2004-01-15 11:54:05 ET|
Blah..so a few days ago (2 days ago to be precise), my remaining rat Laila has died. First Ariel died this past July(as she was an older ratty than Laila), and now Laila died this year. They were both about 2 years old. Now..I know that rats only live somewhere between 2 and 5 years, and that smaller animals in general have a short life span, but it still sucks. Isn't there like a way to make household rodents immortal?
She was sick though. She had trouble eating and moving and it looked like she was paralyzed for some time. I don't mean to be cruel, but to an extent dying was actually better for her. After all, she looked so uncomfortable and in pain, that I think death was almost a much needed rest. I don't work anymore, and my mother didn't exactly want to give me money to take the rats to the vet. even though it has always looked as if she liked the rats. She certainly never did hate them. But when I asked her nicely to help my rat out she said ," Well you shouldn't have bought people Christmas presents, and taken your rat to the vet. Since it was YOUR rat". That was AFTER I had bought everyone their gifts already anyway. It's still pretty fucked up.
It really sucked to see her in pain for a few weeks.
I mean the cat gets to go to the vet, so why shouldn't the rats?
Just because they cost between $6 and $10 dollars, it doesn't mean that their lives are any less valuable. Christ!
Last time I tried some home therapy on a rat and had given her diluted antibiotics, it didn't end well at all. I felt like a murderer, so no more rattie home treatments from me.
I'm not sure where she is buried, because the ground was frozen lately due to all the cold. All I know is that when I came back from Lenny's one night, and was waiting for Ray to come and get me so we can grab some coffee she was gone. And then my mom had told me that she's dead, when I questioned her about my rat.
If I can't deal too well with the death ov a rat, imagine how much I'd flip if the kitty died. Or my mom *gasps in horror*. Or a friend. I don't even want to think about that.