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  • DanielR360 commented on chooseausername's forum topic Don't keep rats as pet !2 months ago

    I agree. I love rats but they are really prone to illness. After 15 years I decided to give rats another go and got two. So far it has cost $150 for two consultations and medication. Tomorrow I will have to spend another $70 for a specialist consultation and then maybe another 250 for surgery that is if he doesn't have to be euthanised. Both of them have had serious respiratory infections and one has had a second infection leading to necrosis of the tail a lot of pain and suffering and either surgery or euthanasia tomorrow. This is all in just 6 months. You'd think I have bad luck but this is not uncommon for Rats. Because they are so small and cheap a lot of people don't get medical attention and just replace the sick rat. They are also highly intelligent and very sensitive though so I...see more »I agree. I love rats but they are really prone to illness. After 15 years I decided to give rats another go and got two. So far it has cost $150 for two consultations and medication. Tomorrow I will have to spend another $70 for a specialist consultation and then maybe another 250 for surgery that is if he doesn't have to be euthanised. Both of them have had serious respiratory infections and one has had a second infection leading to necrosis of the tail a lot of pain and suffering and either surgery or euthanasia tomorrow. This is all in just 6 months. You'd think I have bad luck but this is not uncommon for Rats. Because they are so small and cheap a lot of people don't get medical attention and just replace the sick rat. They are also highly intelligent and very sensitive though so I consider that cruel. As amazing and incredible these little guys are if you're the kind of person who takes animal welfare 100% seriously and really loves your rat then sadly they are just too heart breaking to keep. There is a reason why rats breed so prolifically. They are just not evolved to live very long.

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  • DanielR360 commented on chooseausername's forum topic Don't keep rats as pet !6 months ago

    I've got the same problem now. Rats haven't been domesticated naturally over time like dogs and cats have. Rats have been selectively bred and in-bred for use in laboratories and science experiments and because of this they are extremely susceptible to respiratory illness and pneumonia. I read about this 15 years ago when I was going to get some pet rats and decided never to do so. But over time I forgot all about that and 6 weeks ago got two male puppies on impulse from a private breeder. A week or two later they started sneezing and wheezing and I went "grooaan...oh nooo...now I remember why I was never going to keep rats as pets." I'm keeping a very close eye on them and keeping their enclosure super-clean, feeding them healthy stuff etc. etc. but notwithstanding I expect t...see more »I've got the same problem now. Rats haven't been domesticated naturally over time like dogs and cats have. Rats have been selectively bred and in-bred for use in laboratories and science experiments and because of this they are extremely susceptible to respiratory illness and pneumonia. I read about this 15 years ago when I was going to get some pet rats and decided never to do so. But over time I forgot all about that and 6 weeks ago got two male puppies on impulse from a private breeder. A week or two later they started sneezing and wheezing and I went "grooaan...oh nooo...now I remember why I was never going to keep rats as pets." I'm keeping a very close eye on them and keeping their enclosure super-clean, feeding them healthy stuff etc. etc. but notwithstanding I expect they will both succumb to pneumonia sooner or later. They are incredibly cute and affectionate and intelligent and adorable but unfortunately domestic rats carry a host of deadly pathogens, not dangerous to us humans but very much so to them :(

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