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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #25 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.  
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #26 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.
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #27 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
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2003, 06:25:13 PM »
Daphne    18 months    complications from SDA
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2003, 09:07:20 PM »
Pipsy ,black hooded,  female 5 years old - old age
Ginger , cream hooded , female 2 weeks - SDA

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #30 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
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #31 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
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #32 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.
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #33 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.

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #34 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!! :'(

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #35 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.
If you don't plan on keeping your pet for the long haul then dont get one at all.....
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #36 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. :'()

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #37 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.

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #38 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.

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #39 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.
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #40 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!

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Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #41 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

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #42 on: June 03, 2003, 04:24:56 PM »
Zia- female, 17-18 months, pet store, myco.

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #43 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:

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« Reply #44 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.
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #45 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

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if only they could have lived to be six years old......
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #46 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
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #47 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.
If you don't plan on keeping your pet for the long haul then dont get one at all.....
Rats are people too!
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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #48 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. ;)
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I'm a proud co-owner of 8 lil' ratties...Buddy, Sammy, Joey, Amelia, Violet, Pansy, Wihelmina, and their mommy Nezumina (also known as "Our Lady Mina of the Bonus Babies"). ;)

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Re:Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Reply #49 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

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