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I LOVE MY RATS! March 08, 2005 9:34 AM

Oh boy did you find the right person! I have 14 ratties and love each one of them. Mary, my free-ranger, is ill right now. She is fighting for her life against myco. I didn't want to leave her alone today but I had no choice, had to work. Please think of her and say prayers or send good thoughts. She really needs them, She is usually very spunky and happy and loves to sneak up on us and surprise us by quietly slipping onto our laps. It makes her so happy when we are surprised and say her name! She has a big nest under our couch, full of our papers and stolen tissues and paper towels. What a dear. Thanks for the invitation! Tell me about your ratties!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Cindy March 08, 2005 3:35 PM

Please let us know how your rat is doing. I hope that she gets to feeling better. What are you doing for medicine for her? Peg I Dont currently have rats right now. But when I was at the shelter we used to have them and I was the only one that would touch them there besides one of the other girls daugthers. :)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hi Cindy March 08, 2005 5:01 PM

I'll send good energy your rattie's way. I recently spent the last few weeks staying home with a rat who had cancer. I felt so lucky that my contract job ended right about the time she really got sick, and I totally understand how you feel about leaving your little one to go to work. It's just so hard to watch them go through that sort of thing. It's such a helpless feeling. I think we talked about it in another group, but I totally recommend getting your little one some reiki if you can. It didn't save our little one with cancer but she seemed to really love it. Our boy with respiratory problems really benefitted from it - he became much happier and friendly after the sessions we did and his problems haven't progressed at all, which I was really surprised about. It's expensive, but I totally feel like it was worth it for both them and for us, being able to see them feeling better.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Mary March 08, 2005 5:17 PM

Mary is on Enrofloxacin and Doxycycline. She had her fourth treatment today. Her nose is full of porphyrin staining, her coat is all staid / puffed out and her little bug eyes are kind of sunken. She's just devastated that I won't let her out of her cage to free-range, but she doesn't have the strength yet. I'm afraid she would disappear under the couch and die. Poor Mary. My little love. Isn't it amazing how even shelter workers are ignorant about the wonder of rats?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Reiki March 08, 2005 5:48 PM

I love the Reiki idea - I think it's too late for my Mary. The one lady I know who does Jin Shin is about an hour away from me and that's too far for Mary. I must keep thatin mind, though. Thanks, Maggie. Did your cancer ratty cross the Rainbow Bridge already?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
i love my rats March 10, 2005 12:02 PM

i have had my rats for a year and a half and they were the first rats i had ever had so i have not experienced them being ill but i would hate going to school like you lot hate to go to work. if you have any tips for anyone please tell us i am sure we would like to know. see you  [ send green star]
Mary March 10, 2005 12:21 PM

Mary is still fighting. This morning she did a couple of wonderful things that I haven't seen her do since she took ill - she yawned and stretched for me and snuck up on my arm like she used to do. It reminded me of the healthy Mary. Tonight I will nebulize her with Albuterol for her breathing. She hates it but it helps so much. How is everyone else doing today? Ratties? People?!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Rats are cool March 10, 2005 5:43 PM

When I worked at the shelter we had the rats. We adopted them all out to a couple who took them. When I cleaned thier cage i would try to catch them. I placed them all in a small garbage can (clean) until I had gotten thier cage cleaned which they needed them cleaned every other day. I would chase them around the cage. I always felt like round and round they go where ever they stop no one knows. LOL. They are cute. Ours was big. My neigbor had one also. Her boyfriend at the time had kids and they used to come on every other weekend. But it was her rat. I dont know what happened to the rat a few years down the road as she was killed going on 2 years now. Her boyfriend(different one) had shot her in the head and left her. A farmer and his son found her in the field the next morning. She had a 7 year old son at the time. Actually when she had the rat she didnt have Jordan then. So I am not sure what happened if the rat had since died then. The shelter had gotten the dogs and cat out of the trailer after they arrested the so called boyfriend. I went to the calling hours for her but couldnt go to the funeral. Then that same week another woman that I worked with she was training had passed on in her sleep. To much for that October. It was a month before I moved into this place where I am now. I live out in the country where I love it. Well enough rambling. talk to everyone later. Peg  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Mary March 10, 2005 6:20 PM

