|To, or not to?
||[Feb. 7th, 2006|01:10 am]
Don't Buy Every Cute Pet You See Support Group
Six. That was to be my magic number. Six rats. And only six rats. I cannot consider getting another rat until (*shudders*) one passes.|
Right now I am at five. Number six is coming on the 17th. She will appropriately be named Six. But she is it.
Or... at least, she *may* be it. Here's the situation: I got an e-mail from my breeder today saying she had a special needs rattie available. She is "special needs" because she's blind in one eye, and has a jaw injury. That injury will heal, but because of the injury, the original adopter has backed out. As of right now her condition does not require additional assistance from a vet. So, the fact that my normally $400 vet fund is down to only $40 won't be too big of a factor... except that means 7 rats with only a $40 vet fund that will only be halfway revived by the time they are ready to come home.
Now, I have more then enough room for 7 ratties, but I even one more rattie can get expensive. That may mean cage cleaning every 3 days instead of every 4 days... plus more food, more more time, more love... I don't know if I can pull it all off.
But I feel so bad! No one else wants this poor little girl, but she's been hand raised and would make a great pet... but no one can see past the "special needs" part. I can... but I don't know if I can take her in. I would just say I'd take her and not Six, but darnnit, I've already named her and fallen in love with her cute little picture. I hate that! And I always do that! But I can't help it.
What do you think I should do?
Personally, I'd take the special needs ratty. But then, we're all here because we're suckers for having more pets than we really should.
What's your living status? Are you alone? Do you live with family or friends who might be willing to ease the heavy cleaning schedule once in a while? Special needs girl (SNG from now on) doesn't need a vet right now, but is that it? Ask the breeder honestly what she thinks; will SNG be able to get along with other rats once healed? Is she *at all* likely to need the vet for these existing problems in the near future? If you did need to magic some vet fees out of midair, would you be able to do so (by shuffling accounts, using a credit card, whatever), or is that really not possible? How does SNG fare with other rats?
I know we're meant to discourage you from taking in extra pets, but you have the space and she has the needs. If you would be able to take care of any medical issues, or if she was very much unlikely to need a vet in the near future, I'd say to take her. If you really would be stretching yourself more than is realistic, then apologise to the breeder and maybe offer to help find another good home, but you yourself would be unable to help this time.
The living situation right now is a bit of an issue. We have three people living in a two bedroom, BUT the girl who sleeps in the living room (where the rats are) doesn't pay rent (she was displaced) and knows that the ratties were here first and all that. In April we're moving to a three bedroom, so in just two months that won't be a problem anymore. But... yeah... for now it may be a small issue, but noise wise, I don't see how two more would make that much more noise then one more.
As for getting along with other ratties, the SNG would get adopted with a litter mate, so at the very least she's have one friend. I have another small rattie that they will move in with until they are a bit bigger, then all six (or seven) will eventually live together in the big cage. My roommates do help me clean the cage, but I am the one who does the bulk of the work. But it doesn't really bother me because I spend about an hour each night with them, so I just make cage cleaning time the same time as rattie time.
And, yes, I can use a credit card if something happens and an emergency vet is needed. And I have a $7,500 credit limit and I tend to only put $500 or so a month on there, so that will never be an issue. It is my "emergency" credit card so that would technically qualify as an emergency.
So, really, it would work out. I just question how responsible it is of me. But I can see this going in both ways... is it responsible of me to take her on and care for her because I can? Or responsible of me to not take her on because maybe I can't care for her like I should? Ugh.
How about compromise? Help try to find her another home, but if it doesn't work out, then take her on? That way you've been responsible twice! Responsible in not just outright saying "hellyus!" to another pet, responsible in trying to find her a good home, and if you do find her a good home, then you don't need to take her in. And if you do end up adopting her, at least you tried, and you'll know that you really were the only option left for her.