Currently experiencing a bit of a dilemma and hoping some of you could help me make my mind up. I have two rats, both elderly -nearly 3 years old. The first has suffered from seizures due to a brain tumor for the last 6 months, the vet doesn't feel there is much more to be done to control them although he has had a course of medication, other than the seizures he is happy enough interacting with his cage mate and lives a life that we deemed happy enough for him. He is terrified of us since the seizures started and now no longer recognizes us, he runs away from us when we approach the cage, and anything out of the ordinary causes him to freeze in fear. When he has seizures he is at risk of hurting himself against the cage and toys. His cage mate often sits on him, which obviously means he is safe. Without his cage mate I feel his life would hold little enjoyment and alot of fear. The second seems to have fallen victim to old age the last couple of days. He is listless and unresponsive,has spent the last 24 hours being syringe fed as he wont eat or drink, and realistically is not a comfortable boy. I have had him out feeding him baby food but it doesn't look like he can come back from whatever is ailing him this time. I need to take the second one to the vet this evening as it's just not fair to let him linger on as he is, and my partner has broached the subject of whether we should let both of them go together. The rat with the seizures had a particularly strong bond with my partner before the seizures started so I know it's not an idea he is considering lightly. Part of me thinks it would be kinder if they both went together - I don't see what sort of life the first will have without my gorgeous little boy there to entertain him, he wants nothing to do with people anymore and I have a feeling it wouldn't be long until he followed anyway. Do you think it is kinder in this case to get them both put to sleep? Or should we be considering keeping the first rat as a lone boy until he deteriorates further? There is no way he would integrate with another rat considering the seizures.