Do you want to become a cat sitter and earn money from it? It could be easier than you think! While it might be hard to make a full-time living from cat sitting, it's a great way to make some extra cash for doing something you love. Read on for some tips on how to become a cat sitter.
Qualities You Need as a Cat Sitter
You don't need to be a veterinarian or highly trained in cat behavior to become a cat sitter. However, you should have some of these qualities.
- Patience and understanding
- Experience with cats (owning a cat or looking after cats)
- Good communication skills
- You must genuinely love cats and love spending time with them
- Able to travel (car, walking or public transport)
If you have the following qualities, then you're ready to become a cat sitter. Here's some tips on finding your first cat sitting gig.
Ask Friends, Family or Neighbors
If this is your first cat sitting gig, it's best to ask people you know first. This will help you to build up trust and get genuine feedback from people. Someone who knows you and already trusts you is more likely to hire you, especially when you're just starting out.
If you know someone who is going on holiday and needs someone to take care of their cat, ask them if you can help. Most cats like to stay in familiar surroundings, so you can offer to visit their cat in their home once or twice a day for a fee.
How much you charge depends on your relationship to the person and what you feel comfortable with. However, a general guideline could be $10 - $15.
Advertize Your Services
As long as you're over the age of 18, you should be able to advertize your services online and locally. You can create free flyers on Canva, print them out and put it up in shops or public spaces. Just make sure you ask for permission first.
Another way to do this is by advertizing online. Tell people on Facebook or Twitter that you're interested in cat sitting locally. It's important to include your rates, availability and the areas you are interested in. Also be sure to mention what experience you have. If you have a family cat or you've looked after cats in the past, mention this in your post. This could make all of the difference in landing your first cat sitting job.
Sign Up to a Cat Sitting Website
There are a few websites that allow you to sign up and offer cat sitting services. One of the most popular and convenient options is Cat in a Flat. This service is available in the US, UK, and a few other countries worldwide.
This website is easy to use. You sign up, create a profile and wait for cat owners to come to you. All transactions are done through the website, which is safer and makes the whole process stress-free.
In the beginning, it might be hard to get your first requests, especially when you have no reviews. But in time, as you build up reviews and trust, you should start to get more messages.
You can get more requests by posting the link to your profile on social media sites like Facebook. Friends and family members could share it which will help you to get the word out.
On average, you can earn between $10 - $25 dollars a day, depending on how many visits you make. Some owners may only request 1 daily visit, while others will request 2. The visits will usually be around 20 - 40 minutes long, so it won't take up a huge portion of your day. If you already have another job, you could schedule your cat visits just before or after work.
The best part is if a cat owner books you for a week with 2 daily visits, you could be looking at $175 dollars. That's a great amount of extra cash!
The Benefits of Being a Cat Sitter
- You can set your own hours
- It's a great way to get experience with animals
- It looks great on your resume, especially if you want to work with animals
- You can choose your rates
- You can work as much or as little as you like
- It can be a very fun and rewarding job if you like cats
The Downsides to Being a Cat Sitter
- There might not be enough work available, so it's unlikely to become a full-time job
- Some cat owners can be strict or fussy
- May require you to drive
- May require overnight stays
- Some cats can be aggressive or unfriendly so you must be prepared for this behavior
- You may need insurance before you start
If you love cats and want to be a cat sitter, then there's nothing to stop you from doing it. The main thing to remember is that it's unlikely to replace a full-time job, but it can make you some extra cash.
Remember to check beforehand if you need insurance. Some sites, like Cat in a Flat, don't require you to have insurance. But if you are planning on overnight stays, this might be a requirement. Always check with the website, the cat owner and the laws required in your country before you begin cat sitting.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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