“ Manufacturer: Super Pet / Type: Ledge for small animal cages „
When I bought my Chinchillas they came from an ex-breeder. Wanting the best for her pets they came with their cage and all the fittings - one of which was this Super Pet Sleep-N-Ledge designed for Chinchillas, Degus and Chipmunks.
What Is It?
It is basically a ledge made of untreated wood for them to sit on. The ledge has two metal screws on the end which allow you to easily attach the ledge to the bars of the cage. As the picture Dooyoo has shows, these screws are fastened with a small metal circle which fit above and below the two wire bars you are attaching the ledge to. This means that the ledge is held securely in place and is unlikely to slip no matter how much it gets bounced on!
The ledge measures 17 x 15 x 3cm so is more then big enough for all the animals it's designed for.
Since these came with the cage I didn't have to attach them in the first place, however I did like to take the whole cage apart when cleaning as I like to give it a thorough clean once a week. I can therefore confirm that the screws fastening this to the cage are easy to both tighten up and loosen when needed. I would say that it was no more fiddly then doing a washer up, it's essentially a very similar thing really, just as a bigger version! However the ledge does have a tendency to slip sideways if these aren't tightened enough so it's essential when doing them up to make sure they really are as tight as you can get them.
It does say that this ledge is designed to be chewed, however mine never did this and showed no signs of use. I don't know how old they were when I had them but I owned them for two years and it didn't so much as scratch. That said, mine never chewed them either! I also had the Super Pet Lava Ledge for them which is made of coloured pumice and they would always chew that instead. I don't know if it was the fact it was pumice or the fact it was coloured that attracted them but either way it meant this went untouched - however that also means I can't comment on how well this would stand up to being chewed. I can imagine though that since it's plain, untreated wood it would mark and eventually wear down and need replacing.
As the chinchillas jumped on this I could hear the bars move with the weight of them but nothing that would concern me. Which, incidentally, is also how I could tell if they weren't tightened enough. If they were too loose the bars moved a lot more and this was clearly noticeable by the sound they made as they were sort of clanging rather then just giving with their weight. As I said before, if they are too loose you really do need to tighten them as they can slip sideways across the bars making it an unstable, and therefore unsafe, landing for your pet.
Size wise, this is advertised as being for Chinchillas, Degus and Chipmunks, I would say this is more then big enough for them. I would often find my two Chinchillas quite happily sat on this ledge together asleep. It did look like a bit of a squash to me and there is no way that a third would have fit but it didn't seem to bother them, in fact it seemed to be their favourite bed!
Price, Availability And Recommendation
As this came with the cage I'm unsure as to how much this was new but a quick google has shown that it is available on Amazon for £4.75 plus postage. Please note however, that the picture Amazon show when you search for it is actually the Leap-N-Ledge (same thing, just smaller) but the measurements given match up with this so it is the same thing.
My chinchillas loved this addition to their cage and would spend hours leaping up to this and back down again. Although they didn't chew it and I would think that it would mark relatively easily if yours do I can see it lasting a while due to the sheer size of it - it's quite deep as well as wide, and therefore I should think it would be a long time before you need to be replace it. Therefore I am highly recommending it and I'm going to give it the full 5 out of 5.