Jump to content
CrazyBoards.org

Recommended Posts

Since I cannot have a dog in my new apartment, and having her helped me so much (she's back with my mother now), I have thought long and hard about what pet I should now buy. It had to be small.

 

The things about the dog that helped me were the scheduled play times, the cuddles, the routine of feeding and cleaning. If I wouldn't get out of bed for me I would manage it for the dog. Cause I had to. And then eventually because I wanted to. And I actually felt happy. And connected. 

 

So after looking at birds and fish and hamsters and small rabbits and lizards- I've settled on getting a male rat. 

 

I have decided on a male rat because they tend to be lazy and bigger. I don't mind smellyness or peeing on me. I used to have a pet lorikeet that would poop all on my shoulder lol. Loved that bird to bits. Oh and I'd probably neuter it if it got all aggressive or started dragging its ball over me. 

 

Also another deciding factor is that my partner has kept rats before and he knows what to do. And rats as tame pets are kind of known for being cuddly cute things. 

 

So yeah. Anyone here with a pet rat or someone using an animal other than a dog or cat to aid with MI? 

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know if this is an option but you may be able to bring your dog to the apartment if she is an emotional support animal.

 

As far as rats, you sound like you have a good plan and someone that knows how to take care of them.

Link to post
Share on other sites

At the moment I have two cats, but before that, I've had chinchillas and other rodents :)

For me, animals seemed to be doing better job at keeping me connected and around than any of the previous meds I've tried.

So yes, I think basically any animal might help particularly with depression, if you are in stable enough state to be taking care of it (or have some help with the daily chores and stuff).

Link to post
Share on other sites

I've heard that with rats it's better to get two of them. You can get two males if they're both young, or one of them is neutered. One by itself won't die, it'll just have a better life with a pal around.They're extremely social and quite intelligent animals, and they like to groom each other with their teeth, play chasing and sleep in a heap together. In research labs they are often kept together in pairs or groups because it's less boring and more natural.

 

I think they're lovely animals actually. You can teach them tricks and pet them and even tickle them (if you start when they're young and keep going when they're adults). The giggles are supersonic so you can't hear them but they are real!

 

When I lived at home my little dog helped me so much as well. I think I'd also like to get rats if I lived somewhere I could keep them.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have always been told that rats make wonderful pets.   My SO would love one but I am not that progressive. :-}

 

Just curious why you opted out of the cat option.  My kitty definitely helps with my depression.  Sometimes the only thing I can manage besides getting into bed with a good book is smothering my cat with kitty love.

Link to post
Share on other sites

We had rats for years. The males are lazy haha, the females are very sweet but don't sit still. The are very dog like in that they love to be with you and like to play. Doesn't matter if they were asleep, they always woke up when we walked by and wanted to come out. Feeding them is fun too because they will and can eat almost anything. We shared leftovers all the time, mostly healthy stuff but they had the occasional treat. I miss them sometimes but we have bunnies now. They aren't as fun. :/

Link to post
Share on other sites

I started a donations page (because I am working minimum wage after all) and it's going really good so far. I will be getting two if I can afford them :3 

 

Queerky - most all of us are anonymous here.  Though your donation page is lovely to see, I know who you are because of that page.  Perhaps it would be best to just delete the link, keep the words?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Queerky...

 

You are welcome to put a link in your signature. Please don't put links for fundraisers on the boards, though, because when your fundraiser is over the link will still be on the boards.

 

Would you please edit your link out and redirect people to a link in your signature instead?

 

Thanks,

Woo

(mod team)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh, I'd be totally excited too...

 

I did the same thing when I was raising money for my service dog because I didn't know any better.

 

I hope you get a rat castle!!!

Link to post
Share on other sites

My nephew has two male rats who are brothers. They are very social and he has a wonderful time with them. He pretty much lets them roam around the house a lot. He gets them little presents like a hammock to lay on in their cage etc. I think it's a great idea to get some rats. And they really do seem to enjoy the company of one another.

Link to post
Share on other sites

im so sorry D: i got all excited and silly :(

thanks for telling me off though. i'll remember for next time :)

 

 

Don't be sorry. It is my stuff.  I get paranoid about anonymity here because I talk about things some people my family don't know about. And also because I talk about my daughter.