I lost my very special little Mary tonight. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge about 1/2 hour ago. I miss her terribly already. Thank you everyone for your kind wishes while she was fighting for her life. She was a good friend. Cindy  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
mary March 11, 2005 12:47 AM

i feel so sorry for you i would hate my rats to die now it would be horrible i wouldnt be able to take it. i got the feeling you were closest to mary as she was a free-ranger and i am sure she will always remain in a special place in your heart, at least she is not suffering anymore because what you described she was going through as very nasty. i had to experience a orphan hedgehog die in my arms. he was orphaned and he wouldnt have survived the winter because he was too small. when he wouldnt eat i had to hand feed them, and as he was really weak the first time i feed him he couldnt curl up into a ball, but he got a bit better so i went to feed him again, and he curled up, but then because he trusted me he uncurled and let me hold him it was really nice, then during the night he got worse, so in the morning we were really trieng to help them but he died in the end.the other one we took to a special place for hedgehogs and he should be able to go back in to the wild in april! hope you all have a good day bye  [ send green star]
So hard March 11, 2005 12:50 PM

It's so hard to let our furry critters go, especially when we have tried so many things to keep them alive. Mary is at peace now. Your hedgehog story is so sweet. Thank you for sharing it with me!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
So sorry Cindy.... March 12, 2005 6:00 AM

Sorry about your little one. It's just so hard. I'm there with you. Our cancer rat, Mogwai, did go over that bridge, unfortunately with our help. It was almost two weeks ago now. Really hard to talk about because I HATE being the one to make the decision to euthanize and I always feel like I wait too long, but at least she's with her sister and brothers now, and her aunty Ayami. Mogwai was very special to my husband so he's really hurting, and our other ratties have been very low-key and moping a lot since she's been gone. Mogwai's boyfriend, Axl, is sliding in health terribly. He's on oxygen right now and is taking Baytril and also Furosemide to relieve the swelling around his heart (which was just discovered). We're pretty sure we're going to lose him soon too. The vet wanted to keep him in oxygen at the clinic for 36 hours, but when he told me that no one would be snuggling him or talking to him, just checking him every 4 hours, I said no way. Instead we got a prescription for oxygen and made him a little tank out of a big clear plastic box from the container store. This way his little girl friends can visit him for short periods, and he's at home where I can sing to him and scratch his cheeks. It's actually a lot cheaper this way too. My only hope is that he goes in his sleep so it's peaceful and I don't have to play the "hand of death" twice in a month. I wish for him to go dreaming of snacks and his friends.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Maggie... March 12, 2005 7:16 AM

Oh dear, have so much going on with your little ratties. I'm so sorry to hear about Mogwai. What a good life you gave her! All your ratties are so lucky to be with you and your husband. It will never be easy for us to lose our babies. They give us so much and we miss that when they are gone. Keep loving your other little sweeties. They really need you now. The oxygen tank idea is a great one. So good that you can be there with him, you know? Hang in there. Thanks so much for the Green Star. I sent you one, too, to help you feel better. I'm thinking of you and sending ((((((hugs)))))).  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
i love my rats March 13, 2005 6:43 AM

i feel so sad for you all and you must be a bit jeolous of me as nothing is going wrong with my rats at the moment but i also know how it feels to be at the hand of death because my mum had 2 cats one died when i was 6 and the other a few years ago but it wasnt a death it was being put down that had to happen and i watched the life go out of her and her body go limp. she was 21 soon though so it wasnt like she was young. the good thing is that if she didnt die i wouldnt have the rats i do now so that is a good thing about deaths it gives room for new life to come into our worlds. i am sure all of your rats will stay in your hearts but at least it gives room for another little furry body to join your famillies. best of luck lions_tigers ps i asked my friend if i could use her email address and name on this account as i am not allowed to put personal details on the net so my name is not michaela it is izzi have a good day izzi  [ send green star]
Thank you so much March 13, 2005 9:01 AM

