Helen’s ‘purrfect’ second career with a Cat Butler franchise
Helen Mulloy, a former Secondary school language teacher of French and German, has changed her career after 26-years by becoming The Cat Butler for the Wirral, caring for cats in the area whilst the pet owner’s are at work or away on holiday.
Her territory in North West England will see her visiting cats at home across the Wirral region in Birkenhead, Prenton, Wallasey, Hoylake, West Kirby, Greasby, Heswall, Bromborough and Bebington.
Mulloy said: “Leaving teaching after 26 years was always going to be a big wrench but I knew I wanted the chance to have a second career and owning my own business was something that has always appealed to me.”
The Cat Butler says its premium service sees franchisees visiting cats up to three times a day to care for the cat by feeding and providing fresh water, ensuring areas are clean and that they have as much affection as they need.
For added peace of mind, franchisees are fully insured and Pet First Aid qualified, meaning they can administer general medication and injections to cats suffering from diabetes.
Additionally, The Cat Butler’s provide a ‘light touch’ security service to check over the home and can water plants, put out/take in rubbish bins, open/close curtains, all to give a ‘lived-in’ look whilst owners are away.
The Cat Butler service offers an alternative to cats being placed in a cattery, which Mulloy had previously not wished to do for her cats and this had prevented her going on holiday with her husband for years.
Mulloy said: “The Cat Butler is going to offer clients the service I wish I could have found for my cats, giving them complete peace of mind while they are away.”
Discussing the process of buying the franchise, Mulloy said it had been very easy and the training run by the founder, Sandra James, was excellent and really interesting.
Mulloy commented: “It was three days in total consisting of operations training on the first day with lots of modelling of good practice and scenario discussions. The second day we shadowed an existing Cat Butler and met some lovely feline clients. It was good to see the theory of day one put into practice. Finally on the third day I did my cat First Aid Training which I’m delighted to say I passed with no problems.”
Since launching her business Mulloy has had some news coverage in local publications and has taken on her first clients.
She concluded: “I have had a very rewarding career to date as a languages teacher but now I am looking forward to swapping conjugating French and German verbs for giving belly rubs every day. Less ‘merci’ and more miaow!”