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How Much Are Cat Sitting Rates in 2024? (Hourly and Daily Averages)

Oliver Jones

By Oliver Jones

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Are you needing to hire a cat sitter and are wondering how much it costs? The cost of cat sitting can vary depending on the services provided, the location of the pet sitter, and other factors. As an example, a daily rate for cat sitting right now may range from $20 to $75 per visit or up to $150 for overnight stays. Rates also vary by area, so it is important to get quotes before hiring a cat sitter.

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The Importance of Cat Sitting

Hiring a cat sitter can be beneficial for pet owners who are away from home frequently or for extended periods of time. A cat sitter will provide companionship, basic grooming and exercise to keep cats healthy and entertained while their owner is away. Additionally, having someone available to look after the pets can help alleviate anxiety in cats that develop separation anxiety when their owners leave them alone.

How Much Does Cat Sitting Cost?

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The hourly rate for cat sitting this year typically ranges from $15–$30 per hour depending on the location of the pet sitter and the services they offer. Services may include feeding, playing, providing medication if necessary, litter box maintenance and/or light cleaning around the house. Prices may vary depending on additional services requested. This amount can also vary depending on the pet sitter’s experience, qualifications, and availability. Some pet sitters may charge more if they are providing additional services such as administering medications or keeping your cat overnight or for multiple days.

The average daily rate for cat sitting services is $50–$75 per day. Again, this rate may vary based on the services needed, such as administering medication or providing additional care for elderly cats. Professional pet sitters may also charge more for overnight stays and weekend coverage.

Finding Free Pet Sitters

It is possible to find free pet sitting services. Pet owners can search for volunteer organizations or shelters that offer free pet sitting services. These organizations usually require an application and a background check before they will accept volunteers. You can also reach out to family and friends who may be willing to sit in with your cat for a few hours or even a few days if you have to go out of town.

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Boarding Your Cat

If you are looking for a more extended stay, many boarding facilities offer cat sitting services. Rates for these services vary by location and the size of the facility. Generally, rates range from $20–$50 per night. Also, many boarding places may offer discounts per cat for boarding multiple cats.

Using a Pet Daycare

If you are looking for a more social experience, pet daycare centers may be the best option. The cost of pet daycare can range from $15–$40 per hour depending on the facility and services provided.

Type of Service Average Cost
Standard Pet Sitting $15 – $30 per hour/$50 – $75+ per day
Boarding $20 – $50 per night
Pet Daycare $15 – $40 per hour

Additional Costs to Anticipate

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When hiring a pet sitter, note that you will usually need to provide the supplies needed for the sitter, especially if your cat is staying with someone at a facility instead of the sitter coming to you. These costs can range from $10-$50 depending on the services and supplies required. The pet sitter may also need to purchase food, litter, and toys for your cat if you do not already have them available at home, in which case they may ask for reimbursement from you.

List of Cat Sitter Care Supplies Cost
Food and Water Bowls $10 – $20
Litter Box $15 – $30
Litter $5 – $10
Toys $2 – $30
Treats $3 – $10
Grooming Supplies $2 – $20
Medications/First Aid $15 – $30
Pet Carrier/Travel Crate $20 – $60
Other additional costs to consider include:
  • Gas or transportation fees if the pet sitter travels to your home
  • Pet sitting insurance in case of emergency
  • Cancellation fees
  • Tax for services provided (if required)

Optional Costs

Some people who hire cat sitters choose to provide them with monetary gifts or rewards. This is entirely up to the pet owner, but it is a nice gesture that can help build a positive relationship with your pet sitter. Tipping is also not expected but can be a nice way to show your appreciation for their services. Pet owners may also choose to provide drinks and snacks for their pet sitter; however it is not a requirement.

Budgeting for Potential Problems

When budgeting for pet sitting fees, it is important to factor in potential problems that may arise. For instance, you may need to cover additional costs if your pet sitter needs to stay longer than originally planned or purchase more supplies than expected. It is also a good idea to set aside money for any unexpected medical bills that may arise during the pet sitting period.

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Does Pet Insurance Cover Cat Sitting?

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If you are considering pet-sitting services for your furry family member, it is a good idea to look into pet insurance. Pet insurance may not cover pet sitting, but it can help cover the costs of medical bills associated with illnesses or injuries while in the care of a professional pet sitter. It is important to research and purchase the right type of coverage before leaving your cat with a pet sitter. Some of the top pet insurance companies include:

Also note that some pet insurance companies may pay for boarding services in the event that you’re hospitalized or have to be deployed. However, this can vary based on the company and policy that you choose.

How to Find a Reliable Cat Sitter

You should ask friends and family for recommendations or search online for professional pet sitters in your area. When interviewing potential candidates, make sure to ask about their experience with cats as well as any training they have received. You should ensure that the pet sitter has completed background checks and references before entrusting them with your pet’s care.

Look for someone who is reliable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable about caring for cats. Additionally, make sure they have experience with your specific breed of cat or cats in general. Finally, be sure to ask if they are bonded and insured so that you are financially protected in the event of an emergency.

Professional pet sitters will usually have some kind of contract between you and the sitter for the two of you to work out the details regarding your pet’s care. Generally, a pet-sitting contract should include the rate, payment schedule, cancellation policy, hours of service and any additional services that you require. Additionally, it is important to detail responsibilities such as feeding times, medication times, walking/exercise routines and any housekeeping duties. Finally, make sure to document any special instances regarding your pet’s care.

What Should I Do If I’m Not Satisfied with My Pet Sitter’s Services?

It is important to communicate any concerns you may have with your pet sitter directly. If this does not resolve the issue, then it may be best to look for a new pet sitter who can provide the care and attention that your cat requires. Additionally, make sure to document any issues or complaints in writing so that you can refer back to them if necessary.

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Hiring a cat sitter can be expensive but can also be budgeted for with careful research and planning. The cost of cat sitting services will vary depending on the services provided, location and other factors. It is important to factor in additional costs such as gas fees, pet insurance, taxes and supplies when budgeting for pet sitting. Additionally, you should consider additional services such as vacation pet sitting or emergency treatments for illness when planning your budget. With the right research and planning, it is possible to find an affordable cat sitter this year.

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