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Cattery Attendant

A Cattery Attendant will make sure all the cats within care are happy and healthy, providing them with food, water, love and attention throughout their stay. They will also be required to maintain the cattery, making sure all areas are kept clean and disinfected.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 12,000 people are currently employed as Cattery Attendants in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 12,300 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

24.9% of all Cattery Attendants are employed in QLD. The area with the lowest number of Cattery Attendants is NT, with only 0.5%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 31.2% of Cattery Attendants being male and 68.8% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Cattery Attendants is 25-34 years old, with 31.6%. A small percentage (5.5%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Cattery Attendants, with 12.9% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Cattery Attendants work an average of 43.7 hours a week which is 2.8 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Cattery Attendants have a Year 12 qualification (27.8%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (25.3%). 50.6% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 49.4% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Cattery Attendant Duties & Tasks

  • Prepare food and water for the cats, as instructed by the Cattery Manager
  • Clean out cages, making sure areas are disinfected and high standards of hygiene are kept at all times
  • Spend time with the cats, making sure they have human interaction, grooming and exercise
  • Assist with Vets and Veterinary Nurses in the case of examination or treatment
  • Assist in keeping all animal records up-to-date



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.