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A Story of An Unexpected Fur Grandparent

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great weekend! All I can say is thank goodness that the warm weather has finally decided to make it’s debut. I have been so happy with getting out of the house and taking my usual walks around my neighborhood.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you all a little update that has thrown a chaotic curve ball. Even though I have been trying to post on here, there have been some updates to where I am about to push the publish button, but then everything gets deleted. I am still trying to get the hang of these updates, so hopefully everything will be back to normal schedules soon! However, this is not the little update that I am wanting to tell you about. The update is that I have become a….fur grandparent and it was unexpected!

That’s right….a fur grandparent. So, you are probably wondering how did this happen…well, this is the story. My daughter wanted a pet really badly. Yes, we have two cats and one of them is hers, but she wanted a small handheld pet. Well, after doing some research, we decided to get a guinea pig, but I found out that I was allergic. So, after doing more research, the decision was made to get two rats. I know how some people hate pet rats, but they really are some neat creatures. My husband and I had pet rats before our daughter came along, so we knew what to expect.

So, the day came where we went to the pet store and got two baby rats. We asked them for two males (so that way there will be no rat babies and you need to always to get two for companionship), so the people checked the babies for us, we paid for them, and we got their supplies. Finally, after a day spent getting prepared for the rats, we were home and holding them. They were so cute and so cuddly. We actually lost them inside our house for a day or two, but luckily we found them and they are well. Well, after a few months of having these cute rats, I started noticing that one was getting rather large in the stomach region. Now, I know that rats can very easily get tumors, so I thought it was a tumor.

However, one day after we cleaned their cage and put some new bedding in, my daughter went over to say hi and she kept saying that there were rat babies inside. At first, I was like ‘okay’ just because she has been calling her two rats her babies. Well, after walking past, I saw one of our rats on top of these smaller creatures that were crawling around and to our surprise…sure enough…we had rat babies!! Yes, we had 12 rat babies. Of course, we checked both rats and we found out that yes, the pet store must have not looked closely because they gave us a male and a female.

Newborn Rat Babies

I was so surprised and had so much anxiety because we just received a whole lot of responsibility, a whole lot of chaos, and just whoa…couldn’t believe that this happened! Even though it was too late to do anything about it, we need to keep the babies for at least 5 weeks because they have to be with their mama. So yeah, that has been our life.

Although there is more chaos, it has been a great teaching lesson for my daughter. It has been teaching her patience, responsibility, and grief. What I mean by grief is that there was one rat baby that was born a little different plus he was the runt and unfortunately, he passed away.

So, yeah…it has been a little chaotic, a little sad, a little happy, and a whole lot of disbelief, but here we are and we are making the best of it. We have become unexpected fur grandparents.

Rat Baby at one week old

Well, I hope you all enjoyed reading and if you have any similar stories, I would love to hear them in the comments below. And as always, I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you in the next post!

Featured In: Personal | April 27, 2019
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