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Title: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kmw on April 08, 2003, 10:19:12 AM
I had not updated my spreadsheet before the board went down.  My last update was on 02/17/03, and these are the last few rats I recorded:

Pearl   F   28
Latka   M   33
Ruben   M   25
Sylvester   M   28
Petey   M   23
Punkin   M   26
Baby   F   24
Christopher   M   24
Homie   M   21
Hope   F   35
Topher Alan Piglet   M   11
Irving   M   3
Lily   F   24
Mousie   F   23
Ric   M   27
Floyd   M   30

If you're not sure if I recorded your rats, please PM me, and we can figure it out.  If you've had a loss, or haven't recorded your rats' information, post here.  

The goal of this is to get a feel for how long pet rats live.  I've seen 2-4 years, but the average seems to be far closer to 2, than 3 or 4.  
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on April 08, 2003, 06:00:06 PM
Just 1 to add:

Claire   16 months  (pituitary tumor)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattie639 on April 09, 2003, 03:58:46 PM
Redds 37 months [tumor]
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sagsgerbils on April 10, 2003, 03:54:33 AM
Tuesday    Male - aprox 8 months (age unknown,  cause of death unknown)
Skyler       Male 18 months (seizure of unknown cause)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ellie on April 10, 2003, 03:29:04 PM
Barney - 2 months , suspected brain tumour.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bonnie on April 10, 2003, 03:38:18 PM
I had one pass during the crash...

Thunder, Male, accident litter at pet store
14.5 months, inner ear infection/cold
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sonyaelflady on April 11, 2003, 07:19:34 PM
My rats's lifespans, with cause of death, and I've tried to note where rats were related, as well as breeds and where they were acquired.  I've also noted my still-living rats, with medical conditions.

Samantha - female, standard coat, privately owned pet store(ships rats in), sister to Hannah - 31m (ruptured tumour, hemorrhage)

Hannah - female, standard coat, privately owned pet store(ships rats in), sister to Samantha - 39m (multiple causes, including cancer, multiple benign mammory tumours, ruptured tumour/cyst on neck (was healed at time of death))

Vivianne - female, standard coat, privately owned pet store (ships rats in - same store as Sammy and Hanny) - 10m (sudden acute resp. distress, cause unknown - possible acute myco flair-up.)

Mira - female, standard coat, privately owned pet store (extremely poor conditions, reported to SPCA.  Bred rats on-site) - 24m (unspecified neurologic disorder - involved seizures)

Moiraine - female, standard coat, privately owned pet store (breeds rats on-site) - 18m (systemic infection secondary to cyst on neck, also had a benign mammary tumour)

Joan - female, standard coat, chain pet store - 10m (suspected brain tumour - became progressively more aggressive over several months prior to death)

Isabelle - female, standard coat, novice breeder, sister to Raizel - 18m (cause of death undetermined, possibly intentional starvation, refused food after death of sister.  also had benign mammary tumour.)

Raizel - female, standard coat, novice breeder, sister to Isabelle - 18m (suspected cranial tumour (possibly in sinus)).

Phoebe - female, velour, privately owned pet store(acquired rats from reptile show), mother to Elf, April, Random, and Chance - 26m (suspected lymphatic cancer.  also had benign mammary tumours.)

Elf - female, rex, mother was pregnant from pet store, daughter to Phoebe, sister to April, Random, and Chance - 26m (uterine hemorrhage, suspected pyometra/uterine mycoplasmosis.  had a benign mammary tumour removed at 18m of age.)

April - female, rex, mother was pregnant from pet store, daughter to Phoebe, sister to Elf, Random, and Chance - 27m (euthanised due to severe necrosis of benign mammary tumour, which measured 4"x5" at her death.  Tumour was not removed due to obesity/risk of anesthesia.)

Chance - male, rex, mother was pregnant from pet store, son to Phoebe, brother to Elf, April, and Random - 14m (died under anesthesia while undergoing removal of 3"x3" mass from neck/jaw - composition of tumour unknown, suspected lymphatic cancer.)

Random - male, rex, mother was pregnant from pet store, son to Phoebe, brother to Elf, April, and Chance- 10m (sudden, accute resp. distress, cause unknown - possible insect sting.)

Abigail - female, hairless, privately owned pet store(bred rats on-site) - 24m (suspected heart failure secondary to severe active mycoplasma infection.  Survived 7m on antibiotics w/ steroids after initial onset of active myco infection.)

Kayah - female, rex, privately owned pet store (bred rats on-site - indescriminate breeding, poor conditions), cousin to Kia - 7m (euthanized due to squamous cell carcinoma of the brain/ear canal, which was discovered, upon removal, to have ruptured her skull.  Had benign polyp previously removed from same ear canal at 5m of age, recurred.)

Kia - female, standard coat, privately owned pet store (bred rats on-site - indescriminate breeding, poor conditions), cousin to Kayah - living at 18m.  Obese, possible borderline diabetic.  Recurrent porphorin discharge from eyes, resistant to antibiotic treatment.  

Fern - female, standard coat, privately owned pet store (acquired by store from breeder), sister to Ivy - living at 7m.  Had possible myco flair-up following Abby's death, porphorin staining of nose.  Responded to Baytril, very occassional recurrence of porphorin staining w/ stress.  Otherwise very healthy.  

Ivy - female, standard coat, privately owned pet store (acquired by store from breeder), sister to Fern - living at 7m.  Possible myco flair-up following Abby's death, porphorin staining of nose.  Initially responded to Baytril but still very sensitive to stress/environmental changes, porphorin staining of nose recurring.  Otherwise healthy.  

Emma - female, standard coat, SPCA - living at 12 weeks.  No known health problems; was malnourished in infancy due to being abandoned (acquired at 3.5 weeks).

Lizette - female, velour/hairless?, privately owned pet store (bred rats on-site) - living at 6 weeks.  No known health problems; had lice when acquired.

-Sonya
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kathleen on April 14, 2003, 01:50:11 PM
Kevala: aprox. 37 months, suspected liver failure, internal bleeding, tumor. Cause of death was euthanasia.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scarlet on April 16, 2003, 08:51:25 AM
Loki...18 months...stroke.

BA... 27 months...pnumonia following neurological problems and a fall.

Honey...Approx 12 months (rescue) Sudden onset of pnumonia. PTS.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kathleen on April 16, 2003, 01:27:39 PM
Isabel: aprox. 12 months, cause of death unknown. (My shortest-lived rat. She died in 2002.)

Sugar: aprox. 60 months, cause of death unknown. (My longest-lived rat. She died several years ago.)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: stripedrats on April 16, 2003, 05:36:25 PM
Christopher, M, 27 months (myco)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: aj on April 17, 2003, 01:04:35 PM
Conrat, HoRatio, and Ratmaninoff were all about 2 when they died (not sure of their birth dates).

A.J.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Tara S on April 18, 2003, 01:30:17 AM
Bob- 5 months approx, cause of death unknown.
Randy- 7 months approx, cause of death unknown( Bob and Randy were brothers from the same litter, 2 months before Bob died the breeder I got them off lost nearly her entire rat colony due to unknown causes )
Bacardi- 12 months, died during surgery to remove a tumor.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: EmilyRugburn on April 19, 2003, 01:14:55 AM
Daisy, aged 20 months.  Pet store rat.  Tumor. PTS.
Cheddar, aged 20 months.  Pet store rat.  Tumor.  Died in her sleep.

One died on March 16th and one on the 17th.  They weren't done playing with each other, I guess.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: eor on April 23, 2003, 08:36:16 AM
Snarf :heart: male, 18 mos - natural
Spooky   :heart: male, 25 mos - natural
Miko   :heart: male, 18 mos - fast growing tumor in abdomen and allergic to carrots ( :huh: )
Argo   :heart: male, 21 mos - had a small benign tumor on back, but I do not believe it affected his quality of life
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spiralgirl on April 24, 2003, 08:47:20 PM
 :'( Here's a new one to add from the Spiralrats.

SPR Saxon, male, 18mo - cause of death, complications from an abscess
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Noe on April 25, 2003, 09:47:34 PM
Fred - 13 - myco

Anubis - 21 - pts due to complications from myco
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: elegy on April 26, 2003, 01:51:45 AM
euripides/moose - 27 months. suspected pituitary tumor (pts)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Falls City Rattery on April 26, 2003, 10:21:51 PM
This is my first addition...

Moe 3 mths 1 day :(  Breeder bred rat.

Cause of death:  Heart Attack after surgery to remove a throat tumor.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RumbleNTumbleRats on April 29, 2003, 07:23:56 PM
Litter of 3
2 boys. Unknown cause of death. 1 Day old
Girl Unknown cause of death 2 days old
From a litter of 6
Lucksy~Internal bleeding 1 day
Punkin~Unknown 1 day
Hipster~Still Born
Freddy~Still Born
Fudge~Attacked by my evil doxie
2 months

 Still living that may soon cross the rainbow bridge

Mocha~2 yrs~3 Tumors Inside Stomach and Cold or Pneumonia
Pepper~8 mths~Broken Leg~Respiratory Infection~Eye Infection~Leg Infection~Pneumonia

We are fighting for and with them but so far not much good has been done from it.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: popeyes_cat on May 05, 2003, 11:17:51 AM
Marley - PetSmart rat - 26 mos. - respiratory distress of unknown cause (opacities observed in lungs on radiographs)

Cashew - from a seedy pet store - 34 mos. - lung abscess caused by a highly antibiotic-resistant bacterium (Pseudomonas species)

Jimmy - PetSmart rat - 3 mos. - complications (cause unknown, very fast heart rate) during anesthesia while being neutered
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: flannel on May 10, 2003, 05:00:05 PM
Bianca - 9 mos. feeder rat. no signs of illness at all.

Ruby nearly 2 - rescue.  no signs of illness at all
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: vein on May 13, 2003, 08:55:37 PM
Oreo - 25 months (died hours after surgery for a cancerous tumor - too attached which resulted in a lot of blood loss, and we didn't expect her to get much more time without it being removed anyway)

Puff - 24 months (sister of Oreo, she'd never gotten over the death of Snow White 7 months earlier and eventually just wasted away)

Snow White - 20 months, CHF and asthma ending up with a burst vessel in her lungs or heart and her dying in a panic in under a minute (her death made me resolve to never go to Petsmart again in my life)

Marshmellow - 20 months (1 week exactly after her sister SW died) of cancer throughout her body which we assume shut down her kidneys in the end

Monchichi - 30 months, natural causes (born in 1998)

Rose - 15 months, myco (born in 1999, only rat I've owned to actually show symptoms of myco)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BlueMoon on May 14, 2003, 03:12:11 PM
Rizzo- M- 2 years, 2 months- respiratory failure due to myco

Nicodemus- M- 2 years, 5 months- respiratory failure due to myco

Isabella- F- 2 years, 7 months- combination of abcess and pituitary tumor

OshKosh- M- 2 years, 8 months- combination of myco, tumor, and infected wound was too much for him to handle

Buckwheat- M- 2 years, 9 months- respiratory failure due to myco

Fletcher- M- 2 years, 9 and a half months- combination of myco and a tumor

Templeton- M- 2 years, 10 months- myco and old age in general

Marigold- F- 2 years, 11 months- immediate cause of death unclear, did not seem to be myco-related. Found with belly and underside of tail covered in blood, not sure of the source, apparantly had a seizure and died shortly after.

(The above rats were wild/domestic cross)

Geraldine- F- 1 year, 8 months- Pituitary tumor

Miranda- F- 1 year, 10 months- Had cancerous tumor removed, incision became infected, 3 months later visible tumor returned, likely had internal spread of cancer as well.

(Geraldine and Miranda were pet store rescues)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: menagerie on May 17, 2003, 08:46:14 PM
Angel -- Female 24 mos  Pituitary tumor, pts.
Patches -- Female 23 mos -- Pituitary tumor, heart and lung problems, pts.
Ditto -- Male 4 mos respiratory problems
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: vx on May 20, 2003, 11:34:51 PM
Lily - petco rat - approx. 18 months developed inoperable tumor under spine which caused paralysis.  Euthanized @ 20 mos.

Sam - snake food - 18 mos, stroke or heart failure.  

Lola - unknown, vet rescue - approx. 2 yrs, pituitary tumor.

Daisy - vet bred - approx. 2 yrs., gradual hind leg paralysis.

Jack - born w/ one eye; irresponsible breeder, not weaned properly, probable neurological damage w/ degenerative paralysis - 3 mos.

Toby - rescue brought to us recently neutered.  Within two weeks left us due to abscessed internal damage (we are still not clear what happened).  Est. 3 mos.

Spike - Jennie's only boy; neutered.  Sudden onset pneumonia @ approx. 20 mos.

Lucy - petco rat - myco infection.  Escaped outside & lost for 5 weeks, then found.  Six months later died from alien internal parasite @ almost 2 yrs.

Jennie - vet bred for hawk food (vet staff made me take her), pregnant @ approx. 6 wks old when we brought her home.  She was a remarkable and wonderful mother.  A high-strung PEW, survived pneumonia as well as a very weird throat swelling that closely resembled a tumor.  Left us @ approx. 28 mos., combination of myco and spinal degeneration.

Lucita - beautiful angel, rescue from AZ, long-suffering myco.  Est. 2-1/2 yrs.

I hope, wish, and pray that this is it for long time.  
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bruxie on May 21, 2003, 07:40:48 PM
It's been awhile since I've posted here, good to see everyone is still here :)

My Sprague-Dahley lab rats lived for quite a long time.

Duffy- 29 months

Itty Bitty- ( I swear this is the truth) 39 months,
she eventually passed on from cancer.

Both my boys now, Larry and Moe are going on 22 months.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: conundrum on May 22, 2003, 01:22:41 AM
Ratty (adopted from 5th grade school project) - roughly 38 mo

Scruffy (adopted from Humane Society) - roughly 35 mo

Marble (adopted from high school project) - roughly 26 mo
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on May 25, 2003, 06:25:13 PM
Daphne    18 months    complications from SDA
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: saiko_alley on May 25, 2003, 09:07:20 PM
Pipsy ,black hooded,  female 5 years old - old age
Ginger , cream hooded , female 2 weeks - SDA
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AmeliaKeeper on May 26, 2003, 12:02:00 PM
Snowmizer - 4 years, 8 months - old age
Charlotte - 2 years, 11 months - ovarian cyst
Isis - 3 years, 11 months - apparent old age
Sisi - 3 years, 2 months - mammary tumor
Munch - 2 years, 10 months - brain tumor causing radically agressive behavior
Madeline - 1 year, 10 months - mammary tumor
Retsae - 3 years - lung tumor
Evan - 11 months - stroke
Rhys - 2 years, 2 months (brother of Evan) - stroke
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spiralgirl on May 26, 2003, 12:22:52 PM
New one from Spiralrat Rattery to add to the list:

SPR Selki - M - 2 years, 3 months - kidney failure
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AngelZOO on May 26, 2003, 02:22:55 PM
I don't have exact dates, as most of my rats I had were when I was much younger. But most of them lived to be around 2 years old. Some died earlier. None lived to be too old.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dani on May 26, 2003, 07:37:55 PM
Unforunatly I have one to add. :'(
RATC Brie, 12/1/02 - 4/28/03 cause of death, broken tooth impailed nasal cavity when in to surgery and didn't make it.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratlovinblonde on May 29, 2003, 04:17:06 PM
Tiny: M app. 3 years, could me something to do with excess porphyrin and or a respiratory infection.

I miss him!! :'(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: apollo33me on May 30, 2003, 10:59:02 PM
Hudini Lived to be 4.5 years. Furball my daughters rat 5 years both died of cancer tumers. They where brothers both bought from a petstore.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Pillowy on May 31, 2003, 10:46:03 AM
Baxter- 6 months (Bad pneumonia)
Nike- 4 months (Same Case)
Adidas- 14 months (Fight with another rat, his stomach was ripped open. :'()
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: TianaKaeSha on May 31, 2003, 10:17:26 PM
Charlie: 23 months. PTS. Scared lungs, could no longer breathe
Cappuccino: 28 months. PTS. had severe bumblefoot and scared lungs
(these two were brothers who were mistreated by original owner and came to us with scaring on the lungs)

Sebastiana: Unknown date of birth - died about 10 weeks. Was pet shop rat who found ratsack. was with me only 20 mins :(
Gerbil: 3 Months of age (died of unknown cause)

Myst: Died 12 months of age. PTS. Had massive internal tumour, suspected form of Leukaemia (yet to be confirmed) had already started suffering internal bleeding.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Alicia on June 02, 2003, 03:30:29 AM
I was just reading all of the short lives rats spend with their owners. How can you deal with their deaths when you only have them for a short time (other than the obvious of charishing all the time you do have)? Just wondering. I'm already dreading the undeniable.

Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Noe on June 02, 2003, 11:54:35 AM
I was just reading all of the short lives rats spend with their owners. How can you deal with their deaths when you only have them for a short time (other than the obvious of charishing all the time you do have)? Just wondering. I'm already dreading the undeniable.

This story has always helped me:

Why Rats Are Only With Us A Short While (by Anonymous)

One day, some angels went to God and asked if they might spend some time on Earth, to learn and perhaps to teach. He answered that some of the people might be frightened of the angels, that His children's idea of beauty might not be His own. The angels replied that maybe those who could look past the differences deserved the blessings that they could give. But God was still concerned. The angels needed Heaven's air to breathe; they would suffocate down on Earth. The angels promised to hold their breath as long as possible,and would return when they could not hold it anymore. God agreed and sent down the angels.

Many people were frightened of these creatures, despised them, and tried to kill them in large numbers. However, the few who recognized the angelic qualities in the beings took them in and sheltered and fed them. In return, they received more joy and laughter than they could possibly imagine. But alas, soon the angels could hold their breath no longer. After just a short time on Earth, they left to go back to Heaven. But they were sure to tell the next group of angels exactly who to seek out when they went down.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BarbyG on June 03, 2003, 12:20:52 PM
Gana, white rat, addopted, cuz my girl saw they want to give her away as food for a snake, and buy it at that time. - Lived 54 Months (4 and 1/2 years). Cause of death was euthanasia, since she couldnt move her back legs normal anymore, and was looking like "plz, save me i want to walk again, in RatHeaven"..

Problem is also, i see what ALL pplz describe here at couses of death.. here, the vets just give them vitamin injections, and there was not a single case of a vet checking the REAL couse of sickness by rats.. that's Slovenia.. if for nothing else, i hate this country cuz of that. I think EACH anymal should get the full healthcare, no matter if elephant, cat, dog or a def. cuter and smarter of those all, a rat. ;)

Peace!

pIkI
Title: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: swub on June 03, 2003, 04:16:23 PM
Sadie        20 months     tumour
Kayla          7 months     tumour
Meg        23 months     tumour
Rosie        15 months     respiratory
Holly        32 months     old age/paralysis (euthanised)
Libby        20 months     facial abcess  
Abbey        22 months     old age
Willow        20 months     old age/respiratory
Tess        25 months     respiratory
Stella     still with us at 34 months        

* some ages are 'best guess' as they are all rescues
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Caitlin on June 03, 2003, 04:24:56 PM
Zia- female, 17-18 months, pet store, myco.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dawn on June 04, 2003, 11:52:31 AM
I just talked to the breeder I buy my blues from and she said she has a rat that is 6 years old!! :bdaysmile:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: HarleyQuinn on June 04, 2003, 11:55:42 AM
I just talked to the breeder I buy my blues from and she said she has a rat that is 6 years old!! :bdaysmile:

Whoa!  That's impressive.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Sabrina on June 04, 2003, 12:30:09 PM
Ellie: approx. 2 1/2 years old, pituitary gland tumor
Kaela: 11 months, PTS b/e of pneumonia
Piper: 11 months & 5 days, myco and what I think was a broken heart

 :heart:

if only they could have lived to be six years old......
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: HarleyQuinn on June 04, 2003, 12:36:56 PM
Oreo - 1 year 2 months, my babysitter dropped him on the floor :(
Sylvester - 1 year 4 months, rolled into a sleeping back by an unsuspecting family member
Cottonball - 1 month, cause unknown
Eeyore - 2 years, 5 months mammory tumors
Kirkpatrick - 3 years, 1 month respritory infection
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: apollo33me on June 06, 2003, 02:39:32 PM
Huidini died at 4.5 years old. and My daughters rat Furball died at 5 years old.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Meowlet on June 07, 2003, 11:35:49 AM
Most of these ages are approximate, since most of them are rescues of one form or another.

Ronnie (from a junior high dairy council experiment) - 2.25 years, died of old age (and he really missed his brother  :'()
Ricky (Ronnie's brother) - a shade over 2 years, died of a tumor.
Eddie - 2 years, unknown illness.
Tina - 3 years, mammary tumor.
Hitty - 32 months, mammary tumor.
Tabby - 33 months, unknown illness.

I also know of someone in the area who has a rat that's 5 years old...they've re-named him Methuzelah. ;)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BarbyG on June 10, 2003, 05:12:11 PM
Just by the way..  i saw on TV, it also depends of where's the rat from, how long will live.  ;D

Barby
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: silke on June 11, 2003, 04:46:55 PM
The people I got Minnie from just had their pet Mouser die at 4.5

I am really hoping Minnie is as lucky...oops I mean I hope I  am as lucky and Minnie lives that long
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kimmers on June 14, 2003, 06:08:53 PM
Sebastian - M - Petsmart rat - 28 months - Tumor
Ferris - M - Pet shop - 2 months -  unkown cause
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Frantic on June 21, 2003, 09:16:35 PM
MamaRat female rescue approx. 24 months old pts last week.  :'(++
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RabidSlinky on June 22, 2003, 04:08:18 AM
Cindy - F - Feedstore - ~40 mos - old age
Rascal - F - Feedstore - 32 mos - respiratory
Pepper - F - Feedstore - 35 mos - unknown
Cassie - F - Feedstore - 1 month - killed by Pepper during intro
Roo - F - Feedstore - 21 mos - dog knocked cage over while I was on vacation, died from internal injuries  :'(
Dinky - F - Feedstore - 2 weeks - suspected birth defect
Shady - F - Pet World - 28 mos - tumour
Kaycee - F - Feedstore - 28 mos - tumour
Fleck - M - Unexpected litter - 1 week - unknown
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: TopoLM on June 27, 2003, 06:09:37 PM
Since my boys were all adopted, their actual age is not certain, so I?m giving an approximation:

Jade:  F, 34m, passed in her sleep

Jewel (Jade?s sister): F, 34m, passed about two hours after Jade

Fiona:  F,  7m, reasons unknown

Baloo: M, 24m, reasons uknown, but shortly after a temperment change. Possible brain tumor.

Mr. McSquishItz:  M, 21m, complications from abcess

Nicodemus: M, 22m, I was told myco but I have doubts.

Victor: M, 36m passed in his sleep

Jade and Jewel lived long ago. But still, I am surprised by HOW they aged vs how Victor aged. In Victor?s geriatric time, he got that hippy old-man look. We spoiled him rotten with 10 different kinds of food trying to keep the weight on him. Jade and Jewel remained robust until the day they passed.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Aileen on June 28, 2003, 12:55:02 PM
Lilith Ratson: Female: Approx 3Yrs (Rescue): Ovarian Cyst/old age.

 :heart:

Aileen
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SmSweetAngelGirl on June 28, 2003, 12:55:18 PM
Jasmin-Female-Gray hooded rat-3 years (old age)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bonnie on July 04, 2003, 11:13:50 AM
I forgot about this thread!

Harley-Quinn- Bought at Petsmart.  ~2 years (mayne 2.3)  Already thinnning- went on vacation, didn't eat, came back kinda started eating again, but wasn't the same.

I'd say he died of old age... but I think he missed me too.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: boggie on July 10, 2003, 09:22:48 AM
Eliza - 5 years died of stroke :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SuzanneR on July 11, 2003, 01:11:43 AM
We just lost Clark (m) at 19 months.

He was happy and healthy as far as we know. Suddenly acted as though something had happened to him, and couldn't walk. Held him and massaged him for an hour till he had an "episode", like a seizure, then he relaxed and in a few seconds was gone.

We'll all miss him, especially his little family. :'( :heart:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: vitski on July 11, 2003, 05:31:54 PM
Merlin- 20mo? (petworld)my baby! he's showing his age a bit but still going strong!
Morgain-12mo?- (drop off)
Machiatto-8mo?(pet world)
Echo-18mo?(rescue)
Shout-18mo?
Pongo- 8 weeks(rescue)unknown cause
Lucky-6mo-18mo?(rescue) no way to determin his age but he's got a slight eye infection and is underweight but he's got a vet visit for tomorrow and is slowly gaining weight now!
10 babies-two weeks old(echo's kids)
Swirly-three days -somehow squished by the mom when they were three days old. since there's nowhere to burry ratties around her i asked my boyfriend to do it at his work, instead he flushed the poor little thing (and slept on the couch for a week cause of it)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Siberian Hamster on July 11, 2003, 06:43:44 PM
Here are the ages for the rats I have lost:  

Kumquat  28 months (m)
Pickle 26 months (m)
Brie  12 months (f) - very sudden, still don't know what happened

I still have -
Raisin 30 months and counting (m)
D'mue 18 months and counting (f)

ANd there's Smudge, but I just adopted her and no one knows how old she is!

I do know someone who has an honest to god 5 years plus rat named Mortimer- has the store receipt to prove it.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lewyn on July 14, 2003, 11:35:36 AM
My rat lifespans (not counting one who died a week after I got her from the pet store):

Claire 10 mos. (Dec. 1996-Sept. 1997)
Laura 18 mos. (Jan. 2000- July 2001)
Joan 30 mos. (Jan. 2000- July 2002)

First two died from unknown natural causes; Joan died from a bad fall.

Weird fact: Both Laura and Joan died within a few days of Tisha'b'Av (fairly obscure Jewish holiday of mourning and fasting, when observant Jews remember misc. Jewish tragedies throughout the centuries).  (Even more weird coincidence: this pattern of death dates only occurred after I became observant enough to do something about Tisha'b'Av).    (Twilight zone music plays ominously in background).
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ZippyRats on July 15, 2003, 01:00:15 AM
Barnie (male) 17 mos - pts due to complications from myco
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: angelrat on July 15, 2003, 04:05:45 AM
Sprinkles - male aged 2 and a half years - tumour.

So sad  :'(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: jo on July 15, 2003, 12:54:52 PM
here are my ratties to add

Peggy Sue F 54 months (immunodeficency and pneumonia)
Chucky M 18 months (tumor)
Tommy M 32 months (tumor)
Lilian F 9 months (fit)
Valerie F 15 months (lung problems)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Leah on July 15, 2003, 01:19:49 PM
Godiva, rescued from Rattie Ratz rescue
01/15/02 - 07/05/03 - 18 months old
Godiva was euthanized due to a pituitary tumor making her unable to stand, walk, eat or drink on her own.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: nzratlover on July 17, 2003, 05:57:26 PM
I guess i'll add my baby

Pinky 9 weeks (seizure of unknown cause)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Angelledust on July 17, 2003, 07:19:33 PM
Matilda-3 months.
 :sad2:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scamp on July 18, 2003, 02:01:55 PM
Pippin, 16 months, who was purchased at Petco before I knew how awful they are. PTS due to complications from cancer in his abdomen, lymphoma, and liver failure.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: williebarrycaesar on July 19, 2003, 10:01:42 PM
My rat, Willie, male, lived about 24 months. He just died. :( :( :-[ :-[
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: elegy on July 24, 2003, 07:33:28 PM
jon - 20 months - lung problems (tumor? scarring?). pts.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: friskandtimmi on July 26, 2003, 04:38:24 PM
Timmi-21months-died due to conjestive heart failure  :'(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: vein on August 03, 2003, 03:22:24 PM
I'm somehow completely missing my original post on this thread, so I can't update it. (Must need more coffee)

Blue - 14.5 months (April 2002 - 29 July 2003, cancer throughout body (including in her uterus, which was when we realized the previous "mammary" tumor with a thin membrane must have been cancer)

Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: TinaK on August 05, 2003, 06:00:28 PM
Tinkerbell (pet store) approx 14m
Rose             "              also 14m
sisters

passed away within 2 weeks of eachother
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yavannasgrandmom on August 09, 2003, 03:02:02 AM
 :'(


Bear, male neutered, just two days before his second birthday, of an unknown illness (he was put down).

Naomi- about 19mos, respiratory illness.

Mapback--  25 1/2 mos (age, illness, infection :'( )
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Monica on August 09, 2003, 09:51:46 PM
I found this interesting link:

http://www.fancy-rats.co.uk/information/health/life_expectancy.php

I can't believe they have such a short life span!  :(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sugarfoxx on August 10, 2003, 02:10:14 PM
Furman- 2000-  died from cancer July 7th 2003 :'(

Patterson (Furmans brother) 2000- August 8th 2003- stroke and seizure died in my arms. I am still heart broken......so very sad.  :'(

Found out their mother is still alive and is close to 4 years old! They must have good genes!   :heart:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Penny20 on August 10, 2003, 10:26:37 PM
Nikki, 18,  unexplained respiratory failure, most likely pneumonia
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Fidget on August 11, 2003, 12:14:37 PM
My lost loves-
Georgie - ?????(respiratory)
Tinky - 26 mos (estimated) (respiratory)
Squirrel - 18 mos (?healthy, just dropped dead one day)
Rocket - 22 mos (respiratory)
Monkey - 19 mos (tumor)
Nellie - 29 mos (tumor) (pts)
Ladybug - 24 mos (respiratory)
Whisper - 7 mos (tumor, from very tumorous line, sold
                 as feeder only) (pts)
Taz - 13 mos (tumor) (pts)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SBContreras on August 11, 2003, 11:34:05 PM
LaLa, female, blue, part rex, 22.5 months (9/20/01 - 08/11/03), advanced myco
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: amymckee on August 13, 2003, 01:26:23 AM
Sparky, F, 3 months: Respiratory infection, plus poor immune system (we think she was the runt of the litter as well as weened a week or two early)

Astra, F, 23 months: Respiratory infection. Weak immune system after not fully recovering from a lump removal (2nd removal, returned 3rd time before she passed on.)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Caitlin on August 14, 2003, 07:21:51 PM
Zelda-- pet store female, approx. 18 months, fluid in chest hiding internal tumor or heart failure, euthanized.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: CarrieB on August 20, 2003, 11:21:28 AM
Daisy (F) - PetCo (before I knew better) - 26 mo. - tumor
Lily (F) - Rattie Ratz Rescue (adopted at 6wks) - 25 mo. - unknown cause
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on August 23, 2003, 09:30:39 PM
Eloise - 28 months / lymphoma
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BlackRoseRattery on August 25, 2003, 12:30:57 PM
Here is my information:

From 2002 when I was hit with Myco or SDA:

Willow - 2 months  
Mara -  1 month
Dona - 1 month
Skye - 10 months
Piglet - 10 months
Hairy - 10 months
:heart: CoCo - 10 months (also had Tumor removal, died only 7 days after)  :sad2:
Asia - 18 months - (also had a Tumor)
----
Minnie - 2 months - Unknown causes
Bootsy - 22 months - Tumor, euthanized
Tantor - 14 months - Uknown
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: menagerie on August 31, 2003, 06:44:04 PM
Bella - 26 mos - either uterine cancer or liver problems
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratluver on September 01, 2003, 12:04:07 AM
Ruby 13 monthes ( mammary tumor removel)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rat Breath on September 02, 2003, 03:38:28 PM
Maizie: 39
We had to put him down because he was not oxygenating
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: EmilyRugburn on September 08, 2003, 10:35:47 PM
Mrs. Norris.  Age, unknown.  Cause, unknown.  Very sudden, no suffering, nor sign of illness.  Not even a sneeze or hiccup.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: xiggy on September 09, 2003, 08:01:33 PM
Zora- Eight months, lung disease of unknown kind. Decided to have her put to sleep when she didn't respond to any meds...  :sad2:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: molucass on September 10, 2003, 02:55:33 PM
Oliver, agouti hoodie, Abbi and Sara's sister 5-6 weeks old. Died the day after I got them, unknown cause. (2-8-03 to 3-17-03)
(http://cyberpawz.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10018/oliver.jpg)


Abigail (aka Abbi), black hoodie, Sara's sister: approx. 3 months old. Unknown cause. (2-8-03 to 5-03)
(http://cyberpawz.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10018/abigail.jpg)

Sammy, cream with brown points on nose, and base of tail: about 4 mos. old. He came down with an unknown illness about a month after I got him, and was PTS, after meds. did not work. (2-4-03 to 6-13-03)
I got him on 5-9-03.
(http://cyberpawz.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10018/sammy.jpg)

Pippin, agouti hoodie I got him from a lady that was moving. She had bought Pippin and his brother Merry about 2 yrs. before she gave him to me from Petsmart. His brother Merry died about 2 weeks before I got Pippin.
I was bringing Pippin to a friend of mine, because Pippin was lonely, and at the time I didn't have any other male rats, so she was going to take him and try to intro him to her other male rats. Even though my windows were rolled down, and I had the air on, by the time I got to meet her, he was already in the comatose state. He died from a heatstroke, and possibly from old age. I had him 3 months before that happened.
(http://cyberpawz.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10018/normal_pippin.jpg)

Ilias, agouti berk. (06.02.03 - 02.15.04) Sara's son. He passed away from myco and I don't know what else was wrong with him. He was on Baytril and Doxy and the vet seemed to think he would get better, well he didn't... I found him lying in the bottom of his cage, in his tube hammock. He was my favorite rat ever.
(http://www.cyberpawz.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10018/normal_adorableIlias.jpg)


:heart: Rest in Peace all my angels.. I miss you. :heart: :'(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: pcratzzzz2003 on September 11, 2003, 02:16:25 PM
Males
Pinky 11 months after having 2 strokes
The Brain 14 months stroke and myco
Baby Mac 23 months horrible testical infetion
Mouse 19 months myco
Ivan 22 months kidney failure
Little Lee 15 months myco
Females
Emma 18 months cancer
Daisy 18 months eye infection, 2 mamary tumors, stroke and myco.
Casey 11 months small mamary tumor and myco.
Zoe 7 1/2 months cancer
Penny 16 months myco
Amanda 18 months 3 large mamary tumors
Francine 19 months stroke
Hannah 20 months myco
Kate 22 months heart failure
Blue 9 months she had a bad heart since birth.

I also had 1 litter of 3 (Hannah was the mom) died the same day they were born and 1 litter of 6 (Molly was the mom) 2 were still borns and the last one Bajeera died at 15 days.

Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: GaryH on September 11, 2003, 02:43:32 PM

If you're not sure if I recorded your rats, please PM me, and we can figure it out.  If you've had a loss, or haven't recorded your rats' information, post here.  

