People commonly have a number of questions when it comes to pet sitting, especially since it’s a relatively new thing in many places. Whether you’re wondering how much to pay a cat sitter, just what a house sitter does, or whether or not a dog sitter will also collect your mail, I’ve got you covered. In fact, if you don’t see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact me and ask me directly.
Depending on the amount of time and the services needed, a dog sitter in Toronto typically costs $30-90 a night with some offering cheaper rates for weeks or months.
When choosing a house sitter for your pets, it’s best to meet in-person when possible. If not, then a video call is a great second option. During this time, you should ask about their past experience, services they offer, previous examples of emergency situations, their ability to handle special needs such as pills or IV administration, and references.
When speaking with a home owner, a pet sitter should always ask how many animals they will be responsible for, what types of animals (cats, dogs, reptiles, birds, etc.), the temperament of each animal, how each one is addressed for good or bad behaviour, any medical issues or allergies, their daily routines, special rules related to the house (not allowed on the furniture, etc.), whether or not they can be left alone and for how long, and contact info for both the local vet and a neighbour, friend, or family member.
Whether you’re looking for a cat or dog sitter, hiring a pet sitter is a great option for everyone involved. For your pets, they are able to stay in their own home while maintaining their usual routine and receiving the attention they need. For you, you’re able to cater the service to meet the needs of your animals as well as your house with many pet sitters also offering mail collection, plant watering, and other things.
In Canada, dog sitters make roughly $39,000 per year or $20 an hour. This varies from province to province with those in Ontario making less than $38,000 a year as pet sitters.
A pet sitter looks after your animals while you’re away from your house. They ensure your dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards, or other pets are taken care of as you would normally do, and they also water your plants and tend to other things around your home.
As a pet or house sitter, tipping is not typically expected. However, if the house sitter has expenses related to taking care of the animal(s) or something related to the home, you will normally be expected to cover them. In most cases, you can ask for receipts and then work out how and when to pay them.
The typical rate for a cat sitter may depend on the area in which you live, how long you need them for, and what services you require. It can also sometimes be less than the rate for dog sitting. Within Toronto, cat sitting typically costs $30-90 a night with some pet sitters providing discounts for weekly or month long bookings.
A cat sitter will typically look after your cat(s) for you when you are away from your home. Similar to you, they can be expected to feed the cat(s), clean the litter(s), and play with them. In some circumstances, they may also administer medications or IVs or groom them, but this should be discussed previous to the cat sit.
When picking a cat sitter, you should be sure they are comfortable with cats, especially those similar to your animal(s). Being familiar with the breed is a bonus, but also having experience with cats similar in age can be helpful too. If necessary, you should make sure they are comfortable with giving medications as well. If in doubt, a video call or home visit is recommended to get a feeling for how they will engage with your cat(s) before confirming them to cat sit for you.
If you’re looking for someone in Toronto to cat sit for you, you can use a variety of apps or websites to find the perfect cat sitter. Along with these, there are also a number of sitters listed in things such as the Yellow Pages, and many have websites of their own. Be sure to look for reviews, either on their website, social media, or things like Yelp, and book a house visit or video call to see if you’re comfortable with them cat sitting for you before confirming.
If you’re looking for a pet sitter in Toronto, there are a number of resources you can use. Searching through Google will provide some great results, and many who pet sit in Toronto (and outlying areas such as North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, etc.) have websites and profiles on such things as Yelp to offer more info. Along with this, a lot of Toronto pet sitters use apps such as Rover to find clients too.