The Rat Diaries

A blog to show you that rats might just be…not so bad, after all.

Resources and Information for Those Grieving a Lost Pet July 24, 2014

Over the years, when I’d stop for a moment and wonder what life would be like without Cricket, I saw myself being sad, but getting over the loss within a day or two. I thought losing a pet wasn’t a tremendously huge deal – when my goldfish Guppy died, I don’t think I even cried. You never hear about someone mourning a pet.
But now that Cricket’s actually gone, I feel…painfully empty. It’s been a week, and I still cry. The weird thing is, I never even felt all that close to Cricket. She was my dog. I pet her, she laid on my lap. Throw in a few occasional walks and that was it. But maybe I just felt that way because she was always there. It’s been forever since I’ve not had a dog, and I never realized how big a part of my life she had become. She was everywhere, and now that she’s gone, my house feels empty.
That first night, I found myself too upset to sleep. So I got online and looked around for anything to help me feel better. Below are some of the articles and Websites I found. If you’re dealing with the loss of a pet, too, I hope one of the links below gives you some comfort. As always, thanks for reading. (more…)

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Cricket July 16, 2014


This isn’t at all easy to write, but I thought you all should know.

For the past few months, Cricket has been struggling with kidney failure. Apparently it’s a common thing for miniature schnauzers. We gave her some medicine, and for a while it was helping. But things have gone back downhill. She hardly ever eats, and most days she throws up constantly. She’s gotten really skinny and lethargic.
My parents have made the decision to put Cricket down tomorrow (July 16th – I haven’t gone to bed yet so it still feels like the 15th). There’s nothing else we can do to help her, and she doesn’t deserve to suffer anymore.
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Vacation Time! December 23, 2012

My family is on our way to Kansas so we can spend Christmas with our relatives.
I dropped Bunny and Button off at a family friend’s house – and had a panic attack. Now I’m talking to anything remotely cute like I do with my ratties, even animals on Minecraft. -_-

If you’re going on vacation, it’s best to leave your rats behind (no matter how much you want to take them) with a babysitter. Make a care sheet with instructions on how to handle rats (be sure to include the “no picking them up by their tails” part), feeding, playtime, cleaning, and note any medical conditions and what to do if something serious arises. Go over the big points when you drop them off, and maybe call your babysitter once or twice during your trip (depending on how long it is) to check up on things. (more…)