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  • Paying cat sitters

    How much do you either charge or pay for cat sitting? I have two cats and I will be having someone take care of them while I am gone for a 3 day weekend (Fri PM-Sun AM). All I need is for them to be fed twice a day, watered, scoop litter box, bring in mail. I have a co-worker who also does dog sitting/walking on her free time, and she volunteered to care for my cats. She keeps avoiding when I ask her about money, but I want to pay her since she is a busy person and it is time out of her day. She lives about 5 minutes from me and I told her to work it around her current work schedule. Just wondering what I can leave her that would be more than fair. I've never had a sitter before so no idea about paying.

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    I pay $15 per day to my pet sitter. She stops in once a day per my request. She will clean the cat litter and play with the cat if I want. I can't remember if she said she would stop in twice for that price or not. My cat is not friendly and has an automatic feeder and litter box. I have the sitter stop by to make sure she has water. Hopes this helps.


    • #3
      Call a local Vet Office, Kennel, see what they get for a day rate to board two animals. This will give you a base price. I would think a sitter should be about equal to a board place. The board place has all facilities at hand, while the sitter is using your stuff, the sitter still has to come over, maybe use fuel which is now higher priced. Sitter gives cats the advantage of staying home, less stress on them. So cost should be pretty close for the sitter as the boarding place.

      If she does a good job, a good size tip is certainly in order.

      Get her firm agreement on the sitting, pull her charges out to know what you are getting into. NO SURPRISES if she is very expensive!!

      If she won't commit to cost, then check out another sitter service or plan to use a boarding service. She may do pet sitting, but could be fully committed and doesn't want to say so. You REALLY want to have everything in place a couple weeks before your departure. If you have to board, I would take a familiar blanket or small bed, WASHABLE, for the cats to use at the boarding place. Maybe get a bigger cage to keep them together, if cats get along well. Most cats do fine boarding, but some "home smells" on their bed always help.

      Hope everything goes smoothly for your time away.


      • #4
        When I used one (I now have a farmsitter stay in the house to care for all the animals) she charged $10/visit. So $20/day for two visits.
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        • #5
          Good for you for keeping the kitties at home. Pay her what a cat hotel pays in your area, plus tip.


          • #6
            I just went away for the weekend and had some one stay at the house with my two feline monsters for two nights, I left her a $100 .. she took awesome care of them. If she didn't stay the night I'd probably cut it half.


            • #7
              I think I'd probably give closer to $50.00 a day.

              Think about it - spending an hour at the house, pretend 15.00 an hour (only decent thing to do, I'd rather give 20.00) twice, that's 30.00 plus the four trips in the car, if she's close by you're giving her an additional $20.00 for gas and driving time and the trouble of cutting off whatever else is going on in her day to go there - two times each day.

              I'd definitely give her $150.00 for three days; if anything at all out of the ordinary happened, I'd give her 200.00.

              Giving $10.00 to an adult to come in and feed your cats twice a day - well, I'd smile and say not interested (not even give a reason, just no thanks), then I'd shake my head at the el cheapskate-o. I would be tempted to recommend a student who might do it for them if they only had to walk next door, but even a 6th grader I would pay $10.00 an hour and give them $10.00 each time they came to do it - meaning $20.00 a day, three days, $60.00. If their mother drove them more. and when I got home to find that they did a good job, I would give the child another $20.00.
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              • #8
                I charge $40/day for two cats if im staying at their house over night. That includes feeding, water and litterbox.

                I once housesat for a woman with 8 indoor cats and 2 outdoors. A few had special feedings and meds. I also had to give one cat subcutaneous fluids every other day. I dont remember what I charged her (I think around 100/day) but it was NOT enough.

                For 2 cats...feeding/water/litterbox/mail, I would say between 30 and 50 a day. (Also depends if theyre staying at your house...)
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                • #9
                  The company I work for charges $17 for a cat care visit- scoop poop, feed, water and at minimum get a kitty head count (if cats are not friendly). I also clean up any accidents. I get the mail, put out trash and switch lights around.

