Cats have exploded in popularity ever since Covid forced A LOT of people to work from home, go to school from home, and just stay at home more in general. I’m sure at one point or another all of you budding entrepreneurs and bloggers have wondered how on Earth you can make money from your cat, right? Or maybe you haven’t, who knows, but we’re going to take a look at your options either way so you’re more than welcome to join us!
You Need A Cat To Make Money
This is a very very VERY obvious first step. You need a cat if you’re trying to learn how to make money with a cat. Do you already have a cat? If so then scroll down. If not, then you might want to consider checking out a local animal shelter or getting yourself one of those fancy Craigslist Kittens. If you’re getting a new cat then you’ll want to make sure it is very well taken care of, so check out the New Kitten Checklist and stock up!
Respect Your Cat’s Boundaries
We’re going to start off by saying that you should NEVER force your cat to do something that it does not want to do. Some cats enjoy being internet celebrities while other cats want you to just leave them alone so they can sit in the window and stare at birds all day, and that’s perfectly okay! We aren’t about to advocate for anything that would bother or harm your cat. Cats are very picky and forcing them to get out of their comfort zone is nothing short of animal abuse.
I’ll spare the boring Instagram introduction that most other blogs do seeing as literally everyone who has internet access knows what Instagram is. So many people make a living simply from their cats being Instagram famous and as a result getting brand deals with major companies. The catch here is that your cat needs to have some unique looks to it. Grumpy Cat is obviously the first go-to example here. Venus the two-faced cat is another great example. Hell, I even saw a cat that looked like it had eyebrows on it get super famous. If your cat doesn’t have unique looks then don’t worry and just keep on reading.
YouTube and Tiktok both make great outlets for people to make money off of their cats. The key here is that you need to be creative. Some people teach their cats how to do tricks. Some people have cats that like to dress up. There’s even some famous special needs cats on Tiktok that people just absolutely love. It’s going to be hard and it’s going to suck in the beginning to start with 0 followers. Just start filming and pay attention to the feedback that you get. It doesn’t hurt to do some research to find other famous YouTube and Tiktok cats that you can emulate early on.
Companies all over the world are looking for cats with very specific looks. It might be for a magazine shoot, it might be for product packaging, or it might just be to take some stock photos of. Like with Instagram, your cat needs to have a unique look OR your cat needs to look EXTREMELY generic. Use this guide to pitch your cat to as many brands as you can find. You might have 99 of them turn you down, but that 100th company that gives you a YES will be all it takes!
Just like humans, cats can also get paid to participate in Research Studies. These studies don’t involve them injecting your cat with some experimental drug. The studies often involve simple things such as trying out this new catnip, seeing how a new flea medicine works, or even talking to your cat in a certain tone of voice to see how they react.