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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Sweetie - almost 21 months...

I normally never post a rat here until they hit 2 years of age, but Sweetie needs to be celebrated earlier. She is the smallest rat I have ever met, and her family seems to be genetically smaller, but she also had some horrible neglect from ratling-hood onwards til she arrived and had her latest litter whom I called the Sugarbabies. One of her brothers passed at a very early age and Sweetie about 3 months ago started showing signs of wearing down. Her coat roughened, and grew a bit sparse, she lost weight, her spine and hips are prominent but she has the elderly lady belly too. Then she started having some laboured breathing. I have tried all sorts of abs to cure her, tried diagnostic enalapril (no response), so now I am just attempting to keep her from losing anymore weight and also to keep her comfortable for the time she has left. Right now she is on baytril and doxy, with dexamethasone added to her oral baytril every 2nd day...so far its working well and she has stabilized. She never was a big girl but now she is 217 grams at only 21 months of age. I originally thought she was younger when she arrived but how fast she is aging has made me add a couple of months to her estimated age.

My teeny tiny girl I adore. As Arlene said, she IS her name.

Here she is, sick of being stepped on by her daughters and cagemates


Always gentle, never grabby


To show you how incredibly tiny she really is...


Pose my pretty girl.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 12:37 PM
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Aw she is very cute! Glad she has a good life


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Awww...she is a cute little lady.




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Wow--she is very tiny, and very adorable. I hope that she fully enjoys the time she has left with you, and that her meds continue to help her to get better.


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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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Awww..What a pretty girl. I suppose she'd be a Fashion Model if she were human, she's so little.

Beautiful girl, glad you grabbed her up to give her a nice life.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 04:04 PM
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wow lilspaz she is tiny. Have you ever thought she could be a dwarf. I have some dwarfs that are big like her and some that are mixed. as in they are to big to be dwarfs yet still to small to be considered small. And a couple that are dwarfs. Like my sookie stakehouse is a dwarf. Although here in PA some larger dwarfs have been showing up.
my one I call tiger lily was told to me that when they got her she was 3 months old and they had her for a good 3 months after but her size dumbfounded me and the lady I got her from. Come to find out she is a dwarf.
Sweetie is cute though and small. she could be old old if she is a dwarf is their anyway to determine a rats real age besides taking it to the vet or at lest a way of determining close to the age?
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PS I'm sorry sweetie is getting older and haveing problems. At lest she is having a happy rat life. you were a rat hero to her.


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You are the weirdest cat I ever seen.
Now matter how big or small wierd or normal we or animals may be we can learn to love and get along and love is what makes it all worth wild. Becuase Beautie is in the eye of the beholder an no one is ugly or more prettyer then anything eals we are all equal. There are some ugly people and things but that is becuase man kind makes them this way do to thier actions.
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My Saffron was tiny too.




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she's so cute, I love her!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-28-2009, 02:35 PM
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Aww she is totally a Sweetie! She is absolutely stunning...she is very tiny but you can also see she is an oap ratty bless her i am glad she got a home with you she looks happy!!! x

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