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How much to pay a teenager to feed the cat when we're away?

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pabla Mon 01-Aug-05 10:39:05

Any thoughts on how much I should give her per day (about two weeks in total.) She lives a few doors down from us, it is just once a day, should take no more than 10 mins tops, more like 5 really. BTW she charges £5 per hour for babysitting so pro-rata that would be about £1 a day - is that enough?

charleepeters Mon 01-Aug-05 10:40:18

how long are you away for?

WigWamBam Mon 01-Aug-05 10:40:35

We've never paid anyone for looking after our cat, even when it was our teenage neighbour. We do bring back a present for the cat-sitters though.

charleepeters Mon 01-Aug-05 10:42:51

You can get postcards aswell now saying thanks for watching the cat but i used to get a pressie from my neighbour when i fed her 2 cats. i was fine with that! i also used to babysit and get £10 for the whole night.

Skribble Mon 01-Aug-05 10:43:10

£1 a visit sounds fair if she is nearby.

charleepeters Mon 01-Aug-05 10:43:11

You can get postcards aswell now saying thanks for watching the cat but i used to get a pressie from my neighbour when i fed her 2 cats. i was fine with that! i also used to babysit and get £10 for the whole night.

Blondeinlondon Mon 01-Aug-05 10:50:52

I'd expect 10 quid total to be okay

charliecat Mon 01-Aug-05 11:04:03

How much would it cost you to put the cat in a cattery? A lot more than that I expect..10 quid for a week 20 for a fortnight.

WigWamBam Mon 01-Aug-05 11:05:06

In my experience, people really don't expect to be paid for feeding a cat. But that's up to you, and if you want to pay her then I should think a pound a day would be perfectly OK.

Smurfgirl Mon 01-Aug-05 13:55:11

I would give her £10 and maybe some chocs when you get back.

iota Mon 01-Aug-05 14:00:51

WWB - I wouldn't expect to pay a neighbour for looking after my cat, but I would pay a teenager as I would think of it as doing a job to earn some extra pocket money.

pabla Mon 01-Aug-05 17:06:32

Yes if it was an adult neighbour I would just bring back a present (which is what I do for the friend who usually does it - or buy her some flowers). But as you say she is a teenager who would appreciate some extra pocket money (and it's easier to give her money than to try to think of a pressie)

starlover Mon 01-Aug-05 17:07:30

i used to do this for a family i babysat for and they gave me £20 a week. i was feeding them twice a day though

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