This might not cross many of our minds but Cathy brings us a great point to think about in that just in case scenario.......
Emergency preparations are SOOOOOOO important. What arrangements you
depends on the type of
emergency, of course -- here are just a few
1) MOST important -- find a good rat vet now, BEFORE you
your rat is gasping desperately for air or bleeding profusely is NOT a
for you to be searching through the yellow pages trying to find a vet
treats rats. Find a good
vet and if you can, bring a rat to see him,
Wellness Exam, so you and the vet can meet. That way
he will have
some idea who
you are if you call up hysterical because your rat is so ill.
there is an emergency vet clinic near you, find out WHERE it is
of time. Also, check their policies
about letting owners be with
during euthanasia. The emergensy clinic near me does not
in the room, so of course, I could never bring a dying rat there to be
Have enough travel cages on hand so that you can get ALL of your
run if you have to. You should
have enough so that they can live in
travel cages for a couple of days without being TOO crowded.
up with everything you need -- bedding, water bottles, food dishes,
use the travel cage, make sure you restock it before you put it
that it's always ready to go.
4) Pack a small bag with water, dry food mix and extra bedding and
near the travel cages.
And don't forget the paper towels -- you can
have too many paper towels!
5) Make a plan.
You might feel silly thinking of all the things that
wrong, but don't let that stop you. For instance:
we have 3 cats, a
up to 7 rats. Although my car is VERY small, I can indeed fit
-- I know, because I've done it. I practiced. Each cat would have a
rats would be in two good-sized travel cages and the dog
have his own seat. I could, if I had enough
time, even pack a small
for myself and a bag of supplies for the animals and fit them in. Of
course, this is assuming that I had to get out while Mark was away --
if he was
around we could pack his
car too. But, everyone CAN fit in my car,
and if we
were forced to go to a shelter where pets weren't
allowed, they would
my car for the duration. Yes, they'd be miserable and crowded, but
SAFE and with me. NO WAY would I leave them behind. Those of you
many pets, well,
you have to do what you can. THINK ABOUT IT, that's
6) Write a letter detailing
what should happen with your pets in the
of your death. As scary as it is to think about, every
time we get
car, we could be dead a few minutes later. I recently wrote just such
mostly to help my loved ones deal with my pets after I'm gone. I
the phone numbers of people
who might be willing to take my pets,
family members not be able to keep them. I did contact
asking them if this was OK. I put the letter in a fireproof safe,
along with my
other important documents and I told my partner and my sister just
7) Put aside
some money. Think about it -- in today's world, you are
likely not going to be too far from a drug
store, restaurant, motel,
If you have some MONEY, you won't need to go to a shelter. You
far enough away from whatever disaster has driven you from your house
find a more comfortable
place to stay, for you and your pets. Get a
and set it aside for EMERGENCIES ONLY.
Or just keep some cash on
will make life MUCH easier, if the worst happens.
can be uncomfortable thinking about all that can go wrong -- but
about it is the first step.
Hopefully you will never have to do more
More tips and tricks for planning ahead!
It a GREAT idea to get your rats used
to as many things as possible
'situation' arises. I teach all my rats to 'drink' out of a
they are young. I use pancake syrup and they LOVE it. This way, if
medicine, they already know that the syringe is GOOD.
You should also make a travel cage and get them
used to it. Let them
in it during free-range time. Then take them on short trips that end
home -- not at the vet. This way when you do have to transport them
somewhere, they won't be
stressed about it. My rats LOVE to travel!
Plan ahead as much as you can. Find a GOOD vet now, BEFORE
arises. Find someone who can transport you to the vet if you don't
have a car.
Offer to do chores in return -- I'd GLADL.Y take you anywhere if
my ironing! Make plans
for emergency evacuations, if ever your house
fire or in danger of floods. Find a pet sitter and
have her come over
times to play with the rats BEFORE you are in the last minute rush to
for your vacation. Save money so you will have it when your rat needs
surgery or meds.
your rats to come when called. Teach them to 'relax' on command
CAN be done.
-- you will never regret it!!
Cathy & the girls, plus one -- Viv, Isabeau, Pepper, Bizzy & Dandy
Sandy, Tippy, Kissabelle, Ziggy, Misty, Jazzy, Spark, Whisper, &
rat has a tumor, it needs to be removed.