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How much should you pay for a pet sitter?

Pet sitting provides your precious pet with in-home care. A pet-sitter can make a brief visit during the day to provide snacks, playtime or affection, or stay at your house for one or more nights to tend to your pet. Prices for pet-sitting will vary based on length of the visit. Nationally, pet sitting prices range from $20 to $30, although prices run higher for your sitter to stay the night. Prices will also be affected by where you live in the country. Here are some examples of average pet-sitting prices based on length of time and region:

  • 30-minute visit: $17 in a small Texas town.
  • 30-minute visit: $25 in Southern California.
    • 45-minute visit: $28.
    • 60-minute visit: $32.
  • Overnight stay (10 hours): $50 in Texas.
  • Overnight stay (10 hours): $85 in Southern California.
    • 12 hours: $100.
    • 24 hours: $200. This is a good option for a sick, elderly or brand-new pet that needs constant supervision.

How much does it cost to hire a house sitter?

House-sitting can be a lifesaver when you’re leaving town for any length of time. Whether you work remotely, you’re taking a much-needed vacation, or you just want to road-trip for a few days, it’s wise to have a pro keep an eye on your house and pets while you’re gone. Your home is more likely to stay safe and you won’t have to wrangle the kitty into a kennel to travel with you. The national average pet-sitting price ranges between $20 and $30. Pet-sitting and house-sitting costs will vary based on where you live in the country and regional labor rates. Another factor in cost is how long you want the house-sitter to stay. Some people prefer to have the house-sitter stay the night at their house, perhaps to care for an elderly pet or simply to keep a watchful eye on the home at all times. Overnight stays will cost more, ranging anywhere from $50 to $100, depending on services provided. For day visits, house-sitting and pet-sitting prices will increase incrementally the longer the visit and the more service you want performed. For example, a quick 10-minute visit to feed and walk the pet and bring in the mail could be $12.50, a 25-minute visit could be $18, a 40-minute visit $25, and a 50-minute visit $32. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Reviews for Arlington pet sitters
Alyssa R.
Stef has taken care of my cat many times now and I am so grateful to have found her. Prior to Stef, I always asked friends to pet sit because I was really hesitant to try a pet service (we are a tad protective about our little boy). Stef came and did a meet and greet with us which went well so we decided to try it. We are so glad we did. Stef is reliable, responsive, flexible, and a huge animal lover. Stef texts with updates when she is pet sitting, which i really appreciate, and she even brought my little guy a Christmas present when she watched him over the holiday. I recently had a death in the family and needed to travel unexpectedly. With very little notice Stef was able to accommodate my situation and made sure our guy was taken care of while I was away. Can’t say enough good things honestly. I highly recommend her.
Stef's Pet ServicesStef's Pet Services
Thumbtack Customer
Ginger was terrific--really, really, really terrific. We had a very last-minute need for a sitter for 6 days, and while NONE of the larger pet-sitting companies ever came through at all (and, in the past, two bigger companies did a really bad job after we were able to secure their services), GINGER was exceptionally caring and amazing with both Willow and Finnegan. In fact, when she came by to get the key, she proactively asked to spend a little extra time with Finnegan Cat, because he's not as easy to get to know as Willow, a curious/friendly/active dog. I appreciated that **immensely**, and it inspired great confidence. (Personally, I was mortified that we'd had to leave our home terribly, terribly messy before leaving--we didn't know for certain whether we were going anywhere until the night before, and then we had to throw everything together for the trip--but Ginger didn't seem to care at all; she was very nice, accepting, and professionally focused on care for Willow and Finnegan.) While we were away, she updated via text message regularly, which provided extra reassurance. I have to say that this professional goes well, well beyond what others have in the past. She actually TRAINED (TRAINED!) Willow to walk on her leash without pulling or barking at other dogs! (My husband hasn't been able to do this for 6 years of Willow-companionship, and I'm afraid he'll be worried about Willow's feelings if I'm "calm but assertive" with Willow!) Ginger convinced him that Willow feels better and less anxious with some (compassionate) leadership. When she just came by to give us the key, Ginger was energetic, caring, and intelligent, particularly about animals. She gave us a thorough report about both Finnegan and Willow. As she even watered our plants and did so much before she had to move onto her other clients, she sometimes enlisted the help of an evidently very sweet family member to play with Finnegan Cat while she did other parts of her routine here (but she still attended, herself, to Finnegan Cat, too). We will MOST DEFINITELY be hiring her many times again, and possibly (if my family and I can't re-work our morning-schedule) we may hire her for regular morning dog-walking: she's so trustworthy, that if we do decide to do that, I've no problem if she simply lets herself in with her own key while we're home and needing to do other things. Ginger is implicitly trust-worthy, generally awesome, and (somehow) the best value we've ever found for Willow-and-Finnegan care. I'm very appreciative! --Penny A.
Loving Pet Care ServicesLoving Pet Care Services
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