Link to post
Share on other sites

My daughter really wants a pet rat too. We call her the pied piper lol. She has a collection of stuffed animal rats. I'm nervous though because we already have a dog, a chihuahua, and I don't think this would be safe for the rat. Plus I am going through a current home situation that wouldn't be wise to add another pet right now. I don't know how that would work. For now, we're settling on a book to learn all about them. My husband and I used to own hamsters, so we're a little familiar with rodents lol but yeah, I think the best thing is for you to get a book first so you can find out all kinds of quirky cute little things about rats. This will get you even more excited! And who doesn't like looking at cute little mousey pictures?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I got a pet rat! His name is Pink (as in Pink Floyd). He came alone because he was grumpy with all the other boys and the woman said he did better alone. He seems to like me (he was the one that came to me and snuggled up) and I'm so happy with him here. I'll give updates on how he helps with my depression and such. I feel like he'll be just as good as a cuddly cat or dog :3

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Similar Content

    • By Inanlae
      So for seventeen years I've had pain depression.  It especially feels like it's squeezing my heart.  It hasn't historically been *about* anything.  I've just chalked it up to biochemistry, heredity.  And I've thought about suicide, most days, for at least fifteen years - because pain sucks.  Ups-and-downs.  Roller-coasters.  Probably every person on here has done time at the worst torture theme park in the world.

      Two years ago, my cocktail started working.  There was some CBT and DBT in the mix too.  I decreased my daily Ativan from 3mg to 2mg.  Plus 20mg Latuda, 300mg Sertraline, 100mg Topamax.  I actually felt happy, for about two years, until this October.  Then it stopped working.  And I stopped working.  I work in a level I trauma center, where I identify cancer, anemia, and the effects of the coronavirus on the human body.  I feel like I have a front row seat to human suffering, without being empowered to ameliorate it, and it's another kind of torture.

      I am very tired of fighting.  If there was a euthanasia travel agency, where I could just walk in, plan my funeral and end-of-life arrangements, plan my ideal death, and just call this thing at 38, that would be a somewhat attractive option (not telling, The Tallest Man on Earth, flaming-Viking-burial-at-sea.)  I'm tired of fighting this disease, personally.  And I'm tired of coming up against the tsunami of "world suck" (H/T Vlog Brothers) which seems to be hate-fucking itself ad astra.

      So the strain theory, which I haven't read much on yet, is that we consider the termination of our lives when under one or more types of strain.  I personally find this theory hopeful, as targeting the sources of strain, i.e. "world stuck," could reduce the inducements to terminate one's life.  The General Strain Theory, according to one Wik I. Pedia cites loss of positive stimuli, addition of negative stimuli, or the inability to reach a desired goal, as three possible sources of strain.  I will follow up on this with my tdoc on Wednesday.  I think work is introducing negative stimuli, and I have a shit ton of unreached goals, but am starting to care about goals less and less.  Basically, it pisses me off that I've had to dramatically reduce my goals due to my diseases, and it's kind of tempting to just leave the party.  Please feel free to weigh in if you have personal and or academic experience with this.

      I'm also meeting virtually with my pdoc tomorrow... to tweak the cocktail.  Would love recommendations.  My current rx mix, dxs and rx, failures are in my signature.  Lamictal induces hives and vomiting.  Depakote causes dyskinesia.  Lithium ruined the thyroid and causes acute renal failure.  Medicine.  Ha ha.  Organ roulette.

      So the observation about different species of depression is that while for a decade-and-a-half I experienced what seemed like purely biochemical, chains-around-my-heart, tar-and-shark-filled, basements-beneath-basements depression.  This feels more like a rational(?) depression, which has me concerned about whether it will be responsive to biochemical therapy.

