Today I had to put down one of my pet rats as he had developed a very bad respiratory infection that couldn’t be treated. Both of the rats before we got them have had a history with suffering from these, however we were never informed by the people we bought them from.
I have tried searching for some advice on how to help my pet rat deal with grief, however, most places said to place my rat's body in the cage so his brother could understand that he’s dead. In this case, though, the vet advised us not to do this as the liquids of the respiratory infection were leaking from my rat's mouth, eyes and nose. I did, however, let him see his brother and he immediately ran to him and saw that he wasn’t moving. Since then he has been sniffing around for him and closing himself off.
It's beginning to worry me as I don’t want to lose him too. We plan on getting him a new playmate so he isn’t lonely, but would like some advice on what to do in the meantime while he’s living in his cage alone.