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Your plan for your rats?
« on: April 10, 2003, 04:59:12 PM »
This topic is coming from another of my post http://www.goosemoose.com/rfc/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=4209

I'm curious what your plans are for your rats god forbid something where to happen to you. I live with my b/f who loves the rats as much as I do and if I where to leave this world tomorrow I know that the rats would VERY well cared for.

I'm curious because some of you have rats that your parents don't know about. One of you even has them hidden in your closet. We don't know our futures and our lives could come to an end at any moment.

For those that have them hidden what do you think would happen to your rats? Is it fair that they would die from starvation because nobody knew to take care of them, because you just HAD to have an animal you parent said NO to?

I don't want to sound harsh, it's just reality. Recently a boy was hit by car and died in our neighborhood. Do you think when he left his house to play with his friend he knew that would be his last time?

So what's the plan?

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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2003, 05:51:11 PM »
well i'm in the same boat you're in.  i live with my boyfriend and he loves the rats just as much as i do.  but, if we both were in a situation in which neither one of us could take care of them, my friends would definitely take them in.  they come over to the apartment to visit the rats... not me!
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2003, 05:55:23 PM »
Good point jo.lin, what if it wasn't just us, but everybody in the household that suddenly died together; say, in a car accident for instance. Would you have somebody who could take care of your rats?

If my whole family died together... I could probably count on my Nana and Grandpa to take the pets. My Nana loves the rats, and they both know how much our pets mean to us. And I have rat-loving friends who would probably step up to take them... hmmm... maybe I should write this down somewhere should something ever happen... I don't think my parents mentioned the pets in their wills either...

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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2003, 06:01:39 PM »
My BF *might* take in a cage or two.  My mother would take them, or my aunt would til she found them another home.  If they couldn't my BF would probably take in a cage or two and find homes for the rest.  Other than that I have no idea.  I do have friends that know I have rats and I think one of them would take in a couple if their lives depended on it.  I'd like to think they wouldn't starve to death though, cause everyone I know knows I have rats.  While they may not love them as much as me they are by no means cruel enough to let them starve.  Very depressing thought though  :sad2:.
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2003, 06:02:06 PM »
Good point jo.lin, what if it wasn't just us, but everybody in the household that suddenly died together; say, in a car accident for instance. Would you have somebody who could take care of your rats?

You better believe it!!! I thought of that after I posted it and should have jump on adding it right away. Between friends and family ALL of our pets would be well cared for and loved.

Last year a man died in a car accident leaving behind 50 rats. They all ended up at the small animal rescue because no arrangements where made for his pets. :sad2:

I really don't want to make it seem like..."If no will take these pets then they shouldn't have them in the first place." That's not my point and as I read my post it sounds like that is what I am saying.

I also have 2 very wonderful people who are close to me in distance and heart that would in a heart beat take my rats even if it was a situation where I just couldn't have them anymore. I just think that maybe knowing a rescue in your area might also be a good idea. Even the humane society.

The starving thing is harsh, I admit, but directed to those that have the pets hidden from the closest people in there lives.
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2003, 06:05:55 PM »
Right now I don't have any rats  :sad2: right now. But im planing to get some in the future. Right now I do own a rabbit and a dog and if something happened to me my pets would go to my family. And if something happened to my family my pets would go to our close family friends who have experiance with animals. But this is a problem. What happens to the animals when something happens to their owners yet no one knows about the animals?
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2003, 06:14:02 PM »
My mom and I have generally discussed the topic on the animals (not just the rats) she's very tolerant of my critters - however she doesn't care for them. So its well known around here that if something were to happen to me many of the animals would be rehomed, however I would trust my mother in doing so only to people who can care for them, and not just dropping them off somewhere. And have friends who I also know would step forward. And

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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2003, 06:42:07 PM »
My mom would take care of them... they're not her favorite animal, but she wouldn't let any animals die if she could prevent it. Or my best friend Daniel might take them -- he really likes the little ones -- if my mom didn't want them.

I don't want to leave my ratties!!!  :'(

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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2003, 07:20:46 PM »
If something happened to me, Brad would take care of two of them and find good homes for the others, probably by posting here!  If something happened to me AND Brad at the same time, his mom in TN would get them - she loves the rats especially the girls.  And if something happened to all three of us, I would hope my fellow RAATS in the Carolinas members would make sure my rats got taken care of... thank God I have fellow rat lovers as friends closeby!

