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Grieving advice

Post by Susanadaisy » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:28 am


New to this forum but have have kept rats for 13 years and usually have anywhere between 4-12 rats at any one time. This last week we have had a pretty hard time - two of our boys who are brothers and lived in a group of 4 (2 years old together since birth from a breeder) passed away in close concession - both had struggles with RIs and ultimately gave up their battle - the second probably through heartbreak as they were incredibly close. The remaining two are on antibiotics just in case and seem ok, but I wanted some advice on how to proceed as they are really grieving 😢 it’s so sad to see - is it a good idea to get them out to free range as usual? As they don’t seem as keen to come out as usual and I feel at the moment like it’s a fine line between stressing them out more and distracting them! They are keen to cuddle in the cage but whenever I go
To get them out they just don’t seem happy or want to come out and just huddle together and sleep. Should I just let them be for a while whilst they get used to the much smaller group? Tia x

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Re: Grieving advice

Post by cyber ratty » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:16 am

I would get them out, yes. Try to distract them with new activities/toys/foods, and ideally introduce a couple of kittens to them. Could you merge them with another of your groups?

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Re: Grieving advice

Post by frodo quin » Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:42 pm

To make things difficult ;) , I wouldn’t if the don’t want to. They want cuddles, but don’t want to explore. I would give them their cuddles and some time to grieve. In my experience, they need that, and it takes about a week until the worst is blown over. Then they can use distraction and new cage mates.

Sorry for your loss.

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