Piper <3

by Clare
(America)

The rat on top is Piper and the one below her is Pepper

The rat on top is Piper and the one below her is Pepper

My parents surprised me last Christmas with a pet rat. I decided to name her Pepper. I loved her so much that I couldn't stand to see her all alone while I was at school. I begged my parents to buy me another rat to keep her company. Finally they gave in and I picked out Piper at the pet store. They loved each other right from the start. Like true sisters they fought sometimes but always stuck together and cuddled together every night. I was worried during the first week of owning Piper because she made a strange squeaking noise very often. The pet store said I could take her to the vet for free for the first month of owning her. I was planning on taking her but then it slowly went away. However a couple days ago I noticed that she was acting lethargic. She would usually run all over the place with excitement when I held her. Yesterday when I picked her up I realized that she could barely move. Her skin lost its usual pink color. Her breathing was quick and shallow. She had dried blood under her nose. I started bawling because I knew that she would probably die. I tried to make her comfortable on a blanket and I gave her some sugar water to drink. I had Pepper spend some time with her. Pepper licked her clean and cuddled with her. After a couple of hours filled with tears and cuddles, my parents told me to go to bed because they wanted me to get some sleep because I had school the next day. Before I went to bed I moved the cage up to my room. I said goodbye to Piper just in case she didn't make it until morning and I laid her in the cage with her sister. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of Pepper jumping on the side of the cage. I turned on the light and saw that Piper wasn't breathing. I had cried so much by then that I had a terrible migraine. I stared down at Piper's dead body in shock and sadness. I only had her for four months... I loved Piper so much and she left so quickly.

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Aug 13, 2016
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I can't wait NEW
by: Ryan

Im getting two rats in 3 days sorry for your loss I try not to think about the day when my rats that I'm getting will die.

Aug 05, 2016
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So sorry NEW
by: Anonymous

My rat died only this evening so I know what it feels like u were great to make her comfortable and she died happy in her home and with her friends. It probably helped that she was in your room as well as u r a comforting smell.

Jul 21, 2016
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So sorry for your loss NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm so sorry about your sweet little rattie. I only had my sweet rattie spud for a few months too before he died. I was devasted that I couldn't spend more time with him.

Jul 17, 2016
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poor ou NEW
by: Anonymous

good job on trying to keep her comfortable i feel sorry for you i hope that she died happy and comfortable

Mar 07, 2016
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you were such a good mama to Piper! NEW
by: Anonymous

you comforted her so sweetly in the end. She'll be waiting for you and her sissy Pepper when y'all get there. I'm sorry honey.

Aug 07, 2015
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Sad NEW
by: Daniel

This is so sad though it is nice you have her comfort.

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