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Charging for cat sitting

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Would just like to know your thoughts on this.....
If someone asked you to catsit - would you charge them for it? If so, how much?
post #2 of 15
Depends - If it was a mate, I probably would just ask them to pay for the expenses of the cat - But if it is going to be for a long time (a week or more) then I might ask for $50 bucks (Australian money that is!).

But I wouldn't mind looking after a friends cat!!!
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by jane_vernon
Depends - If it was a mate, I probably would just ask them to pay for the expenses of the cat - But if it is going to be for a long time (a week or more) then I might ask for $50 bucks (Australian money that is!).

But I wouldn't mind looking after a friends cat!!!
What if you wanted someone to stay in your house and look after the cat? Would you pay them?
post #4 of 15
Again, it depends who it is, how long, how much trouble it is etc... If its a short period for a good pal then I wouldnt ask for anything, just tell them to make sure I have good supplies of whatever stuff kitty needs. On the other hand don't let people use you either. For someone I hardly know - I would expect some kind of payment.
post #5 of 15
I also think it would depend on who the person was. If it was a good friend or a family member and someone I could trust to return the favor and take care of my cats sometime in the future, then no. If not, I wouldn't have a problem with charging them...especially if they want me to take care of their house as well.
post #6 of 15
Yeah, if I was asking them to come to my house, I would most likely fill up the cupboard and fridge and tell them the house was theres for the period of time - But this is if it was a good friend to whom I know I could repay the favour.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
ok, thanks for your thoughts....
post #8 of 15
I occassionally pet sit in my apartment complex (no one that I'm previously friends with) and I pretty much charge a flat rate of $10/day and I'll come over to their place as many times as they want me to for that price (and will care for any type of animal since I have experience with them all) and it's usually just for a weekend that they need to be sat - if someone needed me to do it long-term, I'd probably reduce the rate some.... I've sat for close friends and family before and they usually offer to pay me something before I even bring it up.... guess it all depends - if it's a really good friend of yours, your rate may be cheaper... my mom was telling a few of her friends about me petsitting and they thought I should charge more than 10/day! I'm in college and don't have a regular job, so I just see it as a little extra spending money to spend on the critters or the bars! tee hee
post #9 of 15
It all depends on circumstances and on what the market will bear.

I normally charge my cat-sitting clients $20/day. However, if the situation is complex (like if the cat is diabetic, which requires me to adhere to a strict schedule), then $30-$40/day is more like it. But that's the going rate in this particular city. It varies greatly from place to place.
post #10 of 15
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I think 10$/day is reasonable. There are professional pet sitters here in Vancouver that charge 18$/30 min visit and $7.50 more per day on STAT holidays.
post #11 of 15
i only charged a friend of mine $5 per visit. the area i was living at the time the most prof sitters charged was $10.

the petsitter i hire here, charges around $11 or $12 per visit (can't remember the exact number). she is also licensed/insured/bonded, can medicate if needed, and certified in pet first aid.
post #12 of 15
I have a friend who pays someone $200/week to watch her dog. But she requires them to stay at her house. I mean, they can go to work or whatever, but they sleep there so he isn't left alone for too long.
post #13 of 15
My sitter charged 25 bucks/day. She is a vet tech, fed, picked up mail, gave meds, cleaned out snot from kitties nose, and fed fish and kitties, and cleaned litter box. She came twice a day and drove about 5 miles out of her way from her job.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I have a friend who pays someone $200/week to watch her dog. But she requires them to stay at her house. I mean, they can go to work or whatever, but they sleep there so he isn't left alone for too long.
Wow that is alot. I take my dog to doggie daycare. They charge 18 dollars a day. As far as cat sitting, I think it all depends on how far you have to travel. If it is near by I would say 10 dollars a day is a good price.
post #15 of 15
I usually ask for 10 a day .. often get 20 ...lol..
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