       
    • By Isaiah2017
      I'm having a hell of a hard time and experiencing rather weird symptoms. Whether they've anything to do with Mirtazapine (Remeron) is something that I strongly feel but can't quite convince any doctor of.   I was put on 15 mg of it in spring 2015 for depression and a severe insomnia - I hadn't slept an hour like since 25 nights back then! The benefits showed immediately within a day and surprised myself and my family. I would sleep well and be in a very happy and cheerful mood.   Then however, from summer 2016 I developed some strange food intolerances; caffeine, sugar, fruits containing high amounts of fructose, yoghurt, butter and so on. Eating anything of that would cause me jitteriness and insomnia. I steered clear of those foods.   From autumn last year though, a lot of those food intolerances have relented and it changed into intolerance towards medicines and supplements that I was on; the thyroid medicine for hypothyroidism, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vitamin E and could never again tolerate any new medicine or supplement. Symptoms resulting from these are, again, jitters, insomnia and a strange kind of feeling of being struck on the head, like I can't hear anything and the thinking becomes very unclear and blurred. Coupled with this is a weird sensation that if a medicine has any potential side-effect (even physical, such as urine retention), I get it at all costs. So I'm steering clear of the culprits here too.   However, avoiding the culprits doesn't end my misery, it just helps in avoiding a whole new set of symptoms, because since autumn 2016 I'm under constant brainfog anyway, have heart palpitations immediately after every meal (but worst after breakfast), have concentration and focus issues, lead a life without any hobbies, wishes or desires. Nothing excites me, nothing interests me and nothing catches my attention. Leave tasks pending for months (the most unlike me habbit), have badly lost my sense of humour. My sense of humour was something that I literally used to pride on, and friends from around the world would call me to fresh up if they were having a dull day. My mind feels numb, although it isn´t as if it´s the sedating effect of the Mirtazapine because 90% percent of the nights I don´t sleep well, and on a lot of nights I feel as if I´m asleep with an awake mind!   The GP who put me on it considered it to be just the effects of anxiety and depression and recommended the doubling of the dose to 30 mg. When I contested that, given that I´ve my doubts of a lot of these issues being brought upon by Mirtazapine itself, she referred me to a psychiatrist. He too strongly denies of Mirtazapine having any hand to play on it and instead thinks it´ll be best to combine it with another antidepressant for day-time.   He put me on Paroxetine, boom, a flood of side-effects! Then changed to Fluoxetine (Prozac) - third day on it and having weird feelings. The heart poundings are one and is in fact making me very depressed and hopeless!
    • By Adolf
      "Best" as in being effective with fewer side effects. Which ones were the best for you? Which ones did you take? What condition(s) did you treat? What side effects did you get? How did the antipsychotics compare to "conventional" antidepressants?
      Can antipsychotics be an alternative to "conventional" antidepressants? What are the risks? What are the benefits? Do they make you a tomato with time? Psychiatrists prescribe them more often in recent times, it seems.
    • By Blahblah
      Have a strong itch to drop Effexor...(I won't go cold turkey). It stopped my dysphoric crying spells, but now, 10 months later, I'm feeling increasingly flat, apathetic, numb, no motivation (even after dropping to 75mg). I hate how all A/Ds have this lobotomy effect on me longterm. It's initially fine in acute episodes, I'm not sad now, but I can't function properly, and I continue to score Moderate-Severe on the depression scale.
      I think it's counteracting my Ritalin (which I increased to 30-40mg)? I don't want to increase Effexor above 150mg, I'd never be able to go off.
      I'm trying dosing at night instead, will this make any difference @mikl_pls ? I skipped yesterday's morning dose (then came the intense nausea, over stimulation & brain slosh awfulness @10 hours later) and I took my dose with dinner.
      I'm seriously considering going on low-dose mild SSRI instead (Prozac?) I'm sensitive to meds & side effects, and I'm also VERY worried about withdrawals. Especially from Effexor, they are the WORST, and I just read study that Effexor withdrawal syndrome is not dose-dependent:
      https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7402189_Venlafaxine_and_Serious_Withdrawal_Symptoms_Warning_to_Drivers
      https://metro.co.uk/2018/01/24/woman-shares-coming-off-antidepressant-ruined-life-7255570/
       
       
    • By Blahblah
      Forgot to take Lamictal yesterday (I took my other meds). Holy Hell, I took my dose today (on schedule) and I STILL feel awful!!  I've only been on 100mg....I thought Lamictal had a super-long half-life? Yesterday went like this:
      10am - up, had breakfast
      11am – slight Brain “swishes” started (was out the entire day)
      12pm – Stronger Brain zaps start
      1:30pm – Lunch (meat, salad/veg)
      2:30pm – Sudden extreme exhaustion
      4pm - more brain zaps =>  ZAP ZAP ZAP! 🤯
      7pm - Irritability starts
      11pm – Tea, bedtime, could not fall asleep (I haven't had insomnia in 2+ years)
      ...Night sweats…Restless legs.....
      12am – Ruminations, feel weepy
      ..Insomnia ensues…(Toss & turn, sweaty/achey all night)
      It's now 12pm,and I am STILL having brain zaps! I worry I’ll never be able ever taper, switch from, or withdraw from this med. You probably think well, with MI, WHY would you ever go off it? For me, longterm, these meds are band-aids. There is always a price.  Ok, maybe great at preventing acute/severe depression, but as a result, they rob me of any spark, joy, elation, happiness, libido, sexual sensation/response, feelings of reward, love.... This disturbs me. I used to know what positive emotions felt like…
      So I’m stable, existing.....but still lacking will or any interest in living....
×
×
  • Create New...