So just as the title describes, I need advice
Early this week I lost my two beautiful baby girls.
They meant the world to me and I feel completely ripped off I didn't see them grow to their full potential as the amazing pets they were becoming.
I'm sorry this may be a hard read and it is not short. But I would appreciate ANY advice. Just please be nice, I lost my babies and they really did mean the world to me.
We had two rats. They were born October 13/2014 So were around 3.5 months old. Both females.
So Monday night I went to fill up their bowl water bowl as Clover was perched on the edge of it.
As I grabbed her to lift the water dish up I noticed she was skin and bones. I gave her to my fiance to cuddle and I grabbed my little one Hedwig
I noticed something was seriously wrong with her as soon as I grabbed her. Like Clover she was skin and bones as well she had some blood on her vagina and barely any motor function.
Vet was immediately called but as I live in a small town there is only one vet who was on call elsewhere up the valley (something farm animal related) and did not have service. My fiance researched and said it looked like their Uterus was filled with blood and to try and messaging thier tummies)
My first reaction was to get some food in to her, So wrapped her my sweater and I mixed some wet dog food with warm water and tried feeding her with a spoon. But she was barely moving and couldn't see what was happening though her eyes were open.
It just escalated past that point. We tried gently messaging their sunken stomachs but it didn't seem to help any
She had a seizure then started ejecting blood from her uterus ( or some area very close to her vagina, I was too scared to inspect closer)
I picked her up and after another seizure I felt her leave and she started vibrating. She was in rigamortis and stiff within 5 minutes of death.. I've never seen it happen that fast.. I'm talking so still I couldn't even move her poor tail.
Clover died the same way not 10 minutes after her sister..
A little back ground
-We did have a problem with the girls peeing in places that they weren't supposed to (soaking their beds and hides, peeing in their food and water dishes, all over their ramps, cage bars, ledges, the wall behind the cage)
We just thought it was a dominance issue as they came from different litters but shared the same father.
-We were worried clover was a boy for a bit as there was swelling were potential testicles would grow, but later rules it out as she looked female and had nipples.
We fed them like royalty (all approved foods from the safe lists) as well as ground flax seed, cranberries and tofu weekly to prevent any UTI or tumors. They also always had their lab blocks available (Kaytee brand)
-They had 2 water bottles that were changed weekly and got fresh water in their dish twice a day. (alternating dishes as they liked to pee in it)
-The last thing they ate was Friday night and was tofu, broccoli, zucchini and some nuts/ dry pasta mixed with their lab blocks. So a pretty normal meal for them.
They lived in a large super pet rat cage, White bars, blue base. 2 metal levels and latters.
Had 2 hides on the bottom of cage
-I use wood pellets for bedding (now im worried about that)
-2 water bottles and a water dish
-2 feeding bowls (One for fresh food, one for lab blocks)
- I gave them some printed paper to play with the night before this happened. They were from one of those word of the day flip calenders
-They had an cardboard insert from the packaging our crock pot came with that I cut holes in for them to play with, They did eat some of the cardboard.
Similar to this one (not my picture)
Please Let me know what you think happened
I can't bring my girls back but I can prevent this from happening again if its something I did wrong.
I honestly don't know what I missed.
I'm sorry I let you down darlings
Rest in Peace
Rest in Peace