Joined Jan 3 2010
My now-12 1/2 year old got her first rat for her 9th birthday. We got a female pet store rat, and later added another. Both developed mammary tumors. One of them had surgery and did quite well; the other's tumors were inoperable (she would've been incontinent because the biggest tumor was attached to her rectum.) We put her to sleep when her suffering got too bad, and her cagemate, who had been successfully operated on six months earlier, died a few months later. So sad.
We are adopting a blue-biege agouti boy and a black berk boy from Ember of Passion next week! My daughter has already named them Tabasco and Chipotle and we look forward to picking them up soon.