If you’re a cat fan with a lot of love to give, why not take your feline fondness into the workplace? Starting a purrfect business is simple and there plenty of options available to you. Below I’ve listed a few of the best ways to start a feline inspired business.
Recommended reading: The Right Litter For Your Cat
Turn Your Kitten Into A Social Media Influencer
Micro, macro, real or virtual, influencers are marketing superstars du jour. Brands pay top dollar for social media celebrities and you can get in on the action. How? By making your feline friend into a social media influencer.
Grumpy Cat is the world’s most successful feline influencer. She has a fortune of $99 million, a global following, and her own Wikipedia page. For some top tips on how to make your cat into an influencer, check out the video below:
Open Your Own Cat Cafe
It’s twenty years since the first cat cafe Cat Flower Garden opened in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998. Today there are cat cafes across the globe, from Mumbai to Seattle. But starting your own isn’t only a way of turning your love of cats into a business, no. It’s also a way to help give abandoned kittens a new home.
America has some delightful cat cafes. Here is a pretty complete list of them.
But my personal favorite is Seattle Meowtropolitan – the Pacific Northwest’s finest cat cafe. They work with the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) to help people adopt a rescue cat. Seattle Meowtropolitan is open from 9am to 6pm and offer four services:
They also have their own ecommerce store (more below on this) where you can buy a range of cat goodies. For some top tips on how to open your own cat cafe, watch the guide below:
Start A Purrfect Online Seattle Business
There are over one million ecommerce in North America alone and it’s simple for you to start your own.
The first step is to have a good idea – a niche for your business. This article has some great suggestions to inspire you. Once you’ve decided what your business will be, all you need is the will to make it a reality.
The most popular way to start an online business is to build one from scratch. There are many great ecommerce platforms but my favorite is WooCommerce. It’s a plugin for WordPress and is super easy to use. Another way is to buy a company that’s already making money. You could look at the businesses for sale inspired by cats. Once you’ve bought one you can either keep it as it is, or add your own kitty twist.
For a detailed run-through of how to start a purrfect online business, have a look at the video underneath. It explains how you can start an online business in only one week:
Making money from your passions is the dream. For cat lovers like you and me it’s simple to make our dream a reality. All you need to do is pick on of the ideas from this article and get started!
Guest post contributed by Patrick Foster
Seattle Meowtropolitan opened the day after Christmas in 2015. Many but not enough cat naps later, we are 3 years old!
Penguin is still mischievous and single-minded at getting all the cat treats he can.
His sister Robin continues to charm everyone with her diverse tricks and sweet meows and honing her bandit skills of stealing whip cream from unsuspecting hoomans.
Django’s fur is smoother than ever, and has claimed the suspension bridge as his personal afternoon napping spot.
Merlin still hasn’t overcome his fear of balloons, but secular as he is day from day 1. If you’ve gotten the chance to catch a few pets as he passes you are takes a nap, consider yourself lucky.
As for Clouds, if a cloud would reincarnate into a cat, it would be Clouds. Sir Clouds continues to hold the title to the Best Cat Meowdel of the Feline Kingdom, and most full figured lap cat.
What I am trying to say is : Holy meowly, Seattle Meowtropolitan is one more year older!
The cats kept us busy, and the hooman’s visit kept our cats fed and happy. To celebrate and thank you all for your support, visit the cat lounge on Dec 26th, our anniversary and we’ll give all of you a pair of Meowtropolitan cat socks.
We’ll be giving out limited amount of numbers of socks for each resident cat: Django, Clouds, Robin, Squid, Penguin and Merlin! So come ask for your favorite resident cat socks while supplies last.
Book your visit HERE
Here’s to many more years of cats and cat hair everywhere( ****except in your coffee. No cat hairs in your coffee)!!
