Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We often get asked for advice about Pet Care, and what type of Pet Home is best for your pets.  We thought it a good idea to share these Frequently Asked Questions, as it may help answer your own questions.  We’ve also included a section on Delivery & Customer Service.

 

Questions about Pet Care and Pet Home suitability

What size of cage should I get?

Having the right size Pet Home is something we are passionate about!  One of our core business ethics is to only make homes that meet animal welfare size guidelines.  The UK Animal Welfare Act states that any pet, regardless of their size, should be able to fulfil all natural behaviours they would exhibit in the wild.  That means they need space to sleep, eat, drink, run, dig, burrow, climb and play. 

Our Pet Care information pages provide information on caring for your pet, including the recommended minimum cage sizes.   These sizes are based on RSPCA and other animal welfare guidelines.  Please note the minimum should not be considered the “ideal size” – it simply means this is the minimum for providing a suitable home for your pets.  Remember that small pets such as hamsters, mice, gerbils, pygmy hedgehogs and guinea pigs will often roam for up to 3-5 miles a day in the wild, so it’s important to give them as much space as you can afford.

Click on the links below for more info:

Hamsters, Mice & Gerbils

Guinea Pigs

Pygmy Hedgehogs

 

Do you make bespoke sizes?

We can make bespoke sizes, but we charge a little extra for this service. 

As a rough guide, we charge a standard customisation fee of £25 plus the cost of any extra time and materials, on top of the standard size price.

Please contact us with your request, and we will provide a free quotation.  We do ask kindly that you read our Pet Care Info pages to check the size is suitable for your pets before asking. 😊

 

Can you make a Pet Home to my own design?

Depending on the complexity, we may be able to make a Pet Home to your own design.  Please remember that the more complex the design, the longer it will take to design and build, so if you are looking for something more cost effective, then a standard product will always be a cheaper option.

Why not send in a picture or rough sketch of what you’re looking for, and we’ll let you know if we can assist?

 

Which is better – a mesh or perspex front?

Each option has pluses and minuses, so it’s your decision on what is most suitable for you and your pets.

Here are some of the pros and cons of each option.

Mesh

  • Mesh will often be used as a climbing wall by small pets that naturally like to climb, such as hamsters, mice and gerbils, so it’s a good option if you want your pet to take advantage of this.
  • It also provides a source of ventilation, so if your Pet Home is positioned in a place that may get hot or stuffy, a mesh front or sides will help keep the Pet Home well ventilated.
  • You can feed your pets little tit bits, such as fresh fruit or vegetables through the mesh.  This supports the taming process, as it encourages them to come to you, and take food from your hand.
  • The downside of mesh walls is that substrate such as wood shavings, or hay, can be scattered when your pets dig or burrow, so if you are particularly house proud, you may not like this option.

Perspex

  • If your pet has a habit of bar biting their existing cage, then a perspex front can be a way of preventing them from doing this.
  • Perspex helps retain heat, so if your Pet Home is intended for an exotic animal such as a pygmy hedgehog, you need to opt for perspex. 
  • Perspex can also be used for other pets, and may be beneficial if your Pet Home is to be positioned in a cool room, as it will help keep in warmth.
  • Although a perspex front will provide an excellent view of your pet, it does inhibit interaction, as you won’t be able to offer food nibbles as you can through mesh.
  • The perspex may get scratched by your pet, and will need regular cleaning to keep it looking shiny. 

 

Is the mesh size suitable for dwarf hamsters and mice?

Our 90x60cm size Pet Homes are aimed at hamsters, mice and gerbils, and come with 13mm square mesh as standard, which is suitable for the smallest of dwarfs.  Hamsters can only generally escape from a barred cage when the bars are around 10mm spacing or more, as they can squeeze their bodies through by squishing their bulk sideways through the bars.  With square holes of 13mm, they are unable to do this.

Our Guinea Pig and Pygmy Hedgehog Homes come with 25x13mm rectangular holes as standard.  This size is fine for Syrian hamsters and gerbils, but may not be small enough for mice and dwarf hamsters.  If you’d like to purchase one of our larger Pet Homes with the smaller 13mm mesh, please just ask and it will only cost a few pounds extra.

 

How should I protect the floor of my Pet Home?

The base of our Pet Homes is designed to be hold a deep layer of substrate, such as wood shavings, or Carefresh absorbent paper, which will help soak up urine.  Alternatively, you may wish to use a waterproof fleece liner that you can handwash or put through your washing machine on a regular basis.

We recommend lining the base of your Pet Home first with a thick layer of newspaper or cardboard first, before adding your chosen substrate or fleece liner.  This will help keep your Pet Home cleaner and fresher for longer.

When you perform a full cage clean, you can throw away any soaked newspaper/cardboard, and start again.

Please note we now offer a PVC Base floor which is easier to keep clean.

 

Questions about Delivery and Customer Service

How long will my order take to make?

Our Pet Homes are made by hand, and made-to-order.  Lead times for manufacture are typically around 2 weeks, but tend to fluctuate throughout the year depending on how many orders we receive in a given period.  Consequently, the lead time may be longer during busy times, such as Christmas.

We update our current lead times on the Cart page prior to purchase.  Please note this is an estimate only, and the actual time to make may take a little longer, but we will keep you informed after purchase.

 

When will my order be delivered?

Accessories

Small accessories are sent by Royal Mail Second Class post and don’t require a signature.

Pet Homes and Stands

We will notify you, by email, text or phone, when your Order is ready, and of your expected delivery date, however, you can opt for a later delivery date if required.

We use a 48 hour Parcelforce Signed-for Delivery service, so you can expect to receive your goods up to 2 days after we dispatch.  Someone will need to be present at the delivery address to receive and sign for your goods, or you can request delivery to a neighbour if that is more convenient.

Deliveries are Monday to Friday only, between the hours of 8am – 6pm.  Where a mobile phone number has been provided on an order, Parcelforce should text you a 1 hour timeslot on the morning of delivery.

Unfortunately, due to our rural location in Scotland and the large/heavy nature of our parcels, we are unable to offer a guaranteed/next day delivery service.

 

Can I cancel my order after purchase?

For made-to-order goods (Pet Homes and Stands), you may cancel your order up to 14 days after the order was placed, but only where goods have not yet been dispatched.

We will only dispatch an order, once you have confirmed acceptance of the expected delivery date.

 

Can I return my order?

We regret that made-to-order items including Pet Homes and Stands cannot be returned.

Accessories and small items however, can be returned at the buyer’s expense. Please read our full Terms & Conditions for further info.

 

What do I do if my Order is Damaged?

If you receive an item that is damaged, then please let us know within 3 days of receipt.

We will require photos of the issues, so we can decide how best to resolve the problem.  We will offer replacement parts for any items that are damaged or faulty.

 

How can I leave a Review?

We encourage our customers to provide feedback about our products, and would love to hear what you think.

You can leave a review for any of the products you have purchased on our website.  Just follow the instructions below.

Thank you for reading!

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