So sad that Cocobean is gone

by Colleen
(Oakland, CA)

Darling Cocobean

Cocobean died this morning and I am so sad. She was one of 2 rats we got for my son’s birthday a year and a half ago, our first family pets. I got her for my animal-loving son who had been longing for years for a pet to love, but I had no idea I would fall in love with her so much myself! She was such a wonderful soul, so affectionate (lickey), friendly and open. She’d had surgery a little over 2 weeks ago to remove a tumor and and what was likely cancer in her reproductive system, and she seemed to recover really well, better even than I thought. Then last night she suddenly was taken with fits of writhing around and we took her to the emergency vet. By the time she was seen she seemed to have settled down, I had given her a dose of painkiller left over from her surgery when she first was struggling because I honestly thought she was suddenly dying right then and I couldn’t stand to see her suffer. She seemed to settle down and my son held her wrapped in a towel and stroking her head and she relaxed and seemed sleepy. At the vet’s she had antibiotics in case it was just an infection, but he said it could also be metastasized cancer. We didn’t get home with her until 2am but she’d not had anymore fits and seemed calmed and ready to snooze. My husband checked on her early in the morning and said she was awake and seemed ok, but when my son woke and went to get her at 8am, she was dead and he was heartbroken. I am heartbroken and am crying as I write this 3 hours later. She was such a special rat and our whole family loved her so much.

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