Warm Purrs and Sincere Meows,
Ghost Cat and all the cats of Meowtropolitan
Artwork credit :
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Written by Sandy Robins for ökocat (photo on right),
Sandy is a leading multi-media celebrity pet lifestyle expert and influencer and a regular contributor and columnist in multiple national publications such as Modern Dog, Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy as well as industry leaders such as Pet Age magazine and mainstream media such as Consumers Digest. Her books include the award-winning Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered Cat and For The Love of Cats. Her latest book, The Original Cat Bible is out now. Sandy is an avid campaigner for animal shelters and laws that protect animals everywhere. She is a strong advocator of pet adoption. Of course it goes without saying that she is a besotted pet parent to a menagerie of fur kids at her home in Southern California.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”15691″ img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The right litter choice for your cat is a type that she is happy to use and simultaneously meets a pet parent’s prerequisite for easy cleanup and effective odor control.
Fortunately, pet parents now have better options than clay litter such as eco-friendly alternatives made from coconut husks, wheat, corn and now ökocat™ 100% natural litter made from reclaimed wood and paper materials.
Natural litters provide benefits to you, your cat and the environment because they are made from sustainable resources and are fully biodegradable, unlike clay litters. Plus, no harmful chemicals or synthetic scents are added, which can be a real turn-off for some cats.
When choosing a natural litter, you not only want it to be healthy and safe for your cat but also convenient and lightweight, with great odor control and very little dust. High absorbency and easy cleanup is important too.
Consider trying one of the new natural litters from ökocat which have all the important benefits that mean the most. Superior absorbency, 7 day odor control, biodegradable and very little dust make ökocat litter the right natural choice for you and your cat.
*WE HAVE STOPPED TAKING APPLICATIONS THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO APPLIED*
This is a part-time position for 12 – 18 hours (2 – 3 shifts) per week.
-Professional or volunteer experience working with cats
-Availability to work our morning shift (9:30am-4pm)
-Customer service skills and a passion for our feline friends
Seattle Meowtropolitan, Seattle’s cat cafe is hiring! We are looking for an outgoing, personable, and knowledgeable person with feline handling experience to fill a part time position as a Feline Guardian.
A Feline Guardian at the Seattle Meowtropolitan is responsible for serving customers and felines with respect and kindness. At Seattle Meowtropolitan, your knowledge, patience, loving nature, and enthusiastic passion for working with cats will ensure that we provide a nurturing and fulfilling environment in the cat lounge. Responsibility as a Feline Guardian includes:
- Cat care: taking care of cats’ physical, mental, and emotional needs by following the daily behavior and physical observation protocol. This includes following daily feeding schedules and administering any necessary medications for the cats.
- Lounge care: Maintaining the overall cleanliness and organization of the cat lounge according to protocols and regulations to ensure the wellbeing of the cats and our customers. This includes scooping litter boxes and restocking supplies.
- Customer care: Educating customers on cat care, handling, and behavior, as well as helping customers enjoy the cat lounge experience by providing excellent customer service with patience and friendliness.
YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH CATS – if you have any complications working with felines, this position may not be right for you.
If you are interested, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
*WE HAVE STOPPED TAKING APPLICATIONS THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO APPLIED*
Seattle’s only cat cafe is hiring a barista to work for up to 20 hours per week.
A barista at Seattle Meowtropolitan is responsible for serving customers with not only respect and kindness, but with cat-like attentiveness. He or she will be knowledgeable about the products and services offered at Seattle’s only cat cafe, and assist the manager with assigned duties.
Bonus points if you’re adept at creating cat-themed latte art.
