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Cat house sitting---how much would you charge?

asked 2017-01-03 08:59:34 -0500

I've never been asked to stay over with a single cat (only pet) before so I don't really know what to charge relative to my normal cost! It's for a few days. The cat has recently lost her sibling so they want someone to stay over with her and keep her company.

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Are you house sitting and staying there? How far away from your home is it?

Jamie L.'s profile imageJamie L. ( 2017-01-03 13:15:12 -0500 )edit

Yes, it would be house sitting and it's within my own town... so probably only 5 or less minutes away

Sarah B.'s profile imageSarah B. ( 2017-01-03 17:11:55 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-01-03 15:29:09 -0500

I would charge your regular rate. Just as you wouldn't charge less for a skinny dog vs a chubby pup or less because a particular dog pottied less, the house sitting rate is based on your time. You are giving up your bed and the comfort of your own home to take care of and comfort their beloved animal friend. If you want to give them a $5/ per night discount then that would be your choice but House Sitting is different from other services we offer in that we can only sit one house at a time, so it prevents you from perhaps taking another Sit for your regular rate. Obviously, the choice is yours but these are things to consider.

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That's good point; my main question was whether I should charge less because there are no walks involved and cats tend to be much lower maintenance (especially this one, who seems shy). But you're right, I'm potentially giving up a weekend for a regular priced stay

Sarah B.'s profile imageSarah B. ( 2017-01-03 17:13:40 -0500 )edit

I thought you might be thinking along those lines which is why I was thinking that you may want to offer a $5/night break. I personally don't know if I would simply because they are asking for the overnight service instead of just 30 minute visits.

Moureene T.'s profile imageMoureene T. ( 2017-01-03 19:49:47 -0500 )edit

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