One of my rats ended up getting a tumor about a month back, it can't be removed because it's behind some of her internal organs and she would have a high chance of dying during surgery. I decided not to put her down until it was detracting from her quality of life and while it was small she was still a very happy playful girl. Though now larger than a golf ball it's pressing against her organs and today I say the sign that it's time. Watching her over the litter box as she went to pee I suddenly saw nothing but bloody urine. First thing tomorrow I am taking her in to put her down and say goodbye. She was so young, only 1 year old and already ripped from my life.
I always knew Belladonna to be the ladylike rat, she is so polite always sitting at the edge of my cup of tea and sipping out of it so delicately unlike her sister Filistata who dives right in for a swim. She never tried to take my food and always eat off a spoon. She never let her paws or nose get dirty and loved to snuggle her mommy in bed. She enjoyed hiding in my shirt and curling up in my lap with with munchies. I gave her a chocolate chip cookie and a scoop of ice cream knowing tomorrow I have to say goodbye to my brave little soul. Her sister now lays curled to her side holding her tight in their home, I feel bad knowing Filistata has no idea tomorrow will be the last time she sees her sister. They were together from the first day, I wish they could have been together till the last as well.
For Bella's memory