat from the pen and place it on the trolley for judging in a way which causes the cat as little stress as possible. The trolley should be placed as near the pen as possible in case the cat has to be returned quickly in an emergency. If the cat is sitting on a blanket it may be helpful to turn the blanket and draw it carefully to the pen door to enable the cat to be removed as easily as possible. When the cat is on the table do not let go until the judge has it safely held. Try not to let the cat see its neighbour during this time as this may upset it. Return the cat to the pen as soon as the judge indicates that they have finished judging it, settle it comfortably, check that the number and the pen number are the same.

16. When the class has been judged make sure that the judge has entered the results in all the sections of the judging book, including any certificates that are appropriate (Challenge, Premier, Intermediate, Merit or Grand awards). Make sure that the number of prizes offered have been awarded and that the judge has signed the bottom of all the slips. Enter the results on your cross judging chart and check that no two cats have been placed in relatively different orders in different classes (cross judging). Cats which have been judged in earlier classes are normally bracketed in the book (repeats) but DO NOT rely on this. When completed take all the outer slips (still attached together) to the "table" immediately; if there is more than one page fold over a top corner to keep them together. The judge's attention should be drawn to any mistakes in the paperwork before it is taken to the "table". It is vital that award slips are correct, as it is very difficult to correct errors at a later stage and much embarrassment and disappointment can be caused if mistakes remain undetected until after the results appear on the award board.

17. Best of Breed awards are offered at many shows and these results are normally entered on the open class judge's slips. Sometimes judges need to confer over these awards and a steward may be sent to find the other judge concerned. This award is offered in three categories: adult, kitten and neuter. Cats to be considered for Best of Breed shall be winners of the open class, provided that the certificate has been awarded, and cats of that breed that are entered in the "Grand" class but are not in the open.

18. During the day your judge may be required to hand in Best in Show nominations (not all shows hold a Best in Show); try to ensure that this is done as soon as possible. Cats of breeds in assessment classes may not be nominated nor may cats that have not won their open class or have had a certificate withheld.

19. When Best in Show judging is announced stewards whose judges have finished their engagement, or whose judge is taking part, should report at once to offer help. There are many different ways in which Best in Show is judged but if it is judged at a table, not in the pens, stewards should collect cats from their pens in their baskets as requested by the organiser, and bring them to the table. After judging has taken place all unsuccessful cats should be returned quickly to their pens and the winner should be placed in the correct Best in Show pen and a litter tray and blanket fetched for it from its pen.

20. When all the classes in the book have been judged and the judge has completed Best in Show (if involved), the steward should check to see if any special awards are to be decided. These awards often require consultation with judges who judged other relevant classes and are to decide on the winner of specific cups or prizes, e.g. for the Seal Point Siamese with the best eye colour. After this the steward should return the show equipment and collect any certificates for signing by their judge. When they have been signed and returned, collect the judge's catalogue and volunteer to mark any classes the judge requires from the award board. When this has been done, ensure that the judge has transport to the station (if required) at the correct time before leaving the judge.

21. Copies of the GCCF Show Rules, the Official List of Shows, the Judge Appointment Scheme and the Standards of Points book are obtainable from :
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the great info on Stewards Bundylee! That actually sounds like something that I would like to do! Maybe I will check into it once I start volunteering at the shelter that sponsors the annual cat show here. Great info.!
Angel, thanks for the pet sitting info.! I would like to look into starting my OWN business for just cat sitting. Wonder what I would need to do for that, some ads I have seen say that they are "insured"? Maybe I will work for a local company and see what all is involved. Thanks again
My ebay name is gingeranns, you can look me up that way or do a search for cat grass, Kitty Oats is the brand name of my cat grass. Currently that is all I have for auction for cats. Sometimes I list catnip toys and rhinestone collars. ebay is a great place to sell crafts! If anyone is interested in how the ebay thing works I can give you more info. Kitty Oats do pretty good on ebay.
Thanks again for all those who have helped me with the cat related jobs, now all i have to do is get motivated and try a few out!

post #27 of 27
Yeah, there is a lot more to owning a pet sitting company then meets the eye. You need to be insured and bonded incase anything happens, which it can and it will. Plus it looks great to clients who come to you! All of the pet sitters who run there own company who I have met or talked to simply adore their job! They are so happy with it.
And it obviously must fetch a semi decent amount of money depeding on how many clients you have.

That and it's just great to work with others who know A LOT about pets, and who are also open minded to learn more.
You could be a Steward, and run a cat sitting place on the side! You'll be surrounded by putty tats!
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