Thanks everyone. No matter what the pet store says, it seems 2 is a normal life for a rat and he was somewhere around that.
He wouldn't come out and sit with me for the last two nights. But he came out of his box for a treat about an hour before he died.
The vet actually called back and said I can get new rats tomorrow if I want.
I've been visiting some boys in the pet store. There are 4 left, I took hubby to look at them tonight.
I wish they were younger, but they are no older than Splinter was when I got them.
If I get a dog, with two rats, at least they can be in a room with the door closed. The cage is in the hall that connects all the rooms downstairs. So he could see anyone who was home.
He did wait until I was done with dinner last night. Usually he would stand and watch when I cooked to make sure he got his share!
He did come out and watch, but only when he knew it was cooked.
Damn, he was at the perfect stage! Didn't try to eat my power cord. Hadn't peed on my keyboard all year. Knew where he was allowed to go, didn't even "mark (as in drops of pee) anymore.
He was my first real pet.
Services will be tomorrow! I decided on cremation because the weather isn't all that great to try to bury him with my dad and I'm not sure I could did a deep enough hole that nothing would dig him up.
He will go in the freezer tonight, but I don't know about leaving him there till it is nice enough to bury!
I even thought about stuffing, but petting him now that he is cold....nope, not the same.
OK, yes I'm nuts. I tried to walk him and rock him and see if he would undie!
He was warm, so what the heck, it might work....first time in history, but worth the try..
Splinter's last photo 2/20/08
Splinter and his rat mom
First picture of Splinter 6/22/06