Do you charge extra for housesitting when there are multiple dogs/animals?

asked 2016-04-03 21:09:02 -0500

For those of you that do housesitting, do you charge extra for more than 1 pet? I have an additional dog charge for my boarding services, but I've not had a case until now when there's been more than 1 dog for a housesitting request. If you do charge more, how do you determine the extra amount? Thank you!

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answered 2016-04-04 07:38:58 -0500

Hi Cari: I think I charge less for second dog than other sitters in my area, but I do charge more for cat care. I do love cats, but I came to Rover to care for dogs, so that is my focus. For me, as long as I'm already taking care of one dog, an additional dog isn't that much more "work". Knowing most cats, I would think there would be daily searches to find the cat to check on its well being, and then there's the litter-box to contend with. I am thinking of raising my second dog rate by a little though [I currently charge less than half as the other sitters in my area], as I walk dogs separately. Even though I enjoy the walks, I'm still providing extra "work" during the stay. So basically, you should check to see what the other sitters in your area charge and go from there.

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answered 2016-04-05 14:31:53 -0500

I do. I charge only a few dollars per extra animal. Recently I've run into the issue of someone not wanting to pay for a cat fee, but asking me to "throw the cat some food and water, no litterbox." I'm not quite sure how to do that, since I offered to drop the cat fee down to only $2 a day (2 day stay).

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Yes, I've noticed that people think the cat doesn't count. It's happened to me twice. I will even ask them to make up a profile on the cat and in this case they didn't so I had to adjust the dog rate.

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