The goal of this is to get a feel for how long pet rats live.  I've seen 2-4 years, but the average seems to be far closer to 2, than 3 or 4.  


I lost two standard boys this summer to breathing disorders.  Both were about 18 months old:

Maynard, male, 18 months
Mr. Tom, male, 18 months

Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: liza on September 12, 2003, 11:54:13 AM
I want to add some, too...

Milka: approximately 2 years and 4 months. Got her as a rescue when she was about 2 years old. She was already bleeding in her vaginal area when I got her. She had a tumor in her uterus. She was treated with abtibiotics, but then became lethargic. She was helped to cross the Rainbow Bridge February 17, 2003

Stubette: Milka's sister. She had a very fast growing tumor on the side of her belly (between the front legs and the hind legs). She was helped to cross the RB Bridge March 31, 2003

little girl: sister of the above. She had an extremely fast growing tumor on the end of her spine (closer to her tail).
She went the same day Stubette went, so they were together.

Full-Stripe: sister of the above. She was the only one of in total six ladies who never had anything. She was always skinny, but healthy. She developed pneumonia and died within a week. She was fortunate to peacefully cross the RBB in her sleep amongst her sisters Half-Stripe and Brownie who fed her and kept her warm even after her death.

Vino: He was approxiamtely born at the end of November 2001. My love was limping, so he was treated with antibiotics. Then, he got worse, didn't move his hind legs anymore. More antibiotics. He felt better after a steroid shot and additional treatment with Meloxicam. He was moving his legs again, tried to walk on all four of them. His behaviour was normal, as usual. He ate and drank just fine, was active again... September 6, he got another steroid shot, very unprofessionally. The vet assistant must have hit a major nerve or something else. She killed him. For the next 24 hours, he was restless, didn't drink, didn't eat, didn't lick anything off my finger. He just wanted to be in my arms. As if he was chased by something in his cage. He died in the 25th hour after the shot. He was burried yesterday and I miss my baby. Angels in heaven have him back.  

One day, I will be with all of you and I will be happy again!

Liza
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SBContreras on September 13, 2003, 04:36:19 PM
Jerry, female, @ 34 months, pet store rattie, brown agouti hooded, unknown cause - seizure, stroke ? Couldn't move except for head and forelegs, wouldn't eat or drink. After staying up with her for half the night, and not expecting her to make it through the night, was surprised to find her still breathing in the morning.  Had her her pts.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yavannasgrandmom on September 14, 2003, 03:38:43 AM
Lost another one last week.

Magellen, age 26.5 mos.   :'(

Age related failing, I believe. She lost weight, but acted okay. Suddenly got very lethargic, soon became cold (feet a little blue). Put her on heating pad, she revived for a few hours, then died in my daughter's hands.:(

Her mom is still going strong! Her brothers have started to pass away, and one of her sisters has benign tumors, and the other is beginning to fail.

Seems about 2 years is average. I've noticed those that are bred seem to last a bit longer. Anyone else see this? We had one hit almost three, but most go between two and three (closer to two).

I had a vet recently really give me heck about this. He maintained rats could live until four or five and ought to. I wondered what planet he was from. I've seen three rats in my whole life that hit age four.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Demonic_Dumbos on September 15, 2003, 05:19:58 PM
I'm not going to post all ages just the oldest. Too many have passed over the years.   :sad2:

Cookie: 41 months Congestive Heart Failure

Sunshine (her sister): 42 months Congestive Heart Failure

Frances: 38 months, still very healthy and kicking, the little fireball

Arnold: 37 months, still alive and healthy

All were bred here. There are probably are more but the records have been lost. Cookie and Sunshine were from 2 pet store rats. Our first rats quite a while back.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Demonic_Dumbos on September 15, 2003, 05:56:02 PM
I just talked to the breeder I buy my blues from and she said she has a rat that is 6 years old!! :bdaysmile:

Whoa!  That's impressive.

Met a lady in Rhonda, NC claiming she had a 10 year old rat, still skeptical because she wouldn't let me see him
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratluver on September 18, 2003, 11:13:56 PM
Ruby 13 monthes ( mammary tumor removel)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: JillyBeanSalad on September 20, 2003, 05:25:43 PM
Kirby Champagne Hooded Rat F 26 months
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattsie on September 22, 2003, 03:30:18 PM
About 3 years lived Freckles a pet store rat!!! :'( :-*
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kim on September 22, 2003, 08:20:34 PM
anchovy -- 27 months, F - lymphoma, euthanized for prolapsed uterus though.
gobo, sister to anchovy. 28 months, F - died from broken heart i believe (seriously - went downhill fast after her sister died, they had never been separated)

OSED uno -- 23 months - CNS infection, F

acorn - 17 months, F -- necropsy pending

ayla - F, 23 months- euthanized for mammary tumor

mia - F 19 months, respiratory infection

nova - 19 months, F - pituitary tumor, euthanized

Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Willow on September 29, 2003, 04:49:53 AM
some of my rats and also rescues, and the roomie's rats...

Hazel - 18 months, female, mammary tumor - pts
Thorne - 23 months, male, passed in his sleep
Samara - 4 months, female, poisoning?
Chloe - 20 months, female, heart disease
Ghijed - 25 months, female, pituitary tumor
Merna - unknown (2-3 years), female, myco related respiratory infection - pts
Pippin - 14 months, male, pituitary tumor
Goran - 17 months, male, chronic respiratory problems - pts
Syenne - 10 months, female,  heart & lung problems
Poe - 15 months, female, pituitary tumor
Xara - 15 months, female, heart disease
Waco - 28 months, male, respiratory problems
Zen - 29 months, male, died naturally
India - 17 months, female, mammary tumors - pts
various baby rats - 4-8 weeks, male and female, megacolon, pts
Merlin - 19 months, male, heart condition, pts
Webster, 18 months, chronic severe lung problems, pts
Beans - 7 months, severe aggression due to neurological problems, pts


I will add to this as I think of more...
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ali on September 29, 2003, 03:32:59 PM
I don't think I responded to this.

Poppy, female black hooded - approximately 29 months, respiratory infection (put to sleep after a serious gasping attack).

Lupin, female black capped - approximately 32 months. Put to sleep after a respiratory infection, abscess and recurring tumour became too much.

Bless my babies.  :heart:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: jen on September 30, 2003, 10:05:16 AM
Warner - 6 months, Myco

Emily - 18 months, tumour  :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rodent_luver on October 03, 2003, 06:11:32 PM
zylah: female berkshire rat, adopted, dyed at a young age of 1 year, *tumor*
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: devaney on October 08, 2003, 10:30:15 AM
Louie - male - ??? to 10/1/03 - died of what seemed to be old age.
Brie - female - ??? to 10/4/03 - Louie's longtime companion. Contracted sudden and severe upper respiratory infection the day after Louie died. She was of old age as well.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: bigFATmommaRAT on October 08, 2003, 10:40:26 AM
I am truly sorry for all of your losses. Too bad we can't genetically engineer a rat to live 20 years!
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yavannasgrandmom on October 08, 2003, 07:17:07 PM
I'm probably being an idiot. But doesn't this thread have a bar graph to go with it? I swear I saw a bar graph along with this thread-- but where it is I don't know. Can't find it tonight.

Is my senility acting up?
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ray on October 09, 2003, 05:22:32 PM
Bucket 2.5 years - died peacefully, although he'd been wasting away for the last 5 months.

Bucky 3.6 years - died about 3 months after successful tumor removal of sudden, FAST respiratory distress

Fuzzy Ball and Bucky 2 - Petco rats, showed signs of myco 2 days after getting them, treated right away, but lived life of on-again off-again sickness for 1.2 years and 1.8 years respectively

Bullet - Petsmart rat, lived only 2 months - same as above, tried treating them ASAP after sneezing noticed, but he just wasted away right before our very eyes, each day getting worse, the vet trying all the big gun antibiotics, to no avail.  A sweetheart to the end, though, and he helped us learn about breeders that raise "healthier" rats.
 
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Caitlin on October 10, 2003, 02:00:42 AM
Unfortunately I have one to add.... :'(

Sarah-- age unknown, female, rescue (bred for feeder rats before I got her as part of the HSSV rescue, died of Myco, with suspected underlying problems due to her background.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kmw on October 17, 2003, 08:43:54 PM
I'm probably being an idiot. But doesn't this thread have a bar graph to go with it? I swear I saw a bar graph along with this thread-- but where it is I don't know. Can't find it tonight.

Is my senility acting up?

I had a bar graph posted on my website in the original thread.  I updated the graph in September, but my scanner putzed out.  Now, I have a new scanner, but have been working 10-12 hour days, 6 days a week.  I have no idea when I can update again.  But, keep the information coming.  
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: HSH Rattery on October 17, 2003, 11:49:07 PM
Haven't posted mine yet...

Ratberry - 2 years, 8 months, female, from breeder. Developed several tumors and suspected to have passed from secondary problems (when we had sendai here, she was very old, so her immune system was already pretty weak)

Phoebe - 2 years, 1 month, female, from breeder. Developed tumor that became infected, and I made the decision to have her euthanized.

Bluejay - 1 year, 4 months, male, from breeder. Of sencondary infection (passed when we had sendai)

Dennis - 2 years, male, from breeder. Suddenly, unsure why.

Maybie - 3 months, blazed male, from breeder. Late onset megacolon. :(

Moonstone - 1 year 2 months, female, from breeder. Of myco (as secondary infection, also lost when we had sendai)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sugarfoxx on October 21, 2003, 09:32:42 AM
Furman: rescued when he was about 33 months. Died just over three years old from cancer. He was a pet store rat that had free roam of the pet store. Was bald and had skin disease that did not respond to medical treatment. Got better when he came to live with me. Vet not sure how he got better but I say it was from getting alot of love. I say his problem was from stress.
Died July 2003

Patterson- Furmans brother. When rescued he was already paralyzed in back legs. Could not walk at all. Would drag himself around. This was from an injury he sustained when he fell about 4 feet off of a bird table at the pet store! :sad2: They were often ignored for days upon days and sometimes when I went in to the store the owner had said she "had not seen them for days!" When the store went out of business she was going to have them destroyed at the vets saying nobody would want them in their "poor condition"  Instead of slapping her silly I offered to adopt them!!!!!!!

After about 2 weeks of love and affection he started to "propel" around on his belly. Was very brave and strong and thrived well and learned how to get around. LOVED to be held. Was a champion bruxer!!!  He died in my arms at the age of 3 years and 1 month from complications due to old age. Stroke and seizures.  He was a wonderful brave little rat full of personality. No other rat like him other than my Louie who is 24 months. Patterson LOVED PEOPLE! He went everywhere I went if I had to go out of town. Was a great hotel rat! LOVED to run around the hotel room!! LOL  Left raisins for housekeeping but we left nice tip for her troubles! LOL
I miss him so much!
Died one month after his brother Furman- August 2003
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: flannel on October 22, 2003, 12:23:03 AM
I know it's not practical, but it would be great to see along with all the ages and origins, what they were fed, bedded on etc.  Maybe that would give us some clues as to how to keep our little ratters healthier.  I am currently involved in discussions about long-lived animals on pine and wondering why that is if it is so bad for them.  Just want to look at all the angles....you know?
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yavannasgrandmom on October 22, 2003, 03:18:22 PM
Well, here's another one, sadly.:(

Mornea (Mor-nee-ay), approx 20 months,  likely  heart (possible respiratory).

edit- Flannel princess, I just read your note. Please see my thread titled "if your rat lived three years" which discusses this (unless you are already posting on it- I'm forgetting the names).

Mornea, like our others, was bedded on Aspen, Carefresh, and sometimes newspaper (when we were out of the others). Cages changed several times a week. Fed harlan-teklad lab blocks, some rodent mix, and "human food" such as cereal (total, and raisin bran), spaghetti, rice, veggies (esp frozen veggies in the summertime when it was hot).

She had two cage mates, and received a lot of attention and had a lot of "out of the cage" time... sometimes free ranging for a few days at a time.

-edit-

Last night we lost yet another one, Nienna, age 28 months, respiratory illness (pneumonia- did not respond to two course of antibiotics).

She was fed and kept in the same manner Mornea was.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ree on October 24, 2003, 05:20:03 PM
Hmm...lucky me gets to post in this thread for the first time...  :-\

Albert, male, 23 months old, died suddenly overnight.  He was a pet store rat, who I got when he was dumped back at the pet store at 9 months of age.  Bedded on towels which are washed in nappy-wash.  The staple diet of the rat cage is Suebee's diet.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yavannasgrandmom on October 26, 2003, 02:41:42 PM
My neighbor's rat:

Cutthroat- 2.5, unknown causes.
Found dead in his cage one evening.

He'd been fine, no signs of illness, but his cage mate died about a month or two ago and he was alone.

Bedded on Aspen, lots of attention, fed lab blocks and kaytee rat food, plus Vitakraft sticks as treats.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kathleen on October 30, 2003, 06:36:35 PM
Hava -- 12 months. Cause of death unknown.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: squeaky on November 03, 2003, 11:36:03 AM
Mr Nosey - male- 35 months (seizures following removal of benign tumour)
Jerry Jam(brother)  - male 38 months (natural causes)

Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: LeslieMarie on November 04, 2003, 01:28:11 AM
Betty died at age 47 months natural causes, and Mattie died at age 34 months natural causes.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SBContreras on November 04, 2003, 02:34:28 AM
Tinkerbell, female, 25 months, blue/lilac self, standard, part rex; enlarged spleen and swollen lymph nodes - likely cancer.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: elegy on November 04, 2003, 09:19:42 AM
snuffy- ~25 months. from a feeder tank. congestive heart failure (pts)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rat Lover 12 on November 07, 2003, 06:50:17 PM
My Charlie Rat: 28 months (Lung Cancer)

And Billy Rat: 36 months (Old age)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatGal on November 09, 2003, 09:52:20 PM
Nia F : petstore rat. Lived 26 months. died of a combination of respiratory problems and old age.

Guy M : petstore rat. Lived 24 months. Euthanized due to hip displasia.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Goosemoose on November 10, 2003, 02:46:28 AM
We had to put our baby patches to sleep last week, the tumors were starting to get to her. She was appx 42 months. She had lost all movement of her back legs as well.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: furryfeet on November 10, 2003, 09:06:11 AM
Taz, male, 31 months, died naturally in his sleep.
 :(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kratties on November 12, 2003, 05:40:25 PM
Mung, male, 6 weeks, seizures
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Iconoclast on November 14, 2003, 04:47:59 AM
Pandora. Female pet store rat, 35 months. Euthanized due to excessive tumor growth.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Caitlin on November 16, 2003, 05:44:17 PM
Luther-- shelter rat, approx. 13 months, half of his chest was filled with fluid.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: hotdog145 on November 18, 2003, 06:33:24 PM
Mamite, female, 18 months (suspected pituitary tumour) pts :'(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lubbocklisa on November 22, 2003, 06:18:50 PM
Blackie male 27 months old age
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: frannym on November 24, 2003, 12:30:28 PM
Fliss/Ratty
Female
Aged 24 months died today.....
Cancer probable cause of death
Black hooded rat

Miss you.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: donovan18 on November 28, 2003, 01:05:10 AM
Hobbes 5years and 1 month  Obviously just died of old age.  he just died.  he was my first :-[
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spiralgirl on November 28, 2003, 10:26:02 PM
Another Spiralrat resident to report.

RFR Soybean - F - 8/12/01 to 11/21/03: 27+ months - cause of death: abscess in lower jaw and incisors
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: deniseratlover on December 01, 2003, 10:56:46 PM
Carmel and Cream. Petstore. Born approx: 6-12-00. Died 12-1-03.
Old age and tumors (put to sleep).
Both are female. 3 years, almost 3 1/2. 41 months+
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dark_Piper on December 04, 2003, 09:30:49 AM
Just lost my first baby...  :'(

Circe, F, 10 months (unknown malady -- possibly tumor)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dreama on December 04, 2003, 04:05:48 PM
Iska F about 30 months. Unknown cause.
Trickster F 30 months. Chest infection and senile demensia
Tinsle F 21 months. PTS due to severe illness.
Stonehenge F 21 months. Tumour
Nicodemous M 20 months. Chest infection.
Honey F 18 months. Unknown cause.
Scabbers M 15 months. Chest infection.
Dreama F 13 months. Unknown cause.
Nastelia F 2 Weeks. Neglected by Tinsle(who was barely out of ratlethood herself) and I wasn't bottle feeding her properly.

Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Cara on December 05, 2003, 07:30:54 PM
My baby Milo, at two years old, only young in my eyes.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ali on December 09, 2003, 03:29:13 PM
Sadly, another one to add....

Roger, mismarked black (well, dark brown) berkshire. Rescued as a baby with his two brothers after being dumped in a playing field.
Put to sleep one week before his second birthday after a struggle with lymphatic cancer.

Bless you Roger the Dodger  :heart:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: dormrat on December 10, 2003, 07:11:04 PM
agatha (hairless) - 11 months: myco p.
abby (double rex hairlress hima. ) 23 months: died in sleep (reason unknown)
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sunshine9 on December 11, 2003, 05:50:55 PM
Peanut- 07/03-12/11/03- multiple mammary tumors and hindlimb paresis
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: menagerie on December 11, 2003, 07:18:29 PM
Teewey 7/7/01 - 11/25/03 -- PTS -- inoperable cancerous tumor on jaw.

Cinder 6/27/01 - 12/07/03 -- PTS -- multiple mammary tumors; sudden hind end paralysis and disorientation.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on December 14, 2003, 02:50:22 PM
Simon 24 months- respiratory illness  

Nova 8 months - severe headtilt and neurological problems

I lost Frodo too, but can't list his age because he was an adult rescue and I have no clue.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: CHUNK.1 on December 18, 2003, 07:12:48 PM
Betty- 25 mounths, weak heart
Wilma-7 mounths, weak heart
Peanut-26 mounths, natural
mocca-11 mounths, namonia
Hariat-24 mounths, absis on face
Brandy- 25 mounths, tumor on side
Elle-round 13 mounths, epilectic fits
Pebels-15 mounts, tumor on side
Sherry-18 mounths, namonia
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yavannasgrandmom on December 20, 2003, 11:23:01 AM
Two more over the past two days:(

Pearl- 21.5 months, sepsis (sp?), multiple infections, possible pituitary tumor, pts.:(:(:(

Isabel- 30 months,  malignant tumor hemorage
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DazzleMe on December 23, 2003, 01:19:38 PM
I can't believe I've never posted in this thread..  ???  Well here goes...

Thelma - 27mos, breeder rat, breathing trouble
Louise - 22mos, pet store rat, throat abcess/infection
Spring - 5mos, shelter rescue, died rather suddenly
Patch - 23mos, pet store rat, died suddenly (no ill health)

-Melina
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: toad on December 28, 2003, 02:16:39 PM
Dizzyboy Brown - male - 26 months- Respiratory problems most of his life! Died peacefully in his sleep.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: patch97 on December 29, 2003, 11:31:06 AM
Hi,

We're new here, but we wanted to add Sally to your survey.  She passed away three years ago and was 4 years old...cancer.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: EmilyRugburn on January 06, 2004, 06:50:08 PM
Booberry, 4/02-01/04.  Tumor & other issues.  PTS.  Came from a less than reputable rattery.

Keebler 8/02-01/04.  Stroke.  PTS.  Came from a pet store.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yavannasgrandmom on January 09, 2004, 03:16:06 PM
Yavanna, about 36 months. :sad2:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiemama on January 13, 2004, 09:17:43 AM
Cookie - agoutti female aprox 30 months (give or take a few weeks.)  :'(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: flannel on January 15, 2004, 01:50:58 PM
The Professor

Oct? 2001 to Jan 13 2004 That would make him 27 months, maybe more.  PTS due to Aggressive lymphoma.

I rescued him from some bumpkins who originally bought him at a pet store.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Publius on January 18, 2004, 03:49:38 PM
Bob, male, retired lab rat. Born ~ September 2000, died Jan 17 2004. PTS--fluid in lungs and failing heart.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rats!Rats!Rats!Rats! on January 21, 2004, 02:01:51 PM
 :heart:Percillla- 5.5 years
 :heart:Sasha (Percillas sister) -5.5 years
 :heart:Monday- apox. 18 months
 :heart:Java- apox 4-5 monts
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: vein on January 22, 2004, 07:08:38 PM
Choco - late April 2001- 22 Jan 2004. ~33 months. Congestive heart failure.

Tofu - 22 April 2003 - 25 Nov 2003. 6 months. Possible complications from an undiagnosed SDA infection before we adopted her from the breeder in August.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Mirabell on January 27, 2004, 01:21:59 PM
Buddy - m - neumonia/heart failure - approx. 10 months
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: djm7 on January 27, 2004, 04:45:08 PM
chedder female 16 mo. unknown....i posted a topic about her symptoms if anyone has and idea please let me know.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scamp on February 04, 2004, 09:08:43 AM
Merry, M, 23 mos. Died of what appears to have been congestive heart failure. He was purchased at PetCo before I knew better.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sunshine9 on February 05, 2004, 04:16:45 PM
Blizzard female- 20 months- confirmed Pituitary tumor via necropsy- from a breeder
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: jen50schick on February 11, 2004, 05:10:30 PM
Daniel-aprox. 7 months, pnemonia, cancer, pet store rat, fancy hooded rattie :'(
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ratqueen85 on February 16, 2004, 11:19:50 AM
Goddess 26 months...no apparent illnesses just got old and slowed down
Haley 12 months...psumonia
Iggy 10 months...psumonia
Jay 10 months...psumonia
Kimba 9 months...psumonia
(bad time all died wihin a week of eachother :'( )
Munkie 18 months...unknown
Nemo 5 months, age unknow...had over growing teeth, kept him alive for 5 months more then he would have been.
Quiggly 12 months...unknown
Rimay 25 months...tumor
Snuggles 23 months...put to sleep..tumor
Uggy 12 months...unknown
Yoko 18 months...unknown
Nanook 15 months...unknown
Keiichi age unknow, 12 months...unknown
Toe-Fu age unknow, 19 months...got old and slowed down
 :puppy_dog_eyes: :puppy_dog_eyes:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Noe on February 17, 2004, 03:44:32 PM
Moe. 3 years. Pet store. Cancer.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ree on February 27, 2004, 10:13:02 PM
Oji -  25 months ish.  Just went down hill.... possible stroke?  Came from a pet store.

Scrud - 26 months ish.  His whole body was full of tumours.. Oji's brother/pet store tank mate.

Frip - 24 months.  Had abcess on face, nothing could be done.  Just got too much for him.   Pet store again.

All three were PTS.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: fuzzybellies on March 01, 2004, 08:07:00 PM
percilla-5 3/4
sasha-5 3/4
monday- 18 months
java- 5 months  
all rats are still alive and doing good :bdaysmile: :cheeky: :party:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on March 02, 2004, 05:44:11 PM
Scooter - 22 months
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: EmilyRugburn on March 08, 2004, 04:23:55 PM
Frankenberry, female, cancer.  Age---23 months.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Caitlin on March 10, 2004, 11:49:47 PM
Dove-- six months old, rescue, severe myco.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: zoomom on March 12, 2004, 03:50:41 PM
Tinkerbell - black hooded - approximately 5 years - euthanized when a tumor became too much for her and ruined her quality of life - purchased at a pet store

Bootsey - feeder - gray and white berkshire - still living at 2 1/2.  In good shape after a recent tumor removal.  

I'm surprised at some of the short life spans posted here.  I guess I've been lucky.  
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SilverFlame24 on March 13, 2004, 10:16:30 PM
Itzy-14 mos. Rescue (accidental litter from petstore rat), died after a 7 month fight with myco, and had been on baytril/doxy the entire 7 months.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiemama on March 17, 2004, 11:10:37 PM
Dot-Black Berkshire satin coat. About 32 months. She had respritory problems. Could have been a tumor as she had a few tiny ones when she passed. I got her and Cookie at a petstore that uses it's own breeder.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: deniseratlover on March 20, 2004, 12:06:38 AM
Well, happened a bit ago. But I'm just now posting.

RATC Cassie-breeder. Kidney failure, tumor or abcess thing, had to be euthanized because she licked the thing, it caved in, and it smelled really bad (like internal bleeding my mom says). Our vet warned us about that. Either 13 or 14months.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: squeaky on March 22, 2004, 07:35:56 AM
Raisin - male 35 1/2 months. PTS.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RedCat on March 23, 2004, 01:22:51 PM
My rat kahn lived to alittle over 4 years, he died of pneumonia mixed with old age. i actually had him put to sleep b/c of his age and he was in alot of pain tword the end of his treatment and it wasent working. he was a super sweet rattie.
my big rattie jehova lived till threeish and died of suspected heart attack, his cage- mate cocaine died abt two weeks later of unknown causes. we think it was depression/lonliness. they were the same age, and both super rats.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: deniseratlover on March 23, 2004, 07:19:14 PM
Alexander, pet store, 2 years and some days. Born around March 2, 2002. Teeth and various other problems. PTS.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on March 24, 2004, 10:09:31 PM
Oscar and Chester - brothers/ both 28 months
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: brandy on March 24, 2004, 11:12:57 PM
I'll add mine...

Chica - pet store - approx. 15 months, cause unknown.
Lucy - pet store - approx. 3-4 months, escaped from cage and ingested pills
Cassie - breeder - 17 months, myco
Artemis - breeder - 25 months, kidney failure
Victoria - MSPCA - approx. 16 months, PTS after unknown neurological problems (possibly spinal tumor)

 :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ashley on April 07, 2004, 11:16:13 PM
Wasn't my rat, but the oldest I've seen (i work at a vet..he came in to be put down cause his health was deteriorating..however he wasn't about to drop dead..still relatively healthy) was five years old.
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: joanne on April 21, 2004, 05:56:30 PM
My first two rats:

Cheeky, F, 23 months, uterus tumour
Nippy, F, 25 months, cause of death unknown

Both purchased at pet shop.

 :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ElkTrails on April 23, 2004, 05:32:43 PM
Oldest rat: Oreo (black hood) 5 years 8 months never sick a day in his life. Died of old age with arthritus but other than that EXCELLETN health

Next oldest: Chyna (Oreos daughter w/Thelma) Albino  5 years 2 month, fatty tumor that kept coming back till surgery wasnt an option.

Next oldest: Mario (Oreos grandson out of Oreos other lady, Lousie)  just a few days shy of 5. 

Then I have had alot of rats between 1-4 but my ave is roughly around 3 but rescues through that number way off....For rats that I breed....about 3 years generaly; but not everyone notifies me when they pass away
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: menagerie on April 24, 2004, 02:47:33 PM
John -- ?? at least 12 months. Abcesses in lungs and pituitary tumor. PTS. Operation Dumbo Drop boy.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Beth on April 30, 2004, 06:17:47 AM
Basil (M) 2 yrs 1 mnth. Petstore rat, died of old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on May 02, 2004, 07:05:04 PM
Emily - 27 months
Anna - 23 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: laurenk on May 05, 2004, 02:51:19 PM
Daisy (Aug 2001-Nov 2002) -- petco rat with severe myco; symptoms in august and she got progressively worse.

Bandit (Oct 2002-April 2003) -- Kidney tumor (vet said probably congenital); had to put her to sleep because she couldn't walk and had blood in her urine.  this happened within two weeks in april.

Smokey (Jan/Feb 2002- present) -- petco rat with severe myco; in sept 2003, a mammary tumor appeared and was removed (benign).

Lily (March 2003- present) -- she has myco; no other health problems.

Tiger (March 2003 - present) -- had severe pnuemonia when i got her; no current health problems.

Bubba (Jan 2003- present) -- neutered male; no health problems.

Mamma (??)  -- Mamma is Bubba's mother.  I got her and Bubba from the ASPCA rescue.  Mamma looks REALLY old though.  She currently has a mammory tumor that has not increased in size in the past 3 weeks. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: KWCRatMom on May 07, 2004, 03:21:39 AM
Big Boy (for obvious reasons)- 1 1/2 months Death- seasure.. (sp?)


Still makes me sad thinking about it.... :BlueDumboBigEyes:


Beth
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ree on May 16, 2004, 10:02:52 PM
Kito - Pet store rat.  30 ish months (give or take a week).  Possible kidney failure.  Died at home.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rodentgirl on May 16, 2004, 10:28:15 PM
I have not posted my most recent rats that have passed.

Rowena born october 27th 2002-Died febuary 13th 2004 of respitory problems.
Hermione(Rowena's mom) Born in what I guess august or september 2002-Died March 14th, sudden onset heart faliure or something like it.
Pippin(My brother's rat, also a baby of Hermione)October 27th 2002-April 1st 2004, heart faliure I believe, it wasn't as sudden, he had been sick for a while but was recovering then fell Ill again.

To my knowlage Hermione's other 4 babies are all alive, though I know one has a tumor.

All were about a year and a half.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: CocoOreo on May 23, 2004, 01:05:44 PM
Coco
male
25 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: flannel on May 24, 2004, 05:55:01 PM
MoJo.  Son of Professor( see above).  32 months give or take a bit.  Had just finished battling resp. problems and was doing alright.  I suspect his heart failed him this morning  :sad2: as there were no resp. symptoms when he started gasping today.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on May 24, 2004, 06:14:37 PM
Gadget (M)   21 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: jessiree on June 05, 2004, 06:39:37 PM
 :'( I guess I need to add
Winnie-approx 27 months-Petstore-cause of death-?stroke
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratmomma on June 07, 2004, 01:24:53 PM
Sierra,  33 months, cancer and myco. Dark brown with white geet and belly.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: deniseratlover on June 08, 2004, 05:05:05 PM
Albert,
petstore. Died a bit ago, bu I didn't feel like posting about it. Not yet 2. Unknown. I'm guessing old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ilpleut on June 11, 2004, 03:53:11 PM
Evelyn (f) - tumor, PTS  2 1/2 years old

Caldecott (f) - tumor? respiratiory problems 2 years 7 mo.

They both passed on a while ago. Evelyn died last August and Caldecott this February.  :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: menagerie on June 17, 2004, 07:29:02 PM
Spots (May 1, 2001 - June 7, 2004 ) -- 37 mos -- old age
Slinky (October 2002 - June 4, 2004) -- 18 mos -- tumor on throat
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: deniseratlover on June 19, 2004, 04:14:47 AM
Mic- OFR-breeder- June 12,03 (off the top of my mind so I might be off a bit) to June 13-04
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SADCAT on June 19, 2004, 04:52:22 AM
I'm not sure who I last posted about, as it was in the old thread.. but I'm guessing the last one was probably Cous Cous. New ratties to add...

Hobnob - female - pet store - 20 months: Died of a brain tumour which resulted in a massive seizure (she was put to sleep that same day, as it caused her to become completely paralyzed).
Lewis - male - pet store - 11 months: Died while in surgery. He had a tumour that was too large to remove, and was on the verge of rupturing. The blood supply to the tumour was about an inch across. We let him go while he was still under anesthetic.
Oswald - male - pet store - 16 months: Died from congestive heart failure due to a very weakened immune system brought on by lice and mites (though we're almost positive there was something else wrong with him, as everybody else had the same amount of mites and lice and nobody else reacted this way). He died suddenly in my arms.
Beans - female - pet store - 26 months: Died from a prolonged respiratory infection. She was put to sleep when it became nearly impossible for her to breath anymore.

Man.. that was depressing.  :-\
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: quellykin1 on June 20, 2004, 11:31:10 PM
Vlad, male, 1 year, 11.5 months. Had tumors but weren't bothering him. I believe his heart just gave out. Went in his sleep. He had never been healthy -- respiratory issues. Pet shop. 
:heart: :-*
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: KittyRat on June 22, 2004, 12:44:46 PM
Makani, Female, black hoodie: 34 months, cause of death unknown. Died in her sleep. :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: brandy on June 22, 2004, 12:48:18 PM
Elizabeth, from a shelter - approx. 22-24 months. Put to sleep, possible pituitary tumor.  Sister was also put to sleep for a similar condition. (posted previously)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RAVENSTAR on June 22, 2004, 10:46:21 PM
  O'NIEL-18MONTHS-DIED FROM SOME SORT OF FIT?
 :BlueDumboSmileTongue: ARUCARD-MALE CURRNETLY 15MTHS OLD
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ree on July 05, 2004, 01:07:15 AM
Nym - 35 months - pet store - PTS when nasty tumor on his leg got too much for him.   :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: phatrat on July 07, 2004, 08:34:14 PM
     Flo - F. 24 months - mcyo
     Jackie - F. 17 months - PTS after a month when she was lethargic and not eating voluntarily. Vet heard some resp. noise and treated that but I don't think that was the problem.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Steff on July 08, 2004, 09:19:19 AM
Luke- 18 months- Rex hooded from Petland- had myco since he was 1 year
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Steff on July 13, 2004, 10:06:16 AM
Fatty, male, black berkshire (i think), from Petland, 19 months, died of some respiratory illness
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: elegy on July 13, 2004, 11:06:24 AM
it doesn't look like i ever added my last two guys who both went in april

bob - 29 months - from petco - pts for some kind of mass in his abdomen. he also had multiple mammary tumors and had just been through a disasterous surgery to remove two other masses.

teller - 21 months - rehome - seizures (suspected pituitary tumor)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: JackJackal on July 14, 2004, 05:45:45 PM
Mog-aboutn 45 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Publius on July 16, 2004, 04:17:25 PM
Kono: 11 September 2002 to 15 July 2004 (PTS due to spinal injury and resultant neurological problems).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: PinkPaws on July 24, 2004, 08:42:54 PM
I've had 13 rats over a span of 20+ yrs. I have never had a rat make it to 3 yrs. The average was 2yrs. and perhaps 3 didn't even make it to 3 mos. The majority died of tumors or cancer, some were inoperable and few had surgery, but grew new tumors....we don't have breeders around here so sadly they came from " rat mills". We tend to celebrate 1/2 birthdays, their lives are so short....
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: spazrats on July 26, 2004, 01:41:02 PM
I know I haven't posted in a long while, but just to let ya know I'm still here, I thought I'd jump into this thread. :BlueDumboSmile:

To the author of the original post, do you have a website link to your Rat Life Expectancy Survey? With your permission, I would like to link it to a project that I am working on for my site, Rat Biology and Anatomy.

