Veteran Rats

Dublin Chillin'

Dublin Chillin'

I have quite sad news about Dublin, he is getting old now and his back legs arer just not working so well for him anymore. I’m pretty sure he’s got degenerate osteoarthritis. He doesn’t appear to be in any pain or discomfort at the moment but he has to waddle along and drag his back legs behind him to an extent :( I’m keeping a close supervision of his condition but I know too well there’s not much a vet will prescribe if anything for this type of illness since he is so small :( Jinx is still crazy and energetic, but he has lost a lot of weight recently and I’m desperately trying to keep both rats’ weight up by completey spoiling them! I’m adding small animal vitamins to their food and I’ve started with a few drops of echinacea to help with their immune systems. They are 2 and a half now which is getting on a bit for rats so I don’t think a few extra treats will harm, and I want to make their last weeks or months as comfortable and happy as possible. I’ve also split the cage in half and closed off the bottom half of it, so that Dublin doesn’t have to climb up and down ladders. It’s a good idea with elderly rats to check they can access food and drink easily and are kept warm during the colder months, because they cannot retain body heat so well in advanced age. On a lighter note, I just have to add, all this attention and dedication to these little guys is so rewarding, the other day Jinx and Dublin were snuggled up in my arms and Jinx closed his eyes and fell asleep :) Dublin gives me ratty kisses every day and he is just tooo cute!!! Here are some photos taken last month.

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Jinx loves his choc nom

Jinx loves his choc nom

Today my lovely rats have been mostly eating all their favourites

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2 Responses to “Veteran Rats”

  1. For future note with veteran ratties, if you lift up their back legs they will right away start “wheelbarrowing” at full speed!

    If you ever have any other rats who can’t use their back legs, you can try this. It let’s them explore more freely. They won’t even mind you following along!

  2. There could be a market for some kind of attachable wheels for rat perhaps :)

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