We have discussed on other threads on the forum what sitters think about sharing utilities (see “questions for owners” in october). So far nobody spoke about having to pay for sitting.
In Covid times, with many cancellations i think some all year round sitters realise to look after a cat, even 3 dogs is not such a hard job when you have in exchange a home for free, with no rent, no electricity, no lease and possibility to eat at home instead of going out to eat !
I’m not defending at all owners who want to be paid, I would refuse that as a sitter, but as an owner as well I think sitters often forget that doing pet sitting is a marvellous opportunity to discover new countries, to live in more beautiful homes than their own ones and the recompense is quite high (on both sides not only on the owners’one).Otherwise why sitters would go on ? Each listing gets many applicants…
And if I was staying a few months in an owner’s home during the winter season, I would not be shocked to share expenses on heating while he is away, the pets would need after all only one room to be warm, I would need many more… kitchen, my bed room, the living room etc.
Being an owner and a sitter, it’s fascinating to see the 2 points of view.