I have one like yours of my own that is known as the "Over 2 Club for the Dearly Departed"
http://spazrats.tripod.com/o2cdd.html
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DazzleMe on July 26, 2004, 01:50:25 PM
Sully - 21mos, son of pet store rat, died from deterioration after stroke
Serena - 23mos, daughter of pet store rat, cancer
Autumn - 16+mos, shelter rescue, sudden death
Sweetie - 25mos, daughter of petstore rat - old age/sudden death

-Melina (just updating)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: autumnglory on July 28, 2004, 10:56:01 PM
Could we do a poll aspect to make charting the responses to this a bit more visual?  Or is there a way you can graph the information and post it for us?  I'm very interested in this topic.  My boys are still with me - three at approximately 29 months-ish (two of them pet store, one from a breeder), one at 17 months (from a breeder).

~Chris
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: vein on July 28, 2004, 11:55:12 PM
Gah, sorry, I can never find my original posts in this thread to update them. (and really wish I never had to)

Choco - late April 2001 - 17 Feb 2004 - general old age
 
Sky - late March 2002 - 28 July 2004 - cancer and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: osutigeress on July 29, 2004, 08:51:12 AM
Nicky   19 months  Pneumonia  petstore boy

Cleo     4 wks    cagemate killed her     daughter of petstore baby
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kmw on July 29, 2004, 09:00:54 AM
I admit - I've been slacking on keeping up with the life expectancy thread - working 50-60 hour weeks limits my free time.  I do have a chart - somewheres on my webspace.  I'll work on updating on Sunday. 

I actually prefer if you put new posts to update, rather than update in an original thread.  I use the "new" button to get me where I last left off :)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: amymckee on August 03, 2004, 12:18:24 PM
Gosh, I just realized I forgot to post several rats:

Trelly, F, over 3 years old. Pts with giant mammary tumor that could not be removed. Peninsula Humane Society
Pepper, F, 33 months, pts for general problems with old age. Couldn't use back legs. Spayed, no tumors at death. Feeder rescue.
Starsha, F, 33 months. Tumors and respiratory infection. Died in her sleep 36 hours after Pepper died. Peninsula Humane Society.

"Rat", M, At least 2 years old but possibly up to 4. PTS with growing tumor (the harder smaller type) on his jaw. Taken from my brother, originally Petco.
Scooter, M, 17 months. Neutered. PTS due to either inner ear infection or brain tumor. SFSPCA
Fred, M, 22 months. Neutered. PTS due to respiratory infection. SFSPCA.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: deniseratlover on August 04, 2004, 07:26:59 PM
August 1- RATC Flash. Put to sleep. Tumor on neck and he was beginning to scratch it.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: weloveratties on August 04, 2004, 07:29:22 PM
March 30-Chocolate-PTS after vet diagnosed him with osteo... I can't remember the name of it. He had bone growths going out of control. He was about 2 months old and a sweetie.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratqueen on August 05, 2004, 06:58:33 PM
Adeline - approximately 16 months - liver disease
OSED Hurricane - 16 months - COD unknown
OSED Ocean - 23 months - massive malignant metastasized tumor centered in her bowels.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kmw on August 06, 2004, 10:00:57 PM
I added just over 200 rats tonight - bringing up the total to 915. Please note I do not separate out rats that died from natural causes versus those lost in accidents, etc. AND, I did not include rats that are still living - sort of skews the data set :)

I'm having problems getting a clear picture to post, but here's something (if you want to see it better, save and print the image).

(http://www.kristinewickstrom.homestead.com/files/rats/ratlifesmall.jpg)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on August 18, 2004, 06:49:57 PM
I forgot to add Bill and Margie and I'll also add Skeeter:

Bill M 24 months

Margie F  27 months

Skeeter M 27 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ree on August 19, 2004, 02:52:28 AM
One more.

Tovi - M - 28 months old.  Nasty yucky lump on face/resp issues/fell apart basically..
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rachel_rodent on August 22, 2004, 09:57:47 PM
i knew a guy who had his pet rat for 6 years before it died! too bad that's not average  :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BadRattitude on August 26, 2004, 05:42:43 AM
our baby, Weaver approx 1 year - PTS for myco.

Bad Rattitude Rattery
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rat Breeder123 on August 26, 2004, 09:41:16 PM
Barney- pet store rat died of an absess at 36 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dreaminqpixie on August 27, 2004, 05:36:14 PM
Piglet, male, pet store feeder rat, 7 years old.  :'(  :'(  :'( miss him!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: osutigeress on August 27, 2004, 06:13:53 PM
Piglet, male, pet store feeder rat, 7 years old. :'( :'( :'( miss him!
7 years!?! holy crap!!!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: my_rattys on August 30, 2004, 08:56:58 AM
i meant:
 ratty- 1 year

died three weeks ago :(
cause: tumor in his tummy :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ali on September 03, 2004, 07:06:49 AM
*sneaks in quietly*



One to add unfortunately:

Badger, died at the age of 2 years and 8 months (32 months), pts after growing very old and weak.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: crxgurl on September 03, 2004, 09:40:31 AM
Wain- 26 (approx.) months old age/tumors (?)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scubbs on September 05, 2004, 02:31:21 AM
Weezil -- 40 months -- PTS because of stroke, decreasing appetite, paralysis, etc.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scubbs on September 15, 2004, 09:15:10 PM
Ferret -- 41 months -- PTS because of congestive heart failure.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Champagne on September 15, 2004, 11:38:30 PM
acrobat 1 years old put down from brain tumor
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Gussysmom on September 20, 2004, 01:44:46 AM
Gussy F 27 months  ???
Gizmo M 3 months (came from bad pet store  >:()
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: elegy on September 23, 2004, 07:25:35 PM
chewie - 28 months - unresponsive middle ear infection
yoda - 28 months - sent with his brother
andrew - 15 months - lung scarring
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Hedrat on September 25, 2004, 03:20:15 AM
Fuzzy -- 12 months -- complications from stroke
Bonsai -- 16 months -- "old age" (poor breeding)
Trixie -- 17 months -- PTS for what vet thought was complications from stroke
Peppy -- 22 months -- PTS due to rapid decline from "old age"

I hate that the ratty "old age" can be so young! But every day we have with these sweet creatures is a blessing. . . .
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spizzy on September 26, 2004, 09:04:28 PM
Crowbar-4 months, her cause of death was unknown, but it was like she had a heart attack. Possibly from pine shaving bedding
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on October 08, 2004, 10:35:42 PM
Sophie (F)  28.5 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: liza on October 08, 2004, 10:49:41 PM
Mona, about 15 months, PTS after severe complications due to a stroke/ oxygen deprivation. Extremely lethargic all of a sudden after initial improvement (because of steroids).

Lucy, about 15 months, PTS during surgery as she had a huge tumor growing inside of herself. That tumor grew around vital organs and main blood vessels. She wouldn't have had much more life after the surgery and she would have painfully died at home otherwise. We decided to let her go.
Both within 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: deniseratlover on October 18, 2004, 11:12:15 PM
Jakeroonie, pet store, slowing down and couldn't clean himself. He was 3 1/2
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Caitlin on October 19, 2004, 07:32:15 PM
Cheyenne~~ F, rescue, 15 months, mycoplasma
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: super_sonic on November 01, 2004, 08:24:57 AM
max: male, 3 years and 9 months old (45 months old) though now i have reason to suspect he was even older than that (i got him from a petstore and unlike what everyone is saying about petstore rats he was an excelent rat) , reason of death is most likely old age though his amonia he got when he was 2's was part of the reason too

stripe: male 2 years, PTS because of a rupture in his bloodcells in his nose which meant everytime he sneezed blood would spew from his nose atleast htat was the reason according to the vet
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kikoalex on November 02, 2004, 07:47:01 PM
Monkie: Female, Black Dumbo Berkshire.  23 months (estimate).  Pneumonia.

Angel: Female, Pink-eyed-white.  20 months (estimate).  Intestinal Tumor.

Both girls were spayed before 8 months old and neither developed mammary tumors.  They were both part of the rescue in Chicago in April, 2003.  Monkie died waiting for the vet to call us back.  Angel was PTS approximately 2 weeks later.  She was suffering from dehydration and an inability to digest food as a result of the tumor.

Thankfully, they're survived by all their rattie friends, all 8 of them, ranging in age from 6 months to 2 years.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on November 04, 2004, 10:24:58 PM
Beans (M)    18 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Publius on November 08, 2004, 03:53:50 PM
Olie: 20 September 2002 to 2 November 2004. Natural causes from complications of colon or rectal cancer. He was a happy and playful rat the morning he died, and I swear he didn't know he was sick.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ekw4petrescue on November 09, 2004, 02:10:24 PM
Yavin: black hooded male, 18 months - brain tumor
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bluejackal on December 01, 2004, 11:14:13 PM
Arjay:  Ten months old, pneumonia.  Didn't respond to treatment and had to be euthanised.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RAVENSTAR on December 21, 2004, 12:24:33 AM
ARUCARD: 3 yrs , mycoplasma ........died last nite  :'( , didnt respond to treatment had to be euthanised.i miss my baby :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: emmie on December 27, 2004, 04:55:30 AM
i hope you all dont mind if i contribute to this thread for informtion about my longest and shortest lived rat

Tigger female, black and whited hooded, passed away age 3

Jumpy female, brown/black, passed away due to respriaty problems aged 9 months and due to pevoius owner neglience
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Lanthala on December 27, 2004, 05:09:56 AM
Tasslehoff: from rescue, died at ~15 mo from a ruptured spleen, according to necropsy (vet thinks it was due to a bad landing following a fall).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: elegy on December 30, 2004, 09:46:50 AM
boomer - 27 months - neutered male rescue. bleeding tumor on his throat that hindered movement and ability to eat properly.

suzie q - 14 monts - spayed female lab rat. lung scarring and pneumonia.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: bluerattyrat on January 01, 2005, 08:13:39 PM
Sqeaky...brown feeder rat 2 years...myco pnmonia...had to put down because of extreme suffering...he will be dearly missed...maybe someday we'll be together again and he will be able to ride my shoulder and snuggle.

Bubba Lui...3.5 years...inner ear infection caused by tumor...finally killed by kidney failure despite a shot 15 mins before of antibiotics...was dead when I came back with his dinner a minute later...it was his favorite...fat free and sodium free mac and cheese...god I loved him...

Chris...3 years...cause of death not fully known, had one seizure in my arms, unable to revive...my first rat who patiently taught me how to care for him...

I had more rats but most of them were young when I had to give them away... :(

 :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: TaosRats on January 02, 2005, 04:00:30 AM
Ratty Bumpo, male -- black hooded pet store rat, at 30 months, euthanized after severe weight loss, frailness, refusal to eat, and grand mal seizures for which I administered rectally a valium sedative.  Probable cancer/ brain tumor. how I loved him,  :sad2: my champion leaper (lifetime record = soaring 28 inches across open space, always for yogies).

Schmidty, male-- from breeder, dumbo rex , at 18 months.  Cardiomyopathy, vet said-- couldn't pump enough blood to his lungs and breathed and wheezed badly his last year with us despite almost continuous antibiotics. X-rays showed enlarged heart. My kissiest and sweetest.  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kazmatazz on January 08, 2005, 01:56:34 PM
Sweeney Todd - Hoodie, 10 months (Myco)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Auntie Crazy on January 08, 2005, 10:05:53 PM
Male, Mickey, agouti rat, bought at a local pet store in Mississippi out of a feeder bin - died of old age and the only respiratory infection he ever had.   

(Mickey, you are still remembered and forever loved.)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: CocoOreo on January 09, 2005, 06:34:03 PM
Oreo,a male black hooded. about 1 year and 4 months. Died from a bladder infection,possible stroke,and mites or lice
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on January 10, 2005, 07:03:18 PM
Ted (m)  died 10 days short of 32 months of age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: peacepony on January 15, 2005, 01:43:23 PM
Cosmic (male PEW) died at 5 months, cause basically unknown, but thought to be either sudden pneumonia or heart failure, the vet wasn't positive and I didn't ask for a necropsy (sp?) Came very suddenly three days after his neuter.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mollys on January 20, 2005, 09:51:34 PM
Grendel- female, 23 and a half months, respiratory problems I believe.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Suebee on January 21, 2005, 08:37:16 AM
I guess I should update...  :-\

Gordon - one day shy of 30 months, tumor in his throat, which prevented breathing, and eating. Was not discovered until after he was PTS. :( Even though he was almost 2.5 years, he didn't look a day over a year old... the vet was shocked when I told her his age.

Elwyn - 30 months, 3 weeks, large benign tumor that led to anemia.

Walter - 34 months, 1 week, congestive heart failure

Albert - 34 months, 2 weeks.... broken heart. :(

None of the Barenaked Boyz ever had any respiratory issues. Kudos to jeannerat, and good breeding in that department. :)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kheryn on January 27, 2005, 05:25:31 AM
Amar, female, about 3.5 - 4 years. Unknown cause of death.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ekw4petrescue on February 01, 2005, 10:37:57 AM
Yoda:  male, 21 months, PTS due to massive infection in sinus area and tumor in chest cavity pressing on his lungs.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: aphoeniceus on February 01, 2005, 12:49:38 PM
Bart: Male, 2.5-3yrs, lots of tumors I wouldnt have operated on because of his age...
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kikoalex on February 02, 2005, 02:45:07 PM
Mikie- Unspayed rescue.  Lived with us for about 1 year and 4 months.  Approximate age, 2 years.  She was suffering from mammary tumors which could not be removed and was PTS.

Emmie- spayed pet shop girlie.  Lived with us for exactly 1 year.  Was only 1 year 4 months old.  Died from respiratory complications.  We found her dead in the cage.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: T. on February 03, 2005, 04:21:56 PM
Monty Python - Black Hoodie, male, petstore rat - 2 years, +/- a few weeks. Had two lumps, one on cheek, one smaller on the back, which he scratched off in a matter of days from them appearing [leaving scabs that he always picked at]. Cause of death unknown .
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Macie_and_Emma on February 03, 2005, 04:29:48 PM
Emma - 18 mos. ; chronic upper resp./myco
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: osutigeress on February 04, 2005, 09:14:58 AM
Trinket- 10 months pneumonia
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on February 04, 2005, 02:02:25 PM
Hazel (f)  20 months   

Rufus (m) approximately 6-7 week old.  Seemed to be pneumonia
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: turmfalke on February 08, 2005, 09:11:33 AM
Fireworks, PEW female, 16 months - initially sudden severe pneumonia which had gotten better with meds (first Baytril, then Doxycycline added), no tumors visible on X-rays; rapidly growing abdominal tumor was over 1" in diameter just 2 days later.  Fireworks was gently and painlessly euthanized in my presence.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: silke on February 08, 2005, 12:45:10 PM
Isabella - 21 months from a pituitary tumour
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yavannasgrandmom on February 10, 2005, 10:49:13 PM
Fawn, petstore, 18 months, multiple tumors  (tumors hemoraged).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: JayBee on February 12, 2005, 08:38:42 PM
Odie - Male agouti hooded, petstore rat,    24 months - Lung abcess
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: meeko on February 18, 2005, 05:56:00 AM
Gizmo...............36 months(myco)
Muttley..............42 months(myco)
Sandy...............24 months(suspected heart attack)
Tyler.................30 months(tumour )
Ziggy................25  months(unknown)
Bandit..............28 months(pituary tumour)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on February 23, 2005, 06:18:50 PM
Charlotte - 33 months

Abbey - 18 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RehabRalphy on March 06, 2005, 12:14:22 AM
How long do rats live? The first one i had lived for 3 years... is that normal?
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: shaylynxi on March 11, 2005, 12:18:08 AM
Princess~From local Pet Store~Died Jan23~Approx age, 1yr~cause unknow though she did have some fluid on her lungs that we were treating at the time~died in my arms while I was trying to pet her to calm her down a bit .... she came running to me as soon as I opened the cage that night,  I knew something was wrong

Buddy-Just under a yr, still living, hubby of Princess
Mog-Male-still living, son of buddy and princess no health issues
Mr. Jingles -Still living son as well ... no health issues
Gorden~still living~son as well no health issues

Lumpy aka Bunnie-female~daughter of buddy and princess~ currently has a lump which is unknown no vets will look at her around here
Blondie~female~daughter as well~has a lump as well also unknown
Hunnie~female~daughter as well ~no visable health issues, loves cuddles unlike the rest
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: dirtyrat2005 on March 13, 2005, 10:44:37 AM
fudge........ female bout 9 mths unknown causes.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Publius on March 18, 2005, 09:19:41 AM
Calle: 20 September 2002 to 12 March 2004. Died in his sleep of natural causes.

Schwartz: 20 September 2002 to 14 March 2004: PTS due to ill health and declining quality of life. Yep, they were brother and sister.

Both of them were plus/minus one week from their 30th monthday.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rache2004 on March 22, 2005, 08:42:50 AM
Gosh......... Ive never owned a rat but the thought of them passing away before I have even got them is awful  :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: LeeB on March 26, 2005, 05:18:49 AM
We just lost our first rat rat.
Fern, Female Hooded rat 11m - Stroke and Respitory problems.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: LeeB on March 26, 2005, 05:19:54 AM
We just lost our first rat rat.
Fern, Female Hooded rat 23m - Stroke and Respitory problems.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Vampire Kitten on April 03, 2005, 07:04:55 PM
Gonzo - Male - Accidental Heat Exaustion - 1 year

Sniffer - Female - Old Age - 5 years

MoJoe - Male - Died in Sleep - 3 years

Frost - Female - Unknown - 1 year

Raziel - Male - Illness - 4 to 5 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Lacey on April 05, 2005, 12:33:48 PM
Here is my oldest.........43 months and still GOING :shocked2:

He is my first rat that I got and he has outlived his offspring, his wife and manymore.
I cant beleive he is still going.
Gidget died at about 40 months
The other ratties died all about the 24 month mark.

Here is their info:
Both are Double Rexs,  Dumbo eared
They had one litter together (along time ago)
I got them at a Petstore(before I knew anything about rats)
They were on pine for the first few months then I grew a brain and got the good stuff.
They never got sick. Gidget didnt grow a tumer till her last couple of months of life.
I had to put her down because she lost her mind. Yes..... It was like she didnt know who we were and she bit up Tempilton''s back foot and half of his tail. She did a number on him.  She also bit us. We knew it was time to put her down.

I will let you know when he does pass away....If ever :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sashenka on April 14, 2005, 02:01:20 AM
Titio, F, grey hooded, chain pet store rat (conditions ok) - 22 months, half a year before had lung inflammation/pneumonia, underwent antibiotic treatment, recovered, but had respiratory problems until the end ("burned lungs"), sneezing and staining red from the nose. In the last 10 days had difficulties in controling her hind legs, otherwise was ok, passed out suddenly on 5th of January, in peace. miss ya, my girl..
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spatx on April 18, 2005, 10:35:47 PM
Ok, well heres the rats I have owned and lost so far =(:

Whisky  - F - 26 months - Rescue - Got a tumour and lived for another 6-8 months before passing away

Miles - M - Pet Store Rat (good conditions) - 34 months - Died of Old Age

Sabriel - F - Accidental Litter - 1 month old - Freak Accident, Cause Unknown
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ShadowWolf on April 25, 2005, 11:00:32 AM
Name: Ophelia
Location Gotten: Petstore (reasonable conditions)
Color/Markings: Black hooded rex with broken hood
Estimated DOB: September 2004
Passing Date: April 25, 2005
Reasoning: Severe mycoplasma, respiratory complications & immuno-compromised from SDA

Rest in peace my sweet little serpent tamer.   :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scamp on May 23, 2005, 07:07:41 PM
Whiskers: Male, from a breeder. Died of pneumonia at 23 mos. of age.
Stubb: Male, humane society rescue.  Died of probable heart failure at ~27 mos. of age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: cerulean.blue on May 23, 2005, 07:30:40 PM
Socrates, M, Approx. 23 mos - Congestive Heart Failure & Myco.
Kontar, M, Approx. 27 mos - Tumor (PTS)
Ben, M, Approx. 19 mos - Congestive Heart Failure
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ree on June 08, 2005, 04:59:29 PM
Itzak (M) - 36 months (+ 1 week ish).  Giant tumour under hind leg, PTS.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on June 21, 2005, 11:23:34 AM
I'll update again:

Frank 22.5 months

Luna - 27 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rat.keeper on June 21, 2005, 11:58:53 PM
Cracker Jac - petco feeder approx. 24 months, possibly sister to Little, after 12 months numerous tumors removed & constant respitory problems, cause of death euthanasia
Little - also petco feeder approx 26 months, possibly sister to Cracker, unknown cause for seizures, cause of death euthanasia
Noodle - rescue from Kim's 16 months, pituitary  tumor (pased July 3rd, 2005)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: 735534 on June 23, 2005, 12:07:02 PM
A few months back: Chisai :heart: left us to play on the bridge when he was approx 4-5 months. We bought him, unplanned, at Jacks Aquarium & Pets. Suspected braintumor. He had big feet.  :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Coolio on June 23, 2005, 09:22:51 PM
Squeekers---3 years (f)(died cause she broke her back, no idea how. Still a mystery. :( )
Whiskers----6 years (f) (Died cause she got sick.)
Princess----5 years (f) (died of old age)
Diana----4 1/2 years (f) (died of old age)

Currently owning a male which I've never had a male before. But anyway, he's 4 monthes old.  ;D
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on August 12, 2005, 08:01:04 PM
Gizmo (M)  35 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BelladonnaTT on August 14, 2005, 03:52:51 AM
Here are all the rats I remember:

Frank & Schmoozle, male & female curly respectively (Schmoozle did the oddest cyclic-balding thing...), bought from chain pet store, died at about 2 years 3 months due to acute respiratory distress.  Both were euthanized after I had a friend ratsit them and said friend "didn't like the smell" and bedded them on cedar.

Chi, blue hooded standard coat, bought from a chain pet store, died at about 18 months after accidentally breaking her own neck in an escape attempt (dove out of her cage, tried to climb an unsteady storage pile, and a box got her right behind her ears, poor girl)

Ozzy, dark brown agouti hooded, bought from a chain pet store, euthanized at about 3.75 years!  No scans were done but as his ears were quite clear the tilting of his head led to a diagnosis of probable brain tumor.  He was put down when he could no longer move the affected side of his body, but his temperament never suffered.

All the other rats I've kept were re-homed while in apparent good health due to upheavals in my own life leading to my long-time inability (thankfully corrected these days) to provide an animal with a stable home life.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: bahzew on August 22, 2005, 08:27:48 PM
Pandora (Petsmart Female, Spayed)-  30 months [chronic resp. issues and pituitary tumor]
Persephone (Petsmart Female, Spayed)- 30 months [chronic resp. issues, worse than pan's]
Syph (Local petstore runt female)- 18 months [resp. issues that progressed to pneumonia; she also had a mammary tumor removed and was spayed a few weeks before we had to put her down]

A note on syph...she was the sweetest, most personable rat EVER... really my best friend. but when she was six weeks old, she was the six of my thumb. By a year and a half, she was the size that my 3 mos old rat is now. she had respiratory problems from very young in life, despite all we tried to do for her.

all three of these girls were eventually put down, rather than allowing them to die a painful death at the hands of severe respiratory problems.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: PinkPaws on August 22, 2005, 09:54:51 PM
Boo for Boo-ti-ful.  She was 1 month shy of  her third birthday.  She was the longest living rat I have ever had.  Cause: Long term lung issues, unverifyed Myco, an enlarged, abnormal heart.  PTS.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Beth on August 23, 2005, 07:21:38 AM
Spice (breeder rat) male - 32 months, old age
Kurai (breeder rat) male - 21 months, unidentified wasting disease
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: nimue_draganawolf on August 23, 2005, 09:34:34 AM
Moose: 23 months, heart problems
Lucy: 24 months, cancer
Mulder: 12 months, suspected neurological problems
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: 735534 on August 25, 2005, 01:01:50 PM
:heart: :cookie: :heart:

Icbi Aug-24-2005 +, approx 2 years. He was from Jacks pets store... soooo... pet/*ugh*... feeder rat.
Large lump in throat and peacefully fell assleep at the vet's.  :puppy_dog_eyes: He was my first couchshark. *Jaws theme**CEREAL EVERYWHERE!!!*  :-\ :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Aslyn on September 02, 2005, 12:45:24 PM
Cloud - male - 17 months - somewhat unknown complications on August 28, 2005.  He had a lung mass that the vet was pretty sure wasn't a tumor.  We were going to do a series to x-rays to track growth, or lack of growth, of mass, but he suddenly passed away the day before the first of the series was scheduled to take place.  He had minor difficulty with breathing and was slightly lethargic at times, but had no other symptoms of illness.  The week before he passed, he was more active and seemingly healthy than he had been since his first bout with a minor lung bacteria when he was about a year old.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Publius on September 03, 2005, 10:25:14 PM
Leather 11 September 2002 - 3 September 2005. Natural causes, just 8 days shy of her third birthday.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: weloveratties on September 06, 2005, 04:20:01 PM
Templeton-August 16, 2005 Lesions covering all lung tissue caused by corynebacterium. He was pts at vet's office, because she said he wouldn't make it and that we could possibly save my other 2 ratlets by knowing exactly what we were dealing with. He was1.5 years old and a rescue rat.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: t-rat on September 06, 2005, 08:36:34 PM
cyril 28 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Cassie on September 06, 2005, 10:32:03 PM
Dodger (Local Petstore Buck) - 49 Months - Died of old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ShadowWolf on September 07, 2005, 08:13:05 PM
Kasper - August 11, 2004 to September 6, 2005 - Breeder - Cancer, mammary tissue-based.  Euthanized when a second tumor was found pressing into her lungs.   :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kathleen on September 14, 2005, 09:47:33 PM
:'( I lost four rats this summer:

Moira -- 20 months, cause of death unkown, possibly cancer. Rescue.

Melitta -- 19 months, ethanized because of complications arising from a tumor behind the eye. Rescue.

Anne -- aprox. 15 months, died because of complications arising from a tumor against the lungs. Rescue.

Bertrand -- aprox. 20 months, cause of death unkown. Rescue.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Tparker on September 16, 2005, 04:53:33 PM
Nova  16 months black hooded.. due to complications from myco...euthanised
Bella 20 months black hooded (nova's sister)  Pnuemonia..suspected from myco...
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: schellmis on September 20, 2005, 05:13:01 PM
Hello, new to this forum

I am not the owner of a pet rat named Bo but I am am the grandma.  I am trying to aid " Bo" back to health.  Bo is my daughter's pet and she is 36 months old.  Yes, can you believe it?  She is in great health other than the benign mammory tumor that is growing.  I contacted a vet and they want 150.00 to 300.00 to remove it.  Well, sorry to say I don't have that kind of money.  So I will report Bo at 36 months.  and if anyone knows of any good herbal remedy to combat this decease please point me in the right direction.  I am thinking that I am gaining so ground with this one but with her age I would like something fast other than surgery.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scamp on September 28, 2005, 01:52:32 PM
Stitch, male from a small hobby breeder, 24 months old. Euthanized due to advanced congestive heart failure one day shy of his second birthday.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kathleen on October 03, 2005, 11:36:30 PM
Delilah, female, 34 months old. Euthanized due to complications from a ruptured mass in the belly area, likely on the ovary.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: myratcookie on October 14, 2005, 01:44:47 PM
Kasper-1 year
Cookie-5 years
both previously owned by a pet store
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Peace Fire on October 17, 2005, 03:08:43 AM
Snowball, albino, former lab rat, I had her for 49 months.  She was at least 8 months old when I got her.  Had the lid of her cage door collapse on her head.  She didn't survive the night.  She died in 1994.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: LordShrike on October 20, 2005, 08:46:08 PM
Bruce - 40 months - died: 20 October, 2005 (unknown/old age).

Kai (AKA Pip) - 41 months - died: 9 November, 2005 (tumour).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: wednesday on October 29, 2005, 06:33:16 PM
Shalom (f)was born on May27th 2003.  euthanized June 13th 2005. Although she would've lived longer if it hadn't been for an idiot pulling a prank with cigerrettes- goes the same for all my dead rats(I HATE HIM!)  she died of a tumor on the neck.

Rainbow- she was just over 1years old, sist popped in lungs(lung tumors) Rainbow was a female.

Arwin unknown age also died of lung tumors.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Elviras Mum on October 31, 2005, 09:03:25 PM
Hello Everyone...I would like to say that i am sorry for all of your loses...seems you are all the best parents to our fuzzy little friends and they seem to pass away far too early....
But I am wondering I have a 3.5 month old PEW named Elvira and am a little worried as I have seen alot of TUMORS and CANCER on the lists of deaths here. As well as MYCO? What is MYCO and how would you tell if your rat had any of the things stated in this topic? I would hate to loose my little girl... :'(
Please Help!
~Elvira's Mum~
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lularat on November 05, 2005, 11:41:13 AM
Lucy 1yr-respiratory
BooBoo 23 months-pituitay tumor
Angel 22 months-cancer
Maddie 22 months-liver problems, tumor in vaginal area
Lala 30 months-cancer
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: heather_nsg on November 05, 2005, 12:17:32 PM
Well, I've had two reach the end here with me, so I will add them to the list.

Cherry - PEW from feeder bin, approximately 1.5 years, unknown causes

Faith - black irish, got her from an individual with accidental litter so likely petstore lines somewhere in there - PTS due to a tumor around her heart  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rosie and lucy on November 14, 2005, 06:49:09 AM
Lucy... 24 months... extensive lung cancer
Winnie... 25 months... massively expanded liver
Rosie... 28 months... sinus abses
lillian (Stuart's mother)... 27 months... massive mammory tumors
Stuart (Monty's son)... 34 months... cause unknown
Monty... 39 months... old age, bubble foot  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scamp on November 18, 2005, 04:31:27 PM
Kupo, male, approximately 33 months old (he was a rescue, so I'm going with the estimated age that the veterinarian assigned him). Euthanized-- he was suffering recurrent aggressive, cancerous tumors, atrophy in his hindquarters, and neural damage in the same region.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mishymoo37 on November 18, 2005, 05:06:13 PM
growing up, we had a neighbor across the street whose rat lived to be about 7 (human) years old!  :shocked2:  granted, by then he was scrawny, losing hit fur, had scabs, and could barely get around...but he was like the rat who refused to let go of life!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BarrelRacer21 on November 23, 2005, 09:45:51 PM
Wow all the rats on here sound so nice, cute, and loving!!  i have one problem though,  have you noticed that MOST of the rats have died of un-natural causes, not that it is the owner fault but really. i tell you, if people dont know how to breed rats out of health problems then they should never breed at all, sooner or later we will have no rats living over the age of 1.5 years. it is making me very sad!!  my rat died at the age of 3 yrs and a couple weeks of natural causes.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spatx on November 24, 2005, 11:06:21 AM
Adrian - 1 year, 2 months. Feeder rat from pet store, died of advanced Myco infection
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rataholic9 on November 27, 2005, 04:27:38 PM
Lucky - 14 months, died of pneumonia
Spaz - 26 months, (had a stroke at about 1 1/2 months old and my best guess is that she died of a heart attack)
Sunny - 21 months, died of respiratory problems
Squishy - 24 months, died of respiratory problems
Teddy - 25 months, died of respiratory problems and probably prostate cancer
Jelly Man - 25 months, died today of respiratory problems
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lentil987 on November 29, 2005, 03:06:52 AM
Biscuit ( Brown and White Hooded) 15 months - mammory tumour - Put to sleep at vets due to ? brain tumour as he couldnt stand and lost his balance. RIP little chap.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Calviness on December 09, 2005, 04:43:12 AM
Calvin - 24 months and a few days.  Cause of death unknown - possibly old age.  Rescue.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rat girl on December 14, 2005, 09:07:56 PM
I am going to try to remember from the first rats that i had...

Dusty-25 months (old age)
Baby-19 months (unkown)
Dakota-approx 29 months (old age)
Mr. Rat-approx 20 months (poss seizure)
Mamma- 21 months (unkown, natural)
Kalifornia- 19 months (sister to Et, UTI)
Mollie- 32 months (old age, paralysis)
Kipper- 37 months (my second longest lived, so far)
Exodia- 23 or so  (myco???)
Trina- 8 months (?)
Karmen- 17 months (unapparent)
Cam- 10 months (accident during playtime, probably shouldnt use this one)
Leo- 12 months (no symptons)
Charlie- 11 months (death caused by rat fight, probably shouldnt use towards statistics)
Junior- 13 months (pts, extreme temperment change, possibly brain tumor)
Kassie- approx 48 months(i had her for three years and 4 months, and she was full grown when i got her)
E.t.- 35 months (died peacefully in sleep, no sickness)
CheddarBob- 29 months (large abscess, lanced multiple times, antibiodic--he just couldnt over come it)
Murphey Lee- 21 months (unapparent)
Dr. Pepper- 11 months (unexpected, possibly Myco flare up, he was always sickly)
Walley-26 months (lethargic, possibly seizure?, tried to bring him back,three days later he died in my lap)
Fiona- 20 months? (forget the exact D.O.D)
Gypsy- 13 months (ear infection, possibly tumor in throat/abscess, died under vet care/sugery prep)
Shenango- brain fart, forget her DOB, approximately 20 months?
Gizzie-18 months
Vegas- 12 months exactly (deteriorated, no myco symptons, hairless)
Arcadia-14 months (possibly seizure)

Those should be pretty accurate, and i shouldnt be missing anybody.  I'm going more than 8 years back now, mind you :)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RKEM on December 21, 2005, 05:12:58 PM
Dr. Jeckyll, approximatly 16 months, male, agouti hooded, rescue, malnourished and immunosupressed at adoption, chronic respiratory issues including an antibiotic-resistant strain of myco, PTS when resp. issues decreased quality of life too much.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: germansunshine on December 26, 2005, 10:05:50 AM
I had one named Angel that I didn't have very long when she died of a tumor. She was approximately 11 month old.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratty_ratkins on January 01, 2006, 06:57:45 PM
Fry 1 and 1/5 yrs.
got him at a petstore, he died a few weeks after his cagemate from un-natural causes.
i dont know if i posted this before but here is this one again.....
slippery 2 years 4 months
got him at the same petstore as fry.
unknown, possible heart attack.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: shadowlily89 on January 01, 2006, 07:09:10 PM
Ben Approx 9mo. Rescued from Brandees Bunch Small Animal Rescue--Pnemonia and tumors in his lungs
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: quellykin1 on January 10, 2006, 11:25:40 PM
I just averaged all the rats I've owned that have passed, and the avg was 2 years, 3-4 months. I dropped the two extremes (youngest passing -- 1, oldest -- 4).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DebW on January 20, 2006, 10:32:53 PM
I haven't listed since summer:

Millie - 30 months
Stimpy - 29 months
Phoebe - 20 months
Bonnie - 14 months
Lucy - 28 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: cerulean.blue on January 23, 2006, 09:24:23 PM
Charly- hairless from pet store, died at approx. 26 months, apparent old age :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: angelrat on January 28, 2006, 10:44:47 PM
Goku, a black and white hooded rattie, went to the rainbow bridge aged 42 months, I'd say he died of old age... poor fellow, his hind legs hardly moved at all but he was still perky and companionable up to the end. He actually died while I was holding him, just sort of floated away I guess, no distress. Peaceful.

