Thursday, March 30, 2006


I just found one of my rats dead.

I HATE it when my pets die.

Not only is it sad, but it grosses me out.

I wish she had waited a day to die, so that Armondo could have dealt with the dead animal. I just don't handle it well. I couldn't just leave her there either, because there's still a LIVE rat in there, and I didn't want her to have to hang out with her dead sister all night.

And then there's all the questions:

How'd she die?
When did she die?
Did she die from a heart attack when Cherry was hitting the side of their home today?
Was Cherry hitting their home BECAUSE the rat wasn't moving?
Have I been feeding them enough?
I meant to clean the cage today, were the filthy conditions to blame?
I haven't bothered heating the house lately, were they too cold?

Rationally I think that the rats are over two years old and they've lived out their expected life span. The cage isn't THAT dirty, and I've left it longer in the past. It CAN'T be too cold, that's just silly.. But maybe I haven't been feeding them enough.. UGH! I hope my rat didn't starve to death!! Probably not though, both rats are pretty plump.

So anyway, I walked into the room where they are in order to check on their food, and water and to see if I could let the cage go one more day without cleaning it, when I saw her dead there. I do NOT deal well with dead animals. I can't touch them. It just gives me the heeby jeebies!

So, I grabbed three grocery bags. I put two over my hand and used the third to put the rat into. I couldn't help but shudder as I picked up the limp body.. (ok, there's a clue, the body was still limp, meaning she must have died in the last couple of hours... that's if I know my CSI well enough.) Then, I put the body and the bags in a big garbage bag and took it to the outside can.

Today was garbage day. Which means there will be a dead rat in my garbage for a full week.

My friend L.B. wants to be a funeral director/embalmer. She's crazy!


Maidink said...

Limp? If it wasn't dead then, it was seconds away. Glad you removed said animal. Rats are notorious cannibals.

And keep this in mind: rats are pretty low on the mammal food chain. They are essentially fodder for the higher ups. The fact your rat lived two years is pretty darn good. Trust me, it was rat's time.

That's how I had to view life when my bunny died. He caught a shiffle and croaked the next day. I was told by my vet that rabbits have a sinus passage as thin as a .9 mechanical pecil lead. One cold and it's bunny heaven.

Chin up. You did fine.

Chase said...

Awwwww, how sad!! :(

I hope she wasn't just sleeping really heavily or she's gonna wake up to a surprise. hehe!

Melora said...

Sorry about your rat. I think he died peacefully in his sleep, after a long, happy life. You are a good pet owner.
I get grossed out by dead pets too, even guppies (and especially guppies with ick), and I'm useless when it comes to the larger mammals. Travis had two fish a couple years ago, and when the first one died, he insisted that we take it to the local park and give it a funeral. I was grateful when he agreed to bury the second one in the back yard after a short graveside service.

Sarah said...

Huh. And here I am EATING my pets. Too bad I didn't know yours was about to die, or I would have had a nice snack.

Erin said...

I wasn't grossed out until I read maidink's "rats are notorious cannibals." That did it for me! Eeew!

Sorry you lost a friend. It doesn't really matter what kind of pet - if you feed it and it lives in your house, you get attached. It wasn't your fault. They really don't live very long.

Mr. Fabulous said...

I'm sorry about your rat. It is always a sad thing when a pet dies. Maidink's story reminded me about the last time we had a bunny die. It hit me really hard.

Tricia said...

Yuck. Even taking dead fish out of the fish tank at work is a bit nasty. It has to be done though, and it sounds like you did what needed doing.
(Same as I do with spiders when Ryan isn't home - but if he is home, then I make HIM get rid of it!)

Laurie said...

Sorry about your pet :-(

CeCe said...

Maidink~It was dead. For sure! Thanks for the encouragement!

Chase~Definately dead!

Melora~Your kids are cute.

Sarah~I'm still not sure if you're joking or not, but you're a SICKO!

Erin~Actually, I thought about it more, and she was closer to three years old!

Mr.Fab~Aww.. you're a sweet man! You got sad when your bunny died?!? Cute!

Tricia~I think Armondo was glad he wasn't home! He doesn't like to deal with dead animals either, but I think he realizes it's his "manly duty"!


debambam said...

oh sure it was dead? I can remember an incident at our place with a pet in the garbage we THOUGHT was dead...Happy Anniversary!! Not sure if I got the day right, pesky time differences...

Belinda said...

Having lost my first horse this year, I can only say...AT LEAST IT WASN'T A FREAKIN' HORSE. Talk about body-disposal issues. And even though I knew it was coming...once a horse gets to be over 25 years old, it's pretty much on borrowed wasn't any easier.

Sorry about pet rat, though.

Paddy said...

Sorry about your rat :(

I hope Sarah was joking as well. Although looking at the pic on her site i`m not so sure. Urgh

Our little guy is getting on in (rat) years... :(

CeCe said...

Debambam~Yikes! I can't believe you'd accidently do that! That must have been pretty creepy! I'm sure she was dead. Her eyes were open, she wasn't moving, and she wasn't breathing. And, since I stuck her in so much plastic, even if she WASN'T dead, she's sure to be now.

Belinda~Ugh, Yeah, disposing of a horse could pose a bit of a problem! Esp. in the winter. You can't exactly just throw a horse in the garbage!

Paddy~I think she just found a pic of cooked guinea pigs from somewhere else in the world and posted it as a joke... allthough, the DO look dead in the first pic too... I don't know... I'm hoping it was a joke!