Thank you Izzi, you are very thoughtful and what you wrote is so true. I hope your ratties stay healthy and happy!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
i love my rats March 13, 2005 11:29 AM

thank you lots and i hope all your rats stay healthy and have as good a life as they can. let us know if another joins the family (or is it still too early to tell) well best of luck too you all  [ send green star]
... March 20, 2005 1:54 PM

i have no rats, but I uised to have hamsters. I love all rodents! ^.^ Rats are nice. :)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
I have no rats either.... March 20, 2005 3:26 PM

... but I sure do think they're cute.... my favorite movie as a kid was that movie with Fivel and his lady Bianca, there was also "The Secret of Nimh".  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Had rats..bless their souls.. March 21, 2005 8:10 AM

My older sibling had two rats called "Liqurice" (?) and "allsorts" They died after two years, but they were adorable. My parents hated the smell though.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
thankyou March 21, 2005 11:41 AM

thankyou everyone for coming it means a lot to me because i get so mad when you tell people that you have rats and they go eww because loads of people thiunk of rats and then sewers so get the wrong idea! so i want to tell everyone how cute they are!  [ send green star]
thankyou March 21, 2005 11:41 AM

thankyou everyone for coming it means a lot to me because i get so mad when you tell people that you have rats and they go eww because loads of people thiunk of rats and then sewers so get the wrong idea! so i want to tell everyone how cute they are!  [ send green star]
Ratty Love March 22, 2005 1:55 PM

It's so rare to find someone who has never had a rat actually like them! There are so many expressions about rats: "Once you go rat, you never go back," "Rats are like potato chips, you can't have just one," "The more I know about men and rats, the more I like my rats." I LOVE MY RATS! Cindy  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
So sorry March 22, 2005 2:07 PM

I am sorry you lost your Mary. I have had many rodents over the years, but RatBerta was my most special baby. People go ewww at me all the time, because I have rats and snakes (NO I do NOT feed my pet rats to my Pythons) I also have a bearded dragon, and 4 cats. I have 3 of RatBerta's babies now, Starbuck, D'artagnon, and Smokii, but I also have an elderly Rat, Sol. He is over 3 years old, his hind end doesn't work anymore, but danged if he isn't hapy to see me every morning and at night I say a blessing and give him his treat. The only problem with ratties is that they just don't live long enough!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
lorri March 23, 2005 11:48 AM

i think i want to be like that when i get my own house (animals everywhere) my dad is allergic so we could only get small things that live in cages but i love animals sooo much (i get the ewws all the time and it bugs me!) 3 that is really old (i totally think they should live longer too) 3 years is hardly any time at all that is why i would prefer a bigger animal because they tend to live longer (a horse perhaps) well anyway got to go bye  [ send green star]
coping with loss March 25, 2005 5:41 PM

I know how bad it is to lose a rattie... I lost my Daisy 2 months ago... she had a huge tumor on her side, and I had to have her put down... she was so special to me. After her death I gave away my other girls, Cookie and Rosie. We had too many unwanted litters because my kids kept getting the girls and boys out at the same time. It was so hard to place all those babies. I still have my 5 boys, though, Seymour, Casper, Jareth, Hamato, and special little Stumpy with his 3 paws. I cried for weeks after I lost Daisy. Ratties definately don't live long enough... and they are soooooo sweet, you can't help but fall totally in love with them, and it is a terrible loss when one must go. I know Daisy is with all of her rattie friends, getting her favorite treats. All of our little lost ratties are together and happy. No more pain and death. Take care of your bratty ratties, and be sure you get your daily dose of rat kisses :) (nothing cheers me up more than to get kisses from my boys)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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