Cattery Attendant Courses

What does a Cattery Attendant do?

A Cattery Attendant works in a cattery facility looking after domestic cats while their owners are away. Your daily duties will involve feeding and watering cats and making sure any other needs are attended to. This might involve providing medication if needed or grooming them if their owners have requested that service. You’ll play with the cats and make sure they’re getting plenty of exercise. Cattery Attendants also need to maintain cat enclosures so you’ll need to clean the cages, prepare bedding and dispose of any waste. You might also have to check cats in when they arrive or check them out again when their owners return.

Cattery Attendants need to be good with animals and be able to handle cats of all temperaments. You’ll need to be capable of some manual labour and be able to keep up with energetic cats. You’ll need good personal skills when you’re dealing with animal owners and other staff. There’ll also be a few administrative tasks to attend to so you’ll need to operate basic office equipment and systems.


How much does a Cattery Attendant earn?

In Australia, a full time Cattery Attendant generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Cattery Attendant?

There are currently 16,500 animal attendants in Australia and a small percentage of this number are hired as Cattery Attendants. The number of people in this industry is expected to increase over the next five years. Cattery Attendants can be found in all areas of Australia.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal – 2019 Occupation Projections

How do I become a Cattery Attendant?

A Certificate II or III in Animal Studies would be a great way to get started in a career as a Cattery Attendant. These courses provide information on all aspects of animal care including nutrition, health care and grooming. A Certificate III in Companion Animal Services would also be a suitable qualification to work in this area.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service ( funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and