As I have mentioned, we’ll be visiting Thomas’ family next week. While we’re gone, we need someone to come in once a day to fill the automatic cat feeder, reassure the cat that he hasn’t been forgotten and to bring in the mail. When we lived in the Big City, I found a great cat sitter. She took her job very seriously – she wrote up a report about how the cat fared while we were gone, gave him a new toy, had us call her from the airport when we returned so she would know that we hadn’t died in spectacular crash (because what would happen to the cat??) and even came on the day that we were returning, even though we told her it wasn’t necessary because she thought the cat might be lonely. For all this, she charged $15 a day.
We’re in a much smaller community now and I budgeted the same. It didn’t occur to me that it would cost more. I thought we were paying Big City prices when we lived in the Big City. Boy, was I wrong.
I could only find two businesses that do in-home cat sitting that service our area. Both will feed the cat, change his litter, cuddle him – all in less than 30 minutes. One lady wants $25 a day, the other wants $23. For the time we’re gone, this will cost over $200, more than a third of our budget for the entire trip.
I can find CHILDCARE for an entire day in our neighbourhood for those prices. It is 30 minutes of work and easy work at that. The businesses have websites and the employees are bonded and insured. But beyond that, there’s no enormous overhead to justify these prices. It’s ridiculous.
Briefly, I considered calling up a childcare provider and asking for quotes, but in the end I’m going to end up taking the $23 a day lady. I don’t have much choice. But seriously? SERIOUSLY?
I’m considering starting my own business and charging $15 a day. Take all the cat business in town. Yeah.