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Professional pet sitter covering Suffolk

Trusty Pet Sitter – Your pet’s best friend

Prices start at just £30 per day!

Welcome to Trusty Pet Sitter, your go-to solution for professional in-home pet care in Suffolk. With over 40 years of experience in caring for a variety of pets – from dogs and cats to reptiles, birds, fish, and rodents – I ensure your furry, feathered, or scaled friends receive the best care while you’re away.

Why you should opt for a professional pet sitter for your pets:

A professional pet sitter provides personalised care

Unlike kennels or catteries, where staff must divide their attention among many animals, a pet sitter can provide one-on-one care and attention to your pet. This includes tailored activities, such as walks or playtime, based on your pet’s preferences and energy levels..

A professional pet sitter provides a familiar environment

Pets are most comfortable in their own homes. They’re familiar with the smells, sights, and sounds, which can significantly reduce their stress levels. A pet sitter allows your pet to maintain their regular routines and habits, which is especially beneficial for anxious or reactive pets. 

A professional pet sitter can provide customised schedules

Pet sitters can adapt to your pet’s specific needs, whether that’s administering medication, catering to a special diet, or providing extra cuddles. Kennels and catteries often have set schedules and may not be able to accommodate unique requests.

A professional pet sitter provides safety and security

Kennels and catteries, due to the number of animals they house, can sometimes be a breeding ground for diseases. With a pet sitter, your pet stays in their own home, reducing their exposure to potential illnesses.

A professional pet sitter provides peace of mind

Knowing your pet is in the hands of a trusted professional in the comfort of your own home can provide significant peace of mind. Pet sitters often provide regular updates, including photos or videos, so you can see that your pet is happy and well cared for.

Why choose me as your pet sitter?

Elton Cilliers - Owner of Trusty Pet Sitter

For as long as I can remember, I have had pets in my life. My experience ranges from dogs of various breeds and sizes to cats, rodents, reptiles, birds, fish, and even turtles. I am an absolute professional when dealing with people, pets, and properties. As a business owner, I know how to look after my clients and ensure that I provide a service that they will be happy to refer me for in future.

I am diligent, honest, trustworthy and respectful at all times

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My pet-sitting fees

Please note I only consider sits of 7 days or more

I charge £30 per day (7 am – 10 pm) off-peak and £50 in peak season. See below for peak periods.

This includes one pet.

Additional pets are charged between £5 – £10 each depending on size and requirements.

Where there are multiple livestock, for example, sheep, cattle etc the flock will typically be considered as 1 additional animal dependent on the care required.

Peak periods:
20th Dec – 5th January
25th March – 14th April
1st July – 15th Sep
15th October – 31st Oct

What is included in your daily pet sitter rate?

My daily rate is not just a fee, it’s an investment in premium care for your beloved pet. It encompasses quality time spent with your pet, ensuring they feel loved and attended to, just as they would with you.

I understand that each pet has unique dietary needs and routines. That’s why I tailor my service to meet these needs, providing nourishment exactly as per your pet’s regular diet and schedule.

But I don’t stop at feeding! My service also includes up to 60 minutes of walking time. This can be tailored to your pet’s preference and stamina – whether they enjoy one long adventure or two shorter strolls, I’ve got it covered.

And if your pet requires any medication, rest assured that I will administer it as per the prescribed schedule. I’m committed to ensuring your pet’s health and well-being is my top priority.

In essence, my daily rate is a comprehensive package designed to provide your pet with a seamless, stress-free experience that mirrors their regular routine. Choose Suffolk Pet Sitter for a service that truly goes above and beyond.

Important note

As I undertake my long-term photography project, I am travelling around the UK in a Hymer motorhome.

I will therefore only be able to consider pet sitting at properties with sufficient space to allow me to park off-road for my insurance requirements. My van measures 6 metres long (7.5m when I arrive as I will be towing my motorcycle), 2.3 metres wide and 2.8m high. Please ensure your driveway is accessible for a vehicle of this size because should I arrive at your property and not be able to park the van on your property then I will unfortunately have to abandon the sit. The area needs to be fairly flat due to the fridge in my van.

