My husband and I are going away for the weekend and I've asked a lady in the building to watch our cats for 3 days. Come to find out, she is the neighbor who is the resident cat sitter. So I asked her what she charges and she said, "You give me whatever you think is right". I HATE THAT! I don't want to under or over pay her. I remember seeing an ad for pet sitting that charged $15/day. I did a search online and $12 - $15/day seems to be the standard for 30 minutes of their time and the transportation to your home everyday. They will also bring in your mail and water your plants. I was thinking to pay her $10/day b/c no travel is involved. It would take her about 60 seconds to walk to my apartment from her apartment. We don't need any plants to be watered since we will only be gone for 3 days and we don't need her to bring our mail in. Also, my cats don't know her and won't be looking for any affection/attention from a stranger. One of them is plain scared of new people so she will never even see him unless she hunts for him under the sofa what to speak of trying to brush or pet him. To scoop out their litter box, dish out their food, and change their water takes 5 minutes, if even that. So am I being reasonalbe in paying her less than the average?