As you may gather from my username, I keep fancy rats! Until 10 days ago, I also had a rescue hamster. He had outlived his litter-mates, so it wasn't surprising that I came down and found him peacefully, but permanently, asleep. Sadly, I went over to one of my rat cages and found my 'disabled' rat had also died. I suspect that he had a fall.
In the last month one rat died on the day I was away, then an old girl I had taken on for an operation also died, plus another rat with a slight disability. At the weekend my second-oldest doe - and the lickiest I've ever had - had a stroke and was put to sleep on Monday, then last night I took three youngsters to the vet with abscesses. One proved to also have a tumour, and we decided it was best to 'let her go' then. I've also had one castrated today, who is in fact my problem rat.
As I have said before, I have a problem with chaos in the house. Tomorrow my Salvation Army Officer is coming to help me sort some things out - but I need to do some things first!
I'm also having problems with my polymyalgia rheumatica and steroid dose at present.