In addition, I will need to hook my motorhome up to an electrical socket.

Pet sitter with a golden labrador

How do I book you as a pet sitter?

Use the contact form below to get in touch with your required dates and I’ll get back to you ASAP with my availability.

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Pet Sitter Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some commonly asked questions about my pet-sitting service

During my career, due to the nature of the clients and companies I worked for and with, I underwent comprehensive DBS tests. However, it is important to point out that a DBS check is only valid for the day on which it is issued. So I do not consistently get a DBS check done, however, if my clients should require one and are willing to pay the cost for it I am very happy for one to be done for their peace of mind.

Yes. My services are very popular and unfortunately, I’ve had a few last-minute cancellations recently which means that I now take a deposit to secure your dates in my calendar. I take a 50% deposit with the balance payable on the day of my arrival (or before) for the sit. My services will not commence until payment has been made in full. The deposit is fully refundable if you cancel at least 31 days prior to the sit commencement. 50% of the deposit will be returned if 15-30 days’ notice is provided. No refund is payable where less than 14 days notice is provided.

To keep my daily rate as low as possible for my customers, I do charge for travel expenses where you are more than 20 miles from my location immediately prior to your sit. You only pay travel one way (from the previous location to you) at the standard rate of 45p per mile. This cost will be confirmed in your quotation.

As a rule no. Because I am travelling around the UK it is not feasible for me to drive long distances from one sit to another for a night or two sit. I will consider shorter-term sits if in the area I am in or due to be in so it’s worth contacting me to check.

Yes. I have 3rd party liability insurance which covers you should there be any accidental damage to your home or one of your pets were to cause damage or injury to another pet or person.

Yes. I have a significant online presence. Besides my pet-sitting service, I also provide a variety of other services including Photography and Website services. I therefore not only have references as a pet sitter but also for my other professional services.

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Yes. I travel with a 13-year-old Staffordshire Terrier. Unfortunately due to severe arthritis and his age, he is not very active these days and spends the majority of his time asleep on his bed in our motorhome. I pop out every 3-4 hours during the day to take him for a short walk and spend an hour or so with him.

Since I spend the majority of the day with your pets, I sleep in my van overnight to spend some time with my own dog. I can therefore only accept sits where the pets have their own space to sleep at night.

No. As my dog has aged and his arthritis has gotten worse, he is unpredictable with other pets, especially if another dog jumps on him or comes running towards him. Therefore, to be on the safe side, I do not allow him to interact with the pets I sit for.

A maximum of four hours. On weather-permitting days, I do try to get out to explore the local area. Many of the places I visit do not allow entry to dogs/pets so I am not always able to take your pet/s with me. Where possible, and your pet is fit enough, I will take them with me when I explore the immediate area. On days that I do get out, your pet will not be left for more than 4 hours maximum.

I’m afraid I will not be able to consider your sit. Whilst I do work from your home for the majority of the time I am there, I do try to get out at least a couple of times during a week to go and explore the local area.

I’m afraid I do not accept sits where the pets need to sleep on the bed with me. This is primarily for risk management for all parties concerned (owner, pet and sitter) as a large number of dog bites occur in the bedroom. And whilst you may have a strong and trusting bond with your pet this bond does not initially exist between a sitter and the pet. It is a risky situation for all involved and I always aim to minimise any potential risks in my sits.

I have a few trusted pet sitters that I have gotten to know and feel confident in recommending to enquirers when I am unable to take on a sit. These trusted sitters will be called upon should I be unable to fulfil my commitment but please rest assured that it would need to be an emergency situation or events outside of my control. I will always do my best to find a replacement so that you are not put under stress to find someone.

I charge more during peak periods because I am sacrificing my own ability to spend time with friends and family during these periods when most are taking time off for local or holidays abroad. It is also my experience that I get contacted with offers of significantly more than £50 per day during these periods.

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