Angelrat
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: guitarglr86 on January 30, 2006, 02:56:42 PM
Ivan- 20 months. survived a benign mamory that hemoraged and was removed. malignant thoracic tumor finally got him  :'(

www.Playtimrattery.com
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: jenbenjee on February 02, 2006, 01:22:31 AM
Rastus - 29 months. Not really sure, but pretty sure it was due to old age.
Suki - 20 months. He was battling a severe myco/respiratory infection.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Panda Phil on February 28, 2006, 08:10:00 PM
Bubonic - Passed on suddenly at 2 years, 3 months due to unknown causes.

 Mr Flibble - One of Bubonics littermates, passed on two months later. He'd been treated a few months earlier for breathing problems, and had lost the use of his back legs. He lost weight and energy soon after his brothers death, and after being seperated from a cagemate due to fighting issues. Probably a mixture of old age, and the loss of the will to live.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Hack on March 04, 2006, 06:41:58 PM
Shetan - Petsmart black hooded - 20 months - euthanized because of a large mammory tumor

i've also had numerous (think numbers in the 30's) rats over the course of my childhood.  the only male i ever had lived until he was almost 6, but the females generally lived less than 3 years.  there was a noted exception where one of the females lived 4 and a half years.  All of those were from feeder bins, and all were either tan or black hoodeds (this was WAY before rats were sold as pets).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rosie and lucy on March 14, 2006, 05:43:34 AM
Daisy approximatly 24 months - Extensive abdominal, lung (and who knows where else) cancer
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Mac on March 21, 2006, 04:23:03 PM
Drew (female) - 22 months of a mammory tumor
Bryn (female) - 24 months exactly of a stroke
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: weeze on May 22, 2006, 12:51:56 PM
Nori    30 months pneumonia
Nami   30 months pneumonia

Avocado - more than 53 months - kisses - comes when he's called - hops - jumps - sleeps on my arm - oh yeah - still quite alive
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dork123 on May 26, 2006, 11:13:27 PM
I can really only give accurate info for two of my angels...

Binky - 46 months (and probably would've lived even longer without the pain of tumors)
Smokey - 30 months (passed away from respiratory issues)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dogstar on May 28, 2006, 02:32:59 AM
Kei (female) 24 months and 3 weeks old - probable congestive heart failure.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: gr8dane on June 08, 2006, 07:47:48 PM
Coco, 15 months  ( thoracic tumor )
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ginniejollie on June 09, 2006, 08:56:58 AM
"Rainbow Bridge" boys:
Quigley 1st  - 6yrs 11mths (lab rat) - pneumonia
Quigley 2nd - 14days - myco - pet shop boy
Jazz - 1r 11mths - spinal paralysis PTS - pet shop boy
Patootie 2yrs 4 1/2 mths - old age PTS - pet shop boy
Rastus - 2yrs 5 1/2 mths - myco/pneumonia - breeder
Tanta - 9mths -accident - breeder
Sitka - 1yr 6mths - heart/pneumonia - breeder
Celaya - 2yrs 5mths - Unknown - breeder
Banda - 1yr 11mths - Tumour - breeder
Harrod - 1yr 6mths - heart/pneumonia - breeder

Sitka, Celaya, Banda, Harrod  together with  Quintana and Binky are all brothers and half brothers

Old Living Boys, 2yrs or more:
Binky - born 11/03 - breeder (neutered)
Quintana - born 11/03 - breeder (neutered)
Bubbly (Tanta's brother) - born 26/7/03 -breeder (neutered)
Yaqui - born 30/4/04 - pet shop boy  (Edit: Passed 30/6/06)

Other boys:
Peuta - born 16/11/04 (under treatment for myco/heart) - pet shop boy
Asphalt - born 28/2/05 - pet shop boy
Chaska(rex) - born 20/3/05 - breeder (neutered)
Silver and
Toston (twins) - born 8/5/05 - breeder (both neutered)
Reeva - born 10/11/05 - breeder
Charcoal - born 19/1/06 - pet shop boy

I have not included all my earlier rats, as the list would be too long, but Quigley the 1st was my first rat, I saved him from being dissected at school, approx 40 yrs ago.  As he was an extraordinary long living rat, I thought you may like to include him. Hope this helps your survey  :)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lilspaz68 on June 09, 2006, 09:26:56 AM
Passed

Loki - F, Petshop, stroke then seizures after weaning off of Pred...30 months
Freya - F, Petshop, mamm. tumour removed but spread to brain...28 months
Dominic - M, ? rescue, respiratory infection after neuter...28 months
Farraday - M, ? rescue, pneumonia...32 months
Luna - F, shelter rat, ? sudden,....10 months old
Frigg - F, shelter rat, abdominal cancer....18 months

Living "Older" Rats

Pippens - M, ? rescue, healthy except a little hind end weakening....35 months
Sebastian - M, ? rescue, very weak hind end, blind in one eye after surgery, has problems with bacterial infections...31 months
Lucky - F, found outside as baby (petshop reject?), never been sick yet....22 months

the rest are under 18 months.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MyRatBlaze on June 24, 2006, 01:04:49 AM
i have to say The Longest That I Ever Had A Rat For Was 2 Years And 1 Month And About A Week. He Was A Teen Rat When I Got Him So I Am Not Really Sure How Old He Was When I Got Him. I Got Him From Petco. He Was The Most Beautiful Rat That I Had Ever Seen, And I Am Pretty Sure i Will Never Get Another One Like Him Again. I Loved My Boo Boo Very Much. I got Him On June 15, 2004, And He Died June 3rd 2006. If You Are Wondering Why My Screen Name In My Rat Blaze That Use To Be His Name. Blaze. He Had A Half Star Blaze On His Forehead. The Blaze Went From His Head To The Front, Not Like Most Rats From the Nose To The Back. He Was A Capped Rat With A Blaze. He Was So Sweet. He Loved Me So Much And Gave Me Kisses Like You Would Not Believe. He Was My Baby And I Loved Him Very Much. He Ended Up Getting Really Sick And Dying. Sorry About Writing So Much And I Probably Didn't Do This Right, But I Just Registered Today. Sorry About This Again. Oh And I Wish I Could Show Pics Of Him, But I Don't Know How. :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ShadowWolf on June 26, 2006, 05:32:17 PM
Smudge - August 11, 2004 to June 23, 2006 - Breeder - Euthanized due to old age related issues
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: vertalus on July 04, 2006, 06:26:57 AM
Vertalus 7 months(no idea)
Cubone 5 days(complications from birth)
Porygon,Mew 3 days(See Cubone)
7 unnamed littermates of Cubone 0 days
Sidle 11 months(no clue,wish I did)
Kikyo 6 months(URI)
No-Named PEW(petstore resucue) 2 months(Uncertain)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kit on July 06, 2006, 02:38:52 PM
Sandy....18 months, pts due to tumor, Petsmart
Still making us smile.... :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
Sally....Sandy's sister, 35 months, developing tumor, I think, near hind leg
Blue....5 months, breeder, no health problems
Kit....5 months, breeder, no health problems
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Wildfyre on July 10, 2006, 11:43:10 PM
My rats are still young.. but my Aunt (who got me into rats) had a boy black hooded named Snuggles who lived to be just over 6 years old. He died of old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ewok on July 14, 2006, 01:12:34 PM
Let's see if I can remember... My family owned rats a lot when I was a kid.

Chubbs- 1 1/2 years, abdominal tumor
Squidgy- 2 years, old age maybe, but I have a sneaking suspicion he died of grief over the loss of his pal Chubbs
Ruby- 5 years, peacefully of old age

That's really all I remember most lived around 2 years. I remember Chubbs and Squidgy because they were the most recent and Ruby because he lived so long.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Poisonetta on July 14, 2006, 04:44:29 PM
Juliet- 2 months,  sudden respiratory infection/ pneumonia (adopted from PetCo.)


Miranda- 3 months, heat-stroke (adopted from PetSmart)

Let this be a lesson to everyone who ever has to leave rats with a sitter: MAKE SURE THEY ARE EXPERIENCED IN RAT CARE!!!!!!!!

I thought specific instructions would be enough, and now I will never forgive myself.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: babygirl12 on July 25, 2006, 03:40:41 PM
i posted on here once before, but i had another question.

How long can PEW rats live?

Because i heard that someones rat from a zoology class in the past had thei rat live 3 years. Is that possible? What is the average age for PEW rats (albino) to live?

And what was the longest age an albino rat has ever lived?

I really wanted to know. . . thanks to whoever replies. :)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Suebee on July 25, 2006, 03:47:11 PM
A rat is a rat is a rat. PEWs/albinos don't live any longer or shorter than any other type of rat, just because of their color/markings. It has to do with family longevity (aka genes), environment, care, and overall health.

This thread is intended for people to document the deaths of their rats and the reasons for the deaths for an ongoing study. It is not the place to ask questions.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spatx on July 27, 2006, 07:42:07 PM
Sky - M, Rescue, Died of Respiratory/Secondary Infection ? - 19 months
Nikki - M, Rescue, Died of Respiratory/Secondary Infection (Pneumonia) - 16 months


Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RKEM on August 03, 2006, 11:51:03 AM
PaiMei - Approx 20 - 22 months - Rescue of unknown origins - odd-eyed mismarked berk - probably some rex - blind and missing one eye at birth, some spine / back leg comformation problems. Died due to stroke combined with antibiotic-resistant myco flareup.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scubbs on August 03, 2006, 12:06:21 PM
ZRR Atticus...  9/27/04 - 10/20/05 -- almost 13 mos. old.  Euthanized because of late-onset megacolon that was no longer responding to treatment.
ZRR Ichabod... 6/10/04 - 5/8/06 -- almost 23 mos. old.  Euthanized because of enlarged liver and inoperable tumor in abdomen.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kida_and_Genkai on August 18, 2006, 10:55:15 PM
Kida, female, pet store rat,Black hooded, 6 years, died of old age. And,boy do we miss her :'(.
Genkai, female,pet store rat white fancy rat, 5 years, died of old age.
Loki,female,petstore cream feeder rat, 6 days, froze to death when Genkai wouldn't allow her in her cage.
Clover,female,  petstore mocha feeder rat, 2 years, died of unknown disease.
Ada (My new mama ^_^ today) female,petstore retired black breeder rat, 7 months and still kicking.
My 10 new babes, from Ada, not even a day old yet ^_^.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lilspaz68 on August 26, 2006, 02:35:41 PM
Pippens - rehoming situation, male petstore rat, only health problem was a tumour developed very late, and not removed.  PTS at just under 38 months.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Charliespooks on August 30, 2006, 06:58:35 PM
Socrates, Male, 9 months with me, birthdate unknown, estimates 8 weeks old when i adopted him.
Total 11 months  :(
Not sure of cause, can't afford vet visits  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SarahD on September 04, 2006, 02:26:23 PM
My actual adopted ratties:

Meccha - about 1 year - broken leg...long, sad story
Zelda - about 1 1/2 years - agressive mammary tumor...spayed to late in life  :(
Butters & Petey - about 2 years - both succomend to advanced respiratory infections - born together, lived together, crossed the rainbow bridge together - buddies until the end
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bekah on September 07, 2006, 08:02:43 PM
Scully: almost exactly 18 months, of pneumonia.
Hickey: 24 1/2 month, of mammary tumors.  She weakened in the last couple of days, and I slept on the couch with her (when I slept at all).  She bruxed and boggled her eyes till the end, especially when I was most upset.  (It was almost impossible to get any liquid into her, as she would brux and boggle gratefully after every couple of warm drops.) She was having difficulty breathing the last night, so I sat up and propped her on my chest so she could breathe more easily.  She bruxed quietly for a bit and died sometime in the following hour.  She was a sweetheart.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spatx on September 09, 2006, 11:07:14 AM
Willow - From Rescue, Male, 20 months, Tumor growth spotted one day, 3 days later he passed. Assuming Cancer of the stomach.

Jack - Pet Store Feeder, 28 months, Long history of Respiratory, Died in his sleep

Gizmo - Pet Store, 25 months, Died Unexpectedly, Assuming Stroke, no history of any health problems.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lvrofrats on October 12, 2006, 10:44:19 AM
I have had seven rats in total all but 1 lived till 5 years of age and all but 1 died of old age 4were feamale and 2 were male

My most recent female dies at the age of 4 years adn 2 months of cancer
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on October 15, 2006, 07:48:05 PM
I've lost a few over the last few years. rats are great animals and I miss them all. All rescues.


 
Rat listing                     
                     
   DOB   DOD   Age      Cause      
BuddyI   unknown   2/13/2003   15 months   died at home   Internal injuries from home accident      
Max   unknown   3/21/2004   16 months   euthanized   Respiratory illness      
Nigel   unknown   4/1/2004                15 months   euthanized   Respiratory illness and possible ear tumor      
Violet   unknown   1/17/2005   20 months   euthanized   Mammary tumor      
Buddy II   unknown   1/17/2005    8 months   euthanized   Respiratory illness, mass in upper quadrant of left lung      
Angel   unknown   7/14/2005   15 months   euthanized   Respiratory illness      
Ash     10/25/2003 2/19/2006   28 months   euthanized   Respiratory illness      
Rose   unknown   2/21/2006   26 months   euthanized   Mammary tumors, respiratory illness      
Daisy   unknown   2/26/2006   24 months   died at home   Ruptured tumor, abdominal      
Donatello   unknown   4/14/2006   20months   euthanized   Repeated infection from tooth abscess, lost an eye to it which was healing      
Stuart   unknown   9/20/2006   17 months   euthanized   Severe respiratory disease, possible from previous cedar bedding usage      
Cheddar   unknown   9/20/2006   17 months   euthanized   Severe respiratory disease, possible from previous cedar bedding usage      
                     
Notes: I was with all these animals when they passed                  
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: aphoeniceus on October 17, 2006, 04:05:38 PM
Hermane - purchsed from Charming Tails Rattery - Born 9/11/04, Deceased 10/5/06 - had problems breathing then passed while waiting at the vets office.  Died from old age? or Respiratory problems?
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kimmiekins on October 21, 2006, 05:35:26 AM
Soot, approx. 15 months old, pnumonia or heart disease
Snow, approx. 19 months old, uknown (apparently stroke, then slipped into coma)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Suebee on October 23, 2006, 08:59:59 AM
Schultz - 1 year, 10 months - Leukemia
Klink - 1 year, 10 months, 22 days - Pituitary Tumor and Stroke (also had CHF)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rats_in_the_Rock on November 19, 2006, 10:27:51 AM
Bumba - M - about 20 mo - Resp. illness (pts)
Ratatoullie -M- about 18 mo. Resp illness (pts)
Freya -F- 12 months - possible heart condition. Ran up to the door, jumped on my shirt, and died in my hands
Plato -M- 26 mo. unknown internal illness, died at home in my arms
Simba -M- about 28 mo Resp. distress (pts)
Maki -F- around 40 months  died in my arms from old age
Luna -F- around 40 months eaten up with cancer in her back (pts)
Baby -F- abouT 38 months (will be pts within the week) has lost use of back legs, and has tumors and resp illness
Kissie Py -M- about 28 months (will be pts within the week) Resp distress and two abdom tumors. Cannot operate due to resp problems.
(all rats were from reputable breeders)

I have gone through 11 tumor removals in the past 4 years, and tons and tons of baytril, doxy, Zithromax, etc... It seems like their lives are just too short not to do all I can because of all the  :heart:love they give
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kathleen on November 20, 2006, 01:01:50 AM
Bella -- Female, 4 years (49 months) Oct 2002 - Nov 2006. Cause of death unknown; she seemed reasonably healthy, but was quite old.

Bye bye sweet girl, I love you.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Phalaeo on November 26, 2006, 01:50:27 PM
Neptune - 26 months - PTS due to severe chronic and basically untreatable bumblefoot.  He was in so much pain the last few days- I could see it in his eyes.  We tried everything.  Run free, good buddy.....
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kas56 on November 28, 2006, 04:53:17 PM
Hey I have two you can add...

Baram (M) 30 mos (tumor) RIP  :-\

Clyde (M) 32 mos still squeeking  :rattysmiley:


Kurt
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: weloveratties on December 26, 2006, 07:33:00 PM
Nizmo-approx. 24 months (adopted from someone that rescued him)
       -mycoplasmic pneumonia (Baytril tried 2 rounds for Myco, and Bumblefoot-our baby went bad and the day after Christmas, we sent him home)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: babygoth on December 30, 2006, 09:40:56 PM
Sqeak <4m Petco sold him to me with a respiratory infection.  His brother Pip lived most of his life fighting the infection.  I don't buy animals from Petco anymore...
Pip ~24m micoplasma infection
Sterling ~24m appeared to be instestinal blockage
Oreo ~24m no cause other than age

They were all petstore babies so I don't know birthdays for exactness.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Hazelnut_and_Roo on December 31, 2006, 11:54:32 PM
I can add 3.

Muffin: Female, hooded. Adopted, was very malnuished when arrived, approx 3 years when she arrived died a few months later of old age.
Scrables: Female, champange self (blue-biege perhaps?) , was PTS at age 3 1/2 - bleeding from mouth; bad seizure.  (petstore rat)
Scimbles: Female, Agouit bareback, was PTS at age 2 due to sevre chronic reccurring respitory problems and a PT. Was Scrables sister.  (petstore rat)

I also have Daisy, she's 3 1/2 right now, showing strong symptoms of PT but still has tons of life left!  She's all about "go, go go!" even if she can't.  :rattysmiley:

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ekw4petrescue on January 15, 2007, 10:45:14 AM
Mirax, F/S, 4/17/2003 -  12/10/2006   3 years 8 months, old age
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattus_norvegicus on January 20, 2007, 06:45:00 PM
I read that the longest a rat ever lived was 7 years!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: aphoeniceus on January 20, 2007, 10:03:14 PM
Adelaar, intact male, bought from breeder (Charming Tails Rattery) out of Colorado: 9/11/04 - 1/18/07, died from old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: VegetarianPetLuvR on February 03, 2007, 02:24:02 PM
Kaya, approx. 32 months old, tumour/old age...unsure exactly what took her
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sheenatila on February 26, 2007, 12:48:54 PM
My recent group of rats 2002-2006:

Amadeus(male)-adopted- 18 months- natural causes

Gally(female)-20 months- stroke and euthanasia

Starfish (male&brother of Gally)- 23months-phenomena/inner ear infection (possibly tumor but undiagnosed)

Lain (female)- 32 months- history of mammary tumors- 3rd tumor was cancerous and was euthanize
Lain is the oldest rat I've  owned so far...

The rats in the past has never made it to 18 months

Generally died of mycro, cancerous tumors, strokes, and one case-heat stroke
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Lise on February 26, 2007, 11:07:08 PM
Molly, female from feeder breeder - euthanized at 1 yr due to recurring pneumonia
Nora, female from feeder breeder - euthanized at 20 months due to respiratory issues and pulmonary abscesses
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Raven Ephemera on March 04, 2007, 06:15:19 PM
Shakti (f) - 15 months (undiagnosed)
Shyama (f) - ca. 19 months (tumour)
Tempe (f) - ca. 17 months (cancer)
Nubium (f) - 24 months (stroke)

Raven Ephemera
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lilspaz68 on March 05, 2007, 09:26:29 PM
Too many recently.  :(

Lets see...

Renata - F - shelter adoptee (sister to Rafiki) - severe respiratory (pulmonary abscesses?), had throat tumour and inguinal tumour as well - died at 21 months
Soma - F - shelter adoptee - mass inside her gut impacted her and her intestines swelled up - pts at 19 months
Lucky - F - found outside as baby - PT - pts at 27 months
Tawnie - F - very old shelter adoptee - had hemangiosarcoma removed with an e-spay at HS - started laboured breathing and wasting - pts at 24 months
Maya - F - shelter adoptee (sister to Tikal) - PT - pts at 16 months
Ceres - F - shelter adoptee - stroke - died at 18 months
Tikal - F - shelter adoptee (sister to Maya) - PT - died at 17 months
Sebastian - M - rehomed to me - tumour in throat affected breathing - pts at 38 months
Rafiki - F - shelter adoptee (sister to Renata) - laboured breathing/wasting, recurring tumour - pts at 23 months





Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BurningCuriosity on March 12, 2007, 11:49:12 AM
Corona, female, 3 years approx.  would have been ok for another year (i think), but tumors took the best of her
may she rest in the great rat wheel in peace
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: shorty16 on March 14, 2007, 01:04:43 AM
Nibbley--->29 months--->male

Junior--->24 months--->male

Kibbles--->26 months--->male \
                                           \Kibbles and Bits were bought and the same time and Bits became extremely anti-social
                                           /after the death of kibbles.he stopped eating and got sick,it lead to him being put down.
Bits--->28 months--->male     /

i have a 6 month old female rat right now and she is great! 

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: momerath42 on March 21, 2007, 10:40:55 PM
Isabelle---hairless, adopeted from Petco at approximately 12 mos.---spent a wonderful 16 mos. with me before passing. 

She had a tumor that came up all of a sudden, and passed 2 weeks later (12/15/06) the night before she was to have it removed.  I still miss my baby girl, and still can't believe someone just left her there alone at Petco.   :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RattaLove on March 26, 2007, 01:58:07 PM
My two missed and forever loved babies:

Tig   :female: 21months - large tumour and continuing respiratory infection was on baytril - kindly put to sleep  :angel1:

Bramble  :female: 22 months - 5 tumours one very large reducing her movement & one split open because of weight so was infected tried baytril and cleaning straight away- no luck tho  :'( fought til the end but think she missed Tig too much. - kindly put to sleep    :angel1:

 :heart: Will never be forgotten :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: cheddarsmom on March 26, 2007, 07:47:44 PM
Cheddar 9/03-2/06 pts due to paralysis

Gigi 10/04-6/06 anorexia due to loss of her "mommy" Cheddar

Yetta 10/04-2/07 died in my arms of heart failure

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratlover_23 on March 28, 2007, 11:06:11 PM
Cupcake - Female - 1 week, 6 days old(runt of [Petco's fault!] accidental litter) Died of starvation/dehydration, I think.

Pepsi-Cola - 4 months, 27 days old(Cupcakes sister) Died from lack of vet treatment(paretns fault)due to respiratory infection that caused inner ear infection that caused possible stroke which caused head tilt which caused broken leg.  She was kindly eauthanised by my dear friend Judy Griffith.

and right now I have two females who are super healthy:  Sweetie - 3+ years old, and Candie(mom of accidental litter) - 2+ years old

Rats really range in life span according to how well they were taken care of when sick and healthy, and also based on genetics.  I expect Sweetie and Candie to both live past 4 years in age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Leonakitty on March 29, 2007, 01:01:50 AM
My first one to add...

Frannie: 20 months, PT, PTS

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spatx on April 02, 2007, 11:45:27 AM
Zippy - F, 31 Months, Pet Store, Mammary Tumor, Died of Old Age
(Zippy is the mother of the following rats. They are all sisters/brothers)

Sprite - M, 25 Months, Accidental Litter/Pet Store, Congestive Heart Failure
Pandora - F, 26 Months, Accidental Litter/Pet Store, Lipoma on neck, Death cause old age? (Lipoma did not affect her and she had no other health problems known)
Speedy - F, 27 Months, Accidental Litter/Pet Store, Cause - old age? No symptoms to indicate otherwise.
Fluffy - F, 28 Months, Accidental Litter/Pet Store, Cause - Old Age, may have had underlying heart condition
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scamp on April 02, 2007, 02:21:31 PM
Noe, Spayed Female, 29 mos. old. PTS, pituitary tumor.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Carter on April 05, 2007, 04:35:48 AM
Fred- M- Large Dumbo White feeder, not albino, neutered. 3 years and one month. I had him put down due to overwhleming paralysis after a stroke.
Isa- F- Black hooded, not dumbo- 2 years 3 months. Also put down after suffering a stroke. 1 and 1/2 years into her life she had ovarian cancer (was spayed to cure cancer) and lymphatic cysts, the cysts never returned after treatment.
Hattie- F- Peach hooded dumbo- 1 and 1/2 years. Died suddenly (within 10 minutes of showing signs of illness). Suspected poisoning from something in her enviroment. Just three weeks earlier I lost a chinchilla that was only 6months though he was ill for several days prior to death. Most likely from ingesting a chemical our landlord used as pesticide in the apartment without our consent (the once a month application that is sprayed on the baseboards). We moved, needless to say.

I have a really obese (2lbs) Norwegian black rat mix that is 1 and 1/2 and kickin' well. And another that is 2+ that I got from the flea market (because she escaped a big bin of rats  :'( and climbed up my leg as I passed by). She is a beautiful silver fawn. And then there's Lulu, my dwarf who is 1 year and in perfect shape and driving me crazy! :rattysmiley:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: cheddarsmom on April 09, 2007, 07:03:08 PM
Eggroll fawn self Dumbo 5 weeks CHF after being home just two days!  :'(

Brie agouti hooded not Dumbo 15 weeks healthy and mean!  >:(

Peppercorn chocolate self Dumbo 6 weeks sweet and ultra cute mommas girl! :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Poppyseed on May 05, 2007, 11:35:11 PM
Joshu- 8 months, unoperable mass in chest
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Pamnangel on May 06, 2007, 01:44:16 AM
Timothy - darked eyed white, almost 5 years, died in sleep old age
Ralph - cream standard male, 2-1/2 years, PTS inoperable stomach tumor
Ed - sable Irish standard male, 3-1/2 years, massive stroke
Blackie - black/white hooded female, spayed, 2 years, PTS pituitary tumor

Currently, my oldest now is Kisses, a b/w hooded male, who is between 2-1/2 years plus and still kicking. 
Pam
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Annies_rats on May 08, 2007, 10:12:40 PM
vanilla baby(f)-albino with the cutest ears :'( - choked on a piece or cereal(shreded wheat)
3 months

 :'(Ami(F)-brown adn white hooded- repiratory complications-2 years 7 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on May 14, 2007, 02:47:21 PM
Quinn  DOB 7/3/05 PTS 5/9/07. 22.5 mos. Had a malignant tumor on leg which ruptured. Was not in discomfort and still very playful until that happened. RIP
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on May 16, 2007, 07:54:27 AM
Darwin. Approximately 24mos.  Passed at home 5/16/07. I got back from work and found him in his igloo.  He was curled up and looked at peace. Cause probably heart/respiratory failure. He hadn't been well the last 2 weeks. On antibiotics. He also had an eye ucleration which seemed to be doing well. He had a very good life . I was lucky to have him for just over a year. My rats are all rescues. RIP good little friend.

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Lucifer_Spades on May 19, 2007, 12:35:49 AM
Petey,M Black & white hooded-4y 5mo

Malichi,M Black-4y 1mo

Dondorri,M Albino-3y 8mo

Tito,M Black & White hooded-5y 1mo

Andre,M Albino-3y 9mo

Klepto,M Black & white Berkshire-8y 9mo

Milton,M Cream-4y 5mo

Luis, M Albino-6y 2mo

T.Dum, M Black & White Berkshire-5y 5mo
His Twin
T.Dee, M Black & White Berkshire-5y 5mo 1 1/2 days


Khia,F Black & White Berkshire-6y 5mo

Keela,F Albino-3y 1mo (Pnumonia)
Her Twin
Jeela,F Albino-4y 2mo

Noni,F Brown Hooded-5y 3mo

Mahari,F Black-5y 2 1/2mo

Wilhemina(Mina),F Albino-7y 4mo

Ebony,F Black-7y 8mo
Her Sister
Ivory,F Cream with red eyes-6y 11mo

B.B. (Biting B****)F, Cream & white Berkshire-8y 1mo
Rescued from Jerko with a 5ft Taiwanese Rat Snake she was left in a 55 gal tank with no food or water with that snake for a week she went a bit neurotic and you can't blame her for biting anything snake like that came near her (like fingers)

Leona,F Grey-4y 2mo

Dreidle,F Grey with white forehead star-5y 1mo
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: whtnyte on May 20, 2007, 08:45:02 PM
Mr. Speedy - Black and White mismarked hooded male and rattie ambassador

My beloved rattie ambassador Mr. Speedy lived to be 33 months old. In the end he had a stroke that left him 75% paralyzed. He was a real trooper and wanted me to decide for him. I could not leave him only able to scoot around on his chin and belly so Jan 11, 2007 my precious buddy was helped on his way to the bridge where he romps and plays and gets into all kinds of mischief (although according to him he's a very good boy there)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BarebackDreamer on May 27, 2007, 11:16:49 AM
Jade, F Agouti berkshire, exact age unknown, probably around 3 or 4. Myco complications
Cassie, F British blue bareback, around 2 1/2 years. Pyometra.
Sandy, F cinnamon bekshire, 2 months. Sudden heart attack.
Shiela, F agouti berkshire, 40 months. PTS because she wouldn't stop fighting a URI and wasn't getting better.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Sarah1292 on June 03, 2007, 09:37:55 PM
Toby- 3 years cause of death unknown
Jasper- 3 years, tumor
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Scamp on June 29, 2007, 03:58:29 PM
Mae, 33 mos. old, spayed female. Passed peacefully in her sleep with very few symptoms of anything wrong in the weeks prior, though I suspect she might have been beginning to have heart problems.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kitzira on July 05, 2007, 02:44:34 PM
Bonnie, Female, Rescue, Jul '05 - Feb. '06 - approx. 11 mos. - Severe infection from a mouth abscess.  Died in my hands.
Ruki, Male, Breeder, Jan. 26, '05 - July 18, '06 - 18 mos. - Heat Stroke & overweightness.
Milo, Male, Rescue, Oct. '05 - Feb. 14, '07 - approx. 19 mos. - Chronic myco.
Baxil, Male, Breeder, Jan. 24, '05 - June 1, '07 - 28 mos. - Was PTS after severe stroke which took his entire ability to move.
Zumi, Male, Breeder, Jan. 22, '05 - June 27, '07 - 29 mos. - Hind leg degeneration & depression after Baxil passed.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: PinkPaws on July 09, 2007, 01:43:47 PM
Roxie, aka Furgy, Black and white Berkshire, 1 yr 9 mos   PTS May 6, 2007, Streptococci inf. 

Ruby Tuesday,   Gray with white tummy and beautiful big ears   2 years.  PTS May 13, 2007, Streptococci inf. 

I have no clue how the bacteria came into my home. I had not been visiting any other pets, and my own human family was healthy. This infection took these girls so fast. Three days of symptoms, and they were down for the count. They were both treated with Baytril and Doxy and it was not enough. Very scary.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Nikkiburr on July 11, 2007, 06:49:17 PM
Hm, I haven't submitted any to this.  May as well do it now.

Blaze (black capped female feeder rat) - 17 months (chronic myco)
Luna (beige hooded female pet store rat) - 24 months (tumor)
Chinchilla (agouti hooded female pet store rat) - 40 months ('old age'?)
Malt (siamese male rescue) - 16 months (chronic myco)
ANR Merry (black variegated from breeder) - 22 months (chronic myco)
ANR Pippin (black capped from breeder) - 34 months (huge tumor)
Nim (PEW rescue) - 27 months (chronic myco)
Tiri (PEW rescue) - 30 months (hind leg degeneration/'old age')
Cinder <3 (mink rescue) - 37 months (pituitary tumor)

That's all of them, except my first, Comet....but I don't know how old she was when she died as she was an adult when we got her from a pet store and she only lived 5 days in my care before passing from horrible myco.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ladysox on July 18, 2007, 04:23:25 PM
Lady Sox.. pet store retired breeder rat 2 years  cause of death  heart trouble.
I lost her July 17th 2007 and I miss her so much. :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on July 19, 2007, 06:27:29 PM
Frank DOB 7/3/05 Passed 7/19/07 Aged 2 yrs 16 days. Passed a few hours after surgery to remove a superficial tumor. Was fine in the afternoon. When about to bring him to me he had respiratory distress. Unknown if respiratory disease, choking, or possible terminal cancer, reaction to anesthsia. He passed very very quickly. Within 7 minutes he was gone. RIP little friend
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on July 27, 2007, 11:47:08 AM
Pete DOB 7/3/05 PTS 7/27/07 aged 24 months 24 days. Brother to Frank and Quinn. Had an inguinal tumor. Started to have trouble walking and definitely was having urinary tract/bladder issues. RIP good little friend.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dayne on July 28, 2007, 09:58:51 PM
Ebenezer (M) Aprox. 5 weeks - Older rat attacked him fatally.
Julian (M) Aprox. 8 Months - Myco
Blizzard (M) Aprox. 1 year 2 Months - Pnemonia/Myco
Harold (M) Aprox. 8 Months - Not sure, went the same time as Blizzard but Blizzard was sick for a week and didn't respond well to medicine, Harold was found dead hours after seeming just fine. We did bring a new rat home and only did a week worth of quarantine (lazy mistakes).



Currently; (all rats almost 2 weeks into a baytril/tetracycline treatment, and revolution)
Igor (M) Aprox. 1 year 5 months - Depressed/Working on Skin Problems (he lost his cagemate recently, but new ones are on the way soon)
Sydney (M) Aprox. 7 months - Happy/Healthy
Sylvester (M) Aprox. 7 months - Happy/Sneezy but being treated
Stanley (M) Aprox. 3 months - Happy/Healthy
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: fearlessella on August 13, 2007, 10:22:43 PM
All ages (except Maddox & Isolde) will be close estimates.

Deceased:
Tai- 12-16 weeks- pneumonia
Elle- 26 mos- my guess is uterine tumors
Eden- 24 mos- respiratory issues/pneumonia (PTS)
Ruby- 18 mos- tumor in lung/respiratory issues (PTS)
Diego- 26 mos- tumor on neck (removed once)/ respiratory issues (PTS)
Livvy- 20 mos- complications after surgery (lump removal)

Currently:
Romola :heart:- 27 mos- severe respiratory issues- not sure how much longer she will be with me
Isolde- 15 mos- doing fine *knock on wood*
Maddox- 15 mos- doing fine *knock on wood*
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: simoner2922 on August 15, 2007, 11:06:04 PM
MY GOD!!! Are they meant to die of such horrible things , Like cancer & Pneumonia!!!! Is there anything we can do to minimise this??? Mine are only 4 months old. I cant imagine what I'll do if they die so young...
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: music_is_life on August 17, 2007, 12:20:56 PM
Blondie F 34 mos (2y 10m)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rattastic725 on August 17, 2007, 12:43:10 PM
Burke 23 months (cause unknown but vet believes he had some sort of illness he was possibly born with) PTS
Lloyd 31 months (went peacefully in his sleep)
Hank ~6 months (pet sitter gone wrong - PTS due to evisceration injury)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: music_is_life on August 17, 2007, 03:23:11 PM
MY GOD!!! Are they meant to die of such horrible things , Like cancer & Pneumonia!!!! Is there anything we can do to minimise this??? Mine are only 4 months old. I cant imagine what I'll do if they die so young...

