We offer a specialist boarding service for little pets based at our home in Treeton, Rotherham (minutes from J33 and J31 of the M1 and ideally situated to serve customers in Sheffield, Rotherham, Dinnington, Worksop and further afield).
4 Little Paws was established in 2009 to offer a specialist online outlet, supplying quality natural toys, treats and accessories for little pets. We launched our pet care service in February 2012. We are an experienced family team of animal lovers, and have a wealth of animal care experience between us. The founder of 4 Little Paws has a first class foundation degree in Animal Science, and is very passionate about animal care and welfare, staying up to date with the latest recommendations and advances (click for more information about us). Your pet's health and welfare will always be our main priority. We have clean Police checks and are fully insured.
4 Little Paws was shocked to learn that although rabbits are the 3rdmost popular pet, they are the most neglected and misunderstood pet, because of this 4 Little Paws aims to promote the health and welfare of little pets through charitable links and education resources.
ACCOMODATION FOR OUTDOOR RABBITS AND GUINEA PIGS:
*Available soon - rabbit cabins! 10ft kennel and run combinations*
Here at 4 Little Paws we offer quality, spacious and secure accommodation for rabbits and guinea pigs. Our boarding lodge, hutches and runs were custom made to our own high specifications. Our hutches are designed with space and flexibility in mind. We offer a range of hutch size options such as a single storey 6ft hutch, a 12ft hutch, a 2 storey 6ft hutch or even a 3 6ft storey hutch. All our hutches meet or exceed the size recommendations of the RWAF. We can accommodate small and large groups of rabbits or guinea pigs. All boarding groups will be kept separately from other boarding groups.
Rabbits and guinea pigs have individual, safe and secure exercise runs during the day, and stay in the lodge overnight. The lodge is safe, and dry and securely locked overnight.
We do not heat the lodge, as it is designed for rabbits who are used to living in outside accommodation, and it would be detrimental to send them home to unheated accommodation from heated accommodation - however in very cold weather we provide rabbit safe heat pads, that give out warmth for 12 hours during the night. In exceptionally cold weather we will also provide the heat pads during the day. Fresh water will be provided regularly to prevent freezing.
We do not play music or radio in the lodge (as some other establishments do) as rabbits are silent creatures, and would find the constant noise stressful.
FOOD & EXERCISE:
You can rest assured that your little pet will receive a healthy diet, lots of exercise time, toys and above all lots of care and attention during its stay with us. Rabbits and guinea pigs will all be given regular exercise and playtime out of the hutch, outside in secure 8ft runs for rabbits or 6ft runs for guinea pigs. Our runs feature a built in sheltered end, and can be fully covered in bad weather, ensuring that rabbits and guinea pigs can still have exercise time, even in the rain. Pets will only remain inside the lodge if the weather is extremely bad, and it would be more comfortable for them inside the lodge. Our garden runs have tunnels, tents and boxes, ensuring there are places to hide and to play. On average rabbits and guinea pigs will spend at least 10 hours per day out in the runs here.
Here's an example of our outdoor runs:
We will provide your rabbit or guinea pig with plenty of fresh meadow hay, and fresh herbs and vegetables (dried food must be provided by the owner to avoid digestive upsets caused by a change in food). Toys, tunnels and bedding are all provided as standard.
ACCOMODATION FOR INDOOR GUINEA PIGS AND OTHER SMALL PETS:
We are able to cater for a range of other small pets such as hamsters, rats, mice, degus and chinchillas within our home. For this service we ask that you bring your pet's own cage, food and bedding. Prices start at £3 per night.
We can also provide indoor boarding for guinea pigs, which we particulary recommend during winter*. For this service we ask that you provide your own cage, bedding and usual brand of pellets, We can provde their hay and veggies during their stay. Prices start from £4 per night.
HEALTH & HYGIENE:
We will give your little pet daily observational health checks, and monitor their behaviour and food and water intake to ensure they remain happy and healthy whilst in our care. All rabbits must have upto date vaccinations for myxomatosis and VHD (aka RHD). We clean all our hutches and equipment with Ark-Klens and Virkon disinfectants (leading high strength disinfectants) as recommended by the RWAF. We can provide additional services such as grooming and claw clipping if required.
Our garden runs are all placed on top of thick plastic sheeting, and then lined with chopped straw. This means they can be compleletely disinfected between customers and kept clean whilst in use. Whilst it would be nice for the runs to be on grass, it would not be hygienic and we prefer this method to ensure your pet's health and safety.
We understand how much your little pet means to you and will send regular updates and photos by email or text, so you’ve no need to worry whilst you are away. We can offer single night stays through to long term boarding.
If you would like to enquire about our pet boarding service, check availability or make a booking, you can use the contact form here.
Drop off and collection times - by appointment only between 9-11 am and 4-6 pm (it may be possible to accommodate you at different times, subject to an additional charge).
*Please note, it is not recommended to keep guinea pigs outside when the temperature may fall beow 10C, so we only offer indoor boarding for them from October until Spring. See Guinea Pig Welfare's advice page for more information about winter care for guinea pigs: http://www.guineapigwelfare.org.uk/guinea-pig-care/seasonal/winter/cold-weather-advice/. *