For anyone who doesn’t know, Bilbo is the rattie in my icon. He’s a 3.5 year old dumbo rat and he’s doing very poorly. A week or two ago the vet diagnosed him with a pituitary tumor. They are always fatal and generally come with a a lot of unpleasant side effects. His caused a stroke that left him unable to walk properly. He couldn’t hold food anymore. That was about two and a half weeks ago and thinggns have gone down hill fast. My poor baby is still alive but only barely. He can barely eat (I’m now feeding him with a syringe because he can no longer hold his head up), he can’t walk or move much, and you can feel his bones he’s lost so much weight. All he can do is lay and keep warm, and swallow a little food and water. I’ve been cuddling with him on and off, giving him water and food (which is banana baby food at this point because bananas are his favorite but he can’t chew anymore) and medicine, helping him keep clean (which he can’t do on his own anymore)….whatever I can do for him. The vet doesn’t have the necessary things in stock to humanely put him to sleep and they likely won’t come in before he dies of natural causes (or so the vet believes). So now it’s a waiting game.
He’s currently tucked in his favorite hammock (which he will be buried in) with a warm blanket and a warmed rice heating pad in a pocket in the hammock (or, rather, I stuffed it in the pocket that was created when the brats pulled out the stuffing) because he barely has any fat on him and it’s cold where I am. He’s as comfortable as I can make him and I’m doing my best to make his final days (however many that might be) as comfortable and loving as I possibly can.
I know it might seem silly but if any of you can please keep him in your thoughts (or prayers) I would appreciate it because he’s a brave little fighter and he deserves to pass over the rainbow bridge as gently as possible knowing he (like all pets should be) is very much loved.