                  If one of your cats is say, locked in a room or closet, I stay until the cat is located. If your cat has a diarhea on the carpet, I clean it with a steam cleaner.

                  Basically, you get what you pay for.

                  Most cat people just do 1 visit per day, vs two.

                  To be honest, what you are paying for is the person driving there and back and taking the time out of their day. Like I am cat sitting all weekend- it's no big deal to care for a few cats- but I have to get up, drive over and do the job. That's why I want to be paid to make it worthwhile.


                  • #10
                    I have one cat sitting gig where I make $75 a day. The catch is that I have to groom all 3 of the Persian cats daily.

                    Trust me when I say I EARN that money!


                    • #11
                      I'll be the Voice of Dissent here.
                      Why pay anyone for just 3 days?
                      I have left my (2) housecats on their own for as long as a week.

                      I put out a HUGE dish of dry food and use a circulating waterer that holds a gallon plus another large (3qt) bowl of water just in case.

                      I also get a disposable litterbox in addition to their regular one.
                      Of course these are nasty when I get back, but at least they've been used instead of somewhere less desirable.

                      A neighbor can pick up your mail.

                      I pay my farmsitter $15 per visit (she comes twice a day) to feed/water horses, feed/water chickens & collect eggs (for her to keep), and feed/water barncat.
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                      • #12
                        We just leave. Plenty of food, plenty of water, toilet lids open (she prefers this water source), two clean litterboxes. We do this for a week when necessary, 2-3 days routinely. Kitty's happy to see us when we get home but is otherwise fine. Stop the mail at the post office.
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                        • #13
                          I'd go with the leave them alone for 2-3 days theory. If not, we pay about $25/day to have someone stay at our house to take care of the dogs. The horse sitter gets a little more.


                          • Original Poster

                            Thanks for the replies! The girl is a co-worker/friend and refused to be paid, but I will leave her a tip. She lives a couple blocks from me and, conveniently, I am on her way to/from work. But I want to pay her anyway since I really appreciate her doing this. I was thinking of leaving her $50, she'll be stopping by 3 times over two days (I decided they can wait for me to get home Sunday since we'll be home by 11-noon). Does that seem cheap or fair?

                            I would NOT be comfortable leaving food out for them to tend to. I know many do that, but originally when my cats were barn cats, they were fed twice a day and I did not leave food out for rodents or dogs to get into, and now that they are lazy, fat house cats, I KNOW they would eat and eat and eat and be done with kibble mid-night, so I won't do that. Besides, there is that sense of comfort knowing someone can check on them and the house.


                            • #15
                              Oh yes, leaving animals alone for more than 24 hours is perfectly legal and safe. No one on this forum would have any knowledge (or opinion) of anyone prosecuted for doing the same.


                              • #16
                                I don't' think that's cheap, does she have animals? maybe offer to return the favor some weekend.


                                • #17
                                  I gave my sitter last time (for Friday night-Sunday morning) $50, so about $25/full day for my three indoor-only cats (she feeds them and makes sure they have water) and two dogs. Plus she will usually stay at the house she's sitting at night (unless, obviously, she's doing multiple houses.) She thought that was a little high, actually, but I thought it was quite reasonable.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by chaltagor View Post
                                    Oh yes, leaving animals alone for more than 24 hours is perfectly legal and safe. No one on this forum would have any knowledge (or opinion) of anyone prosecuted for doing the same.

                                    There is a BIG difference between 3 days and 3 weeks.

                                    As well as between cats and horses.

                                    I've left my cats for the weekend, lots of food, water and clean LBs. Woludnt do the same with my horses even tho they live out 24/7.

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                                    • #19
                                      I was paid $40 for a weekend to clean litterboxes and check food/water for two exotic short hairs and sleep over at night for the neurotic Chow.

                                      I didn't think it was bad, but I literally lived across the street, plus she bought me my favorite foods to entice me to stay and decided to DVR any horse related show she could find.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by chaltagor View Post
                                        Oh yes, leaving animals alone for more than 24 hours is perfectly legal and safe. No one on this forum would have any knowledge (or opinion) of anyone prosecuted for doing the same.

                                        Was that a P.P. reference?
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