Pet-sitting services are available for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rabbits, fish and other household animals. Services generally occur at the client’s home, and pet sitters either provide ongoing pet care for busy pet owners or as a one-time or short-term service as needed. Services may involve a series of visits to care for an animal in the home, either once a day or multiple times per day, or pet sitters may stay overnight at the client’s home while they’re away. Several factors affect the cost of pet-sitting.
Pet sitters visit their clients’ homes either once per day or multiple times per day to provide exercise, offer fresh food and water, change litter boxes, clean out cages, administer medications and provide companionship. Visits vary in length, with longer visits costing more. AngelsCare Pet Sitting in Frisco, Texas, charges $17 for a 30-minute visit. Coco & Boo Pet Concierge Plus in Oceanside, California, charges $25 for a 30-minute visit, $28 for 45 minutes and $32 for a 60 minutes.
Some pet sitters offer overnight services for pet owners on vacation or those who are otherwise away and don’t want their pet to be alone. Costs are higher than for a drop-in visit because the client has exclusive use of the pet sitter’s time. Some pet sitters include housesitting services such as bringing in the mail, safety checking the home and taking garbage to the curb. AngelsCare Pet Sitting charges $50 per night for overnight services. Coco & Boo Pet Concierge Plus charges $85 for a 10-hour overnight stay and $100 for a 12-hour overnight stay.
Some animals, such as puppies, kittens, sick or elderly animals, or pets recovering from surgery, may require more attention and care. Some pet sitters offer around the clock pet-sitting, and costs are generally higher because this service requires the full attention of the pet sitter.Coco & Boo Pet Concierge Plus charges $200 for 24-hour pet care.
Many pet sitters base their rates on caring for just one or two animals and typically charge more for more animals. The added cost covers the extra time and effort required to care for the additional animals. AngelsCare Pet Sitting charges $5 for each additional animal for drop-in visits as well as for overnight services.
Pet sitters in large cities and regions with a higher cost of living typically have higher rates for services than those living in rural areas or small towns. In addition, sitters required to travel in areas with high volumes of traffic and congestion may charge higher rates to cover the additional time and transportation expenses involved in getting to and from clients’ homes.
Many pet sitters charge an additional fee for services provided on holidays.