My dog - Cooper - he gets fed in the morning and at night. They might take him for a walk.
My two piggies- Guinea and Oreo. You all know what that involves.
I want the sitter to also spot clean the cage daily and completely change the bedding midweek.
My two rats - Dusty and Lucky. Pretty much like feeding the piggies. Sitter does not have to spot clean (ratties don't poop as much as some others we know LOL), but he does need to completely clean the cage midweek.
My bird - Scooty - lineolated parakeet. In addition to her daily feedings I would also have the sitter change the paper towels at the bottom of her cage daily.
My 8 fish tanks - yes, there are 8. Actually, this is the easiest task. Just has to turn lights on in the morning and off at night.
The fish get fed every other day while I am gone. The fish food has already been premeasured and placed in pill boxes - sitter just has to dump appropriate day in.
2 betta bowls - just feed every other day.
The sitter will also be turning on fans and A/C during the day and off at night. Bringing in newspaper and mail.
Whew - I can't believe I am so out of control. How much do you think I should pay my sitter daily or overall? He is my neighbor's son (and my neighbor) who is 14. My neighbors know how much my pets mean to me so the animals are in good hands.
Thanks for suggestions.
I'm getting paid $30/day to watch one dog for someone. I have to stay overnight at her house, though.
I'm really bad at this sort of thing, but hopefully that helps.
- I GAVE, dammit!
But this area is probably pretty expensive in comparison with some others.
Now after hearing from you guys I know I need to pay him more than $15 (I told you I have no clue)daily. If I pay $25 daily that's $200 for the week. Should I pay more? I'm so bad at this. Like I said I definitely don't want to underpay, but I just don't know what the right amount is. Should I pay $35 per day - that's in between what you guys mentioned?
Are you leaving fresh veggies in baggies for the piggers, or how will that work?
So I decided to give him $30 a day now. That will be $240 and I'll just round it up to $250. It will seem like a million dollars to a 14 year old kid, but he's very reliable. I just emailed his mom (my friend) to tell her what I'm paying him.
Thanks so much for all of your help. I'm always worried I'll either not pay enough or too much. And since I want him to take care of my pets in the future I'd better pay him well.