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Old 05-24-2010, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How much would you pay for a cat-sitter?

Someone has asked me to pet sit for them from the 2-25. Not saty the night, just feed the cat, play, make sure s/he doesn't get lonely or go hungry. How much should I charge? What would you pay?
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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2-25? So 23 days? $5 a day... $115? Dunno, how far will you have to drive? Is it a cool cat?

I need more info before I can formulate a proper smartass remark.
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine charges $10 to 15 per day, for a visit, play, scooping the litter, feeding, water, etc.
For extended time frames, she'll drop it to $8 - 12/day.
If it's twice per day, it goes up $5 -10 depending on drive time.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How far away is this? If its a next door neighbor or if its on the other side of town should be considered.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am not a cat person, but the way she (my wife) sold me on the cat was that a cat can self feed, use a liter box, etc., hence no need for a sitter or boarding of any kind. With that if she (my wife) came to me and said we needed to pay a cat sitter, I would...never mind....probably say yes dear, and make sure we had enough money in the checking account.

But, I think the point is that given the low amount of work required, and if you were a friend, I would do it for you with no questions asked and not expect anything even given that I don't like cats. If a friend did this for me (my wife) I would get them a special gift, consistent with how much I loved the cat, or in my case my wife.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I pay my catsitter in baked goods and homemade applesauce, so I couldn't say.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think we paid $30 per day, but that included a full hour of interaction/play time each day in addition to the feeding and litterbox duties. That was also for two cats. This is also Canada. This is also Toronto.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a few different people I ask to do it. There is no commercial arrangement. They are doing me a favour and I usually give them something (be it a case of beer/flowers/voucher for a shop etc.), but I also realise that favour go both ways - if they want *me* to do something for them, then the same 'rules' apply.

We have had younger people from my wife's church 'house-sit' for us. This is usually giving them somewhere away from their parents house, so it is a win-win. In this case we would also give an appropriate gift.

Everyone we ask either lives walking distance to our house OR drives by every day anyway.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I pay my catsitter in baked goods and homemade applesauce, so I couldn't say.
ours comes over for HBO and other movies on a large TV screen.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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When I pet-sat it was usually for multi-animal families. $10/day was pretty standard, but I had one family that insisted on paying me $40/day. It was very nice of them, but highly unexpected.

I pay the kennel $5/day for my rabbit. I think that they charge $25/day for dogs and $7/day for cats. The dogs are more because they get their own individual bedrooms.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd probably pay them $10 for a simple checkup, cleanup of any messes, making sure they have food and water, cleaning out litter box, and 15-30 minutes of play. If it's more than a 10 minute drive to get there one way, I'd pay $15 per checkup.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My two cats both require medication, so I pay a vet tech about $25 per visit if I'm gone more than 2 nights and mom can't do it... mom's free.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:50 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think we paid $30 per day, but that included a full hour of interaction/play time each day in addition to the feeding and litterbox duties. That was also for two cats. This is also Canada. This is also Toronto.
I have 3 cats.

It's $24.00 a day, so in the same ball park as you. I don't know if they get an hour of attention, but they are fed and cleaned up afterwards and I'm happy with the service.

And I agree, it's Toronto and everything costs more money here.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:28 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm a part-time professional pet sitter. We're licensed and bonded. My company charges $20 for a minimum half-hour stay (I get $14 of that), which includes feeding, watering, scooping and play. Meds if needed. We also collect mail/newspapers, water plants, turn lights on/off, open/close blinds, clean up barfs/hairballs, put out/bring in garbage cans, and whatever else is requested (within reason). More than five cats or three dogs costs a bit more. Driving more than 20 miles one way costs a bit more (it's very rural out here). Overnights are $65 (11-hour minimum).
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:31 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Oh, that's right. I should also note that my sitter also watered the plants (daily watering of outdoor container plants) and fed/watered two birdcages. Again, all for $30 a day.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:21 PM   #16 (permalink)
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If a friend asked me to come over and check on his pet for a day, the would work out to roughly a beer. When I say beer, I mean a good beer in a good-beer-bar. If you want to translate that into dollars I'd say about $6-$8. Then add in expenses, if you gotta drive more than 10 miles round trip that figures in too.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:28 PM   #17 (permalink)
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My friend watched my cat when I went away last time. She didn't ask for money. I left her a bottle of wine, and she was able to relax in my house without her father being upstairs. I bought her some souvenirs too. I told her I'd pay back the favor if she needed me to watch her puppy.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:39 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Hmmm...I've never paid for a cat sitter before, of course when I was a youngin our cats just kind of wandered in and out, stayed in the barn...heck I don't even remember buying cat food. Mice tartare, yum!

I don't know, I suppose I'd take into account my expenses (gas, would I have to buy cat food?) tack on a bit more to make it worth your time and go with that, $5-10 per visit seems reasonable to me. Honestly though if its a friend and its not to much of imposition I'd just offer to do it for free.
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