I work in pharma. There is an animal lab nearby.
I have to go there sometimes for my work.
A few weeks ago one of the animal care folks told me she had 2 diabetic rats that they didn’t need for a study and they would be euthanized because no one will want them. If not included in the study they will let them die.
Any rats in the study will also be terminated after the study to be studied to look for side effects. But that’s another can of worms.
However these two had never been brought in so could be adopted by someone as a pet.
I didn’t think of it at the time but now I’m thinking
Maybe a diabetic kid could take care of a diabetic rat.
It might give him or her an insight into how his parents feel taking care of them. Maybe they learn to take better care of themselves.
I mean rats usually only live 2 years. And it could be traumatic if the kid overdosed the rat. I know how I was with pets and kids become greater when given responsibility.
I developed type 1 at 21 and my only daughter is 15 and no diabetes. So I can’t really speak to the idea of a diabetic kid caring for a diabetic rat.
Any parents out there think it’s a good idea?