Ratchel: 04/07 - 05/09

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Ratchel: 04/07 - 05/09

Post by Steve » Tue, 05 May 2009 18:55:50



Yesterday, our most beloved rat, Ratchel, a gray, blazed huskey, died
suddenly. She was out of the cage, exploring in the living room when she
suddenly began dragging her hind legs. She pulled herself back under a
cabinet and was gone within seconds, apparently having suffered a
massive stroke. Ratchel was about 25 months old. She was the most
people-friendly of our rats, and enjoyed being held and petted. She was
also the smartest of our three girls, and would come when you called her
name, and knew that "go home" meant she was supposed to climb your arm
and get on your shoulder to be taken back to the cage. We'd take her out
into the backyard to play sometimes, and from way in the back, she would
find her way to the  back door, where she'd wait patiently on the sill
to be let back in. She was a sweet little creature, and even people who
thought they didn't like rats found that they liked Ratchel. We buried
her in the back garden, wrapped in the old shirt she loved to sleep in.
 
 
 

Ratchel: 04/07 - 05/09

Post by Andre » Tue, 05 May 2009 19:03:45



Quote:
> Yesterday, our most beloved rat, Ratchel, a gray, blazed huskey, died
> suddenly. She was out of the cage, exploring in the living room when she
> suddenly began dragging her hind legs. She pulled herself back under a
> cabinet and was gone within seconds, apparently having suffered a massive
> stroke. Ratchel was about 25 months old. She was the most people-friendly
> of our rats, and enjoyed being held and petted. She was also the smartest
> of our three girls, and would come when you called her name, and knew that
> "go home" meant she was supposed to climb your arm and get on your
> shoulder to be taken back to the cage. We'd take her out into the backyard
> to play sometimes, and from way in the back, she would find her way to the
> back door, where she'd wait patiently on the sill to be let back in. She
> was a sweet little creature, and even people who thought they didn't like
> rats found that they liked Ratchel. We buried her in the back garden,
> wrapped in the old shirt she loved to sleep in.

Awww! I'm so sorry for your loss. :( I can see she will leave a massive gap
in your family. RIP Ratchel XX
 
 
 

Ratchel: 04/07 - 05/09

Post by Steve » Tue, 05 May 2009 21:08:08


Quote:

> Awww! I'm so sorry for your loss. :( I can see she will leave a massive
> gap in your family. RIP Ratchel XX

Thanks, Andrea, for your kind words of condolence. Have you lost many
rats? Ratchel was our first rat, and the first to cross what some
euphemistically call "The Rainbow Bridge". Old Ruffles, our big, fat
agouti, may not be far behind Ratchel. Ruffie is only a month or two
younger than Ratchel and has been overweight most of her life.
 
 
 

Ratchel: 04/07 - 05/09

Post by Andre » Tue, 05 May 2009 21:40:02



Quote:

>> Awww! I'm so sorry for your loss. :( I can see she will leave a massive
>> gap in your family. RIP Ratchel XX

> Thanks, Andrea, for your kind words of condolence. Have you lost many
> rats? Ratchel was our first rat, and the first to cross what some
> euphemistically call "The Rainbow Bridge". Old Ruffles, our big, fat
> agouti, may not be far behind Ratchel. Ruffie is only a month or two
> younger than Ratchel and has been overweight most of her life.

You're welcome. I have lost the first two rats I had, so know how much it
hurts. Nibbles was my first, she had a pituitary tumour and I had to have
her PTS when her quality of life was gone at 18months old. Rascal, her
litter sister had a *** *** abcess 2months later that antibiotics and
surgery could not save her from. I had her PTS when I saw that she wasn't
responding to treatment and I felt she had had enough.
I hope you find comfort in the fact that Ratchet went quickly and didn't
have to suffer a long illness. I know it doesn't hurt any less for you
though.
 
 
 

Ratchel: 04/07 - 05/09

Post by Steve » Wed, 06 May 2009 02:08:09


Quote:
> I hope you find comfort in the fact that Ratchet went quickly and didn't
> have to suffer a long illness. I know it doesn't hurt any less for you
> though.

Actually, it does make it a little easier. A death is bad enough in
itself, of course, but seeing a poor creature suffer a lingering end
would be almost intolerable. On the bright side, Wednesday, when my son
gets out of school, we're going back to the pet store where we got
Ratchel, to see about getting a new little rattie.

Do you think that the surviving rats realize that one of their number
has gone, or react in some way? Stijn (our son) thought that perhaps we
should put Ratchel's little body in the cage for short time so that the
others would "know" and could grieve, or whatever rats do. I, on the
other hand, was afraid we'd only encourage ***ism. What do you think?

 
 
 

Ratchel: 04/07 - 05/09

Post by Andre » Wed, 06 May 2009 03:11:21



Quote:

> Do you think that the surviving rats realize that one of their number has
> gone, or react in some way? Stijn (our son) thought that perhaps we should
> put Ratchel's little body in the cage for short time so that the others
> would "know" and could grieve, or whatever rats do. I, on the other hand,
> was afraid we'd only encourage ***ism. What do you think?

I haven't done it myself. I'm concerned it would scare them more than
anything. I do believe they grieve for their cagemate though and could be
unusually quiet for a little while. When I lost my two, leaving my oldest
girl (who was the youngest at the time) on her own for a week before I could
get her a cagemate, she developed mites. Stress caused this. I would advise
you to get two babies on wednesday. Four rats is a great number to have and
the babies would be able to play together without annoying the older two. :)
 
 
 

Ratchel: 04/07 - 05/09

Post by Steve » Wed, 06 May 2009 05:41:42


Quote:
> I haven't done it myself. I'm concerned it would scare them more than
> anything. I do believe they grieve for their cagemate though and could
> be unusually quiet for a little while.
>I would advise you to get two babies on wednesday. Four rats is a
> great number to have and the babies would be able to play together
> without annoying the older two. :)

We've certainly had the impression that Ruffles and Stinky, our two
remaining rats have been unusually quiet today, but arguably, this is
because there are 33% fewer rats in the cage.

Two little "rattekes" (as the Flemings here say), hmmm, now there's an
intriguing idea. I'll propose this to my wife and son, to see what they
think. We have a fairly big Savic Freddy 2 cage, so there's enough room
for four critters. On the other hand, Stinky is only about 6 months old
and still quite playful, so I'm not entirely sure that we'd need to get
two young rats.