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Pet Sitting Rates – What You Should Expect to Pay and Why It’s Worth It

December 21, 2011

Pet sitting rates can seem a bit confusing at first due to the fact that the pet sitters want to accommodate you in as many ways as they can. The more options they make available, the better their service is for you and your pet. This, and many other factors I’ll cover, are just a few good reasons why a professional pet sitter is worth it. The examples shown here are for the New Port Richey area of Florida so the rates may be different where you live.

So what should you expect to pay for a professional pet sitter?

Basic Pet Sitting Rates

Basic daily rates seem to be around $20 for a 30 minute visit. Some sitters suggest multiple daily visits for dogs and single visits for cats. They also give options for longer or shorter visits with the prices adjusted accordingly. These visits would include a potty break and a fresh water bowl, at the bare minimum. Longer visits include a nice walk and play time in the yard.

Additional Pet Rates

Some professional pet sitters will charge you additional fees for additional pets you own. This is where it can get tricky. If you have multiple pets, it may be cheaper to go with a professional pet sitter who charges by the hour instead. You shouldn’t be nickel and dimed just because you have a big furry family. An extra fee of around $5 or so is the general rate for additional pets.

Overnight Stay Rates

The typical shift for an overnight stay is from 8pm-8am and costs around $75 per night. It is up to the professional pet sitter to offer this convenient service. Pet sitters are willing to work with you to make sure your pet is taken care of while you’re on vacation, even if their time is limited and they can’t stay overnight.

Pet Taxi Rates

This is a VERY convenient service for times when your pet needs to be somewhere and you can’t take them. Simply schedule the appointment for a time when your pet sitter is available or during one of their regular visits. Pricing for this starts at around $25 per hour with an hour minimum, depending on the sitter. Typically, the mileage rates are free for the first 10 miles (round trip) with additional charges for access mileage. When you consider the time and money you will miss from work to take your pet yourself, you will quickly see the value of this convenient service. This alone can prove to you that a professional pet sitter is worth it.

Again, this is a simple breakdown of the pet sitting rates in the Pasco County area of Florida. It should at least give you a rough idea of what to expect to pay in your area, so you can find the best deal. Even though a professional pet sitter is worth it, you don’t want to get ripped off because you haven’t done the research. Be smart, compare prices, and you will be sure to find the best professional pet sitter for you and your pet.

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