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Chaos - June 18, 2010 – October 16, 2010…I hate Mills/BYB’s

Many many years ago, the rat mills in my area sold pretty blazed, striking rats…you could recognize a Petsmart rat so quickly. I guess the mills finally realized that a lot of the young pups died before they could be of any financial gain to them. They started breeding pearl merles, etc, and now mink is the most common colour for rats in petstores now.
But recently there has been a resurgence of these blazed rats in the area. I think there’s a new Mill that’s opened up and a lot of the BYB’s are breeding them because everyone still wants those “pretty rats”.

Megacolon was a rare thing here in Ontario and most pet owners had never heard of it. Sadly in the last couple of years there have been more and more of them, and more and more rats suffering and dying from this wretched genetic condition.

I recently took in 9 male rats from someone who was going to have them killed the next day. Imagine my surprise when I find fawns and beige hoodies, and 1 black capped, lightning blazed boy who is smaller than the rest. He was sleek, and happy and healthy just smaller. Last week he had some soft stool issues, but these ended up resolving. I was going to take him to my vet for a look-see/feel and possibly tests for internal parasites but Chao’s fickle butt stopped producing.

Last night I came home from picking up my 2 boys after their neuter and found Chaos with a large squishy malformed poop hanging out of his butt. I had to gently help him pass that. I palpated his belly and found a hard lump in the central part of his gut. This morning I woke up and found even more lumps that you could now see with the naked eye. I called my vet, rushed him in and he was examined. We concluded it wasn’t a mild case that might respond to a special diet, enemas, and laxatives. He was humanely put to sleep.

Chaos was only 4 months old, which is early for late onset. He was a friendly, playful, wonderful character. He was just like his Daddy who I am in love with. I am so sorry I didn’t get to know the wonderful special boy he was going to be. He would’ve been one of my own Specials.

Chaos, you were named that because I had a feeling you would be causing me a lot of chaos in my life and in my heart and I was right. I really hope there’s a lot of yummy things where you are that don’t cause you any pain. I miss you tremendously even though I only knew you for 16 days.

Love you,
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When they arrived, all the boys were shy and nervous, not understanding what was going on. Most of them hid and ran. Chaos ran and explored instead.




The next day they all decided they liked this whole new life and they came out of their shell (like night and day), especially my little fellow …he was calm and sweet from the start.




He's grown a bit and is getting chunky




Happy with his Dad and brothers a few days ago

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So sorry to read about your loss of such a young boy, who it seems should have had a whole lot more time to explore before such a young passing....

He was a VERY beautiful boy. I thank you for sharing him with us. Reminds me a little of a girl I lost not too long ago.... So pretty.

P.S. Would this be a bad time for a question?
(Are those "Blazed" variations more prone to Megacolon than other rat variations?)
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P.S. Would this be a bad time for a question?
(Are those "Blazed" variations more prone to Megacolon than other rat variations?)
Never a bad time to ask questions like this.

Yes, high white markings can be indicative of potential MC in a rat. It doesn't mean all rats will get MC but they are more likely to. There are "safer" high white markings like headspots, etc, but the lightning blaze is not one of them.

Here is a post I put up on here that explains it all.

http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f16/m...ase-44025.html

Unfortunately the original post's link to High Whites is defunct, but here is another working link

http://www.spoiledratten.com/highwhitecont.html

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I'm sorry to hear about Chaos, lilspaz. He does look like he was an awfully sweet little boy.

As far as blazes are concerned, I guess I've been lucky. My Russell has a blaze, and I know Dustette's Louna is also blazed. Neither of them has gotten MC, but that might have been luck. Hopefully breeders will be more careful and conscientious in the future...


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aww. RIP little baby. he was just way too cute. I also hate mills and BYB. I heard that in San Francisco they want to pass a law to forbid selling animals in pet shops. Wouldn't that be remarkable?

I think that MC also has a bigger tendency to happen if mommy and daddy rat are high whites?
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aww. RIP little baby. he was just way too cute. I also hate mills and BYB. I heard that in San Francisco they want to pass a law to forbid selling animals in pet shops. Wouldn't that be remarkable?

I think that MC also has a bigger tendency to happen if mommy and daddy rat are high whites?
Actually no.

I emailed the former "owners" and asked what the mom looked like (she was gone by the time I found out about them) and she looked just like Chaos. Daddy on the other hand is not high white...but may carry it

This is Daddy Zeus

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oh...
genes are really complicated! Louna's mom was a black berk, her dad a siamese and Louna was the only one with another female of the litter to be blazed. The others were all black berks!
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genes are really complicated! Louna's mom was a black berk, her dad a siamese and Louna was the only one with another female of the litter to be blazed. The others were all black berks!
Daddy may have been a marked siamese like a little fellow my friend took into her rescue. When he smeezed out the marking would disappear.

This was Littlefoot (Land Before Time themed litter) as a wee baby


This was Littlefoot before he got really bad and was pts. (note the diarrhea)

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poor baby!
but yes he probably was, i remember some rats at the pet shop had litters (brother-sister mating... grrr) both parents siamese and the babies looked like little foot!
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This is so sad, but I'm glad this post is here. The more budding fanciers who know the better.


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