Okay I am really confused now.... Let me explain, for those that don't know, about 3-4 weeks ago we purchaed (rescued) 2 standard chinnies from a run down pet shop here in Southern Italy, and about 13 days ago the female passed away, she wasn't doing well from the start, but seemed she had been getting better, so we had hopes for her. After Vickie's passing, Torro seemed to be doing okay and a week later we went and visited a recommened breeder in hopes of finding same sex mates for Torro (which we came home with 2). Now although they have been in seperate cages, I didn't have them totally isolated (as I know I should have, so now I'm worried). Anyway back to the subject, Last night after bottle feeding the 2 new kittens, I checked on the chinnies (about 1:00am) and all was fine. Darren came home from work this morning and the chinnies were jumping and playing, he said Torro was just a be bopping all over his cage, then after feeding the kittens he peeked on them again, before heading to bed (about 6:30am). Well when I got up this morning, and after a very serious phone call I received, I finally made my way to the chinnies, (about 9:00am) and I noticed Torro laying on the bottom of his cage, so I imediately picked him up out of the cage and his breathing was very shallow, I rubbed him trying to get his circulation going, and within 10 minutes he passed on. Now this is why I am so confused, we weighed both him and Vickie when we got them, then I weighed him again (he seemed to have lost a little weight), and then when we got the new chinnie boys, I weighed Torro again (and he lost some more weight), however his appetite had increased and his soft poop had returned to almost normal, so I figured he was just adjusting to a new place, diet, ect... We couldn't convert him over from what he was eating (because they pretty much had bird food and bread in the cage for them), so we had to switch him over straight out. My thoughts are leaning towards diabetes, due to the increase appetite, energy, and yet still loosing weight. We weighed him after he passed and he lost another 23g in approx. 4 days. I thought I mis-wrote his first weight down as it was so close to Vickies, but Darren led me to believe I didn't which means he went from 376g to 280g(after passing) in 3-4 weeks. Any clues as to what might have caused this? It happened so quick and there were no signs of illness what so ever. Appetite increase, Engery level High, Loss of Weight. Again those were the only symptoms we have...... I am hoping to be able to prevent this from happening again, if it can be prevented, Please Help!!!!!
R.I.P. Torro - Please know you weren't meant to pass and we will miss you dearly.