You love cats. Some might even say you are a crazy cat person, a hoarder of the feline animal. As long as you take care of your pets, this really is not a bad thing at all. If you struggle with caring for all of your cats, here is how you can start a business that allows you to keep your cats and pay for their upkeep.
Starting a Natural Rodent Control Business
Customers may be surprised to hear that your means of rodent control involves the use of cats, but once they see your pets in action, they might think again. Cats are natural predators and carnivores that enjoy a good hunt and a game of chase the mouse. All you would have to do is transport a few of your cats to each customer's location daily and turn them loose on long leashes to catch the mice and other pesky rodents. Cats are quick with a kill and quicker to devour it and/or lay their kills at your feet. You would provide an invaluable service to people with rodent problems, and they would pay you enough to keep your cats in food and litter for some time.
Expanding Your Business to Include Natural Rodent Control Rental
For customers who have an ongoing rodent problem, you could provide them with "natural rodent control" at the rental price. For a few weeks, they could rent a cat to prowl indoors and rid them of their mice, rats, shrews and squirrels. Most rodents, when they smell a cat indoors, will stay away from their entry points into the house. This is why you will never see a mouse in your home. It is because the natural scent of a cat is enough to alert rodents to a predator close by. This would also make a good selling point to renting out a cat for natural rodent control measures.
Handling the Complicated Matter of Cat Allergies
Some of your potential customers may be allergic to cat fur and/or dander. In this case, it would be good to have a few Sphynx cats on hand, because their hairlessness and high energy would make them excellent mousers for your allergic clients. Just be sure to provide them with a carrier and warm bedding if you rent them out for a couple of weeks at a time.
Making Your Rodent Control Business a Success
The language in your contracts should be very specific. Your customers should understand that a one-time call for natural rodent control via cat is a flat rate fee for a set number of hours. If you choose to rent out a cat for extended rodent control, you will have to leave food and care instructions with the customer to follow. It may take a bit for this business venture to take off because it is a unique idea, but once it does, your cats will be well-cared for and have as much as they want to eat when they are not working.
Talk to a professional pest control company like U.S. Pest Control for ideas on how to make your business a success.