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Hello so i had my baby Theodore he was my heart rat i spent every minute of my day with him he loved going for car rides and getting snacks from the store i broughg him to work with me and i even slept with him at night he was my world but he was alone he didnt have a cage mate because of his aggressive behavior i have been told many times he should have been put down instead since rats cant be happy alone but he seemed so happy his eyes boggling and his teeth chittering showed me that everytime i held him or pet him he was never truly alone because i was with him but i keep getting told he wasnt happy and that rats hide it and that he was misrable because he was alone but i dont believe that because he showed so much love and he would play and love on me all the time he was always by my side when i say this i mean it litteraly he never left my side 24/7 i was with him i did everything for him and i just hope he knows that and that hes resting now he had a really bad respratory infection and the medicine never could get rid of it i tried so hard to keep him happy i hope i succeeded
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Hi and so sorry to hear about your beautiful boy Theodore.
Every now and then you hear about a rat who can't live with other rats, and manages to have a great life anyway as a lone rat. For some reason I notice this seems to work better with males, perhaps because of their personalities.
From what you say, it sounds to me like he had a great life, and the enrichment he got was going everywhere with you and having lots of different experiences.
I'm so sorry he got sick - he sounds like one of those rats that you don't come across every day. 馃挆
 

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He really was he a special guy thank you all my other rats definitely have companions but he loved his life i could feel it he got to do and see so many things i loved him with everything i have and i know he loved me back i hope his life didnt make him unhappy because it really didnt seem like it but i just kept being told that and it started to get to me if he was unhappy then why was he always smiling and licking me he seemed to have so much joy even when he got sick he just had so much love in his heart despite the aggression twords my others
 

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He really was he a special guy thank you all my other rats definitely have companions but he loved his life i could feel it he got to do and see so many things i loved him with everything i have and i know he loved me back i hope his life didnt make him unhappy because it really didnt seem like it but i just kept being told that and it started to get to me if he was unhappy then why was he always smiling and licking me he seemed to have so much joy even when he got sick he just had so much love in his heart despite the aggression twords my others
Remember, the reason we recommend giving rats a buddy is to improve their quality of life and make them HAPPY.
But your rat wasn't happy with other rats - shown by his agression towards them - so for him the best quality of life was living his best life with you. He looks like a right character.:)
 

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Remember, the reason we recommend giving rats a buddy is to improve their quality of life and make them HAPPY.
But your rat wasn't happy with other rats - shown by his agression towards them - so for him the best quality of life was living his best life with you. He looks like a right character.:)
Thank you that definitely brought me some comfort i needed to hear that i truly believe he was happy i love that little man with my whole heart he made my life so much better i got through so much with him this is gonna be so hard without him i will never forget him and the love he shared with me
 

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Your Theodore looks like a very happy, no-nonsense Rat who had little interest in other rats but only loved you. I've had older Rats who outlived siblings, and chose to be Odd Couple with them instead of putting them through the stress of meeting young whippersnappers 馃お please don't feel guilty. You have a love bond, and remember, Love is eternal, separation temporary. Rat loss is murderous but I speak from experience, the pain fades with time and pure joy remains.馃挅鉁. Theodore will jump into your arms on the other side of the 馃寛馃挒
 

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Your Theodore looks like a very happy, no-nonsense Rat who had little interest in other rats but only loved you. I've had older Rats who outlived siblings, and chose to be Odd Couple with them instead of putting them through the stress of meeting young whippersnappers 馃お please don't feel guilty. You have a love bond, and remember, Love is eternal, separation temporary. Rat loss is murderous but I speak from experience, the pain fades with time and pure joy remains.馃挅鉁. Theodore will jump into your arms on the other side of the 馃寛馃挒
Thank you this made my day i actually picked up his ashes yesturday and i have been struggling alot i have been consumed with gulit thinking he may have been lonely but seeing this reassured me that he was happy and loved he had a good life and even tho hes gone now i know i did my best for him and i gave him all the love in the world he was never alone he had me and i had him i miss him so much but he will never really be gone he made such an impact on my life i will always choose to be more like him and love others the way he loved me i want to make sure his memories never dies he taught me so much about myself and the world i will hold onto that and continue to grow and be a better person for him
 

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I'm so sorry for your loss hiddencoyote. You and Theodore share a deep love and I believe he's always with you. When some of the sorrow passes I hope you'll be happy knowing your love is never lost. And I think all Rats would be fortunate to have a human to care for them as you do馃挅馃槉
Hang in there good human!
 
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