PET-SIT­TER

CLEO (Singapore) - - BEAUTY -

If you’re an an­i­mal lover, what bet­ter way to spend your day than hang­ing out with adorable pooches and fe­lines? Siang Li Ting, who owns Com­forts From Home, be­came a full-time pet-sit­ter four years ago af­ter she re­alised there was a de­mand for qual­ity pet car­ers when own­ers travel.

To be a pet-sit­ter, you should prefer­ably have ex­pe­ri­ence with all kinds of an­i­mals and dif­fer­ent breeds, says the 26-year-old, who was pre­vi­ously a vet­eri­nary as­sis­tant. Hav­ing med­i­cal knowl­edge and be­ing able to work and re­act quickly un­der stress is also para­mount.

But it’s not all cud­dles and games. Work­days typ­i­cally span 12 to 14 hours, there are hardly any off days. She earns an av­er­age of $3,000 to $4,000 a month.

“If you’re think­ing of be­ing a pro­fes­sional pet-sit­ter, you must be pre­pared to work re­ally hard, pull in long hours, and burn week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days.”

But Li Ting won’t have it any other way. Be­com­ing a huge part of her clients’ lives and see­ing pets warm up to her is some­thing that gives her great sat­is­fac­tion. “Car­ing for an­i­mals is in my blood. Even when it gets re­ally hard and tir­ing, I would choose to do it all over again!”

The perks of this job are furry and lov­able, but it can still be hard work!

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