How Much Do I Pay a Pet Sitter?

By Melodie Anne

Daily pet-sitting rates vary from $10 to $80 or more, depending on the number of animals and whether or not you require an overnight stay, according to a MSN Money report. Sitters who are CPR certified or have specialized certifications might run a bit higher. That doesn't include a tip for exceptional service.

Daily Visits

A pet sitter can visit once a day, or several times a day if needed. These visits include playtime, feeding and walking -- if requested. A single 30-minute visit for one animal starts as low as $10. However, if you prefer an hour-long visit or have several animals who require attention, expect to pay $25 to $35 for each visit. To find the right sitter, ask your vet, the local pet store or look for one who is certified with one of the various certification groups.

Overnight Stays

If you’re planning to be away for a while, consider having your sitter stay in your home. Not only will your pets get taken care of, so will your house. These stays run $40 to $80 a night, although you might be able to negotiate a deal for an extended stay. Include 10 to 20 percent more as gratuity. Over time, your sitter may become part of your family. Tip extra during the holidays or for her birthday.