They suddenly get old don’t they. Bosley was ok when Charlie was there but now has hind leg drag, subsequent muscle loss and a soft squishing bloat.
He was more active in a way when he didn’t get on with Ruby and Emily and Jean - he would pursue them in a slow but determined way. it reminded me of the final scene of the terminator film when the broken, one eyed machine was dragging itself after its prey! But now everyone is living together he has no reason to chase and spends much of the time asleep/resting or eating. But he is most particular about his toilet. Despite his difficulty in moving he will go to the toilet in his corner pan. When he was alone I only changed fleece bedding for the look of the thing, it just didn’t smell!
But this allowed me to see that he is passing blood in his wee, so back to vet where he conveniently did a wee on the scales with blood in it. Just to show her!
So a course of AB and metacam followed and some improvement (not so much coloured wee).
But he has lost muscle and is squishy. I’m not a vet but I know some human anatomy and I think may be a kidney issue. I will take him back to vet but it would probably mean more drugs or nothing and he isn’t ‘unwell’ with it. He loves his food and water still and shuffles to us for loves when he is awake. I fear inevitable decline and must just support as best as possible. He is now over 2 years old so quite an old man.
Mum to ratties Bosley, Ruby, Emily and Jean, Teddy the hamster and George the gerbil.
Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills and Charlie the gentle-man Rat.