My rattie vet said that cancer is very common in rats.  I think part of it might be that ppl still use wood shavings for bedding, but I don't know for sure.  I can't remember what the ill effects are from those.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Lena on August 19, 2007, 09:00:45 PM
My two lovely rats, who were my family during their short lives:

Duffy ~~ 26 months Adopted from a very bad home, where he lived with lots of other rats in a dirty cage. Had a respiratory problem right away. Had to take him to the doctor many times for antibiotics. A few months before he passed he got close to passing away, but emergency vet visit saved him for me to enjoy for a while longer.

Ziggy ~~ 38 months Duffy's brother. Had some breathing problems too. The cause of death unknown.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Serenity on August 29, 2007, 04:51:19 AM
Binky - Rexy dark gray hooded - estimated 12 months -reason unknown

Mr. Bojangles -Black veriberk dumbo - Estimated 13 months - respitory infection

Yzerman - Black hooded - Estimated 36 months - unknown
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Poppyseed on September 01, 2007, 08:37:15 PM
Odin- 13 months pts pulmonary abscesses ):
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bresis on September 03, 2007, 10:38:01 PM
Bracken: grey-hooded, approx. 20 months, cause unknown
Eowinn: champagne-hooded, approx. 27 months, cause unknown. It seemed old age (she was thin and had much less energy)

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MsMagpie on September 05, 2007, 11:49:08 PM
Nibbler - mink berk, F, 3.5-4 mos, late onset megacolon  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Biun on September 22, 2007, 08:10:40 AM
Greetings,

I'm trying to verify the age of one of my rats. I think she's three years and two months but I don't have her birthdate. I'm looking for Rachel of the now extinct Roobear Rattery to find out her when she was born. The rat is Butterscotch and I believe she was 8 months old when I got her a couple July's ago. She has no health problems to date, which I find amazing.

Tegan
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Leonakitty on September 22, 2007, 07:05:28 PM
Another to add ( :'()

Mattie - unspayed female - black hooded Humane Society adoptee - 29 months old - "old age," though she never was sick, looked 100% healthy and vibrant only 24 hours before her passing, and showed no signs of any illness/injury that would cause her death.  She went naturally, peacefully, and with no pain at the e-vets.

 :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MsMagpie on September 24, 2007, 05:06:27 PM
Another loss at our house.

Patience - spayed female, approximately 33 months, I assume it was a stroke but do not know for sure

She had a history of strokes and they had been getting more frequent. She was fine at 7:30 am and gone when I got home at 1:30.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: PinkPaws on October 23, 2007, 01:09:41 PM
Riley, the last of my little trio. :'(

Riley  2 yrs 2 mos.
Aug, 2005
Oct. 15,2007

Re-occurring tumor first operated on Oct. 2006. Highly invasive and involved. Opted to not put her through another surgery. She missed her Momma and Sister dearly who passed in May 07, and wanted to be at the Rainbow Bridge with them.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MsMagpie on October 30, 2007, 01:50:16 PM
Trouble - spayed female, approximately 33 months. Seems to have died from old age.
Angle - intact female, approximately 30 months, cancer.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Starbuck on November 06, 2007, 07:57:27 AM
Dib - Intact male - Approx. 2 years and 9 months. Cause of death unknown, multiple medical problems including hind-end degeneration, a recurrent abcess, and probable tumors.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattens on November 07, 2007, 02:16:52 PM
My contribution:
Ceb - 24
Vincent - 16
Mouse - 21

I took 250 random samples of ages from this thread and came up with an average lifespan of 20 months.  I also excluded any rats who died before the age of 1 month.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: gem_max on November 08, 2007, 09:53:27 AM
Pseudo - intact male, adopted at 6 weeks old from a breeder.

14 months old when PTS.

Was what I considered my healthiest, most active rat, but found one afternoon (morning for me) lifeless, with cool extremities and unable to lift his head or use his paws, puffy fur, swollen appearance to his head, eyes staring one minute to half shut and unfocused the next, yet bruxing heavily and breathing well. He had never been ill in any way except mites, but looking back may have been diabetic as he drank noticeably more than the others for the first few months I had him (though I was living in a very hot area). He wasn't overweight.

Suspected sudden onset (or undetected) PT (the symptoms fit perfectly), stroke or some sort of kidney/diabetic episode. Diagnostics would only have been to find a cause not a treatment so I said goodbye to one of my guys for the first time.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: happybat on November 13, 2007, 09:29:24 AM
Ben - at least 29 months, cause of death unknown.

Ben was a pet shop rat whose life included two major bouts of URI and a lump removal.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RascalRatties on November 22, 2007, 05:21:12 PM
Joey, male fancy rat, lived approx 2 years, had to be put down after his tumor grew too big. A sarcoma tumor which can be either begnign or malignant, his was malignant. Finally put him down after it spread to his lungs but his quality of life was great right up until the end.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: happybat on December 05, 2007, 08:35:47 AM
Bastian, approx 22 months

Bastian was euthanased after surgery led to the discovery of tumour in his cheek, eye, ear (and with indications that it went further into the head) which had been causing repeated abscesses.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ScoutGotBig on December 13, 2007, 02:53:19 PM
I'll only add the kids who I have known ages on, have 5 other girls who had questions as to ages

Skye - 39 - stroke/CHF - SF, blue, normal coat

Reggie - 30 - ???? - NM, blue hooded, normal coat

Einstein - 29 - self-induced starvation after losing Reggie, PTS after 2 weeks of refusing to eat, drink or play - NM, PEW, normal coat

Petal - 6 - pneumonia, general poor health - F, black?, normal coat
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: dream_chaser023 on December 19, 2007, 03:04:48 AM
Peanut-Butter- 5.5 years (died of a tumor)
Speedy- 5.5 years (died around a week after her sister... my guess is she missed her too much :,(   
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Doxiepit on December 19, 2007, 07:59:18 PM
Blaze 5 years heart issues, cinder 5 years congestive heart probs , Rif raf  2 years unknown. I curently have dash about a year old Badger we think is a year old there both petsmart  rats tho so no idea on age, Lilly Munster is a rescued female with a tumor shes I think at least a year old possibly younger shes very small 12oz.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on December 20, 2007, 06:46:43 AM
F -2 months
from petco ( lungs failed)

F-2 months from Petco
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: NatalieB on December 23, 2007, 12:34:29 AM
We had a rat pass away tonight.  He was acting sick, too mellow.  We gave him a bath, he bit my son, hard; I washed to blood off his face and dried him off.  Then, he stopped breathing

We tried two dozen times to revive him.

We even posted here on rescue tips, but there may not have been anything we could have done for him. 

His death has been has been suggested as a freak heart attack, and then he was dead two minutes later.

James was such a GOOD boy that we are making him a little grave.

9 months old
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ..Shea.. on December 23, 2007, 01:16:46 AM
I don't know if we're supposed to only put rats that pass of natural causes...but...

Snuffles-1 year 2 months, attacked
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: tatonka on December 24, 2007, 08:24:04 PM
2 girls (sisters) Lily & Bea - Sprague-Dawleys, 16.5 months, unknown cause of death (possibly a rapid illness caused by bacteria from iguana poop  :-\ )

They were great rats and had been healthy their whole lives.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: italianqt on December 28, 2007, 02:50:19 AM
Koopa: Jan 06 - Dec 07. Nearly 2 years old. Battling a URI his whole life, he had developed a pituitary tumor and needed to be PTS.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RascalRatties on December 29, 2007, 11:31:58 AM
Charlie, not neutered albino male bought from Petco, passed at 2 years of age from a severe upper respirtory infection he never recovered from. No other ilness except a couple weeks getting rid of lice at about age 1,
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: k.bloomquist on December 30, 2007, 03:40:43 PM
Wolverine 37mo, pneumonia M
Randall 37mo, large tumor M
Balls 31mo, jaw abscess/two tumors M
Bear 31mo, multiple medium tumors, altered personality in older age M
Malachai 20mo, large mammary tumor F
Monkey ~27mo, stroke, old age F
Mouse ~8mo, uterine cancer F
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Mousie452 on January 14, 2008, 02:26:47 AM
I'll have to keep track of mine. My girlfriend had rats before me and most of her's have lived past the age of 3. Her current oldest is almost 5 I believe. She has a tumor and will be pts soon.

I guess I'm a lucky one in that my rats and mice have never had a respiratory infection once in my care. Three of my males had them when I got them, but were medicated and haven't had a recurrance. Sometimes I'm shocked by the number of myco-related deaths I see. I don't know if that many rats really have poor immune systems, or if its household chemicals, or even carefresh (which I don't use). All of my rats have been pet store rats or rescues though.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: alleycat12321 on January 16, 2008, 12:02:02 PM
Baby J- 34 months ~ passed of old age
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: JackandWill on January 26, 2008, 07:28:32 PM
Prinny: 13 Months (respatory infection)
Blossom: 17 Months (tumor)
Zach: 38 Months (stroke)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Nikkiburr on February 02, 2008, 12:32:26 PM
Brackle: 21 months; unsure of cause, suspected internal cancer
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Leonakitty on February 02, 2008, 06:24:41 PM
Two more to add... both unexpected and too fresh.  :'(

Bev: 21 months, spayed, De Luna breeder rat adopted at a rescue - inoperable chest mass... most likely cancer.  Died in my hands at the vets when I went to have her PTS.

Jonesy: 9.5 months (*sob*), neutered. Surgical complications during tooth extraction.  Died on the table. Part of an oops litter, adopted from Ktina.  Background was pet store stock... same pet store as my Frannie.

I hope I don't have to add to this again for a long time.
Melissa
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Merril on February 05, 2008, 12:55:03 PM
Dave, Albino Buck - 23m had been suffering from lung tumour and huge abscess on side of neck, both treated successfully but passed away, possibly pneumonia.

Barry, Dave's brother, Brown Hooded Buck - 24m - suffering respiratory problems, passed away unexpectedly when taken to vet did not respond to resusitation

Miranda, Cream/Pale Beige and White Hooded Doe - 10m - Cause of death unknown, began to vomit blood and passed away suddenly

Melissa, Brown Doe, Miranda's sister - 34m - Passed away in sleep unexpectedly

New Rat, 6 weeks old, Brown - Bought with his brothers from pet shop but passed away the following day sadly before we got to know and accordingly name him.

Rattastic 7m Dark Brown with small white stripe on tummy, Buck - Cause unknown

Georgie 8m Dark Brown and White Buck - went to sleep fine, was cold and limp the following morning nothing vet could do, passed away within the hour.

Daphne Beige and White Hooded Doe - 6 weeks, Christmas present bought with her sister Niamh from pet shop, died in sleep just 8 days later, Niamh had 10 babies the following day

2 Babies, both the littlest of Niamh's litter but both got to 4 weeks of age, died suddenly despite having been playing, eating and being lively.



Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Mink on February 07, 2008, 01:02:48 AM
I'm new here, I'll post my past ratties.


:heart: Raziel - Black Hooded Male (for sale as a feeder) 11/2000-5/2002, unknown-passed in sleep: Approx. 19 months
 
:heart: Ruben - Tan Hooded Male (ditto, same shop) 6/2001-11/2002, unknown-passed in sleep: Approx. 18 months.
   
:heart: Maxine - Black w white cuffs and chest splotch Female (ditto) 5/2002-12/2003, Pneumonia from furnace breaking overnight: Approx. 19 months.

:heart: Spike - Black Hooded Male (mis-mark from breeder, sold at Petco) 5/2003-3/2005, Pneumonia resulted from an injection treatment for possible mites: Approx. 24 months.

:heart: Naru - Himalayan Female (breeder mis-mark, same Petco) 5/2005-12/2006, suspected respiratory infection: Approx. 20 months.

:heart: Mika - Black w White cuffs and belly Female (breeder mis-mark, same Petco) 4/2005-7/2007, Cancer-internal tumors, passed in sleep:  Approx. 28 months.

:heart: Maya - Himalayan Female (feeder/anything cage, same Petco) 10/2005-8/2007, Cancer: Approx. 22 months.

                 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: bloodraven on February 07, 2008, 06:08:56 PM
My previous guys...

Willard - Black hooded male (friend bred feeders, saved this one for me) - 10 months, unknown, passed in his sleep
Scabbers - Mismarked Black Berkshire (breeder who worked at a pet store. Her private rat) - 30 months, tumor
Wormtail - Black hooded male (same breeder, different time) - 67 months, expected to just be old age. Crawled away, went to sleep, never woke up...

Current guys:

Remy - Black hooded male (pet store that aforementioned breeder used to work at) - 2.5 months...so far so good
Emile - Blue capped Dumbo (breeder that pet store now buys rats from...Remy's half brother) almost 2 months...again, so far, so good!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Qprsarah on February 08, 2008, 05:39:35 PM
Hi my poor Jemima passed away after being scared by a cat, we had a neighbors cat in an he jumped onto the cage pushing the lid and held her in his mouth, she seemed okay and was gals to be away from him but she passed away in the night ~ 14 months old

And her sister died  of a mammary tumour that the bloody vet wouldnt operate on, he said she had six weeks, she lived for nearly 18 months after the dignosis, 2years 2 months, tumour.

And Strapthe final sister is very poorley at 2 years 8 months she is a real fighter and does not want to give in but I expect the worst over the next few weeks
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratzluver on February 12, 2008, 08:12:42 AM
My poor Charrlotte baby was only 4-6 weeks from a pet store. Sweetest little angel! Gave kisses, cuddled, and fell to sleep in your hand. She died 10/11/07 while I was at school. Death unknown, but suspected brain tumor or stroke. Maybe trauma to the spine.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bathos on February 26, 2008, 09:32:25 PM
Lulu 2.5 years old - cancer
Kitten 2 years old - mites, infection, we have no idea what caused it
Fenn 2.5 years old - cancer
Flossie 2 years old - cancer
Houda 3 years old - died in sleep, unsure of cause
Gouda 3.5 years old - cancer

all unspayed females
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MsMagpie on March 03, 2008, 05:10:41 PM
Aurora - agouti hood, intact female, just under a year, streppococcal pnuemonia
Nimbus - mismarked smeezie, intact female, 8 months I believe?, streppococcal pnuemonia
'Mygy - PEW, intact female, approximately 1.5 years, streppococcal pnuemonia
Pickles - fawn berk, intact female, between 2.5 and 3 years, pituatary tumor
Namless - black hood, intact female, 3-4 months, myco
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AnnieB on March 05, 2008, 03:18:12 PM
Heathcliff, Beige hooded, standard ear, intact male, 30 months, age related stroke?
Darcy, agouti self, standard ear, intact male 32 months, age related illness

Lars, agouti self, standard ear, intact male 37 months, sudden death, unknown cause
Speedle, Black berkshire, dumbo, intact male, 26 months, antibiotic resistant URI
Basil, beige hooded mismarked, dumbo, intact male 41 months, age related illness, mite treatment/pesticide poisoning possibly contributed to age related causes =(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatAttack59 on March 06, 2008, 09:50:53 AM
Courtney +/- 18 months female - Tumor  (PEW feeder rescue)
Duncan   +/- 2 years female - Tumor (private adopyion as an adult. Not sure of original source - we had her about a year.  Agouti)
Bailey     +/-  9 months female - unknown causes (suspwect heart problems) private adoption.  Agouti
Smidge   2 years+ - Hairless dumbo female - old age (we adopted her when her breeder retired her)
Muffin    +/-  2 years female  - tan hooded - petshop resue
Frankie   +/- 2 years female   - tan self - older petshop resue - we think her breeder sent her off as a feeder rather than retiring her honorably.  grrrr
Dartanion +/- 18 months male - Siamese - stroke.  He was a private adoption (owner went to college but came to visit him every so often)

our living ratties:
Puppy  +/- 2 years and going stong - second of three from our college bound friend - PEW male (my cuddler)
Athos  +/- 2 years - Agouti male the third adoption (had been Dartanion's cage mate. 
                            He's sleeping alot but he and Dartanion were killers, so I can't put a companion in with him)
Blaggutt +/- 12 month PEW male - Feeder rescue
Dante    +/- 10 months - chocolate hoolded male - feeder rescue
Tempest +/- 6 months - brown hooded male - pet shop purchase (too cute!)
Maverick +/- 6 months - brown variegated male - pet shop purchase (ditto!) we are pertty sure Tempest and maverick are litter mates
Lewis +/- 6 months - brown self male - feeder rescue
Smudge +/- 1 year - hairless female (possible kin to our other hairless - same breeder)
Angel +/- 4 months PEW female - feeder rescue
Tyrant -  5 weeks dumbo variegated female (accidental litter rescue)
Andy   - 7 weeks dumbo agouti female (ditto)
and four more on the way (2 females this Sunday and two males the following Saturday)




Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: trentsheba on March 07, 2008, 05:38:27 PM
Okay, here are mine.

 Hunter- siamese, well over 3 years, (probably closer to 4), can't give exact.  He was already an adult when found living at a florist shop

 Cheech- black hooded, 2 years, mourned himself to death after the death of his best friend who he raised and took care of all his life, just couldn't manage to get him through it, suddenly aged very fast

  Chupe (Chupacabra)- 22 mos. had health problems all his life, taken from his mother too early, lack of nutrition that would have come from mother's milk compromised his immune system, one day his body just couldn't fight any longer, died in his sleep

  Socrates- albino, 5-6 weeks, megacolon
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: wackyweed57 on March 12, 2008, 09:45:39 AM
Hmmmmm   hello i am new to this forum and i have only had  three rats  but i would like to participate in this survey.

Lester - We had Lester for 3 years and he ate all the worst things you can give a rat - he died of cancer finally
Zoe - Many years after Lester i bought Zoe from a pet store. I had Zoe for 4 years and finally she also developed cancer i had to have the vet put her down cause she was barely moving around and couldn't eat anymore

Now I have little Iban he is about five weeks old. I own a dog grooming salon in the same building as a pet store. He was the runt of his litter and his mom was beating up on him. The store owner put him in with a snake but the snake didn't want him. So, the whole time really didn't know what was going on until i saw him in the snakes cage and he was so skinny and sick looking. So, i pulled him out and started feeding him formula and he's doing great we'll see how it goes though.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Basskitten85 on March 12, 2008, 02:53:22 PM
I got Emillio December 20, 2003 his Birthday is December 13th 2003, He is about 4 years old moving in on 5 years old
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: miss1970 on March 14, 2008, 09:41:09 AM
Stella = 36 mths, female, suspected stroke => hand fed and cleaned her for last 2 mths of life => an incredible girl, pet store
Lucy and Ethel = 4 mths => died same day for unk reasons => pet store
Berries => 2 mths => died from a careless fall => reptile shop (feeder rat, absolute angel)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: LastEchoes on March 19, 2008, 06:23:39 AM
My breeder rats have died in 26-33month of age range. Some peacefully from old age, most from tumors(I keep females) and only two exceptions.
Checka died at about 16m of age of unknown causes (face/neck suddenly swelled up...became weak to the point of unable to properly walk within an hour...died 5 hours later in her sleep)
Her sister, Blainka, died at 22m...cause unknown for sure but vet had suspected heart problems
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My only 2 pet store rats both died due to tumors....one died at about 18m (internal inoperable tumor), the other at 22m after tumor that was removed came back.

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RugbyRatter on March 20, 2008, 08:57:11 PM
Two rats to add:

Zuko: lived 1 year and 8 months.  Passed of unknown causes, but he had a tumor once before so my guess is he had another tumor in his brain or some other neurological problem.

Vaughn: about 2 months.  Died of unknown causes several hours after a successful surgery to drain an abcess and castrate him.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spatx on March 25, 2008, 12:08:01 PM
A few more rats I have to unfortunately add to the list :(

Maurice - 35 months (just a few days before 3rd birthday), Rescue, Developed Degenerative Osteoarthritis, but the actual cause of death was most likely old age.

Bobo - approx. 19 months, Rescue, No previous health problems, died extremely suddenly, within 24 hours of not seeming like himself he was gone. I think it may have been a stroke, but no definite answers.

Lily - approx. 30 months, Pet Store, Became aggressive with cagemates in older age, had to be separated and wouldn't tolerate other rats near her. Couldn't see any signs of illness, months later she passed away.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kassandra on April 14, 2008, 09:32:49 AM
Winston 5yr (Back legs went had to be put to sleep)
Jasper 5 months (bleed on the brain)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: miss1970 on April 15, 2008, 04:50:53 AM
Daisy - 10 weeks or so - Petco - did not act like herself for a couple of hours, seized and that was it - an incredible animal RIP
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: melikerats on April 19, 2008, 10:19:01 AM
jane - 3 months (possibly a seizure or pneumonia)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: TwoDumboGirls on April 19, 2008, 06:33:19 PM
My KiKi was put to sleep, she was 5yrs old and tumors took over her little body.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Tabitha on April 20, 2008, 04:58:21 PM
Tallulah-Belle, my gorgeous agouti self girl. :heart: 20 months, suspected stroke.  Got her from a private owned pet shop, that I know the owner from, and who adores her ratty-babies.  She had a benign mammary tumor successfully removed around 13 months.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rat_fanatic on May 05, 2008, 12:50:09 PM
Rascal (male) - approx 5 yrs
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lilchris_28 on May 23, 2008, 11:04:52 PM
Meatloaf, male Rex rat, 25 months, incurable pneumonia, cause of death euthanasia
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: calicojenn on June 09, 2008, 03:28:04 AM
Peavey - euthanasia at 6 months due to stones obstructing bladder.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: curly555 on June 15, 2008, 01:51:48 AM
Clyde - 7 months old - had a chronic respiratory infection - I think he got a secondary respiratory infection and wasnt able to breath :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Leonakitty on June 17, 2008, 12:39:39 PM
Another one lost.  :worry:

Sophie: spayed female, surrendered at Petco with her mom and siblings and offered as a free adoptable.
@ 22 months old.  Had vaginal bleeding that we first suspected to be an infection of her uterine stump.  Didn't respond to medicine and assumed it was a mass.  Tried to surgically remove it but she died during the operation.  Biopsy showed cancer.

Melissa
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on June 17, 2008, 03:56:25 PM
 shadow - petco rat- became blind after 11 months from illness lived another 10 months before she was put to sleep
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ymmot on June 23, 2008, 02:21:43 PM
Nemo - 2.5 years old (looks like from stroke) - bye buddy.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: gracie on June 26, 2008, 09:30:11 AM
This list is impressively extensive, and very sad... Here are my past girls:

Gashnah (female, PEW): approximately 3 years, 2 months; aggressive tumor

Amelia (female): approximately 2 years, 4 months; aggressive tumor
Grace (female): approximately 2 years, 8 months; possible stroke
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Troter on June 26, 2008, 02:23:43 PM
Aang- 4 weeks old, Mega Colon

RIP  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Poppyseed on June 26, 2008, 02:46:04 PM
Petey- male siamese rescue. 23 months respiratory and a horrible reaction to dexamethasone creating internal blood loss from bleeding ulcers. Euthanized. :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Anesthesia on July 03, 2008, 10:10:12 PM
:heart:  Peaches, 3+ years, died from chronic respiratory and/or poss cancer

:heart:  Onyx, 2 years, died peacefully in his sleep of old age

:heart:  Creamy, 3 years, complications after surgery to repair injury
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on July 06, 2008, 11:17:09 PM
 :heart: Apollo  :heart:

 Petsmart rat not even a year old. Unknown cause of death. possiable blood clot or stroke but still unknown.

12 months old ?
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratified on July 10, 2008, 06:01:05 PM
Wren and Rex, sisters, Aug 2005-Jan 2008. 29 months.  Wren died of a stroke and may have had cancer.  Rex died of a stroke.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: redgingerkisses on July 24, 2008, 11:43:24 AM
Jonga - F - Died at 2 1/2 years old (unknown cause)
Hydee-F- Died at 4 years & 3 months (old age)
Rochelle-F- Died at 3 years & 7 months (cancer)
Sylvester-M-brother to Rochelle- Died at 2 years & 9 months (cancer)
Peta-F and 4 babies- bought from petsmart pregnant- stillborn babies and mother died shortly after birthing
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mboquet on July 24, 2008, 10:32:04 PM
Sebastien - 1 - died unexpectedly in his sleep 26 days before his 2nd birthday
Rene - ~2.5 - died from complications of a second stroke
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Juno the rat on July 27, 2008, 02:41:04 AM
I had 2 rats one died unexpctadly of course she did climp pside down on the cieling of the cage :hyper:

Potatoe: F age when dead:1/2 year old Cause of death: Unkown exactly I suspect Broken neck as she fell, I think...
Surviving sister: Juno   :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Juno the rat on July 27, 2008, 02:42:18 AM
oops my U kye is broken a little
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: caleppert on August 19, 2008, 01:09:31 PM
Is there any sort of average (maybe a male/female breakdown) that some one can compile via the data?  It would be interesting to see breakdowns based on male/female, type of illness, petstore vs breeder vs rescue, etc.

C
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Nekojin on September 14, 2008, 05:07:40 AM
I have had one rat die - Squiggle. She was a gray/brown hooded rat, who died at between five and six weeks old, of unknown causes. We have two of her littermates still with us, who are both fine. She was bred by us from two petshop rats.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mboquet on September 18, 2008, 05:25:14 PM
Olivier--dumbo PEW--2 yrs 7 mos--old age
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: darkkrystyl on September 19, 2008, 11:45:25 PM
Mr. nibbles (4 years old age) black hooded petstore

To be put down due to a tumor sometime this month :puppy_dog_eyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Leonakitty on September 20, 2008, 03:18:14 AM
Sigh.

Another one.
A really sad one.

Sully, adopted from an oops litter from petstore mom. Rats bred on site at independent pet shop.
16 months, pneumonia induced by CHF.

Family history is showing CHF... mother died at 18 months, one day before Sully, heart issues.
Two other siblings so far have died of probable heart related illness. Of his litter of 8, only four have made it to 17 months. Other siblings are showing signs of possible CHF.

His brother, Jonesy, lost at 10 months during a surgery due to bad response to anethestic may have also had heart issues that affected his reaction to the iso.

Bad business, all around.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Dethklok on September 20, 2008, 05:01:42 AM
Skwisgaar, Male, 23 months old - Euthenized due to constant life struggle with respiritory issues compounded with severe weightloss, a new found mammary tumor, and an ulceration of his right eye.  Would have easily lived another 3-4 months but would have definitely been in severe pain says the vet.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: zelle on September 22, 2008, 04:45:48 PM
It's hard to even write this but-

Asuka. Female beige hooded.  17 months/URI turned to pneumonia.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: caleppert on September 26, 2008, 06:26:23 PM
Euthanized my female rat at 23 months due to deterioration from suspected pituitary tumor.

She was unaltered and originally from a small local pet shop where one of the owner's rats had babies.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Notomys mordax on September 29, 2008, 05:10:09 PM
The Corinthian - F (spayed) - 28 months - Petco - died in her sleep a few days before her scheduled euthanasia date. At the age of 9 months she had a tumor mammary tumor removed.

Josephine - F (intact) - 32 months - local breeder - died a few hours after suffering from what appeared to be a stroke or a seizure.

Goku - F (intact) - 18 months - Petco - euthanized after one of her tumors went necrotic
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatAttack59 on October 10, 2008, 01:59:55 PM
update to my crew:
Blaggutt: PEW male about 18 months - unknown cause, possibly related too (not necessarily caused by) tumor removal

second update (both this week)
Puppy: also PEW male - 4 years or older - old age (natural causes?)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rat_in_a_hoodie on October 11, 2008, 10:16:19 PM
keda - 34 months (?) old age, euthanized
sammy - 30 months (?) numerous tumours in lifespan (some w/surgeries) euthanized
Ewok - 15 months, internal tumor rupture, euthanized
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Finners on October 14, 2008, 04:52:50 PM
Scout - intact female, 14 months, unknown cause [waiting on necropsy] - Petsmart
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: britters on October 14, 2008, 10:21:23 PM
All my boys have passed.

Mr.jones - Russian blue dumbo. 1yr 4mo. Adopted from a woman who worked at a pet store. Multiple things all at once ( stroke, URI, and he was p'ing blood) he was euthinized.

Ludo - (mr.jones' bother) Russian Blue hoody, 1yr 6mo. Unsure of why he died showed no signs of illness. (I think he missed his brother)

Rocco - Choc. Berk, 3+ yrs not sure of his exact age the girl i adopted him from saved him from being set free by an acquantiance. He was euthinized because he was no longer eating or drinking, after we found out his tumor grew back near his lungs.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: paleokt on October 18, 2008, 09:28:34 AM
Keira Knightley  - approx. 18m, internal tumor in abdomen, female
Moo - approx. 30m, passed away under anesthetics during tumor removal surgery, female
Sasha - approx. 32m, most likely a combination of myco and a pituitary tumor, female

These three girls were adopted at an older age, and the shelter did not know their true birthdates.

Donatello - 19m, suffocation from myco induced lung blockages, aggravated by lymphoma on the lungs, male
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ratpower on October 20, 2008, 01:05:26 PM
Francis - Male from SPCA, 2 years, euthanized due to tumors
Bear - Male 2.5 years - passed away due to renal failue
Grub - Male 2.5 years - passed away 2 days after Bear due to a broken heart
Owen - Another Male from the SPCA, Euthanized at about 2 years of age due to respiratory problems and really bad hip displasia
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: FishOutOfWater on November 04, 2008, 02:11:25 PM
Ruby - Female - 19 months. From Petco. - Multiple mammary tumors and developed a URI the week before her death.

Pie - Female - 21 months. Ruby's sister. - Chronic URI.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: bit-bit on December 17, 2008, 01:26:22 PM
Galadriel - F, approx 40 months, exact cause unknown (vaginal bleeding just before death)
Kali - F, approx 30 months, mammary tumors
Beatrice - F, approx 36 months, weight loss following series of strokes
Mari - F, approx 30 months, unknown cause
Baby - F, seventeen days, euthanasia following accident, daughter of Mari
Peanut - F, 6 months, chronic respiratory illness, daughter of Mari
Jenna - F, 35 months, euthanasia with mammary tumors (one tumor removed at 24 months, recurrence was inoperable)
Esther - F, 27 months, mammary tumors
Binky - F, 17 months, sudden death of unknown cause, sister of Boo
Boo - F, 17 months, sudden death of unknown cause, sister of Binky
Pennywise - M (neut.), 25 months, exact cause unknown (recent history of respiratory problems)
Emily - F, 26 months, likely pituitary tumor, sister of Pennywise
Nora - F, 30 months, euthanasia with mammary tumors
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on December 17, 2008, 08:22:56 PM
 Meka-  6 months old.. dead after surgery ( spay)
 Possiable heart failure ( heart 3 times the size it should be)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: whtnyte on December 23, 2008, 06:16:20 PM
Dilbert Doo - Nov 2005 to December 23 2008
38 months old
Died of natural causes in his sleep.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Aestival on January 07, 2009, 09:50:21 AM
 :heart: Roxie Foxie - F - 10 months (complications associated with accidental pregnancy)
 :heart: Milo - F - 27 months (natural causes)
 :heart: Jasper - M - 29 months (natural causes)
 :heart: Harlowe - F - 13 months (mammary tumor)
 :heart: Baxter - M - 5 weeks (unknown)
 :heart: Scritch - M - 32 months (natural causes)
 :heart: Bevolio - M - 7 months (late-onset megacolon)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: pomegranateangst on January 09, 2009, 10:37:03 PM
Blue, F 8 (pneumonia)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: pomegranateangst on January 09, 2009, 10:40:10 PM
Blue, F 8 (pneumonia)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Nightmelody on January 14, 2009, 02:25:25 PM
Splinter  :heart: 56 mos - euthanized due to general declining health, (Male Intact)
Sly  :heart: 36 mos - complications from chronic myco, (Male Neutered)
Sophie  :heart: 30 mos - euth'd due to aggressive growing inoperable mammary tumor (Female Intact)
Smooch  :heart: 28 mos - unknown - suspected stroke (Female Intact)
Lillith  :heart: 12 mos - complications from oral/nasal fistula (had from birth) (Female Intact)
 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: whtnyte on January 14, 2009, 05:40:43 PM
Jett - semi-wild agouti boy. 36 months old. Passed due old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Revorat on January 16, 2009, 08:05:05 AM
Toulouse 16 months- intact male. Died after a surgery to remove tumor from his jaw. Had he not had the surgery.. I suspect another week or two. :-[
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on January 16, 2009, 11:13:44 AM
Mandy- female 3 years old- PTS  after she lost a ton of weight, heart was strong but llungs were really bad, she wasn't eating and seemed ike it was time.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: misslasagna on January 20, 2009, 10:34:04 PM
Feival-12 months, pneumonia and infection in her uterus.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatletLover on January 21, 2009, 01:46:32 AM
I have an average of 36ish mos here, but the oldest was my BEW Champ at 52 mos, he was one of the last guys I had here that i breed from the oringal breeders I had gotten. He passed away Nov. 22 of this year, he even fathered (ACCIDENT) a litter before he passed (litter of 9, lost one of unknown reasons at 2 weeks)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Anesthesia on February 18, 2009, 09:25:32 PM
Scotchie  :heart: - 28 months - Highly aggressive tumor.
Munkey  :heart: - 36 months + - Unknown/Old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: LadyLazarus on March 04, 2009, 09:04:16 AM
My first rattie died this week, so I want to contribute if it helps.

Sylvia, aged 27 months, female, not spayed.
(I think it was a mammary tumour and a squamous cell tumour after looking up the types and on vet opinion.)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: pokeadot on March 05, 2009, 06:40:51 PM
Here is a list of all of my past mischief starting all the way back in 1994. I have included names, age in months (in two cases days), cause of death if known or not of old age, and relationship to other rats in the mischief.

