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Have you ever had a pet sitter come to your home and care for your pets when out of town?
How did it go? How do you screen potential petsitters?
With our trip in November, I am trying to decide what to do as far as our cats and guinea pig go.
I've never used a pet sitter before, so I am unsure about them. I'm not kenneling all of my cats and my guinea pig, though...
I haven't had one come to my house because we haven't taken a vacation since we lived here, but I pet sit myself. Please feel free to ask any questions you would like. I either go to people's homes or I will board 1-2 dogs (depending on if I have a foster or not) in my home. I actually just got done watching a "Schnoodle" who was 10 pounds for 6 days.
If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask I'm more than happy to answer.
If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask I'm more than happy to answer.[/b]
Well, I guess I am wondering what a petsitter generally charges? I'd only need him or her to come by once a day, to clean litterboxes, make sure the food and water bowls are filled, and that everyone is doing okay. If you were to take on a job like that (for five days, BTW) what would you charge?
What people charge, like most things, depends on your area. Around here (and my charge) is $15 per visit regardless of how many times a day or how long you are gone (and my friend in southern California pays the same with the pet sitter he uses). So for once a day it'd be $15 per day that includes taking care of up to 3 animals, if you have cats cleaning litter box, collecting mail, newspapers, putting out your trashcan if trash day falls on a day you're gone, a security check of the home to make sure everything is on the up and up, rotating turning on and off lights so it looks like someone is home, watering any kind of house plants or plantst that are no on drippers, and then I'm pretty flexible if there is something my client wants done (within reason) that I didn't mention I typically do it at no extra charge. My visits are for 30-40 minutes to do my stuff there plus play with them, love on them, etc.
Now if a dog comes to MY home I charge $25 per day, and $2 per day extra if I feed them my food. That obviously includes 24/7 care, treats, playtime, toys, a bath before they go home, etc.