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Question DetailsAsked on 8/7/2013

How much does an hour of pet sitting cost?

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There are a lot of variables before your question can be answered. What part of the country do you live in? How many pets do you have and do they have any special needs that require specialized care?

Generally speaking, expect to pay more for a professional pet sitter who is insured, bonded and determined to offer a top-notch service over the long term for you, compared to a "hobby" sitter. The old caveat is often true - you get what you pay for.

Look for a pet sitter who has experience with your type of pets, has insurance coverage and good references. Other things to consider are: do they have pet first aid training, a backup plan in place in case they have an emergency of their own that they need to attend to, what process do they have in place to ensure that scheduled visits aren't missed?

Also ask about staffing for the service. Is it an "owner/operator" service or do they have staff? Professional pet sitting as a business tends to have a lot of turnover because of burnout. It's often a seven day a week, morning, afternoon and night schedule. Having a backup plan in place for emergencies or planned vacations is critical for solo caregivers. With staff, ask if they're employees or independent contractors. The level of supervision and training vary greatly between these two classifications.

Most importantly, find a pet sitter who connects well with you and your pet. Hopefully, it will be a long term business relationship for you as you seek to add this caregiver to your pet care support team. If you cover all the bases listed above, I think you'll find that hiring a true professional will be well worth it and money well spent for your furkids.

Answered 6 years ago by ThePetCompany




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