Emily 38m (was perfectly healthly, fell off a shelf)
Bandit 3m (same breeder as Lestat)
Cass 23m (stroke)
Lestat 4m (same breeder as Bandit)
Tuxx 26m 2d (mammary tumor - sister to Tazz)
Tazz 26m 4d (sister to Tuxx)
Chuuii 9m (very late onset of megacolon)
Dante 36m
Riki 30m (Squamous carcinoma of the inner ear - brother to Koden and Gachi)
Koden 33m (Squamous carcinoma of the inner ear - brother to Riki and Gachi)
Gachi 35m (Jaw dislocation - brother to Riki and Koden)
Bannana 5m (uteran rupture during labor)
Monkey 7m
Lucy 37m
Vaughan 33m
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Heletrix on March 07, 2009, 09:26:53 PM
Adrienne - July 2007 - February 2009 - 20 months (suspected respiratory illness)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: moonsingingfreak on March 08, 2009, 04:34:39 PM
Maggie - 20 m - tumour in body cavity
Emma - 28 m - pts due to tumour in ear which became infected
Valerie - 23 or 24 m - long fight with resp. infection that ended with a sudden, severe bladder infection.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: StandingStillN4 on March 10, 2009, 03:05:34 AM
Jackson.
Nuetered male
25 months
Intestional tumor



Miss you.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Leonakitty on March 10, 2009, 12:21:18 PM
Three to add:

Nettie - F, Spayed. 34 months: PT, PTS.  Adopted from a rescue, probable DeLuna breeder rat lineage.
Roger - M, Intact. 23 months, two weeks: chronic respiratory, PTS. Rescued from craigslist. Kept in dirty conditions on bad bedding when young, probably affected his lungs.
Mae *sob* - F, Spayed, had litters at her old home before HVRR rescued her and spayed her. 33 months.
Probable PT/neurological issues compounded by depression, PTS.

Bye babies.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: chaa on March 14, 2009, 06:30:15 PM
Emma:  F, 15mo.- uterine infection discovered while being treated for ear infection, e-spay biopsy showed she also had ovarian cancer.  passed in pain before she could be PTS.
Sasha: F, 15mo.- unknown cause (was being treated for fluid in lung, unknown origin), passed peacefully in sleep.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sweetersong on March 22, 2009, 09:34:05 AM
Jed, male, age appox 24 months, cause of death unknown (died during the night, no sign of illness)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: paleokt on March 23, 2009, 12:22:47 PM
Leonardo - 21 months, neutered male, complications from a brain tumor, PTS

Anika - 24 months, intact female, carcinoma-based cancer throughout much of her body, which made it into her brain creating a series of difficult neurological conditions , PTS (just last Friday, the little sweetie)

Rest in peace.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bekah on March 23, 2009, 06:41:54 PM
Skinner: 23.75 months, put to sleep due to COPD.

RIP, little half-naked monkeyman.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Anesthesia on March 28, 2009, 10:09:18 AM
:heart:  Mr. Deanie Man.  Black/Mink.  Double Rex Self.  Neutered Male.  3-3.5 years old.  PTS.  Old age, spinal lesion.

I'll miss you forever sweet boy.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: My_Devastation on March 28, 2009, 03:05:34 PM
Shelley: Black and white hooded. About 19 months. Died of unknown causes, suspected pneumonia.

Rest in Peace little Shelley Belly  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on March 31, 2009, 08:12:54 AM
Zelda   Approx 20mos. Inguinal tumor. Grew fast. PTS 2/11/09
Maggie Approx 20mos. Inguinal tumor. Grew fast. PTS 3/31/09

Both developed inguinal tumors different times. Tumors grew very fast. Both still active till the very end. Definite waste elimination issues. RIP Little friends.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RKEM on April 02, 2009, 08:12:30 AM
Badger - Intact Male - Rescue of unknown background - approx 34 months old - died suddenly ... though increased thirst in last months of life makes me suspect diabetes

Wombat - Intact Male - Rescue of unknown background - approx 35 months - suspected to be partially hermaphrodite by the vet - passed away after fighting CHF for more than 6 months.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: proudmomma50 on April 05, 2009, 03:57:01 PM
Rosey, purchased from petsmart, probably mill rat, was ill when we purchased her, passed after 18 mos with mycoplasma infection with secondary pneumonia.  Cage mate, Casper, seemed uneffected by it, not ill at this time almost 2 years old now. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BeccaRat on April 06, 2009, 01:50:01 PM
My eldest girl is 2 and 1/2 :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: turbotyco on April 17, 2009, 05:37:58 PM
My baby girl Jo lived to be about three years old. She had gone through multiple problems, so I'm not sure exactly what she died from. She had a tumor in the groin area causing a cyst. She also had respiratory issues which was under control so she was on zithromax and doxy for the rest of her life. I rescued her from being a breeder at the wildlife facility I worked at.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Caffeine_addict_4life on April 26, 2009, 08:23:27 PM
Duckie: Intact female - 15 months - no sign of illness
  :heart: January 28th 2008 - April 25th 2009 :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Twiggy13 on May 02, 2009, 07:29:18 AM
 :heart:Ebony 26 months (cause unknown-no sign of illness) :heart:
sister still living
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ShannonCC on May 02, 2009, 02:10:23 PM
Suki 17 months. Myco flare with secondary infection.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatAttack59 on May 12, 2009, 08:23:09 PM
One update:
Athos: +/- 42 months intact male, Euthanized for declining heath and a nasty tumor

One not previously listed:
Rosalind: +/- 7 months intact female (double rex) unknown but the vet thinks maybe heart.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Whaturmuva on May 21, 2009, 02:51:54 PM
Snuffleupagus passed at 18 months due to health issues.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: VioletAndDaisy on June 02, 2009, 04:45:10 PM
I had one pass;

Violet-1 year old-too many tumors to count(literally) :BlueDumboBigEyes:

I still miss her!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mboquet on June 06, 2009, 03:09:06 AM
Henriette-1 year-possibly pneumonia
Sylvie-9 months-possibly pneumonia
Sophie-9 months-possibly pneumonia
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Connor13 on June 06, 2009, 05:00:44 PM
My darling Frito. :heart: 1 year old. Probably a tumor. RIP (died this morning... :'()
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: fenshae on July 12, 2009, 12:44:32 AM
Ages on some are estimates because they were petshop rats, so I start count the day I got them; you can probably add a month or two to most ages. 

Squeakers -- 2 months; cause of death unknown, assumed at the time to be bloat/impaction from eating her bedding
Athena -- 21 months; euthanasia following respiratory infection
Velvet -- 33 months; found dead in her cage one morning, cause of death unknown
Lily -- 30 months; mammary tumors
Echo -- 32 months; mammary tumors
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: nnyleimaj on July 17, 2009, 09:14:57 PM
Tybalt - 6 weeks   :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: staab65 on July 20, 2009, 10:19:39 PM
Although one male lived 36 months, most lived 20-24 months. Tumors rare in Intact males.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: caleppert on July 21, 2009, 01:01:25 PM
Female, intact from pet store
Lived 2 yrs 9 months
Euthanized due to large mammary tumor after having three removed.  First tumor was removed a year prior to death.
Besides tumors, rat was completely healthy
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mboquet on July 23, 2009, 11:21:38 PM
Lucie, 1 year--URI
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MOLena3 on August 12, 2009, 01:48:07 PM
Adonis - 3.5 years
He died of what we believed to be a stroke.

my other two rats are still under a year old, but they're on the healthy side.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Connemarasrock on August 18, 2009, 12:13:10 PM
First rat ever was Snuggles, pet store feeder rat, she was around 7 years old when she died of old age after waiting for me to wake up so I could say goodbye  :puppy_dog_eyes:  RIP Snuggles  :heart:

Chleo- 4 months, breeder rat, brain tumor
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Hippidy on August 24, 2009, 06:29:02 PM
Tuesday- blue hooded 18 months suffered from seizures after her first year they got worse and worse until she died from them.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ivyzella on August 27, 2009, 08:06:34 PM
Nuby~9 months  Sudden swollen leg, cause unknown.  Took her to the ERV (emergency rat vet) while I was in labor, she died two hours before my daughter was born   :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Navi on September 06, 2009, 09:13:13 PM
Orrie - 37 weeks, tumor. (Petsmart)
Remy - 2 months, respiratory problems. (Petsmart)
Ria- 2 months, respiratory problems. (Effingham Petstore)

The Ironic thing was, I got Orrie by himself, and they weren't suppose to sell him to me, because he was still in quarantine. A couple months later I felt bad for not getting him a friend, so I got him Remy at the same Petsmart, Remy was out of quarantine and deemed healthy.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: steve8687 on September 15, 2009, 03:38:45 PM
Matilda 20 months (Petco), I put her to sleep yesterday due to a brain tumor  :( :( :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: applecavy on September 15, 2009, 03:57:05 PM
Freud: (an adoption from Petco) approximately 4.5 years.
My general idea is that he passed from severe old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: My_Devastation on September 22, 2009, 10:14:18 PM
Aisling, adopted from Petland. Approximately 19 months. Unknown cause of death. She died sometime early this morning before I woke up.  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Pandaismymaster on September 23, 2009, 12:52:38 AM
There seems to be a lot of brain issues. I'm curious anyone that had a rat die due to brain issues, what kind of environment did it have?
Title: Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: secord174@comcast.net on September 23, 2009, 11:33:25 AM
Just 1 to add:

Claire   16 months  (pituitary tumor)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: My_Devastation on September 26, 2009, 10:13:55 PM
Unfortunately, I lost a second of my girls within 5 days.

Marilyn, adopted from Petco. Approximately 30 months. Unknown cause of death - suspected pituitary tumor combined with complications from a surgery.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: JessL on September 27, 2009, 11:08:20 PM
Allie- F, unspayed, pet store rat- 26 1/2 months, PTS, respiratory problems, hair loss and severe weight loss

Cricket- F, unspayed, pet store rat- 29 months, PTS, respiratory problems, some weight loss
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: paleokt on October 18, 2009, 03:02:58 PM
Michelangelo - 31 months, neutered male - PTS from combination myco/brain tumor/old age

He's gone to join his brothers, now.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatAttack59 on October 21, 2009, 01:58:33 PM
to catch-up:

Smidge - hairless in-tact female, retired breeder, 2 years from old age
Smudge - hairless in-tact female, retired breeder, 18 months from old age

Cinders - blue feeder rescue, intact female - 18 months, unknown causesbut likely connected with a skin infection under treatment
Angel - pew feeder rescue - 2 years - intact female - pts with massive tumor
Blue Belle - blue hooded -intact female - petsmaer origins - pts with massive tumor
Maggie - pew feeder rescue - intact female - rapid onset pneumonia  :'(

Tempest - blue bareback intact male - petsmart origins - pts due to inoperable tumor abscessing and threatening to rupture

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Chevalrose on October 21, 2009, 02:20:59 PM
Gus - Intact Male - 25 mos: URI, possibly kidney disease
Clooney - Intact Male - 26 mos: URI

These guys were brothers, and pet store rats.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatAttack59 on October 21, 2009, 09:06:36 PM
fraggitall, I should have known better.  We lost Dante today.

Dante - intact male, black hooded standard, roughly 31 months, unknown cause - no signs of illness, frailty, or distress and not a mark on him.  It looked like he passed peacefully.  He came from a feeder bin originally.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on November 03, 2009, 09:50:03 AM
Huey 28 months old 7/26/09. Chronic and quick respiratory disease. Also had start hind area paralysis.
Chad 30 months old 11/03/09 Hueys brother...old age respiratory issues and possible stroke his last three days as he could move very little.
Both Adopted from the Maine animal Refuge league at 11 weeks old.
RIP guys, great friends
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: FooBun on December 02, 2009, 06:48:12 PM
{Still living, but old age is taking a toll.) :BlueDumboBigEyes:

Oliver - 3 years, 4 and a half months.

He's a pet store rat. My first, to be exact. I love him to death.
I know his death is coming though. A few trips to the vet and nothing but old age ails him.

Now he only likes to sit curled up in my blanket when I'm home.
Poor thing. Had to add a heat pad to his cage for him to stay warm.
God bless his soul.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: aclightingdesigner on December 03, 2009, 10:47:05 PM
here are all my girls that have passed-

Ages are approximate, but only could be + - 2 or 3 months
Willow- 20 months- unknown cause
Houdini- (probably willow's sister) 23 months, she was being treated for what seemed like a mild respiratory infection.
Shinqua- 26 months, PTS due to advanced PT (probably Houdini and willow's sister)
Tara- 32 months, abscessed inoperable tumor (2nd tumor of her life the first was removed at around 20 months), severe heart disease

We have no idea where these girls came from, they were rescues who had been surrendered from someone who got them on craigslist from a person who got them on craigslist.

My last loss, a pet store girl-
Suzy- 9 weeks, unknown cause
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: My_Devastation on December 04, 2009, 11:45:33 AM
Katrina - unspayed pet store rat. Approximately 2 1/2 years old. Unknown cause of death. Suspected widespread infection that was unresponsive to antibiotics.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MADRATTER★ on December 05, 2009, 09:17:46 PM
Andy-Male(intact)-40 months- PTS, after a stroke
Kiko-Male(intact)-52 months- Stroke/Old age
Lil'Bugger-Female(intact)-21 months- Retired Breeder, PTS
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: furbabyfurniture on December 06, 2009, 02:58:23 AM
Matilda - F multiple back to back litters rescue - 26 months - uterine myco
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: 4dabirds on December 08, 2009, 03:25:23 AM
Mommas ~ (a fancy adopted from Petsmart Pueblo, CO)  
34 months+ ~ death = pituitary tumor

Monkey ~ (son of Mommas + Rocko standard rat also from Petsmart)  
25 months ~ death = fall from the highest part of his cage; appeared healthy at time of death

Stewart ~  (son of Mommas + Rocko)
30 months ~ death = siezure + had slow growth mammary tumor

Baby ~ (daughter of Mommas + Rocko)
36 months ~ still alive, but having issues with CHF; appears to be tumor-free
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: My_Devastation on December 09, 2009, 11:29:14 PM
Eva :heart: - unspayed hairless rat I bought from a breeder. Unknown cause of death. Approximately 18 months old.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mboquet on December 11, 2009, 02:04:05 AM
 Isabelle--15 mos.--hairless--unspayed--pneumonia
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mboquet on December 13, 2009, 02:01:22 AM
Eloise--15 months--unspayed--hairless--pneumonia
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: firemage13 on December 16, 2009, 10:03:13 PM
Cooper  :heart: - Unspayed agouti berk - 11 months - megacolon
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: gramma2jaakk on December 17, 2009, 01:18:06 PM
Lucy---Petsmart rat---2 years---blue self---unspayed---presumed URI

Josie---Petsmart rat---2 years---black berk---unspayed---presumed URI

We adopted Lucy WAY before we knew adopting from a pet store was not such a good idea, and Josie was adopted by someone else from Petsmart.  We just took her into our family.

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: FishOutOfWater on December 20, 2009, 09:36:25 PM
Cricket, intact F, breeder - 26 mos, mycoplasma
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kritter Mom on December 20, 2009, 10:23:24 PM
Fiona- Petsmart-unspayed-URI 16 months old

Cinnamon- Petsmart- unspayed- unknown- 19 months old
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lauren1128 on December 22, 2009, 02:13:43 PM
Georgie: (oldest yet) 60 mo. (internal hemorrhage)
Vera Lynn: 30 mo. (spinal tumor)
Prudence: 18 mo. (unknown- found asleep in cage)
Gwynavere: 6 mo. (unknown- found buried in cage)
Cinder: 51 mo. (mammary tumors)
Evie: 43 mo. (unknown- found buried in cage)
George: 45 mo. (tumors)
Monty: 53 mo. (upper respiratory problems and anorexia)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on December 30, 2009, 11:02:32 AM
 Aggie- 28 months. PTS 12/30/09. Massive ear infection causing ruptured eardrum. possible tumor. Had advanced respiratory issues.
            Aggie was Maggie's (3/31/09) sister
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Hippidy on December 30, 2009, 02:15:25 PM
Baby rat June 2008 to December 30th 2009

She was a hairless pet store rat. She had a uterine tumor or cyst that caused her uterus to start coming out of her body. She was put to sleep.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BlueBalloon on December 30, 2009, 05:32:17 PM
Koopa- approx 26 months, intact male. Adopted from someone who originally bought him at a pet store.

Very quick deterioration from a bad URI, had massive lung scarring. Passed away 12/29/09
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: racmhk on January 04, 2010, 05:16:45 PM
Kurt...petstore rat...approx 18 months, possible tp roll accident (Found dead after leaving him alone for 48 hours with food,water etc...a tp roll was on his head, but not wedged on. he may have just fell asleep like this and died in his sleep, or he may have had an accident.)

Sindel...rescue...approx 22 months , unexpected sudden respiratory distress, went limp and gasping for breath...was PTS. Vet suspected heart condition or brain tumor

Cloud...petstore rat...approx 4 months, died suddenly from unknown causes. (alive 12:30 am, was found dead at around 10 am)

all of these rats were intact
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on January 06, 2010, 06:23:46 PM
Go-Go - 18-month-old neutered male Siamese, from a breeder, PTS due to innumerable and gradually worsening seizures. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: tailfirst on January 09, 2010, 11:05:55 PM
Ruby - 8 months - Private Pet Shop (Ships rats in) - Not Spayed, bred.  Cause: unknown

George - 30 months - Private Pet Shop (Ships rats in) - Not Neutered, bred.  Cause: Myco

Pip - 18 months -  Daughter to Emma and George -  Not Spayed, Not Bred.  Cause:  Stress during an exam for Myco.  Died on exam table....

Those with me...

Emma - 35 months -  Private Pet Shop (Ships rats in) - Not Spayed, bred.  Still kicking, recently found a tumor the size of a walnut, and is dealing with hind leg paralysis

Sammie: 8 months - Private Pet Shop (Ships rats in) - Not Spayed, Not Bred.  Good weight and clear eyes.  Dealing with scabs.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on January 10, 2010, 04:18:38 PM
Bligh- 41 days. 12/1/09 -01/10/10  Had him 7 days. Had megacolon. Was active, playful, eating until the last 45 minutes or so of his life. He died in my hand. Possible rupture and/or septis from said condition. RIP Little baby.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on January 10, 2010, 09:16:17 PM
Oscar - 18-month old neutered male from a BYB, myco, after months of a valiantly fought battle. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on January 19, 2010, 07:56:25 PM
Candy - 16-month old spayed female, rescued injured and PG from feeder bin, PTS due to myco/severe respiratory distress.  Getting tired of these entries... :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on February 15, 2010, 11:07:35 AM
Fitz - 19-month-old intact male, pet shop rat, PTS due to myco.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: TamSmith on March 16, 2010, 01:17:25 PM
A friend of mine has a 2 pound boy that has been with her for 5 years. He's HUGE!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jaden on March 24, 2010, 03:04:44 PM
(both brothers)
Bud-14 months
Mr. Finkle-15 months


(Both Brothers bought these guys in a pet store-no one wanted them they were a year old when I got them)
Mister-13 months (very sick, took him to the vet and the vet overdosed him)
Agent 86-16 months (Just died last week.. dont know what happened it happened so fast)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Cyove on March 27, 2010, 01:48:45 AM
Is it physically possible for rats to live 5 or 6 years?

We had two standard eared hooded rats as a child, one was standard coat (Fred), one was rex coat (Friskie).

The reason I ask is because Fred lived to be 5 years, and Friskie to 6 years. We fed them whatever the pet store had in stock, and they usually had pine or aspen bedding, so we didn't really do anything special for them to reach that life span.

As they got older, they both just seemed to get skinnier and skinnier and more lethargic before finally passing away. Friskie had lost use of his back legs for the last year or so of his life and lost most of his hair near the end.

Most of my other rats died between the normal 1 year and 4 years.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: tailfirst on April 02, 2010, 05:25:36 PM
At the age of 3 years 2 months, my black hooded female, Emma passed away last night.  RIP Emma Bug.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Grumbleshark on April 19, 2010, 12:26:52 PM
Ichbod; PEW dumbo, feeder stock
2 years
Put to sleep due to advancing myco
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RattiePalsInc on April 26, 2010, 09:11:07 PM
Cocoa= 37 (old age)  :puppy_dog_eyes:
Felix= 25 (accidental injury) :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Ruby= 39 (old age) :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Michelle_SA on April 28, 2010, 09:13:37 AM
Captian Jack Sparrow - Sable Siamese, Feeder Breeder - 20 months - Tumour
Sven - Agouti Self, Feeder Breeder, 22 months - accident
James - Sable Siamese Hooded, Feeder Breeder - 26 months - advanced ear and respitory infection

My oldest boy so far is 33 months and still going strong! He's a Black Berk, feeder rat.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on April 29, 2010, 01:31:48 PM
Mog - 22-month-old PEW, neutered male, from a breeder, PTS due to myco.
Blaze - 22-month-old black-capped, pet shop feeder, intact male, PTS due to myco.

We let them leave together.  They were good boys  :'(.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: PecanSandy309 on April 30, 2010, 07:43:35 PM
Cocoa- 4yrs (Old Age) :'(
Ruby-4yrs 1m (Old Age)
Haji- 3yrs 3m (Old Age)
Juneau- 5yrs (Old Age)

Rupert- Still living (4m)
Kohl- Still living (4m)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on May 10, 2010, 07:55:26 PM
Stumpy - 27-month-old spayed female, mother was a pet store surrender brought to the store while giving birth.  Stumpy was missing a hind leg and her tail.  PTS due to cancerous abdominal mass.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ShannonCC on May 11, 2010, 11:39:03 AM
Misha, female, intact, from a breeder. 29 months. According to the vet, it was probably the mammary tumor (at her age and general frailty he suggested against surgery). She didn't seem to be in pain, just got weaker and weaker until she died though I'm now second guessing myself and if this happens again, I'll probably PTS.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on May 15, 2010, 06:46:19 PM
Ralphie - 27-month-old intact male, an American blue, came to me two years ago with severe head tilt.  PTS after a short bout with yet another ear infection plus pneumonia and only 5 days after his beloved cagemate Stumpy had to be PTS  :BlueDumboBigEyes:.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ShannonCC on May 18, 2010, 11:01:52 AM
Phoenix, female, intact, from a breeder. 34 months. Just old age. She had hind end degeneration and her teeth were wobbly but otherwise, she was bright eyed and happy. Just one day she wouldn't eat and a few hours later died peacefully in my daughter's hand.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Anjel on May 20, 2010, 07:57:30 PM
Male intact. 5 1/2 years old. Had him since he was born. (Mother was brought in as a rescue, Adopted her not knowing she was pregnant) Mother died of mammary cancer a year later(Unknown age, spayed after giving birth). Oliver was healthy as could be until about a week ago. Developed a mild URI which we began treating, turned chronic overnight and he passed this morning.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: My_Devastation on May 23, 2010, 01:52:41 PM
Dahlia. Unspayed female from Petco. About 26 months old. Developed a respiratory infection and a bladder infection, both were unresponsive to antibiotics. Passed after a week long battle.

Rest in Peace Dahlia  :heart: March 12, 2008 - May 22, 2010  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Boondocksgirl on May 26, 2010, 07:22:08 PM
All of these are approximate, I never recorded my rats exact months of death however I do remember how old I was so I can go from that.

F Hyacinth: 11 months. Died of Hypothermia when the house dropped below 40 degrees for days.

F Nymphadora: 40 months. Died naturally, she did have some hefty mammary tumors that probably took a toll on her as well.

F Larkspur: 36 months. Died naturally, also had a few benign tumors that dragged her down.

M Pumpernickel: 5 months. Was crushed during free time by a completely ignorant 3 year old boy, probably the most traumatic experience of my life.

M Chiaroscuro: 13 months. Died of depression when I went on a two month long trip, he was very attached to me and the pet sitter just wasn't enough.

Out of the 20 some odd rats I have had in my life these were the ones I could think of off the top of the head. They're all so wonderful and I prefer to not think about their deaths... Hope this helps
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Wheeljack on May 26, 2010, 07:32:48 PM
Scabbers:  Blue rex intact male, rescue from Petsmart, 27months.  PTS after complications from a stroke
Sirius: Black berk dumbo intact male, rescue from Petsmart 22months.  PTS CHF/Pneumonia
Regulus: Black berk dumbo intact male, rescue from Petsmart 21months.  PTS CHF/Pneumonia
StarScream: Odd-eyed beige dumbo hooded intact male, rescue from unknown background 26months PTS severe RI
Pickles: Black berk spayed female, rescue from feeder bin, 16 months-- died very suddenly with no prior symptoms
Skwisgaar: PEW spayed female, rescue from feeder bin, 11 months.  Died from a severe RI.  Went from asymptomatic to dead in under 18hrs even with AB's.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatAttack59 on May 26, 2010, 07:48:16 PM
Maverick - 2 1/2 yo blue hooded, intact male.  Unknown
Milton - 2 y2 year old neutered male, pts due to severe HED and loss of will to live (when they won't take a pizza crust...)
Marli - 18 months (approx) female, spayed, unknown, but possibly pneumonia
Louis - 3 years 7 moths, intact male agouti.  Something ruptured.  not sure what, but likely a facial/cranial or chest/lung mass.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Yashichu on May 27, 2010, 04:02:14 PM
Lil Chupacabra: 24 months. Female. Brought from a petstore I work in. Put to sleep because of possible pituitary tumor.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: TANSY on May 27, 2010, 04:07:50 PM
Mushu - 22 months.  Male.  Mom and Pop pet store.  Sudden weight loss and lack of energy... died the night before scheduled to be PTS.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on May 28, 2010, 07:57:10 PM
Riley - 21-month-old black berk neutered male, pet store back-room rescue, PTS after months of battling myco.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: My_Devastation on May 29, 2010, 01:08:53 AM
Caja - Unspayed female bought from Petco. About 28 months old. Developed severe pneumonia and a slight bladder infection. Antibiotics were not as effective as hoped.

Sleep Well, Caja  :heart: February 01, 2008 - May 28, 2010  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: jeffanie on May 31, 2010, 02:02:32 PM
lucy- unspayed femal from petco, about 26 months old, URI

karen- unspayed femal from petco, about 29 months old, put to sleep due to cardiac failure, pulmonary edema, liver failure, and a vaginal tumor.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Snippet on May 31, 2010, 07:08:03 PM
Snippet, unspayed female, approx 26 months.  Bought from a pet shop.  PTS as she was fitting, cause unknown.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on May 31, 2010, 07:23:43 PM
Gus - Black self, intact male, approx. 2-1/2 years old, adopted from the local humane society over two years ago.  Died of what I believe to be infirmities of old age - was fine last night, lethargic this morning, slept deeply all day in my lap, seized once and died this afternoon.  :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: D on June 03, 2010, 10:31:11 PM
Squishy (Petco), 29 month old intact male; euthanized due to complications from a combination of HED, CHF and Myco.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Spankydoodles on June 04, 2010, 02:56:09 AM
My Ginger was 34 months when she died last month.  When I got her she was already two years old.  She was healthy right up till the end.  Ate dinner with the girls, then went to sleep and didn't wake up. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on June 10, 2010, 05:09:05 PM
Taz, two-year old neutered agouti, from a BYB, PTS due to long-term respiratory/myco problems.  Sweet boy... :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatAttack59 on June 11, 2010, 07:32:01 AM
Styx, 2 1/2 yo intact male- most likely CHF (undiagnosed)
Tyrant, 3 1/2 yo female, general old age, although she did have a mammary tumor (her second, the first was removed)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: timbermells on June 11, 2010, 05:36:18 PM
     lilly belle - passed at 18 months from a mammery tumour. she was a  cream top eared beautiful girl                                                    currently:         timber curly haired top eared rex and marshmellow : cream dumbo soon to be 24 months. both are very fat. marshmellow has bumblefoot.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Melissaratmama on June 17, 2010, 08:12:32 PM
Jethro 3 yrs 6 months (mycoplasmosis)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on June 22, 2010, 02:48:14 PM
No-No, approx. 2 years old, hairless spayed female.  PTS due to bone cancer.  My little nekkid girl.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Double ReCracker on June 25, 2010, 01:22:00 PM
So sad, I recently had a 14 rat litter, 12 of which passed during the 1st 12 months, they where bad breeding, not that it make much difference these days. I have never had a rat from 35 in total to last 3 years. :balloon:RIP Little Angels!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: onlyphoebe on June 26, 2010, 12:03:03 AM
Big Joe, intact male blue agouti, 49 months, died of old age after surviving many an illness. (He was a feeder bin rescue, ended up being the most amazing (and HUGE) rat I ever had...Just a big cuddle baby!)

Jude, intact male hairless, 30 months due to a life long struggle with eye problems & infection.

Dallas, intact male champagne self, 8 months due to unknown issue. Found him dead in his cage one afternoon after no signs of illness and no sign of injury.

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on June 27, 2010, 09:21:08 AM
Tidbit - 19-month old neutered boy from a litter of 14 of a PG rescue girl we took in.  He died this morning from what looked like a neurological event.  Was slightly lethargic yesterday and was lying with his feet clubbed and nearly gone when I checked on him this morning.  I carried him around all morning, then later he went quietly and peacefully without a struggle on the bed surrounded by his brothers and sister.  He was the runt of the litter originally, thus his name, but weighed nearly 2-1/2 pounds at death. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on June 30, 2010, 04:54:41 PM
Sabin - Intact, 2-year-old male from a breeder.  PTS in final stages of myco.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Purplerat1220 on July 16, 2010, 04:34:39 PM
Oliver- Intact male from Pet Store. Approximately 23-24months. Unknown cause of death
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on July 21, 2010, 02:55:55 AM
Dot: 3 1/2 years(She was the only one to live that long, I got lucky. She was also my favorite, I thought she was never going to die.)
Princess: 3 Years(Again, I got lucky with this one. I never had another one live to see three.)
Mitzy: Six months. :( We think she was either old or sick when we got her, Petco seemed glad to be rid of her. We never got another rat from Petco, all other rats we've had come from petsmart and we're careful to be sure they're young.
Mandy: 2-2 1/2 years, not sure.
Sandy: Same as Mandy.

So generally, anywhere from 2-3 years has been my experience, except from Mitzy. Since Dot nearly got to 4, I still hold that with the right rat and the right conditions, a rat can very well make it to 4. ((Princess' death took its toll on her though; I never would've believed that a rat would grieve over its cagemate until I saw Dot after we had Princess put to sleep.))
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BostonRatLady on July 21, 2010, 05:51:59 AM
Dot: 3 1/2 years(She was the only one to live that long, I got lucky. She was also my favorite, I thought she was never going to die.)
Princess: 3 Years(Again, I got lucky with this one. I never had another one live to see three.)
Mitzy: Six months. :( We think she was either old or sick when we got her, Petco seemed glad to be rid of her. We never got another rat from Petco, all other rats we've had come from petsmart and we're careful to be sure they're young.
Mandy: 2-2 1/2 years, not sure.
Sandy: Same as Mandy.

So generally, anywhere from 2-3 years has been my experience, except from Mitzy. Since Dot nearly got to 4, I still hold that with the right rat and the right conditions, a rat can very well make it to 4. ((Princess' death took its toll on her though; I never would've believed that a rat would grieve over its cagemate until I saw Dot after we had Princess put to sleep.))

Just as a head's up, buying rats from pet stores/BYBs isn't exactly kosher on this forum. I've done it, too, before I knew any better, but have since revamped my ways and only do adoptions/rescues. Just letting you know the status quo, so that you're not as shocked as some other new members have been.

That said, for my own records:

Ratters: 1 year, 9 months, died from tumors in October 2009 [originally adopted when a herp owner's snake wouldn't eat her, poor thing]

Tatters: 6 months, died under anesthesia (suspected genetic issues) in August 2008 ["dropped on our doorstep" when a feeder breeder felt she was too pretty to be food and simply gave her to us]

Niko: 5 months, died from CHF after pneumonia in December 2008 [rescued with his sister, Luna; both products of a BYB by an indiscriminate owner who dumped them at the local humane society at 3 weeks when they weren't "pretty" enough]

Luna: 1 year, 3 months, passed in November 2009 after an ongoing battle with respiratory issues [for history, see: Niko, above...greatest case against BYB if I've ever seen one with all of their genetic predisposition for health problems)


******


Bruce: still alive, approx. 2 years and counting! [My one and only Petsmart buy]

Nutter Butter and Gus: still alive, approx. 1 year, 8 months [back room Petsmart rescues after deemed unsellable]

Ozzy and Harry Rat: still alive, approx. 1 year, 4 months...Harry has developed a lipoma [humane society adoption...origins suspected to be pet store]

Walter, Bella, and Taffy: still alive, approx. 1 year, 3 months [owner surrender to us after being bought at Petco and immediately separated after finding out they weren't all girls]

Fred: still alive, approx. 13 months [back room Petsmart rescue due to continuous sneezing...it turns out he has allergies, as confirmed by vet]

Charley and Joe: still alive, approx. 5 months [owner surrender to us after an impulse buy at Petsmart that they didn't have time for]

11 going strong, knock on wood! Nutter either received some trauma or has a genetic defect of his top teeth. Every two-four weeks we are at the vets' getting them trimmed; always a risk going under anesthesia, so please keep him in your good will and prayers as he gets older.





Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on July 21, 2010, 11:43:59 AM
Dot: 3 1/2 years(She was the only one to live that long, I got lucky. She was also my favorite, I thought she was never going to die.)
Princess: 3 Years(Again, I got lucky with this one. I never had another one live to see three.)
Mitzy: Six months. :( We think she was either old or sick when we got her, Petco seemed glad to be rid of her. We never got another rat from Petco, all other rats we've had come from petsmart and we're careful to be sure they're young.
Mandy: 2-2 1/2 years, not sure.
Sandy: Same as Mandy.

So generally, anywhere from 2-3 years has been my experience, except from Mitzy. Since Dot nearly got to 4, I still hold that with the right rat and the right conditions, a rat can very well make it to 4. ((Princess' death took its toll on her though; I never would've believed that a rat would grieve over its cagemate until I saw Dot after we had Princess put to sleep.))

Just as a head's up, buying rats from pet stores/BYBs isn't exactly kosher on this forum. I've done it, too, before I knew any better, but have since revamped my ways and only do adoptions/rescues. Just letting you know the status quo, so that you're not as shocked as some other new members have been.


I would, but there's no one around to adopt or rescue from, and I don't know any breeders in the area either. The Petsmart I go to is very well cared for, with people that actually interact with the rats daily, and are very helpful, and I've never seen a hint of any live feeders. ((And the whole petsmart-is-separated-by-gender prevents gender mixup.))
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rodentsrevenge on July 22, 2010, 09:32:45 PM
Pip: Male. Petco rat (one of the nicest I've ever come across). Lived about 8 months. I'm not sure what happened, but I came home from school and he had passed.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: hollingsworth on August 23, 2010, 11:19:50 PM
I had two brothers from 2001 - 2003 who came from a breeder. They were best friends. I'm about to adopt rats again. :)

Lennox - M black Berkshire, 25 months, lung cancer, which he fought for about 4 months before passing.

