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Templeton passed away this morning at around 3 am.  He was lethargic yesterday morning and literally developed hind-end degeneration overnight which leads me to believe he suffered a seizure or series of seizures.  I made an appointment with the vet, but around 10:30 pm last night I knew he wasn’t going to make it through the night.  He was about 3 years old.
He was nice a nice rat with an absolutely fantastic personality and he’s going to be missed so much.

Templeton passed away this morning at around 3 am.  He was lethargic yesterday morning and literally developed hind-end degeneration overnight which leads me to believe he suffered a seizure or series of seizures.  I made an appointment with the vet, but around 10:30 pm last night I knew he wasn’t going to make it through the night.  He was about 3 years old.

He was nice a nice rat with an absolutely fantastic personality and he’s going to be missed so much.

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Dorian’s whiskers are out of control

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Meet my new rat, Dorian! He’s a black berkshire double rex dumbo and super sweet.  He’s very shy right now, but he’s great with being handled and he’s so tiny!

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Sir Poe Waddlesworth and Marius.

The rats finally moved into my new apartment so I no longer have to drive an hour to my parents house to take care of them.  They’ve all adjusted really well, but looks like they need to reorient since some of them seem to forget where the litterbox is, ug.

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Gremlin is a magnificent creature.

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I got Badger a grave marker.

I got Badger a grave marker.

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Badger passed away yesterday.  I found him dead in the cage when I got back from building furniture in my new apartment last night.  I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but I believe it was just old age as he was 3 years old.  Badger was probably my favorite rat in my group he was such a happy rat who loved the cuddle and he was always the first one to greet me when I walked into the room. He was impossible to photograph because he was constantly moving and his face was almost always blurry.  Even though I’ve been expecting it I’m still super upset and don’t even to know what to write.  I’m not even going to edit this.

The first picture is the from my first week owning him and the last is the last photo I took of him earlier this week.  In both pictures he’s next to Cheerio who was probably his best friend.

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I’m a huge geek.

So, I think I’m one of the few people who actually likes doing research so I decided to do research on tumors in rats because… why not?  Remember that these also transfer to nutrition for humans so these are all things you can incorporate into your own diet for the same benefits

Foods that have been show to prevent tumors in rat studies:

  •  Apples have been found to prevent mammary tumors in rats (and people).

Liu, Rui Hai, Jiaren Liu, and Bingqing Chen. “Apples Prevent Mammary Tumors in Rats.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 53.6 (2005): 2341-2343.

  •  Soy has also been found to reduce mammary tumors in rats.  Results are mixed, but none have found a negative effect.

Constantinou, A., Lantvit, D., Hawthorne, M., Xu, X., Breemen, R. V., & Pezzuto, J. (2001). Chemopreventive Effects of Soy Protein and Purified Soy Isoflavones on DMBA-Induced Mammary Tumors in Female Sprague-Dawley Rats. Nutrition and Cancer41(1), 75-81.

  • Oranges.  Yes, ORANGES!  Many people think that oranges are bad for rats and yes, they’re right.  Male rats have a protein called alpha2u-globulin, not present in female rats, which binds to d-limonene and causes kidney tumors in males.  d-limonene is found in citrus (like oranges) as well as things like mango.  The same d-limonene that causes tumors in males protects female rats from mammary tumors.

Kossoy, G., Ben-Hur, H., Stark, A., Zusman, I., & Madar, Z. (2001). Effects of a 15% orange-pulp diet on tumorigenesis and immune response in rats with colon tumors. Oncology Reports, 8(6), 1387-1391.

Maltzman, T., Hurt, L., Elson, C., Tanner, M., & Gould, M. (1989). The prevention of nitrosomethylurea-induced mammary tumors by d-limonene and orange oil.Carcinogenesis10(4), 781-783.

And unrelated to tumors, but the magic of blueberries.  Blueberries (technically the polyphenolics in blueberries) were shown to slow age-related cognitive decline in rats.  This includes things like object memory, spacial memory, and learning.  Blueberries are also linked with strengthening neural connections and stimulating neuroregeneration. So, blueberries help prevent rats from losing brain functioning as they age.

Andres-Lacueva, C., Shukitt-Hale, B., Galli, R. L., Jauregui, O., Lamuela-Raventos, R. M., & Joseph, J. A. (2005). Anthocyanins in aged blueberry-fed rats are found centrally and may enhance memory. Nutritional Neuroscience8(2), 111-120.

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So, I’ve come to the sad realization that Gremlin has a much more regular and extensive skin care program than I do.  Gremlin got his full body coconut oil rub and the other boys got their tails done.  They’re all running around happily grooming each other now.

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Anonymous said: What's waddlesworth's secret to such a long healthy life??

I literally have no idea!  He’s a rescue so I’m not really sure what his background is.  I’m pretty convinced that he’s originally from a breeder just because he is so healthy.  He’s never had a URI and has no sign of hind end degeneration or weakness.  He was neutered by the rescue I got him from so that perhaps might be helping him along, but in general my rats have been really healthy.  Badger and Templeton are about 3 years old and Cheerio is about 2 1/2 years old.

I feed Badger, Templeton, and Waddlesworth Glucerna daily just to help them maintain their weight. 

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