Jaali had been off colour this week. He was still coming out at playtime and
eating OK, or as OK as a rat with no teeth can eat, but the spring had gone from
his step and he was very happy to sit still and be cuddled until he fell asleep.
This was very sweet but so unlike him that he had to be checked over.
Jaali was due to go to the vets for his regular tooth trimming so the vet
gave him a full examination. The results were quite worrying. Jaalis
breathing was very fast, even accounting for the stress of a trip to the vets,
his temperature was low and, most worrying of all, the vet thought his kidneys
The next day Jaali was admitted for x-rays and blood tests. The x-rays
revealed several masses is his abdomen and neck. The vet concluded that these
were very aggressive tumours that were spreading through the lymphatic system.
They were inoperable and would only get worse so Jaali wasnt woken up from
Jaalis sudden departure has left a hole almost as large as his
personality, a painful sadness but many happy memories of a remarkable little
life which we first met when Jaali was just four weeks old.