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!