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Belle, why did you have to go?

post #1 of 18
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I'm a horrible pet parent!

I just got another rat, to be a cagemate for my resident rat, Amy. Her name was Belle. She was a beautiful black rattie, with a white stomach. I loved her. I did everything right. I put her in quarintine, I kept the room the correct temputure, I handled her carefully(always washing hands first) gave her food the vet recommended, and always had water provided. I went downstairs to tend to her, and I found her laying in her bedding, DEAD!

I burst into tears. Its my first death, that wasn't of old age. It was frighting. She was so young. WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN????


I'm a terrible mom!


Play well at the Rainbow Bridge, sweet Belle.

post #2 of 18
I'm sorry Jenny. They are such tiny creatures. Quit blaming yourself.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by captiva
I'm sorry Jenny. They are such tiny creatures. Quit blaming yourself.

Hey, its of course not your fault. I can't help it.

post #4 of 18
Oh, Jenny, you took such perfect care of Belle, and she knew you really wanted the best for her. It's not your fault, please don't blame yourself. You're right, little Belle is playing happily over The Bridge tonight.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Oh, Jenny, you took such perfect care of Belle, and she knew you really wanted the best for her. It's not your fault, please don't blame yourself. You're right, little Belle is playing happily over The Bridge tonight.

I hope you're right. I try not too, but...

I bet she is.

My sweet little girl...

Oh, Steph...
post #6 of 18
Awww, I am so sorry about your baby. Don't blame yourself though. Rats are very suseptable to disease, it just happens with the smaller critters and there's no way of knowing really, when their time is near.
post #7 of 18
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Yeah I know, but if feels like there is some way I could have prevented it.

Thanks Diane.
post #8 of 18
No, you are NOT a terrible mom. I have raised rats myself, and normally they are very hardy creatures. Nutritionwise, they are quite compatible with humans, unfortunately the reason rats are used extensively in animal testing. They do get colds and respiratory disease, but survive in the harshest of environments. SO, I suspect that Belle probably had some congenital disorder, perhaps her heart gave out, or she had kidney problems. You made her last days as comfortable as possible and I am glad she knew what it is like to be loved, and part of a loving family. My condolences to Amy and you. Take Care, Susan
post #9 of 18
I'm so sorry Jenny, please don't blame yourself, you are a good mommy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
RIP Belle
post #10 of 18
Jenny, for whatever reason it was Belle's time to go. She came to you for love, for someone to know at the Rainbow Bridge, and you HAVE to let that comfort you.
We will never know why God calls them back so soon, but remember that you had her for a reason, to give her love when she needed it most
post #11 of 18
((((Jenny))) You are a wonderful mama and did the best that you could. Sweet Belle just needed to go to the Rainbow Bridge abnd play there. Her work on Earth was done, even though her time here was short.
I am sending hugs and prayers.
God knows the very hairs on our head, and He loves our little animals friends, too.
Shenandoah and Humble also send headbutts and comforting purrs. Bobbie
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by babygirl
I'm so sorry Jenny, please don't blame yourself, you are a good mommy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
RIP Belle

Aw, thanks Tina. I'm starting to heal a tiny bit. I love you guys for making me feel better!
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by ash_bct
Jenny, for whatever reason it was Belle's time to go. She came to you for love, for someone to know at the Rainbow Bridge, and you HAVE to let that comfort you.
We will never know why God calls them back so soon, but remember that you had her for a reason, to give her love when she needed it most

Your words are so heartwarming! Ashley, you're so right! You all are.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by batgirl2good
((((Jenny))) You are a wonderful mama and did the best that you could. Sweet Belle just needed to go to the Rainbow Bridge abnd play there. Her work on Earth was done, even though her time here was short.
I am sending hugs and prayers.
God knows the very hairs on our head, and He loves our little animals friends, too.
Shenandoah and Humble also send headbutts and comforting purrs. Bobbie

Thank you so much.
post #15 of 18
oh Jenny you said yourself you did everything right.

i'm thinking of you and poor belle.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
oh Jenny you said yourself you did everything right.

i'm thinking of you and poor belle.

Thank you so much....
post #17 of 18
Jenny, my thoughts with you, I´m so sorry for your loss... RIP sweet Belle...
post #18 of 18
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Thank you very much Rigal.
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