How much would you recommend? A normal visit is $15
My clients tip me differently and some don't tip at all. It is a difficult question to answer from a pet sitter's perspective, because I don't expect tips. If your sitter has been with you for a long time and you depend on the person often to take care of your pets, $10-20 would be lovely.
If it is a sitter you occassionally use, you aren't expected to tip. A card is adequate with a nice note.
One of my pet sitters charges $18 a visit and isn't too personable, altho dependable, but does only what is asked. I don't tip the sitter and won't for Christmas.
My favorite sitter stays overnight at my home; her charge is $40 a day. I always pay her $50 a day because she is wonderful with my animals and takes such good care of my home. I will send her a card with $20-25. I often treat her to lunch and leave special goodies for her when I'm away, so I don't feel obligated to tip much more.
I also depend on a young college girl who I adore. She always calls me when she is at the house, spends quality time with my kids, and they love her. I will tip her at least equal to one visit. I pay her what I charge…$18.00 a visit.
Hope that helps.