Another thing to think about - what about that girl on Rat Palace that had the terrible fire and couldn't get her rats out?  What a tragedy, and my heart went out to her.  Do you have an ESCAPE plan in place for your animals?  
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2003, 07:24:08 PM »
Gee, what a depressing post, anyway, I'm sure either hubby (Dave) or my friend marissa would take them. She has rats of her own, and Dave knows I love my babies. Eesh, ok, enough of this post, how sad. No offense to anyone, just, stuff like this, I don't like to think much about.  :-\
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2003, 07:25:23 PM »
Another thing to think about - what about that girl on Rat Palace that had the terrible fire and couldn't get her rats out?  What a tragedy, and my heart went out to her.  Do you have an ESCAPE plan in place for your animals?  

well, i live in a one bedroom place, and the boys' cage is pretty much at the foot of my bed.  (they used to keep me up at night, though now i've gotten used to it.)  if there was a fire, i'd grab my ratties and run...  probably jump out of the window that's next to my bed.
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2003, 07:29:05 PM »
Do you have an ESCAPE plan in place for your animals?  

Gah... my rats are in my bedroom and we're on the second floor... but if a fire did break out.. I'd put all of the rats into their tent, and jump out the window with them. Yeah, I'd break my legs, but at least none of us would be burnt. But then I also have two cats... it's harder to get them rounded up in an emergency. Sounds like a good time to get the family together and make a plan. *nodnod*

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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2003, 07:48:21 PM »
I have thought about that too, lately there have been 3 fires around my neighborhood, suspected to be on purpose. I was thinking of buying a plastic locking bin, keeping a towel in it, punching holes in the top and keeping it someplace accessible. That way, throw the rats in it, lock it and throw it out the window while I'm gathering my other animals. They may get a little bumped or bruised, but not burnt to death.
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2003, 07:56:05 PM »
Kelly, good idea! Maybe even a rope to lower it... I may actually go out tomorrow and get those things now that I'm good and paranoid. ;)

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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2003, 08:17:13 PM »
If something happened to me, Martin would care for the animals. If something happened to both of us, my father would probably look after the rats, and my mother would likely take the cats. Both of my parents love animals; I'm sure they'd make sure my little ones would be well cared for. My mother even calls the rats her "grandrats", and the kitties her "grandcats".

As to fires...we live in a ground level apartment, and I think it would be easy to get the animals out through a door or window.

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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2003, 08:44:15 PM »
Wow you guys are really lucky. If something happened to me I wouldn't ask my parents to take care of my rats, they don't like them and it wouldn't be fair for either my parents or my rats. I don't want to ask my bf because I just don't trust him to be rersponsible, I would ask my sister but she also isn't too fond of my rats.

I would have to ask my sister to put them up for adoption here at the forum so hopefully they can find loving and responsible homes. I'm sure she would take care of them while she finds them homes, but I think that'll be the best thing for my rats. Wow how depressing eh? :P

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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2003, 08:46:02 PM »
Well if something happend to just me, I know Jeremy would care for all my animals. He might go insane in doing so, but if anything, he'd be sure to find good homes for them if he couldn't take care of all of them...he loves them just as much as I do.

If something happend to both of us, although I don't have anything set up, I have so many friends that are nuts like me, I'm sure the animals would be accounted for. My parents might live on the other side of the world (I'm in NC and they are in AZ  :P ) but I know they would definatly take all my rabbits. They might take the rats too, since my brothers are nuts about them. If not, I'm with Lisa-- I would hope someone from RAATS would take them in.  :P  

My dog would probably go back to her origonal owner, or possibly my parents or parents-in-laws house. She's a great dog, so I'm sure people would fight over her.

I think the only problem *might* be the ferrets, since they require more care, however, my father in law used to have ferrets, so I am sure he'd take those.

I think if it came down to it, my mom and dad would take everyone in, because, well, where do YOU think I got my nature for a house full of animals?!