Hollingsworth - M black hooded dumbo, 28 months, possibly a cold or myco (he survived myco the year before.) He became ill and died very suddenly. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: zoink03 on August 26, 2010, 06:36:35 AM
Lazer (M)-- 6 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MRRStore on September 01, 2010, 09:44:13 PM
Cedar Sapling- 50months old. Spayed Female. 1/2 Breeder 1/2 Labrat. Oops litter from Ratsicles Rattery. Hind end degeneration, double cataracts. Healthy other than the two factors up until the end.

Prince Carbon- 31 Months old.Intact Male. Born into Mainely Rat Rescue. Lived with us since Birth. Hind end Degeneration, respiratory arrest was his cause of death.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on September 09, 2010, 05:28:30 PM
Felix, 27-month-old champagne-hooded neutered rescue boy from a BYB, PTS due to advanced myco.

Theo, 21-month-old champagne-capped neutered male, born to us from a PG rescue we took in, PTS due to advanced myco. 

Both sent to the bridge together and both mama's boys.... :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on September 13, 2010, 06:00:17 PM
Newt - 30-month-old hairless neutered boy, from a mom and pop pet store.  PTS due to numerous tumors. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Troter on September 21, 2010, 02:41:53 AM
Jinto- 28 1/2 months old. Had a very large tumour on his chest/neck. Possibly continued into his lungs, as he lived his last month or so on antibiotics and was on and off since January 2010. Also HED on his last day alive.

RIP boy-oh. I miss you so much  :heart: :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: OatmealandToby on September 25, 2010, 06:09:23 PM
Toby: 3 1/2 years (died unexpectantly for no apparent reason.)

Oatmeal 4 years and three months.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bresis on September 30, 2010, 02:32:56 PM
Asher: satin agouti berkshire - intact male - 25 months. Died after a third surgery to remove an abscess that turned into a "granular growth" the vet didn't recognize.

Blitzen: satin agouti berkshire (Asher's nephew) - intact male - 29-30 months - died apparently of old age or some chronic wasting factor.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: applecavy on September 30, 2010, 06:24:46 PM
Sen: Intact female, 26-28months. PTS due to mammary tumors that were inoperable due to her age.
I love you sweetheart, I'm so sorry.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: OatmealandToby on October 17, 2010, 10:14:33 PM
Turkey: Male... 13 months.  :( Died of shock after neuter surgery.

Tara
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: DarkPassion on October 21, 2010, 04:50:44 PM
Nemo, Hooded Siamese - died at 13 months from heart problems :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jaden on October 28, 2010, 01:59:50 PM
Dexter-10 months-
pet store rat
Died two days after having 3 seizures within 3 hours (along with mini seizures)
Only problem he has ever had were slight respiratory issues
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: htsr4 on November 03, 2010, 03:26:42 PM
Reeses, 2.5 years
I had him put to sleep because he had a zymbals gland tumor.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Melissaratmama on November 06, 2010, 11:21:46 PM
Rdpy Dr. Chumley - 8 months old. No visible sign of amy kind of illness. Vet said possible stroke are heart attack :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: crazydaisy on November 14, 2010, 02:13:16 AM
Chloe passed Wednesday at 2 years 8 months.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Elite Exotics on November 16, 2010, 10:19:46 AM
I have about 4 rats that are around 48 -54 months old and are still very energetic, and in perfect health.
I love these little guys lol :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kerri.howard on November 21, 2010, 04:22:49 PM
Rupaul: Rescued in July 2008, was approx.1 year old. Passed in his sleep in May 2010 (had had several mild bouts of upper RI). So about 33 mos.
George: Rescued w/ Rupaul in July 2008, maybe 10 mos old. Euthanized in September 2010 after sudden onset of Pneumonia. So close to 3 years or 36 mos. He hadn't had as many respiratory issues as Rupaul, but had been attacked by a cagemate and had a severe wound (from which he fully recovered). He also had rather severe paralysis for the last several months, but remained mobile at ground level. 

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SpoonRat on November 29, 2010, 08:45:17 AM
Bacardi - Black Irish Doe - 36 months - Cause of death unknown
Coke - Black Berkshire Doe - 40 months - Cause of death unknown
Nutmeg - Agouti Hooded Doe - 29 Months - Cause of death unknown
Badger - Black Hooded Doe - 30 months - Pituitary tumor - Treated with steroids but put to sleep due to quality of life taking a nose dive
Mushroom - Agouti Hooded Doe - 27 months - Pituitary tumor
Gizmo - Agouti Hooded DUmbo Rex Doe - 13 months - Cause of death unknown, possible head injury
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mootpoint on December 03, 2010, 09:04:19 PM
Henry 2 years, 2 months (December 3, 2010)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: vivianelizabeth on December 06, 2010, 11:41:33 AM
Alfonsina - 1 month due to unknown cause :(
Skittles - Mycoplasmosis
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Angelwoutwings on December 07, 2010, 03:53:36 PM
I was hoping I could avoid this thread a little longer.

Binks- almost 1 year Pneumonia
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rosielovesrats on December 11, 2010, 02:48:11 PM
My first post in this thread =(

Roxy - black berkshire with a blaze - pet store rat - age unknown (best guess is 18+ months) - CHF/tumor in chest - treated for CHF for 1 month, passed away overnight in her sleep
Lola Anne - black capped with head spot - pet store rat - 23 months - PT - was treated for ~2 months, PTS due to loss of quality of life
I'm so sorry baby girls.  I wish I could've done more to help you =(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: betuana on December 15, 2010, 11:47:48 PM
I'll just post the rats I have exact DOB on, since otherwise their age is just a guesstimate, and less helpful scientifically :D (NARR information for all is available if needed for age verification). Groups them in sibling pairs below for comparison.:

Flute:  20 months, female, self honey cinnamon dumbo, PTS due to severe respiratory failure from chronic mycoplasma
Danae: 35 months, female, english-irish honey cinnamon,  PTS due to failing health after a stroke, HED, numerous tumors (a few successfully removed)

Squishadish: 10 months, male, self american blue, died suddenly at vet, necropsy showed extremely aggressive round cell carcinomas that developed in a matter of days from the spleen and progressed to lungs, generally not considered a genetic cancer
Chortletorte: 30.5 months, self black satin, male, died at home from respiratory failure, had HED, weight loss, and some chronic myco problems in his last few months that he had been treated for.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Sunshine on December 28, 2010, 07:31:54 AM
Perla: estimated age ~28 months (tumor)
Diamond: estimated age ~32 months (unknown cause of death)  she had a successful mammary tumor removal surgery at about 26 months

both female
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mccauleywent73005 on December 28, 2010, 08:26:02 AM
i can add my last few rats

Nessie-- unspayed female. 25 months--- old age/passed in sleep -- pedigreed rat/from breeder (RaffinHouse)

Bella-- unspayed female. 30 months and 19 days-- old age/found catatonic / passed in sleep -- pedigreed rat/from breeder (RaffinHouse)

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Emmalie on December 28, 2010, 11:03:12 PM
Rosie, 22 months, unspayed female, pet store rat: PTS due to aggressive tumor in jawbone.
Buffy, 25 months, unspayed female, adopted from an animal shelter: PTS due to suspected PT, frequent seizures
Nibbles, approx. 24 months, unspayed female, adopted from shelter: PTS due to mammary tumor ulceration, other mammary tumors (When I adopted her, she already had several large tumors, I adopted her for "hospice care")
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: jackie71 on December 30, 2010, 07:38:23 PM
Our loved little man Chester lived 21 months and was pts on December 30, 2010
He developed a malignant tumour (suspected by our vet) within a few days of needing to be pts :(
We will miss him very much ... and are hoping his brother Kiwi makes it thru his grieving process  :heart:

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r203/jackiepiper/xmas2279.jpg)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sevenfourteen87 on December 30, 2010, 10:09:05 PM
JoAnna the Hooded Avenger aka JoJo: Brought home from Petsmart on April 26, 2009; likely born in early March 2009.

Passed away on December 6, 2010 due to rapid onset pneumonia. 21 months old.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on January 04, 2011, 07:49:21 PM
A.J. - 25-month-old spayed female, born to us when we took in her PG mom.  PTS due to quick-onset respiratory distress that defied all treatment.  Mama loved her A.J.'ers  :'(.   
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on January 05, 2011, 02:38:42 PM
Smitty - 25-month-old neutered agouti boy, born here to a PG rescue.  PTS due to heart failure, after his meds quit working.  Love you, Smiffers...
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on January 17, 2011, 05:17:02 PM
**sigh**  Winchester (Winny) - 26-month-old neutered agouti, another of my born-here brothers, another respiratory.  Sweet Win... :-*
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BlueBalloon on January 26, 2011, 06:37:45 PM
Bryant- 22 month old agouti boy/intact. Died unexpectedly,had lung scarring from chronic URIs.
Rory- 21 month old agouti boy/intact. PTS after small tumour burst and quickly went necrotic.

(Both born March 18th,2009)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: cazwazwoo on January 28, 2011, 01:40:11 PM
Pica,female roan fancy rat died aged 27 months (tumor)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Troter on February 13, 2011, 05:32:17 PM
Harry- 5 months old. PTS due to late onset mega colon

It hurts to put him on here :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Casiano on February 13, 2011, 09:16:54 PM
Tipsy was a female Dumbo Rat that died at five years of age due to natural causes.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Hippidy on February 13, 2011, 11:39:01 PM
Peanut- about 22 months old, petsmart rat, PTS due to cancer
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Daniellec on February 16, 2011, 05:29:26 PM
Mocha 47 Tumor, euthanized as she could no longer walk, but was still eating out of my hands :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Camille on February 19, 2011, 06:09:57 PM
Silk- blue female, not spayed, 5 months old, pneumonia.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Sarad446 on February 25, 2011, 06:42:29 PM
I have two rats not dead. but Looking all these posts, there seems to be so many things that could go wrong.  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rileymai on February 26, 2011, 05:31:34 AM
Feta - unspayed female, beige hooded.  Passed at 4 months old, severe combo of pneumonia/myco/URI despite aggressive treatment

play hard, little one  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: A_STEW on March 03, 2011, 01:15:46 AM
Brutus (M) 26 months, unknown neurological problem that caused weakness, paralysis in left front paw, and severe agression
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lovinpretty9 on March 03, 2011, 09:31:26 PM
Delaney, Female Agouti, 14 months.  Myco/pneumonia.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bananana on March 04, 2011, 08:13:49 PM
Clara (beige hooded) - F - 45 mos. - PTS b/c of poor quality of life.   

Cedar (agouti berk) - F - 24 mos. - choked on food. No known health problems.

Rosie (beige self) - F - 35 mos. - died during tumor removal surgery.

Rinny (beige self) - F - 23 mos. - pneumonia.

Sam (chocolate self) - F - 20 mos. - cause of death unknown (found her in her cage, no previous symptoms)

Aspen (black berkshire) - F - 23 mos. - resp. infection

Pepper (black variberk) - F - 25 mos. - pneumonia (possible lung cancer - did not respond to antibiotics)

Willow (PEW) - F - 15 mos. - resp. infection

Belle (PEW) - F - 20 mos. - very fast-acting lung infection

Sofia (black capped w/ head stripe) - F - 17 mos. - complications from uterine tumor removal

Isabelle (black hooded) - F - 24 mos. - pituitary tumor

Sadie (blue berkshire) - F - 20 mos. - pituitary tumor (possibly expedited by refeeding syndrome)

Penny (black masked) - F - 24 mos. - liver failure (unknown root cause, happened very quickly. possibly a tumor. She was completely jaundiced and lethargic.  She responded to treatment at first and looked to be doing better, but she passed away during the night.)

Sasha (black capped w/ head stripe) - F - 37 mos. - stroke


All were top-eared standard-coated and unspayed. Most were purchased from a small, privately owned pet store (in Montana) where they bred their own rats (NOT your typical pet store - they socialized their rats, made hammocks for them and kept them in large, homemade, well-ventilated cages. The owner was a rat enthusiast and followed pretty responsible breeding practices.)  Isabelle came from Petco, and Sasha and Sofia came from PetLand (huge moment of weakness). 

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: masha on March 27, 2011, 03:54:18 PM
Female Iris, 19 mos, mycoplasma
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: masha on March 27, 2011, 04:09:31 PM
Female Iris, 19 mos, mycoplasma
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Trinket on March 29, 2011, 03:08:39 PM
Cookie(black hooded), male, about 19 months - PTS because of huge and rapid growing tumor
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on March 30, 2011, 02:16:05 PM
Punky - 28-month-old neutered male, born here to a rescue we took in.  Put down due to CHF.  Mama's big boy... :-*
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lauramerikay on March 31, 2011, 07:55:11 PM
My baby Echo (purchased from Petsmart-which I'll never do again) passed away today from an upper respiratory infection at 17 months old.  :heart:

The last month she was battling her infection...so it was not her typically quality of life.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on April 06, 2011, 12:29:18 PM
Vinny - 28-month-old neutered male, born here to a rescue we took in and Punky's brother.  He simply gave up after his brother was PTS last week and stopped eating.  Went quietly on mom's lap, some major organ shutdown most likey, considering his age and size.  Run and find Punky, Vin... :wave2:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Emymoo on April 06, 2011, 12:32:12 PM
Fuzz--aproximately 38 month old neutered male. Passed from suspected heart issues. RIP my boy  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattology on April 07, 2011, 09:06:01 PM
my first rat (ratty) live about 2.75 - 3.00 years, which is suprising, because i got her from a feeder breeder pet store. she did of old age (also suprising) because all her life she had tilt-head and would randomly fall off levels of her cage. i had to move her to a pad-heated tank in her later years, and she died a comfy and happy rat
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: T. on April 10, 2011, 07:15:06 AM
Tim - around 30 months, black berkie, pet shop male. Old age.

Skinner - estimated 36 months, pet shop male PEW. Solitary, aggressive rat (to humans too, but lovely anyway). Also old age (ongoing decline in mobility etc for the last 4 months of his life).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Stacy M on April 12, 2011, 12:27:52 PM
Lexis, female, intact, 21 months old, rescue from an accidental litter  :'(.  Guessing heart issue due to how quickly she died.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Momofsweetie on April 14, 2011, 10:33:32 PM
Lost my Martin at 9 months.. Got him at a pet store and he was a very sick little guy. The pet store was closing and I couldn't stand to leave him there. He was so sweet.
He had been beaten up so bad by the other rats in his cage at the store. I spent alot of money trying to save him. He had abscess's right done to the bone in his hip. He passed at the end of surgery.
My Tootie, she was rescued from a man who was breeding her to feed her babies to his snakes. She was very abused by this man. When she was rescued, she was living in a pop tart box without food or water for days. Tootie died at approx 16 months. The vet thought it was a P.T. or a brain tumour. Possible that he had hit her in the head to get the babies from her. She had a good life with me before she passed.
Sad that people are afraid of these pets. They love people and are so social, lovable clean, and SMART<<< 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Joy on April 19, 2011, 07:56:45 PM
We lost Evie today.  She was born in March 2010 - we got her & her sister Josie from Petsmart.  Josie's been plagued with tumors (~4 so far) but Evie just had one, then the abscess which got out of control & took her.  (Figured Josie would be the first one to go, considering all her sneezing & tumors...)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Joy on April 20, 2011, 09:07:19 AM
Um, sorry, Evie was born March 2009 - I was messed up when I typed this.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: hannahsloas on April 22, 2011, 05:27:08 PM
Sasquatch (black berkshire) - Unaltered female, 17 months - Complications after malignant tumor removal
Scrodey (unknown color hairless) - Unaltered female, 19 months - Always had health problems, tumor
Yeti (PEW) - Unaltered female 27 months - Unknown (Possible stroke or PT, along with seizures)
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Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: htsr4 on April 23, 2011, 03:03:42 PM
Twix, male, intact, 15 months. Had a tumor in his lungs.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: carcinoGeneticist on May 23, 2011, 02:31:40 AM
Sorry for the information being vague most of my rats I owned when I was young.

Lucky- Pet Store Rat - Female- died roughly two weeks after I bought her- URI
Squeaky- Pet Store Rat- Female- 4 years- Tumors
Houdini- Pet Store Rat- Female- 4 months- Brain tumor/URI [[ She was so tiny... she was maybe a little bigger than a mouse]]
Chip- Pet Store Rat- Female- 2 years- Tumors

I have one living boy now he's over a year old. C: Happy and healthy!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Joy on May 27, 2011, 08:44:22 AM
Evie's sister Josie passed away sometime yesterday.  We got her at Petsmart at the same time as Evie - March 2009.  (That would make her ~26 months old.)  Josie had several (maybe a dozen?) surgeries for tumors over the past two years but when she died she seemed to be completely healthy. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on June 08, 2011, 05:05:14 PM
Junior, 24+ month-old agouti hooded neutered male.  A former classroom mascot that became my :heart: boy.  PTS due to rapidly advancing mobility and respiratory issues.  Momma loves June-bug...
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Hippidy on June 08, 2011, 06:48:21 PM
Juno 3.5 years old (42 months). Intact female from a pet store. PTS due the discovery of an internal tumor plus 2 other mystery lumps. I didn't want her o suffer  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Leeliothestica on June 17, 2011, 10:11:41 PM
Falkore, Male, hooded -4 months (died from myco)

Maxie, Male, hooded dumbo - 30 months (died from respiratory failure a month ago)

Zeke, Male, berkshire dumbo - 28 months (died this morning from natural causes)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: OatmealandToby on June 18, 2011, 03:24:01 AM
Petra. 8 month old petstore rat... Intact. Died an hour after surgery for an extremely aggressive thyroid tumor. :(

Tara
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Critter Crazy on June 18, 2011, 04:14:02 AM
At current, my oldest rat is Rico - Standard Black Hooded buck, intact & sterile (if anyone cares to question this, feel free to PM me about it).
Born around 15th of January, 2009. A feeder bred rat, he's sitting at 3.5 yrs old, or 41 months. Happy & still on the go, currently being treated for a mild wheeze & is recovering fine. Expecting quite some time left with my little man :)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: PixelPixie on July 09, 2011, 11:40:35 PM
Pocket - approx 24 months
Lily - approx 35 months
(Sisters)

Latte - approx 6 months (cause unknown, I woke up one morning to find she had passed during the night)
Mocha - approx 29 months (She was absolutely fine and then one day I came in and there was porphyrin all over the walls. She sneezed and sneezed and sneezed and even seemed to be coughing up blood? A few minutes later she was gone. If anyone could tell me what happened that'd be helpful. I have no idea.)
(Sisters)

Charlie - approx 19 months (He appeared to be fine and suddenly fell over in his food dish and was gone a few minutes later)
Tom - approx 19 months (He actually passed 3 days after Charlie. He had a stroke a few months before.)
Ben - approx 24 months (respiratory issues)
(Brothers)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Jm4steam on July 15, 2011, 06:34:35 PM
Orson 1yr 17mos 8 days. Severe respiratory issues. RIP
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Zonadow on July 22, 2011, 01:31:40 PM
Moose, male, 3-6 months
Mycoplasmosis had advanced too far, and I had to have him put down.
He was my very first rat, too.  :heart:

R.I.P. all the ratties in this thread!
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: A_STEW on July 28, 2011, 06:17:48 AM
Cassius, Male, 35 months. Old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lullabee on August 03, 2011, 12:07:37 PM
Sullivan -- male, intact, est. 17-18 months
Adopted from retiring breeder
Put to sleep due to COPD & rapidly progressing HED causing problems eating and drinking

Our first rat &  :heart: -- R.I.P. fuzzbutt
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Snippet on August 04, 2011, 04:48:19 AM
Frost
BYB
23 1/2 months.  Was PTS after a pituitary tumour had progressed to far and she had become non responsive. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mustang480 on August 04, 2011, 02:17:32 PM
Milo ~ male ~ 24 months

Chronic respiratory issues, difficulty breathing. Had x-ray done,  which showed pus/scar tissue in lungs. One lung completely useless, and the other already compromised. Decided to PTS.  We love you Milo  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Grumbleshark on August 09, 2011, 04:44:30 PM
Elliot
approximately 3 years and some days
Euthanized: worsening respiratory complications + paralyzed back legs + general old-age weariness

Elliot was a beautiful fawn rat, intact, originally from a feeder tank.
He developed tumors on both sides of his body. Removed on April 1 2011 with a very successful recovery. He was put to sleep peacefully on the evening of July 21 due to an onset of labored breathing, tiredness, and some open-mouth breathing.

After he turned 2, he was on Baytril and Doxy for life to stave away recurring URIs; he never had symptoms again until the very end, which I assume was from the myco.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: starrynightxxi on August 12, 2011, 05:23:03 PM
Silas: ~16mo., purchased from Petco at ~6 weeks. Died suddenly, suspected heart attack or stroke, but no necropsy to determine for sure, just squeaked and fell over dead.

Wickham: ~18mos., acquired from the SPCA at ~8 weeks. Died due to complications of CHF.

Lucy Snowe: 2yo. almost to the day, purchased from a breeder. PTS due to burst abdominal mass causing vaginal bleeding.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: applecavy on August 27, 2011, 06:01:38 PM
Crash; a week shy of 27 months. Unaltered female. Developed a large mammary tumor which was successfully removed 2 months prior to death, showed no signs of illness aside from some moderate HED until the morning of the day she passed away.

I love you girl, I'm sorry.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: moonbeamsmama on August 28, 2011, 05:25:36 PM
Hi!  My rat Toodles just passed of a tumor.  He was 41 months.  I think if he had not had the tumor he would most likely have lived much longer :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RatAttack59 on August 30, 2011, 10:20:57 AM
catchup time.

Anita, intact female hairless, 33 months, advanced age
Penny, intact female, 32 months, cancer
Zeus, intact male, 36 months, advanced age (miss my cranky old man)
Pongo, neutered male, 24 months, pts because of facial tumor (likely cancer)
Tori, intact female,  28 months, aggressive tumor
Edward, neutered male, 17 months, unknown (possible heart related)
Sydney, intact female, 29 months, tumor
Kiwi, intact female, 20 months, pts tumors/age
Benjamin, neutered male, 15 months, inknown (possibly heart, but we did have SDA inhouse)
Addie, spayed female, 28 months, respiratory complications of SDA (she did have cancer, as well, so started the SDA debilitated)
Gizmo, neutered male, 38 months, pts for respiratory complications of SDA (he also had a tumor that was ulcerating)
Ralph, intact male, 34 months, pts for respiratory complications of SDA

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sweetersong on September 03, 2011, 04:45:32 AM
Jed, intact male, 24 months, unknown cause of death (had been to the vets a few months before about head tilt but it had seeminly cleared prior to death)

Rex, intact male, 36 months, uknown cause of death, husband was at home, said he (Rex) coughed, he went to check on him and he was gone

Mischief, intact male, 13 months, tumor/abcess, died under anaesthetic trying to remove it

Smokey, intact male, 26 months, unknown cause of death, died in his sleep

Our oldest current rat is still seemily healthy at now 40 months old. You can tell he is very elderly, he rests a lot, even more than you would expect from a male rat, but is still very eager at food/treat time. His hind end went nearly a year ago now, and tbh I thought that was a sign he would be soon to pass, as this happened with both Jed and Rex aroudn 5 months before they passed, but no, he is still going bless him

My other two guys are both 28 months, and again, both seem healthy so far. I do expect them to get hind end degneration by the end of the year, due to their age, but they can grow old together hopefully
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: StarlaBlaze on September 03, 2011, 04:59:40 PM
My oldest rat Marylin will be 3 years old on Dec 29 of this year. Im praying she will at least make it to her 3rd bday, but she isnt looking too good, she has lost some weight and it looks like shes having a bit more trouble going  from level to level.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sweetersong on September 03, 2011, 05:36:22 PM
Starla-Hope she makes it hun. Magic was like that since last Oct/Nov (was 3 in april this year) and he is still going on, think someone has replaced him with a robot rat lol

Feel sorry for him as he is on his own. He didn't get along with two of our rats when we brought them two years ago (it was only a month after mischief, his brother died, so maybe that was it), so we kept him with Rex, but Rex passed 18 months ago now and despite re-trying intros with different pairings for him, he doesnt like it, so he is a lone rat
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Bananana on September 10, 2011, 05:12:06 AM
Dora: intact female.  Died at 40+ months from a stroke.

Nina: intact female. PTS at 27 months after a (sudden) series of strokes left her paralyzed and unable to swallow. Nina suffered from a metabolic disorder her whole life that led to morbid obesity (her highest weight was 656 grams), but she was strangely quite healthy otherwise right up until the very end (no tumors, no myco flare ups - nothing). 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Hippidy on September 13, 2011, 06:19:08 PM
Oliver, rescue rat, estimated age of 2.5+ PTS due to advancing congestive heart failure.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SquishyRatty! on September 20, 2011, 05:21:36 AM
Basil, intact female, from a breeder, 12 months, put to sleep due to inoperable tumor that eventually grew so that in actually protruded from her girl parts

Cilantro, intact female, Basil's half-sister, from a breeder, 24 months, lived for some months after having a tumor removed (was spayed at time of tumor removal) but died of a seizure

Chiaroscuro, intact female, rescue rat (original name "Oven." Apparently her deceased cagemate had been named "Toaster." :icon_scratch:), approx. 24 months, cause of death not clear but she had several benign tumors at the time

Kisses, cuddles, and Yogies, my squishy ratty babies!  May we meet again!  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Maltey on September 26, 2011, 08:49:31 PM
Badger- Pet Shop- Unspayed- Black hooded- 1.5 years- died unexpectedly 2 days after her mother,( age unknown- but old) suspected illness

Saffron- Pet Shop- Unspayed- Black Hooded- 1.5 years- died unexpectedly, suspected illness,  died 10 minutes before vet appointment :(

Sage- Pet Shop- Unspayed- Roan- 2.5 years- old age I guess. She started slowing down so we all knew she was going.

On the other hand, I have a 3 year old and a 3 and a half year old still going- both of whom are very active and don't seem elderly.

All girls have been fed on a dry 'nugget' supplemented with fresh veggies, kept on carefresh in a wire cage. (I was reading some of the questions so thought it best to provide as much info as possible)

They used to be kept in the dining room- directly in front of the back door so following their sudden and fairly early deaths they have been moved into a warmer room, which may account for the longer lifespan
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Nottingham on November 19, 2011, 04:02:12 PM
Archie - Rescued, possibly half-wild; neutered:  25-26 months.  Causes unknown, but very peaceful in his sleep.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rattiesmitten on November 23, 2011, 10:08:30 AM
Rio - 22-month-old male rescued lab rat, PEW, unaltered.  Suddenly seized and died while eating dinner with his brother.  We'll miss our Ree-Ree  :puppy_dog_eyes:.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Maltey on November 25, 2011, 02:04:43 PM
So, whilst it's a sad time, I can update the rat survey.
Clove died today at 3 years of age. She was a Roan, bought from an independent pet shop and fed on a diet of primarily rat nuggets supplemented with fresh fruit/veggies.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Lea on November 26, 2011, 10:28:27 AM
 :heart: Shasta, spayed female (spayed @ 5 mo.), died 11/25/2011, age 30 months, cause unknown but had just begun tx for suspected UTI.
Had one previous UTI 3 months ago, successfully treated, no other known health problems.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: msommers on January 02, 2012, 09:32:55 PM
Lizzy: Intact female from Petco; died at 14 months with 2nd mammary tumor. Euthanized when Myco not responding to Rx.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Maltey on January 03, 2012, 05:21:54 AM
Meg finally passed a couple of days ago- she was 42 months old, intact, bought from pets at home and fed on a dry nugget with some fresh fruit and veggies. No other signs of illness, she just passed of old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on January 17, 2012, 02:12:17 AM
Alice- Died at 24 months if it's possible, I think she died of an untreated ear infection.

Luna- At 36 months she was euthanized.

Oh I miss you both. :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SquishyRatty! on January 17, 2012, 08:03:05 PM
Cookie: 37 months, unaltered female, acquired from a stranger's "accidental" litter, standard ear beige capped with headspot, was healthy until a few weeks before her death, in which she rapidly declined in weight and became lethargic, died from-- as far as anyone could tell-- just old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: T. on January 30, 2012, 07:37:08 AM
Quite surprised at the longevity of rats compared to some years ago. I wish you all would post where you got them; it'd be easier to hypothesize on what conditions favor long lives.

Dodson, 21 months, intact male from pet shop, owner change at 12 months. Husky. Abscess appeared a couple weeks prior, infection required 3 rounds of different antibiotics to go down, however the open sore didn't heal and the complications caused his quality of life to plummet to the point that putting him to sleep was the only humane and compassionate  option.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Winterlest on January 30, 2012, 09:22:17 AM
Remy: 14 months, was pts due to myco.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kinzy on February 21, 2012, 09:35:47 PM
True - 24 months, massive tumor on lower abdomen/reproductive organs, euthanised
Buddy - 18 months, intsrnal bleeding, heart attack, siezure. He died in my hands
Noah - 27 months, acute resperatory attack, possiblty myco. Died in my hands
Momma Rat- a friend I adopted, pregnant from store sucfesfully had 7 rittens then died for an unknown reason at 18 months
Babies from Momma Rats second litter - All stillborn

Moses may pass soon, hes 37 months and counting
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: shanpegg28 on February 26, 2012, 05:27:41 PM
Male Rat: 1 yrs old Mr. Magoo

Male Rat: 2yrs old   Bolt :)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Gaya on March 05, 2012, 08:39:29 AM
Riviere - died at 22 months of an inoperable growth in his abdomen.  Ate Mazuri supplemented by foods like cereal, fruits, and vegetables. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kinzy on March 05, 2012, 10:54:56 AM
Miscounted Moses' age. 47 months and ckunting.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: crazy_anna on March 26, 2012, 12:32:32 PM
Epoch was a hairless rat and lived to be 17 months old but had a barrage of health problems, particularly his eyes.

Onyx was 30 months

Jet only lived to be about 22 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Robinkwr on March 27, 2012, 01:11:47 AM
Monroe - lived to be 1yr 10mths - unspayed/rescued. small cancer tumors found in stomach, growth on throat that grew to ping pong size in 1 week. Kidneys shut down.

Suzie Q - Lived to be 1yr 10mths - unspayed/bought from breeder. Zymball's Gland Tumor took her.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: shasty on April 05, 2012, 06:37:29 PM
I had a close relative whose male rat lived 5 years. I mean to talk to her about her secret!  :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mustang480 on April 11, 2012, 06:49:28 PM
Perry went to The Bridge at 35 months old due to respiratory problems. He had chronic URIs for the last 2 years of his life and was on chronic Zithromax/Cipro for the last year of his life. Near the end, we tried Lasix to see if it was a heart issue, and this had no effect. We then tried prednisone to help if it was a lung issue, and this also had no effect. So, we decided to let him go in peace.

We love you forever little guy  :heart: :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Snippet on April 11, 2012, 07:14:48 PM
Willow- 29 1/2 months old when she passed on.  Unspayed rescue, most likely from pet shop lines.  General old age, mild HED and a massive infection in one of her hands meant she had no quality of life, and it wasn't fair to play with medication when she only had one hand she could hold her weight on.

Nix- 22 months old when she passed.  Unspayed breeder girl.  Passed suddenly one day with no sign of prior illness. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Robinkwr on April 18, 2012, 04:00:48 PM
Bae - lived to be 2yrs old (april 2010 - april 15, 2012) - Neutered / Rescue Boy. Sever stomach / side mass.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ruffles on April 19, 2012, 04:39:54 AM
Leto: 34 Months // Pet store (Bred in-store). Not spayed, never bred. Mass under left forearm, spread to her neck. She was bright-eyed and happy on a homemade diet (fruits, veggies, grains, some high-quality dog food) until she passed.
Demeter: 18 Months // Pet store (Bred in-store). Not spayed. Retired breeder. Cause unknown, except perhaps the fact that she was excessively neurotic. Fat and happy on homemade diet until she passed.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lullabee on April 21, 2012, 10:58:36 PM
Moxie -- female, spayed, est. 26-31 months
Adopted from shelter, likely from pet store originally

PTS due to extreme distress from an ear infection that seemed to have a fast onset. She'd also had gradually progressing PT/neuro symptoms & HED for >2 mos.

Never got sick, but developed one mammary tumor (removed) around 18-23 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Izrua on May 09, 2012, 08:08:12 PM
Reta 2.5 years  - Surgical complications after removing a tumor (sepsis)
Pandora 2 years - Severe Myco infection
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Izrua on May 09, 2012, 11:58:02 PM
Ghost, 3 years old - brain tumor, PT or stroke
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Lea on May 10, 2012, 04:20:11 PM
 :heart: Latte - female, aged between 39-41 months.  Spayed when aged between 7-9 months. Cause of death: Diagnosed with a tumor in the sinuses, symptoms first appeared 5 weeks prior to death.  Only other health issues were a couple of urinary tract infections and moderate HED later in life.


 :heart: Ace - male, aged 18 months. Neutered at age 11 months due to hormonal behavior issues.  Cause of death: Progressively worse respiratory infections until became untreatable and PTS.

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: A_STEW on May 10, 2012, 04:22:57 PM
Hurley, intact male. 1.5 years sudden death from inability for lungs to expand due to herniated diaphragm (birth defect).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mustang480 on May 13, 2012, 01:07:12 AM
 :BlueDumboSmile: Cheerio, male, intact, 35 months.  PTS due to ulcerating mammary tumor, chronic URI, malocclusion with extreme difficulty eating, and mid-stage HED.

 :rattysmiley: Sonic, male, intact, 35 months.  PTS due to 3 non-healing groin abscesses, chronic URI, orchitis, and end-stage HED with no use of rear legs.

