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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Rats And Diabetes

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her rats named Mouse, Slinky and Diddy.

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Diddy is a large rat, just like Mouse; could that mean she might develop diabetes?

I know that diabetes tends to be quite a rare occurrence in rats, but I’m starting to worry that my rat Mouse might have developed it. She’s always liked to drink a lot of water, but just lately whenever I go in the laundry to say hello, she’s at the water bottle sipping away like she’s dying of thirst. I’ve noticed the bottle itself is emptying a lot quicker than usual too, even for having three rats drinking from it.

Mouse also tends to urinate a lot (an obvious side effect of drinking too much water, of course) and though she hasn’t lost a worrying amount of weight, she has lost a little bit. I suppose that might be because of her age, as she is getting along in her years now. I think she’s coming up to being 2 or 3 years old in November. I can never quite remember which December I brought her home, but she’s a ripe old age for a rat, either way!

Hopefully I’m worrying over nothing anyway and won’t have to take Mousey for any tests. I’m concerned that my rat Diddy might end up the same way, too, as she’s always been quite a large rat since the day I had her.

My rat Slinky, on the other hand, has always been fit as a fiddle. She’s so energetic it almost makes me a little jealous.

All three of my rats seem to be eager to eat a lot more just lately, but that probably has a lot to do with the colder months having now arrived. They have a habit of throwing their food bowl around, and my mum seems to think they do that when they’re feeling hungry and want something to nom. But Diddy and Mouse act like they’ve never been fed before, and I’m not falling for their trickery!

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