As for a fire escape plan, there's nothing definate, however, travel cages are near everyone's cages. I used to keep the ferrets travel cage with everyone elses, but being the ferrets are in the dining room and no one else is, I moved their travel cage to under thier normal cage.  I'd toss everyone into their travel cages, and then break a window and I'd have to pass cages out the window to someone on the other side-  so obviously there'd have to be someone there. If I just dropped them, they'd either pop open or hurt the furries.  (I'm in a mobile home, so the window is above my head when I stand outside.)
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2003, 08:53:16 PM »
There are only two people on the face of the earth I would trust my rats to: my mom and my ex-boyfriend. My mom is over 4 hours away, so that's a little difficult. My mom is the one who taught me how to take care of animals properly and my ex-boyfriend is the only person I've ever known who takes care of animals as carefully and lovingly.

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« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2003, 09:09:17 PM »
Actually, a friend of mine and I have a mutual clause in our wills stating the other should get our rats in the event anything happens to our animals. Now, just as long as someone reads the wills, we're in good shape. My neighbor would feed them until they would get to my friend.
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2003, 09:37:52 PM »
Well.. I'd like my rats to graduate from high school non-pregnant.. go to college and get a good education.. marry and make little grand-rats for me.. er..

.. I mean. :x

My two rats go back to their former owner. She lives in a different state, about seven.. eight hours away from me, but my sister know that rats go staight back to Claudia if my family doesn't want to keep them.

My gerbil babies would stay home because my little sister would take care of them.
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2003, 01:42:52 AM »
A ver good friend of mine is stated as guardian of my children and I know she would take the rats in a heartbeat.  She has rats of her own.  The other animals would be a bit harder, especially the dogs.  Most people just don't have space for a big, slow dog and a hyper dog.  My mom loves my cats to bits, so they would be ok.  I think it's good to think about it.  Nothing wrong with a good reality check every now and then.  None of the animals is very valuable $ wise, but we love them more than most other people can imagine. And they're not disposable - I would haunt the person who just dumped them at the pound because they couldn't bother with them.  My friends are all loving and responsible, so I know they wouldn't do that.   Hmmm.......haunting sounds like an interesting pastime...hmmm.
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2003, 01:52:14 AM »
I am going to write my last will and testement.  It'll be a Word doc on my desktop for now. But I'll print it out and send it to my significant family members and friends.  My directions are, should I die, that someone take them who will atleast make sure they have food and water, and learn the signs of illness, providing vet care when necessary.  But most importantly, I want them to buy a RUUD model cage for every group of rats.  I have three different groups.  1 boy who used to beat up his cage mate.  and 2 groups of three boys who I just haven't gotten around to introducing.   Hopefully my mom will survive me.  But everyone I know is decent enough to take my pets in case I were to die.

Part of my plan is also to limit the numbers of rats I have.  Nobody could take dozens of rats from me! There's no sense in creating an impossible situation, for myself or others!

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« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2003, 02:01:33 AM »
If something happened to me, obviously my parents would find out, and my mother would probably let my sister take care of them.  (I trust my sister with their well-being, she cares for them while I'm on vacation and she's always done a wonderful job.)

My Brian would take them if my mother wouldn't let my siblings keep them.  He is not fond of the keeping of prey animals as pets, but he admits that my girls are cute, and he has been known to call me at random times in the middle of the night to tell me that my mouse was being cute.  He knows how much they mean to me, and he would make sure to take care of them if I wasn't there to do so, just as I would take care of his snake for him.
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2003, 02:06:13 AM »
My boyfriend, who lives with me, loves the rats.  Not as much as I love them hehe, but he wouldn't just ignore them.  I have quite a few rattie friends in this area who would be more than willing to help out if he contacted them.  So, I'm all secure.  :)
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Re:Your plan for your rats?
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2003, 03:10:37 AM »
My parents would take care of my rats, and any other pets I had.

If they couldn't (for example, if they were dead), I have a few good friends who I'm sure would take them in for me. They wouldn't necessarily go out and get rats specifically for themselves, but they know how much my rats mean to me, and I'm quite certain they'd look after them for me.

As for an emergency plan, I have a plastic clip-top lid tank and a plastic lidded tub under the rat cages permanently. They also both have spare water-bottles attached to them. If something happened, they'd go in there and come with.
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