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I started sewing pet hammocks for my pet rats back in 2002. My unique, original designs have blossomed into a great hobby I offer to other pet lovers.

My hammock line has expanded to include, pet rats, ferrets, sugar gliders, degus, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, cats and dogs. I've even had people buy my hammocks for their raccoon's and other wildlife, including lizards.

I offer quality products that are more chew resistant and safer in their design than other home crafter's I've seen create, therefore my hammocks have become very popular as they last longer making them a better value for your money.

Making hammocks is just a hobby for me. I only sew them during the cold weather months here in Michigan to pass the time away. I start sewing in October and quit sewing the end of…

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  • Born on July 24
  • Joined October 29, 2010

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About

I started sewing pet hammocks for my pet rats back in 2002. My unique, original designs have blossomed into a great hobby I offer to other pet lovers.

My hammock line has expanded to include, pet rats, ferrets, sugar gliders, degus, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, cats and dogs. I've even had people buy my hammocks for their raccoon's and other wildlife, including lizards.

I offer quality products that are more chew resistant and safer in their design than other home crafter's I've seen create, therefore my hammocks have become very popular as they last longer making them a better value for your money.

Making hammocks is just a hobby for me. I only sew them during the cold weather months here in Michigan to pass the time away. I start sewing in October and quit sewing the end of March. During these months I do take custom orders.

As any home sewer will tell you, you never get your time back out for the things you sew, so sewing my hammocks is a labor of love. When I picture people's pets snoozing with happy smiles on their faces, in one of my hammock creations it makes me very happy inside. When I know I've made someone's pet happy, that in turn has probably made their owner happy too.
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Safety warning regarding hammock designs for pet rats!

There are many home crafter's creating hammocks for pet rats that don't understand the behaviors of pet rats. All the items in my sets do not have any inside seams that can be chewed on. And none of my designs use dangling straps, ribbons or tabs, that has been proven pet rats will chew up very quickly causing their hammock and bedding to fall to the bottom of the cage with them in it causing injury or death.

I specialize in pet rat behavior having raised over 1500 pet rats in over twelve years of breeding them, and pet rats like to chew up their bedding, especially females. (You can check out my darling pet rats at RatDippityRattery dot com)

I changed the design of my products through trial and error of having my own pet rats chew through the straps and make the hammock fall. Even chewing just one strap loose can make the hammock fall enough to tumble them out of it to injury and death.

I use metal rings for the double layered hammock and metal grommets for the tunnels. The metal rings are wrapped over six layers of fabric making it very difficult to chew through. My swing hammocks are designed in such away that it is very difficult to even reach the attachment holding it up to chew it. The swing hammocks are by far my safest design to date.

Metal grommets designs are always a safer design than a strap or tab design. Even if your pet rat chews around the grommet the metal latch and the grommet are still attached to the outside seam, giving you enough warning to do a repair before an end actually comes loose.

It takes a bit of time to chew up around a metal grommet embedded in the fabric because they are chewing through a couple layers of fabric and the metal safety latch obstructs their ability to chew at that end. But it only takes minutes to chew through a dangling fabric or ribbon strap.

The only acceptable dangling component of a pet rat hammock would be if someone used a metal chain attached to the grommets. I am mentioning this based on my actually witnessing the chewing process of my own female pet rats. (Some males are good chewers also.)

Using metal grommets cost more than a fabric strap or ribbon tab would and they are time consuming to embed on the fabric, that is why many home crafter's don't bother using them. Your pets safety should always be number one.

A note about my shipping rates: Many people may not aware that you can only ship items 13 ounces or less first class mail. Anything over that has to go parcel post.

With parcel post your package is shipped by truck and goes to one processing center after another being tossed around on conveyors, which can cause damage to your items as well as delays of up to nine days to arrive, and parcel post does not offer address forwarding if you should move.

The postmaster in my town told me that the conveyors they toss the packages on to drop 30 feet into bins! She said if people knew what their packages went through when sent parcel post no one would send them that way.

I've had nightmare experiences with shipping anything parcel post, therefore I no longer will ship anything that weighs over 13 ounces by this means. My four and five piece sets weigh over 13 ounces, many weigh over a pound. Anything above 13 ounces gets shipped out priority mail where it is transported by airplane and arrives in a couple days. So please understand when looking at my larger hammock sets to why my shipping costs are appearing higher than other crafter's might be. Having your purchases arrive in a timely manner and safe and sound are my number one concern.

Please Note: The stuffed animals, double releasing latches (which just make it easier for me to hang and take down my items) and the display unit are for display purposes only and not included in any of the purchases.

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