If you’re going out of town, you’ll need someone to look after your cat while you’re gone. A cat sitter helps keep your feline cared for and fed while you’re gone. However, what exactly “counts” as cat sitting varies. Some locations will board your cat for you. Other cat sitters will come to your house a few times and check on your cat, helping keep them healthy and fed.
How much you can expect to pay depends mainly on the services provided. Spending time playing with your cat or boarding your cat at a different location is much different from filling up a food bowl a few times a week. Your area also matters a lot. Urban and high-cost areas often cost more, for instance. In general, cat sitters often cost anywhere from $18 to $75 a day.
Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know about how much cat sitting costs.
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- The Importance of Cat Sitting
- How Much Does Cat Sitting Cost?
- Additional Costs to Anticipate
- What Does a Cat Sitter Do?
- Does Pet Insurance Cover Cat Sitters?
The Importance of Cat Sitting
Anytime you’re gone, we highly recommend getting a cat sitter. Of course, cat sitters can help perform the everyday care your cat needs. They fill up water bowls, provide food, and clean the litter box. All of these are things that your cat needs to prosper. Otherwise, you may come home to a very sick kitty.
However, cat sitters also provide other services. They check on your cat daily, ensuring they aren’t sick or in trouble. Otherwise, if your feline became sick on your vacation, there would be no way for you to know. For this reason, having a cat sitter who lays eyes on your cat daily is vital.
Cat sitters can also provide daily stimulation for your cats. Some cats like this more than others, of course. It isn’t odd for cats to hide for much of a cat-sitting visit. However, other cats like the daily visits of a sitter who can play with and pet them.
Some cats require regular brushing. In this case, we also recommend finding a pet sitter that can perform this function. After all, you don’t want to come back to a tangled cat.
How Much Does Cat Sitting Cost?
There are several factors affecting how much you may pay a cat sitter. The exact type of service, area, and experience level of the sitter all matter. Luckily, cats are usually cheaper, as they don’t require walks or as much extensive care as dogs.
Urban areas almost always cost more than rural areas. In low-income areas, the costs are usually lower. It depends on the area’s cost of living, as this heavily impacts wages.
Cat sitters that only visit your home once a day will cost less than those who need to stay in your home for long periods. Overnight cat sitting is often much more expensive than a single daily visit. If you want someone to stay in your house 24/7, you’ll need to pay much more.
Furthermore, if your cat needs medical care, you can expect it to cost you much more. Some pet sitters may be able to administer medication, for instance. However, the sitters will often charge you more because this is more work.
Here’s a chart explaining some of the most common cost variations:
|Overnight cat sitting||$75|
|Holiday costs||+$5 per day|
Additional Costs to Anticipate
You’ll also need to consider other costs. As we explained above, some cat sitters have extra fees for medication and holiday pet sitting. Be sure to ask about these fees before you hire a cat sitter. However, they are usually pretty upfront about any extra costs you may need to pay.
In many instances, you’ll also have to pay for the cat’s food, medication, and anything else it might need. You may be able to pay for the cat sitter to provide fun treats and other mental stimulation for your feline. Most boarding facilities offer these treats, for instance.
You’ll need to pay for all your cat’s supplies during this time, though these are often provided at home. Therefore, you won’t have to pay these fees directly to the cat sitter.
What Does a Cat Sitter Do?
Cat sitters can do just about anything you need them to. All cat sitters will feed and water your cat and clean up the litter box. These tasks ensure your pet is healthy and taken care of when you return home. However, they can also perform other tasks. For instance, they can play with and provide special treats for your feline. You’ll often pay per minute. Therefore, your costs may increase depending on the number of things you need the sitter to do.
Cat sitters can also provide medication. If your feline is sick, a professional cat sitter with experience providing for medical needs is recommended.
Furthermore, cat sitters can also monitor your home. While they aren’t house sitters, technically, they can perform some basic house tasks. For instance, they can check security systems and help adjust lights. Sometimes, these services may cost extra, depending on the time needed.
Does Pet Insurance Cover Cat Sitters?
Pet insurance usually doesn’t cover cat sitters. However, some insurance companies will pay for cat boarding if you find yourself in the hospital. Still, even these companies don’t pay for the usual pet sitting. Furthermore, pet-sitting coverage is usually an add-on, which increases the cost of your pet insurance.
Therefore, you’ll have to pay any of these costs out of pocket.
Cat sitters often cost anywhere from $18 to $75 a day, depending on the type of service and area you live in. Often, sitters don’t charge much extra for several cats. However, they may charge extra for medically needy cats, bringing treats, or other extra services. These costs can add up if you want them to perform many extra services.
However, that doesn’t mean you should avoid hiring a cat sitter. These cat sitters can provide for your cat’s needs while you’re gone, keep an eye on their health, and provide companionship. Of course, cat sitters can also provide basic house-sitting services, such as bringing in mail and checking the security system.
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