I love you with all my heart, my sweet boys  :heart: :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Robinkwr on May 22, 2012, 03:37:58 AM
Walter - aprox. 1+ yr old - Neutered (1 1/2 month before passing) - Rescued from humane society - Sudden death at home in my arms after being perfectly fine.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ratadora on May 22, 2012, 02:11:09 PM
Estraven- male, ≈19 mo.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lynnhumbug on May 30, 2012, 10:54:04 PM
My friend Bonnie's rat, Darla lived 4 years. She was overweight when they got her. They slimmed her down. She was an only rat. I think she died of old age. She started to lose her hair and got weak. She still looked "with it" and was still friendly when she died. No convulsions or any tumors or bleeding noted. I think she was a standard rat.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: britt8494 on June 03, 2012, 12:14:35 AM
Persephone-Unspayed female. She was my first rat baby. I saved her from a family members snake. I just couldn't let her die that way. She was very young and her eyes were still closed.I hand fed her goats milk until she started eating solid food. She died one month short of her 5th Birthday of old age. She went to sleep and never woke up. She had no major health problems except for an ear infection when she was still very young.
Zen-Spayed female. She was a rescue from a shelter. She died at 37 months from an infection in her sinuses.
Bartlebee-Neutered male,also a rescue from a shelter. Died at 29 months. Still not sure what happened, He never showed any signs of any kind of health problem. I think he just died of old age.
Bob-unneutered male, I found him in a cage next to a dumpster outside of a reptile shop. Died at 23 months. He had major problems with his sinuses and lungs most of his life. His little body just gave out one day, I had to have him euthanized.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Snippet on June 05, 2012, 11:35:35 AM
Fern- unspayed rescue girl.  Lung scarring from untreated respiratory infections before I got her, head tilt from ear infection when she was 23 months old and had 2 tumours.  PTS at 26 1/2 months old due to one of her tumours ulcerating.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SquishyRatty! on June 08, 2012, 06:46:24 PM
Ginger, 40 months-- Unaltered female, standard ear, was a Craigslist "save" from someone's accidental litter, passed away due to old age and a large tumor that she was too old and small to have operated on.  Had HED in her last months of life.  Sister to Cookie, who lived to be 37 months.  Both were fed Mazuri their whole lives and kept with Carefresh bedding.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sammi_lou on June 15, 2012, 07:31:02 AM
so sad to see how soon some people lost their furry babies
i have my first death to add

Nigel male approx 39 months   old age
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Snippet on June 30, 2012, 10:20:58 PM
Heidi, 21 month old entire female.  Rehome from a breeder, but her genetic background was unknown.  To my knowledge she never had a litter.  Had a lump removal at 20 months.  PTS due to a PT.  Never had respiratory issues.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: totoro23 on July 06, 2012, 05:18:39 AM
Syrian Hamster by the name of Banana. Origin unknown as it ran into my house. It was such a lovely hamster and it died due to old age :( missed it lots as it kept me company for ~ 4 years.  :BlueDumboBigEyes:

anyway, check out Aiiooo.com - THE world's first full feature social network for pets! Lick you later!  :P
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: sequoiaratties on July 10, 2012, 01:06:39 PM
If I remember correctly.    Swifty, longest  35 months cause unknown
                                        Pepper, shortest  3 months, probably killed by cage mates.   

I had more than 10 different rats in the past.  I currently have 13 rats.   :-)   
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RKEM on July 13, 2012, 12:44:58 AM
Nero .... approximately 18 months.

Intact male rescue from dubious circumstances (raised as feeder). One instance of severe and sudden URI or pneumonia 1 month before death. Full remission after antibiotic course. It was never confirmed what happened. Went from fine to lethargic in less than 6 hours and full remission within 48h of starting antibiotics. No other health issues throughout lifetime.

Lymphoma on side of neck appeared about a week prior to euthanasia. Put to sleep after confirmation of lymphoma and evidence of strong discomfort and respiratory distress as the mass grew very quickly (doubled in size over a period of 72h ... aspiration of mass content may have caused seeding of the tumour and spurned growth) and made it unlikely that the previously scheduled surgery could have removed everything or that he could have survived said surgery.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: curly555 on July 14, 2012, 02:10:27 AM
Remi - survived just over 3 years.  I honestly dont know what he died from.  As he aged, eventually his hind legs didnt really work.  One day I tried to pick him up but he was limp.  He was basically unresponsive after that and I only noticed that I would find him sleeping in different positions and a couple of days later, he convulsed and passed away :(.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Rashel on July 16, 2012, 01:21:29 PM
2 to add from here  :'(

Othello, roughly 24 mo: cause of death unknown, no signs of illness
Noche: 6 mos approx: acute myco flair-up, no signs of illness until 5 hours before death.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on August 03, 2012, 01:35:27 AM
Moxie: rescue from Goosemoose, intact male.  26 months.  He had a small lump removed two months prior and was given clean bill of health in followup vet visit a month ago.  This weekend, started showing lethargy and difficulty breathing.  Vet found large, inoperable abdominal tumor which was compromising lung capacity, may have been the cause of his early-stage HED.   We opted to let him go rather than prolong his discomfort.   :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Snippet on August 11, 2012, 10:22:33 AM
Fizz- rescue, approx 16 months old.  Had been suffering from some sort of respiratory issue for a few weeks before she passed away.  I think she died from heart failure in the end as she went stiff and stopped breathing when I was giving her a cuddle.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on August 26, 2012, 11:33:23 PM
Zen - intact male from Petsmart, 30 months old.  Had been on meds for chronic respiratory inflammation for five months, but his breathing was fine right before he passed away.  We don't know what  caused him to leave us -  he just laid down in his house and went peacefully.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AstridBeatrix on October 05, 2012, 12:49:12 AM
Astrid: unspayed lab rescue rat, 19 months.  Had been on continuous meds for chronic URI.  Had really bad breath for one month before she died, I thought it was an abcessed tooth...but vet said that Astrid was fine and wasn't comfortable with medicating.  I noticed that she was drinking a lot more water than normal.  Passed while sleeping.  Necropsy showed abcessed, necrotic tooth, enlarged heart, lungs looked fine. It could have been CHF masked by respiratory URI.  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SqueeHazard on October 28, 2012, 09:12:48 PM
Chloe (petstore)- gray and white hooded, standard ear and coat. 3 1/2 years, scampering until the very day she died. Cause unknown but she was sweating all over her belly (made no sense at all)and died in my arms.
Archer(petstore)- wheaten and white hooded, standard ear and coat. Died one month after getting him.  Respiratory illness.

All others are fine, got these guys before actually knowing about the whole mill animal thing.
Only buying from breeders that wish to improve the health of said rats.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: deid4lit on October 31, 2012, 10:18:10 PM
Cowboy - female, pink-eyed white (adopted child of a feeder rat), 1.8 years, vaginal prolapse/tumor (had spay surgery to fix those two problems and died during..)
+worth mentioning that she's never bred but has a history of tumor growth (one on the neck and one just behind her right leg, both removed successfully)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: rileymai on November 10, 2012, 03:19:18 AM
I'm going to try to list all the ratties I've lost since I've had rats.

Edward - intact male - 48 months old (knew birthday).  Adopted from shelter, previous owner was breeder.  Died from a combination of old age, persistent pneumonia, and weak immune system. PTS. 

Alphonse - intact male - 48 months old (knew birthday).  Adopted from shelter, previous owner was breeder.  Died from combination of old age, persistent pneumonia/myco flare ups, and the loss of Edward. :( passed away four days after his brother Ed.

Skadi - unspayed female - approx. 7 months old.  "Adopted" from Petco but was surrendered to the store from previous owner.  Death unknown, was very sudden and necropsy only alluded to heart attack or stroke.

Ati - unspayed female - 2 months old.  Bought from privately owned pet store and given to me by previous owner.  Died from organ failure due to injury/birth defect/ and neglect from pet store.

Morris - intact male - age unknown (best guess well over 2-yrs).  Adopted from shelter, previous owner was animal hoarder. Died suddenly from suspected exposure to a virus.

Olive - unspayed female - approx. 16 months old.  Brought from Petsmart as baby.  Passed from respiratory failure suspected to have occurred after exposure to a virus.

Cake - unspayed female - approx. 24 months.  Adopted from fellow rat owner.  Passed from respiratory failure suspected to have occurred after exposure to a virus.

Liam - intact male - 8 months old.  Adopted from fellow rat owner.  Passed from respiratory failure suspected to have occurred after exposure to a virus.

Nutmeg - intact male - age unknown (likely well over 2-years).  Adopted from shelter, previous owner was animal hoarder.  Passed due to sporatic/frequent myco flare-ups and inoperable tumor in chest cavity.

Uly - intact male - approx. 24 months.  Adopted with brothers off craigslist from previous owners, who bought him from breeder.  PTS due to malignant tumor in abdomen that was inoperable due to size and location.

Freya - unspayed female - age unknown (guessed around 14 months).  "Adopted" from Petco but was surrendered to the store from previous owner.  PTS due to pituitary tumor.

Toast - unspayed female - approx. 24 months.  Adopted from fellow rat owner.  PTS due to PT and several mammary tumors.

Kronos - intact male - approx. 30 months.  Adopted from shelter, suspected to be part of a breeder dump at shelter.  PTS due to hind end degeneration symptoms making his quality of life very poor and not wanting to eat/drink any longer.

Roo - intact male - age unknown (maybe 16 months?).  Adopted from shelter, suspected to be part of a breeder dump at shelter.  Passed away during neuter surgery due to heart failure.

Yoko - unspayed female - approx. 26 months.  Adopted from shelter young, previous owner unknown.  Passed in her sleep - seemingly due to old age, had no health issues at the time.

Laika - intact male - approx. 26 months.  Bought from privately owned pet store and given to me by previous owner.  Unknown cause of death, passed away in his cage during the night.  Necropsy guessed at heart failure, but was inconclusive.

Biscuit - unspayed female - age unknown (guessed around 24-26 months).  Free "aggressive" rat from craigslist that was a failed breeder for feeder rats for reptiles, as she continually culled her litters.  PTS due to several fast-developing mammary tumors and her losing interest in food or water (even with syringe feeding/watering).
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: kitsu on December 04, 2012, 01:46:31 PM
Quark: 38m
Hadron: 38.5m
She was desolate without her sister.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: A_STEW on January 09, 2013, 01:46:02 AM
Linus, intact male. PT. Age 2.
Thunder, intact male. Rare form of cancer involving fibropapillomas. Age 2.5.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on January 16, 2013, 09:43:50 PM
Gibraltar, intact male rescue from Goosemoose.  28 months.  Ear/respiratory infection that didn't respond to combo antibiotics.

Sam, intact male, rescued feeder from Goosemoose.  25 months.  Mammary tumor, inoperable due to respiratory scarring.

 :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Mysouff908 on January 26, 2013, 11:26:55 AM
Chuchundra - female (b/w hooded) from Petsmart. 23 months.
She had a large tumor in her tummy. 2008-2009.

Luka - female (brown berkshire) from local pet shop. 19 months.
No noticeable tumors. Appeared to be respiratory. 2011-2012.

Tika - female (dumbo white w/ black mask). 21 months.
Sister of Luka. Same as above. 2011-2012.

  :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on January 26, 2013, 05:42:00 PM
Luma- not spayed, from feeder bin, 26 months. Euthanized due to severe respiratory infection, likely pneumonia. She didn't respond to oxygen therapy or Lasix. She also had an inner ear infection that wasn't responding to antibiotics. I am thinking the infection spread systemically causing the rapid decline. She also had around 7 mammary tumors, possible PT, and a strange nasal condition causing congestion for the last year of her life.  :'(  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AstridBeatrix on February 11, 2013, 04:59:24 PM
Beatrix - 26 month unspayed lab rescue rat; was treating her for an abscessed mass underneath her ear, mass kept growing.  Developed severe chest congestion and wheezing overnight.  Possible ZGT and PT.   :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mutewolf on February 11, 2013, 07:04:44 PM
Brutus; 2 weeks shy of his 2nd birthday

Male rat adopted from BGRR. His pregnant mother had been surrendered to the rescue and he was born there and lived there until I adopted him September 2011. I estimated his birthday to be February 22nd. He was pts February 6, 2013 due to lung scarring from multiple URIs in the last 6 months, unresponsive to treatments, dramatic weight loss, etc.

His brother Nero survives him.  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ratatata on February 23, 2013, 12:19:05 PM
Heidi-3 years 2 months-old age/lower respiratory degenerative infection.

Satchi-1  year and 6 months- pituitary tumor

Heartface-2 years and 3 months-lethally positioned mammary tumor

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: lullabee on March 05, 2013, 07:04:37 AM
Martin -- neutered male, est. 18-19 months
adopted from shelter, likely feeder rat

PTS due to extreme respiratory distress. Had chronic respiratory issues throughout his life.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RooRat on March 05, 2013, 10:28:22 AM
Listing the two I've lost so far in my time of owning ratties:

Renly: 12 months old - bought from breeder (seemed reputable at the time), lived a couple months with ZGT before it started to affect his behavior and ability to eat.

Myka: 12 months old - adopted from Dakota's Dream (who got her from a shelter), survived for a few months with a nastily placed and quick-growing mammary tumor that neither of our vets felt comfortable operating on
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Caresmom5 on March 05, 2013, 12:18:58 PM
Dreamy McLean DOB 6/30/11, PTS 2/27/13 (I'm certain he would have passed naturally within a couple days if I hadn't pts). Adopted from MRR 6/16/2012. He was an Eliot rat, they were/are plauged with sickness. He had chronic URI's, was on meds for months (Doxy, Baytril, Prednisone). Once it was clear he was not going to get better and his quality of life wasn't there anymore (always breathing hard, blue feet, not eating or sleeping), I put to sleep. RIP my  :heart:-rat.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: loveforrats16 on March 13, 2013, 06:49:43 PM
Most of my rats haven't made it that long, I always get the sickly ones.
These are all the ones I have charted.


Booboo - 2 years 1 month old.
PTS due to internal bleeding.

Mater - 1 year 8 months old
Heart Failure

Bailey - 1 year 6 months old
Sapphire - 1 year 6 months old
Saydee - 1 year 7 months old
Virus. (All sisters)

Mila - 3 years 6 months old
PTS due to multiple tumors.

Korper - 2 years 4 months old
Havent the slightest clue why he passed.

Scrat - 2 years 3 months old
Suspected from scarred lungs.

Polo - 1 year 9 months old
Marco - 1 year 8 months old
Havent the slightest clue. (Brothers)

Leo - 3 years 1 month old
Suspected kidney failure

Lionel - 3 years 1 month old
Pneumonia

Toast - 2 years 2 months old
Suspected CHF

Banana - 2 years 4 months old
Suspected virus

Roofy - 1 year 4 months old
Suspected internal bleeding/virus.

Milo - 1 year 8 months old
Pneumonia/URI

Bitsy - 3 years 5 months old
PTS due to low quality of life. Choking, huge abscess that wouldn't heal, weight loss and severe HED.

Monocle - 1 year 3 months old
Havent the slightest clue.

Knox - 2 years 5 months old
PTS due to fluids in lungs and suspected heart failure.

Snugget - 1 year 8 months old
PTS due to pneumonia

Pubes - 1 year 9 months old
Pneumonia

Magic - 2 years 3 months old
CHF

Archimedies - 2 years 7 months old
PTS due to low quality of life. Severe PT, weight lose, HED, and sores on stomach.

Munch - 2 years old
CHF

Sheldon - 2 years 1 month old
Suspected scarred lungs/stroke.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: couturepins on March 13, 2013, 08:44:34 PM
Fievel - intact male - Zymbal's gland tumor - ~22 months

Percy - intact male - PTS due to mammary tumors - 28 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: ash123 on April 22, 2013, 03:48:52 AM
Liam, dumbo, white with grey 'racing stripe' down his back, 20 months, PT and bad case of Myco.
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Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Stacy M on April 28, 2013, 06:28:19 PM
Sid- 21 Months, respiratory failure

Ashes- 30 Months, PT
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on April 28, 2013, 07:05:45 PM
Eddy- Estimated 29 months, not spayed. After a long fight and a slow decline, the mycoplasma won.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: A_STEW on May 04, 2013, 05:09:17 AM
Boone, intact male. 20 months, pts following a stroke.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on May 17, 2013, 09:19:05 PM
Pixel, intact male from Petsmart, 39 months.  Passed in his sleep, had advanced HED. 

I presume his parts warranty simply wore out.   :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: peacepony on May 20, 2013, 03:34:19 PM
Tulip - intact female 3 years old. PTS on the surgery table as the masses she had were getting involved in her urinary and digestive tracts. :(  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Greyman on June 05, 2013, 11:12:18 PM
Crystal - pearl-hooded female from a FL Petsmart, 28 months. Recovered from abscess and bout of pneumonia, but steadily fell into decline for months afterward. Passed away peacefully in sleep.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: RagingShadow on June 26, 2013, 11:31:12 PM
I'm going to have to guesstimate, never kept official records
In order of deaths

Chip- 11 months- severe, sudden congestive hear failure (euthanized)
Timothy- 9 months- stomach cancer (found dead in cage)
Dale- 27 months- old age (euthanized)
Scamp- 26 months- burst rectal tumor (euthanized due to blood loss)
Toby- 29 months- stomach cancer (euthanized)
Willow- 13 months- unfortunate incident with a cat (found dead, blood loss)
Sierra- 24 months- multiple, quality of life impairing tumors (euthanized)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on July 02, 2013, 04:28:04 PM
Cookie - Petsmart rat - Congestive Heart Failure - Had her for 1 and a half years. She was probably close to 4 months old when I got her. So around 22 months old.  :'(

The stuff rats go through has made me never want any more again... After the 2 I have just got as friends for my lonely Cupcake pass I will not have another rat again...
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Winterlest on July 07, 2013, 08:20:34 AM
Marley - feeder rat, pts at the age of 34 months due to old age
Rodney - feeder rat, pts at the age of 17 months due to PT

Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Soulwraith56 on July 26, 2013, 10:50:28 AM
Normandy - Intact female black self. 18 months - seizure. Her and her sister were rescues from a hording situation.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on August 04, 2013, 02:55:50 PM
Bear - 22 months, intact rescued male.  Inoperable abdominal mass, necropsy revealed ruptured colon.  :(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Basel on August 11, 2013, 07:39:38 PM
Has anyone tallied this?   That would be great to see.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on August 22, 2013, 02:15:47 PM
Max - 22 months, intact rescued male.  Chronic pulmonary inflammation, suspected lung abscesses.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: BigBen on August 23, 2013, 12:08:06 AM
Gabriel, pink-eyed champagne hoodie, standard coat/ears--PTS at 17 months; inoperable bowel torsion.

Anne, PEW, standard coat/ears--PTS at 30 months; pituitary tumor.

Michael, odd-eyed beige hoodie, standard coat/ears--PTS at 28 months; emphysema no longer responded to medication.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on August 28, 2013, 12:56:28 PM
Almond - 4-6 months age - Rare blood borne parasite (haemobartonella)
Standard ears, beige/white hooded, ruby eyes.
Adopted through pet store.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: TinyRat on August 29, 2013, 04:29:52 PM
Shmara: standard coat, standard ear, agouti hooded, severely inbred feeder rat. Died 28 months, no established cause of death. Operated for mammary tumor at age 25 months, severe ear infection soon after surgery was treated sucessfully but severely damaged balance. Died in her sleep with no unsusual symptoms prior to death... maybe she just died of old age?
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: purple rat on August 31, 2013, 05:18:47 PM
Neo, intact male from Petsmart. Beige hooded w/ dark ruby eyes, standard ears & coat. PTS at 30 months due to inoperable abdominal mass no longer responding to meds.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: SweetBabyLemons on October 05, 2013, 12:35:08 AM
Ebony- standard eared, black blazed-berkshire doe. She had a stroke at about 2 months of age, but recovered fine other than a little bit of neurological damage. (lack of balance, hyperactivity, a bit of a lack of motorskills but she still ate, climbed, ran, etc. just fine.) At about 18 or 19 months she started growing lethargic, and unfortunately passed.

Ivory- (this girl was my <3 rat) Standard eared, black broken-hooded rex doe. After a long, hard battle, Ivory succumbed to Mycoplasma at around 19-20 months, a little over a month after her sister Ebony.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: LotusWolf on November 09, 2013, 08:24:51 AM
Hideki - Top-eared Siamese Berkshire - Lived nearly 2 1/2 years - unneutered - Passed away in what I can only guess was in his sleep. No signs of aging other than getting more cuddly and no signs of any imminent issues. It was a big surprise to find him in the cage that morning.  :puppy_dog_eyes: He was bought through a private breeder that was very careful in which characteristics she wished to see in her broods and was really good about not breeding any bad traits for health. He lived a full and happy ratty life with no healthy problems.

His cagemate, only a month younger than him, is still going strong and from the same breeder. He has a few spots on him that look like sebaceous cysts but other than that he's still okay as far as I can tell.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: accordingly on December 07, 2013, 08:02:35 PM
Willow - 29 months, unspayed female, cream hood with ruby eyes, parents were siblings (from an accidental litter situation due to introducing rats too soon after a neuter) - euthanized due to mammary tumors that eventually were just too much for her, after previously narrowly surviving having a lump removed at about 12 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: defzeppard on December 08, 2013, 07:58:12 PM
Pearcy - PEW, neutered male 18 months.  Pneumonia or conjestive heart failure, wasn't able to treat long enough to find out for sure. Euthanized.

Nicodemus - Blue variegated, intact male 2- 2 1/2 years, pet store rat, and heart rat.  Pneumonia masked by medications while treating him for giardia. Euthanized.

Crosby - Black hooded, neutered male, 18 months, adopted from shelter, former stray.  Fast onset pneumonia. 

Ozzy - Black variberk, neutered male, 2 days shy of 2 years.  Fast growing, inoperable tumor on hip.  Can only suspect the tumor ruptured internally over night.  Found him in the cage unresponsive and barely alive.  Passed away in my arms 20 minutes later.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: accordingly on December 15, 2013, 10:55:43 AM
Jasmine - 16 months, unspayed female - Sprague-Dawley lab rat retired from a non-medical research facility.  Developed malignant tumor around 12 months which we removed twice, but the wound never healed the second time.  Died at home suddenly this morning.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Ryarbrough93 on April 03, 2014, 09:29:57 AM
CC about 2 years, myco

Luvs this morning. Probably only 2 months (Petco) Myco
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: purple rat on April 09, 2014, 07:39:25 AM
Crash - intact silvered blue dumbo male - about 9 months old.  I'm assuming he came from a feeder breeder or backyard breeder - I adopted him from one of my vet's clients who wasn't able to keep him anymore and she had gotten him from a friend.  Died suddenly with no prior symptoms  :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: heidies on May 25, 2014, 12:26:34 AM
Yuki - neutered male, 30 month old (2 years and 1/2) black hooded rat from a rescue (parent's health unknown, most likely from a local pet store). He died from abdominal cancer affecting his liver and other internal organs, had beginning signs of hind-end degeneration.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Selskia on June 21, 2014, 01:34:36 PM
Coconut - 27 months, neutered male, from a local breeder. Inoperable tumor behind the eye, PTS due to pain and severe/sudden degradation in quality of life. Had beginning signs of hind-end degeneration and heart problems.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MickeyT on July 07, 2014, 10:43:09 AM
Most of my rats lived about 2-3 years. My first rat Sniffles lived to be nearly 6. She was an albino feeder rat that I got at Petco when I was 11. She passed from a URI. The other rats were purchased at local pet stores and they were mainly fancy rats with a few dumbos and blues.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on August 07, 2014, 11:42:54 PM
Isley - 27 months, intact rescued male.  Passed in January due to respiratory issues, HED, pyoderma.  His immune system was clearly compromised by age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: msommers on August 17, 2014, 06:45:13 PM
Chyne: Intact female purchased from a breeder. Passed at 33 months with mammary tumors. She also had a fast growing tumor on her head that quickly caused her teeth to move so not aligned. About a week passed between the head tumor visual to death. Chyna never had a myco attack or respiratory problem.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: thenightgoddess on August 25, 2014, 08:48:16 PM
Sonic- about 35 months. Intact male from a petsmart. Died from multiple problems caused by old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on September 10, 2014, 01:23:31 AM
Curly - estimated 30 months, neutered male from humane society.  Passed during tricky surgery to remove a benign but rapidly-growing tumor on his chest.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: purple rat on September 27, 2014, 05:22:48 PM
Kirby: 30 month old neutered male from Mainely Rat Rescue. Had a healthy life (only a small tumor removal at 21 months) until the last month.  It seemed like hind end degeneration, but he deteriorated quickly and started to exhibit signs of PT  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on September 27, 2014, 06:50:27 PM
Going to update previous rats I may have already put on this thread just so I have them all grouped together in one post for now.

Cookie 01/28/2012 - 06/15/2013
Age: approx. 2 years
From Petco
Death: Mycoplasma

Cupcake 01/28/2012 - 07/08/2013
Age: approx. 2 years
From: Petco
Death: Mycoplasma

Almond 07/15/2013 - 08/24/2013
Age: approx. 3 months
From: Petsmart
Death: Blood borne parasite

Delilah 11/05/2013 - 11/30/2013
Age: approx. 3 years
From: Craigslist -Woman said she worked at small pet store where they bred their own rats and she took her (and Sandy) home. She had her for around 3 years but had to move and could not take her with them.
Death: Suspected pituitary tumor or just old age.

Jelly Bean 09/30/2013 - 12/31/2013
Age: approx. 1-2 years
From: Oklahoma City Animal Shelter -Woman dropped off several male rats and 8 female rats. All males had been adopted. Only females left.
Death: Mycoplasma

Pumpkin 09/30/2013 - 06/17/2014
Age: approx. 1-2 years
From: Oklahoma City Animal Shelter -Woman dropped off several male rats and 8 female rats. All males had been adopted. Only females left.
Death: Mycoplasma

Sandy 11/05/2013 - 03/28/2014
Age: approx. 3 years
From: Craigslist -Woman said she worked at small pet store where they bred their own rats and she took her (and Sandy) home. She had her for around 3 years but had to move and could not take her with them.
Death: Open Pyometra

Pear 09/30/2013 - 07/20/2014
Age: approx. 1 year
From: Oklahoma City Animal Shelter -Woman dropped off several male rats and 8 female rats. All males had been adopted. Only females left.
Death: Unknown - Was found laying on floor of cage with mucous covering her chin. No prior health issues.

Truffles 10/12/2013 - 08/21/2014
Age: approx. 1 year
From: Vet's office -was supposed to be fed to snake but snake was sick and would not eat and vet decided against live feeding. Originally from Petco.
Death Closed Pyometra

Nutmeg 10/14/2013 - 09/17/2014
Age: approx. 1 year
From: Petsmart
Death: Two tumors inside ribcage. One ruptured.

Pudding 09/30/13 - 09/21/14
Age: approx. 2 years
From: Oklahoma City Animal Shelter -Woman dropped off several male rats and 8 female rats. All males had been adopted. Only females left.
Death: Mycoplasma
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: purple rat on December 26, 2014, 07:58:45 PM
Digby: 33 month old neutered male from Mainely Rat Rescue. Had the healthiest and longest life of any rat I've ever had. PTS due to advanced HED  :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Alia101 on June 23, 2015, 01:36:19 PM
Oreo- 29 months, death: put down
Whitey- 26 months, death: Raped to death by Oreo
Peanut: 2 hours, death: refusal by mother (Whitey, male)
Shea: 2 hours, death: refusal by mother (Whitey, female)
Posh: 2 hours, death: refusal by mother (Whitey, (male)
Dots: 2 hours, death: refusal by mother (Whitey, female)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MYFavoritEHerbS on July 16, 2015, 06:43:26 PM
Basil: Standard rat, approx. 17 months; complications from chronic myco, possibly lung tumor.

Still going strong:
Parsley, Standard, brother to Basil, approx. 24 months
Sheldon, Dumbo, approx. 24 months
Monkey, Dumbo, approx. 9 months
Tak, Standard, 6 weeks old, brother to Clyde
Clyde, Standard, 6 weeks old
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AstridBeatrix on July 20, 2015, 01:36:02 PM
Tessa: 4 years and 7 months, passed of old age. Had really bad HED.
Title: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Manduh on July 21, 2015, 03:50:33 PM
My last group
Ages are all approximations as I've adopted them all from rat rescues where their ages aren't known all the time

Alvin: Neutered M, 33 mos.
Cause of Death: Passed away at home (suspected natural causes)
Known Health Issues: Occasional URIs, moderate HED (he never lost all mobility, but had clearly weak back legs and tripped/dragged them sometimes, dry/itchy skin (treated with revolution and ivermectin, no improvements. Possible allergy issue)

Simon: Neutered M, 24 mos.
Cause of Death: Passed away at home (Stroke, suspected)
Known Health Issues: LOTS. Strokes, Permanent head-tilt, URIs, tumors (one removed from his lymph nodes, another inoperable due to being inside of his abdomen. He was hand fed his last 2 months of life)

Theodore: Neutered M, 27 mos.
Cause of Death: Passed away at home (Unknown, honestly. Suspected stroke? He was perfectly fine the evening before)
Known Health Issues: Largely none. Rare URIs, and had one small benign tumor removed, but was otherwise actually perfectly healthy.

Momo: Intact F,  18-24 mos.
Cause of Death: PTS (inoperable tumor that had ruined her quality of life)
Known Health Issues: Recurrent mammary tumors

I current have 2 females and will be adopting 3 1+ yr old males, but:
Pea and Pepper: Intact Fs, approx 18mos. currently. Pea has a recurring URI/eye discharge we have to treat regularly and Pepper seems to have no current health problems.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: popcornmischief on August 11, 2015, 08:54:56 PM
Artemis- estimated about 17 months
Originally a pet store rat before I adopted her. Death due to not recovering after surgery to have a tumor removed. Had to treat her for myco flare ups since the day I brought her home.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: irubyz on August 22, 2015, 02:56:26 PM
Jasmine: June 28, 2013 to August 15, 2015 (26 months)
Intact Female
Rescued with her sister from a Craigslist post for an unplanned litter needing homes.
Mammary tumors; in last week she was extremely weak, hand fed, and also developed a head tilt.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AstridBeatrix on September 03, 2015, 05:45:26 PM
Bug: 2 years and 9 months.  From Come Fall for Rats 2013 (from a breeder who turned out to be a BYB) Sweetest girl ever.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on October 10, 2015, 12:36:29 AM
Azizi, estimated 1 year 9 months, rescued neutered male, respiratory illness following cyst removal surgery.

Groot, estimated 1 year 6 months, rescued neutered male from hoarding case, lung disease.

 :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on October 31, 2015, 04:58:19 PM
Scruffs, estimated 2 years 10 months, neutered boy from shelter who was owner surrender, died quietly in his sleep, healthy other than mild HED
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AstridBeatrix on November 11, 2015, 09:34:30 AM
Io- 2yrs and 2months.  She was PTS about two weeks after Bug passed, instantly went downhill. No tumors.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: missdarkmonster on February 14, 2016, 06:38:50 PM
Powder - 7 week old female, died only three days after I got her from a brain anerysm

Mia - 2 year old intact female, PTS because of a PT.

Kitten - 2.5 year old intact female, passed from HF/old age.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Beltaine on August 19, 2016, 12:09:13 PM
Chica - neutered female - 2 years 1 month - tumor
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on August 19, 2016, 04:32:24 PM
Earlier this year:  Colonel Bumbleton, aka Bumble, intact male 4 months, inoperable abdominal tumor.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Azelie on October 18, 2016, 06:55:33 AM
Buddy Holly - M - Approx. 25 months - Old Age
George - M - 16 months - Pneumonia/Respiratory Illness (Fred's twin brother)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: Joeydoey123 on October 31, 2016, 04:23:21 PM
Pepper, approximately 21 months, sudden lameness in lower body, stroke suspected

Zecar, approximately 17 months, PT 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: AstridBeatrix on December 28, 2016, 04:56:36 PM
Ljubica- 4/10/2015 - 11/26/2016   Pyometra early. Was spayed at 2 months. Tumor on stomach. Removed. Developed another tumor on stomach and mammary tumor.  PTS when quality of life lessened

Phoebe- 4/10/2015 - 12/25/2016  Passed unexpectedly on my birthday/Christmas morning.  Was healthy at vet checkup a week previous.
 :'(
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on March 09, 2017, 11:00:59 PM
Ebi - special needs boy from BYB, 14 months, respiratory issues and chronic infections

Soto - intact male, vet thinks it was a sinus tumor, 26 months

Ninja - neutered male from Petsmart, went peacefully while napping, excellent health aside from HED, 2 years and 7 months
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: stkmw02 on April 09, 2017, 07:53:42 PM
Jude: Owned for approximately one year, age unknown.

Terrier & Mgyl: Owned for approximately six months, age unknown.

McGuffin: Birthdate unknown - April 27 2010 (owned approximately 1 year)

Gaffer: April 21, 2009 -  February 22, 2011
Martini "Runty Pants": April 21, 2009 - June 11, 2011
Blaze/Walla "Nose": April 21, 2009 - August 22, 2011
Mini-Guff: April 21, 2009 - February 1, 2012
Bit "Snuggly": April 21, 2009 - August 9, 2012

CJ: Rescued as a rejected pinky June 2012, passed on July 2, 2012 before he even open his eyes.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: stkmw02 on May 04, 2017, 09:48:43 AM
I tried to edit my previous post, but could not...

Jude: Owned for approximately one year, age unknown.

Terrier & Mgyl: Owned for approximately six months, age unknown.

McGuffin: Birthdate unknown - April 27 2010 (owned approximately 1 year)

Gaffer: April 21, 2009 -  February 22, 2011
Martini "Runty Pants": April 21, 2009 - June 11, 2011
Blaze/Walla "Nose": April 21, 2009 - August 22, 2011
Mini-Guff: April 21, 2009 - February 1, 2012
Bit "Snuggly": April 21, 2009 - August 9, 2012

CJ: Rescued as a rejected pinky June 2012, passed on July 2, 2012 before he even open his eyes.

Snow: March 1, 2017
Margalo: Approx. April 1, 2017 (adopted April 25th and appeared to be 20-24 days old)
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: mightywhiskers on May 04, 2017, 01:33:44 PM
Roleon, male, from a breeder, fed on oxbow and supplemental food his whole life, passed at 24 months from a stroke

Volatilus (Volly), male, from a breeder, fed on oxbow and supplemental food his whole life, passed at 24 months from a stroke following a 3 month pneumonia fight.

They were each others heart rats and I believe that there cuddling across the rainbow bridge now.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on July 17, 2017, 06:36:21 PM
Greyble, neutered male from a Craigslist oops litter, 20 months, chronic respiratory issues.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on October 24, 2017, 03:20:31 PM
Lord Fuzzington, 25 months, neutered hairless male from Craigslist rescue good Samaritan.  Respiratory infection and UTI.
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MinervaThonosi on October 24, 2017, 08:34:51 PM
Pasquale, 28 months, intact male, humanely euthanized due to tumor pressing on his brain
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: purple rat on November 03, 2017, 07:16:43 PM
littermates Baxter and Bentley, and their half-brother Abbott, intact males from a breeder:

Baxter, 30 months. Post-surgical complications after his 2nd tumor removal.
Abbott, 34 months. Facial tumor.
Bentley, 35 months. Inoperable testicular tumor.
 :heart:
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: erbusbee on March 05, 2018, 05:39:41 PM
Uchi, intact hairless boy from sketchy local pet store, passed peacefully at 3 years 5 months. 
Title: Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
Post by: MinervaThonosi on March 31, 2018, 03:37:24 PM
Tobi: 2 years 10 months, neutered male, was suffering from a respiratory infection, humanely euthanized