Claire....you know I love you.
BUT I don't think you can handle a dog right now. You've all ready expressed your own financial issues with your ratties being sick. It will be, financially, then times more with even one dog. You're often very concerned and scared about your ratties happiness and wellness. I know in my heart that you're capable
of handling these rats, but something is always severely worrying you to the point where you confess that you feel VERY upset and hopeless.
Only you know what causes you to react like this. Is it your lack of familiarity with rats? You need to assess this, because these feelings will affect a dog WAY MORE than rats or cats. Now, as I said, I KNOW you're smart and fully capable, but what I need is for you to realize this. *hugs* Your rats need you right now, to guide them as they get used to having cats around. If you get a dog, what then? The rats will be even more scared and confused. That's fine, but I really feel you're not prepared for that. Remember, I love ya lots, but you freak out quite a bit. Know that we're all here to help you when you feel like this. *hugs* I'm just worried that when you get a dog, you'll see the rats change, and you'll hardly be able to handle it, again. Before you get a dog, I would really like to see you fully gain confidence
, and control
over these rats and their progress dealing with the cats' presence. Again I'm also concerned about the financial position. I think it would be good for you, and your pets relationships, to just self reflect for a while, and really really get to know your rats.
Please know I come in peace, I just want to voice my concerns