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March 24th, 2004
02:34 pm


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And Things Just Keep Getting Better, Right...?
Last night I noticed Loki, my black rat, acting kinda funny. So I picked him up, and checked him over, and put him on my bed. I watched him try to move around and saw that he was dragging both his back legs behind him. They’re both completely limp. I can’t imagine how this happened, since just the day before he was perfectly fine. My mom wondered if it wasn’t my other rat, Nicky, who may have done this to him. But I don’t see how he could have. Nicky is bigger and more dominant than Loki, and he always bugged him and put him in his place, but he’s never actually done any physical harm to Loki before. And when I checked him over, there were no bites, no signs of physical damage. So I don’t think Nicky did anything…

Of the seven rats I’ve had over the past four years, Loki has been one of my three favorites. Very passive and gentle, he’s such a good boy. I’ve had him since he was a baby, and he’s always been the smart and friendly natured rat, even came right up to friends to say hi when I had company over. A lot of people may think, “well, it’s just a rat,” but to me he’s not just a rat. He’s my friend, and my pet, and still a member of my family… he still has a heart, and personality.

He’s never been sick before. No abscesses or tumors, no upper-respiratory problems. So maybe this is just his age catching up with him, since he’s about two and a half years old now. Most of my rats started going downhill after they reached about two years. My mom called the vet’s, and has made an appointment for tomorrow (it was the earliest we could get) to have him put down. I don’t want him to suffer at all, in case this is causing him any pain. He’s started having accidents now, so I know it can’t get any better. :/ And I don’t want to sit there and watch him die slowly, like some of the others did, because we couldn’t get to a vet on time.

So until tomorrow afternoon, I’ve put him in his own cage, with a house and a hammock, and a fluffy blanket, and as much food and treats as he wants. I’m going to spend as much time with him as possible, and make sure that for the bit of time he has left, he knows that he’s loved.

Current Mood: sad

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Date:March 24th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
*Hugs ya* I'm sorry to hear about your pet. It's always tough saying goodbye.
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Date:March 24th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry - the poor little guy! =( (snugs!)
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Date:March 24th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry and wish the time left is spent with love and happiness.
Date:March 24th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
Poor Loki. *hugs* I know he's had a good life, with you as his owner. :)
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Date:March 25th, 2004 02:16 am (UTC)
Gives his jessie a nice big fat hug then gives loki a kiss

poor soul
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Date:March 25th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
I liked Loki... and you're right, he's passive, but a friendly type. It's sad that I won't get to know him as much.... though everytime I'm over, I kinda feel like I know your pets pretty well. I know how you feel.. Hoppy isn't just a bunny, she's family. And God knows I'm going to miss her when she goes... :( But I'll be over friday, I'll bring over some comfort food if I can, you sure could use it hon.... *hugs softly*
Date:March 25th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
I hope he'll be ok. So long as he can still get around and eat and do ratty-things I think he'll be ok. *hugs*

If it makes you feel better, if he has injured his back and somehow paralyzed his hind legs, he won't be in any pain. Just disadvantaged.
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Date:March 25th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry about Loki. It's the hardest thing in the world, preparing to put a rat down. Skozy and I have noticed that rats seem to age overnight. One day they are fine and healthy, the next they are old and ready to die. It's so sad.

We put our girls down ourselves. We have a bottle of clorhoform (sp?) that we use. It's heart wrenching. *hugs*

I love my rats, but sometimes I think it's time to move on to a longer lived pet, or one that's not so easy to get attached to. Like fish.
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