Twiggy was an older tilty boy when he arrived on October 9 of last year, but he made himself right at home
Everyone loved his plucky spirit and happy buggy eyes. I had really hoped for a cagemate for this lovely boy but with rats it was a whole different story. Blood shed instantly…Sigh
But then bad things started to happen. He had a swelling behind his jaw…it was becoming a real concern as I was thinking Zymbal’s Gland tumour, a very bad and fatal tumour for a rat to get. It grew and grew but never seemed to bother him. I was just waiting for a sign that he was ready.
The monstrous thing scabbed and then started to open up at the top. I was going to take him to my vet the next day to be pts, but he still wasn’t acting “off” in the slightest, so I took a better look at it and discovered pus…Abscess!!!! I was thrilled for a short while but it was a horrible thing to deal with, and it came back again months later. This time it went away for good, and Twiggy just aged lump-free like a little old man should. He developed a constant URI but it was managed pretty well by antibiotics for the most part.
Twiggy absolutely hated the treatment for the abscess and would cry and flail…but his capacity for forgiveness was amazing. No treats or cuddles for him, just let him run/toddle around on the bedroom floor and he was perfectly fine within seconds. LOL
My lovely brave boy in between abscess occurrences, he was 2 years old here.
At 26 months his HED was pretty bad but this boy could really haul himself around
And at 29 months, happy, bright, and still loving life.
Goodbye Bright Eyes…we did the long haul together and made it out the other side.