- Educate customers on the drinks and snacks available
- Maintain an organized workspace
- Prepare drinks according to company recipes and procedures
- Understand the different flavors and attributes of available products
- Keep coffee bar, mini-fridge, and immediate workspace adequately stocked and supplied
- Ring sales orders accurately
- Promote the cat lounge experience
- Give customers cat lounge entrance instructions and point out the rules
Quality of Service:
- Greet customers with an upbeat demeanor
- Call out customer orders in a friendly manner
- Record and report all customer complaints to manager
- Respond swiftly to customer requests and concerns to prevent customer dissatisfaction
- Answer the telephone in a courteous manner and provide information to customers
- Maintains efficient, friendly service
- Uphold company values
Cleaning and Restocking:
- Restock shelves with merchandise when necessary
- Clean the floor, windows, and seating areas periodically
- Clean the coffee equipment and snacks display area
- Reports potential safety hazards to the manager on duty
- Reports all employee accidents to the manager on duty
Skills & Physical Demands:
- Running errands when needed
- Working during special events when needed
- Being available to work overtime if needed
- Excellent verbal communication and social skills
- Well-organized and clean
- Standing for many hours per shift
- Ability to actively to perform coffee-making duties with finesse and dexterity
- Regular lifting of heavy things, up to 60lbs
- Handling food and hot beverages
To apply, send a resume to email@example.com
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Cafe Update” title_align=”separator_align_center” color=”grey”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Walk-In Visits Welcome
Seattle Meowtropolitan has been able to accommodate more walk-ins in the past couple of weeks. While an appointment can still be booked to guarantee a visit to the cat lounge, most times of day have had enough free space to allow for walk-ins.
We are glad to be able to serve more happy cat-loving customers and encourage anyone to stop by to check if there is space to visit the cats during cat lounge hours.
The last of our batch of cat and paw shaped marshmallows is selling quick. Come get them before they are gone.
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Three new cats are in the cat lounge. We will have good pictures of them up on our Facebook page and profile pictures on the website once they are less antsy and stay still for good ones.
Two are unnamed black cats – we’ll continue to watch them and come up with suitable names.
One is a Maine Coon named Merlin, who is already looking comfortable in the cat lounge and playing with customers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Adoption Update” title_align=”separator_align_center” color=”grey”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Two adoptions happened on Monday. We were glad to send them off with their caring adopters!
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Cat & Paw Marshmallows
Since these marshmallows from Japan went viral last year, they have been a hot commodity. They are sold out online, but we managed to get a handful of them from the producers. We are selling them, while supplies last, in the cafe for $11.95 per box. Each box comes with six of these adorable cat faces and paws that instantly adds cuteness to your drink.
9 Lives Stamp Card
We have started our stamp card program. Every time you purchase a drink, get a stamp; after the 8th stamp, you get a free drink or a free visit to the cat lounge. Come pick one up at the register.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Cat Lounge Updates” title_align=”separator_align_center” color=”grey”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]We have gotten a couple new cats in the cat lounge, Autumn and Charlie. Even though Autumn is still shy and hiding in the back, Charlie is always out and about meeting people. Check out our Facebook page for pictures and updates on the new cats.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Adoption Updates” title_align=”separator_align_center” color=”grey”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Catsugi found a new home this week. After just a couple weeks in the cat lounge, we could tell that Catsugi would be more comfortable in a quiet environment. Thank you, Dave, for opening up your home to a quiet cat.
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]We’re proud to launch our online store today.
Many of you have been asking how to purchase the shirts you’ve seen, so here it is. We decided to donate a portion of all merchandise sales to the local shelters, rescues, and organizations that love cats. As a special promotion for the first week, everything is 40% off with coupon code MEOWSHOP40.
Here’s the story behind the cat cafe and our motivation for creating the online store:
On our way to opening the cat cafe, we realize we want to be more than just a single coffee shop. We want to create a brand for people who love cats and want to save animals. Every sale contributes to the ultimate mission of adopting out those without a home, and each month we will donate to a different rescue, shelter, or non-profit.
When I was five, my best friend had a snow-white cat named Boy. The first time I tried to pet him, Boy ran under a chair and swatted off my attempts at affection with his claws. I was terrified of my friend’s cat after that, and refused to pet him again.
When I was older, I learned that the cat I was terrified of was probably equally as terrified of me. You see, Boy was a rescue from an abusive family. He swatted at me not because he was an animal filled with hatred, but because he lived the first years of his life without knowing human love.
Boy is no longer alive. But he remains a keystone in the motivation behind the mission to help animals. Seattle Meowtropolitan will show that humans do love cats, and create bonds to those who are in need of compassion.
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