I have had many a rat over the years and have loved every one dearly. However having to watch most of them suffer in the end due to inbreeding and cancer, I had sworn off them. However all of that changed tonight. My younger sisters boyfriends little brother had 2 rats, I met them a few months ago when we watch their dog. When I saw what their living condition was I was horrified! Instead of bedding they were on cat litter and were being fed hot dogs! The one rat (Coco) looked relatively healthy however the other one (Bean) was incredibly skinny and was having trouble breathing. Both me and my mom totally lost it and we couldn't understand WHY my little sister was letting this happen, she has had 2 rats and very well knows this is in no way okay. She said she had tried to tell them and that they didn't know how to care for them blahblah we went round and round. Well we couldn't let this go on so we went out and bought some rat food and changed their cage so they had actual bedding. We then *nicely* explained to the father that this is how they should be cared for. A few weeks later big surprise Bean dies. So this weekend we are once again watching the dog, no mention of the rat. I walk in and a cheery little rat greets me at the side of the cage but good lord does she look horrible! She is once again on kitty litter and being fed chow mein! She looks just as bad as her sister. I took her out and she is incredibly skinny, has all kinds of stuff around her eyes, has a broken tail and can barely breathe. I couldn't leave her there so now she's here, with proper food and bedding. She is very unsteady and tires easily. In the half hour I've had her she has practically collapsed and had to rest at least 3 times. I'm not stealing her, if they want her back (if she lives that long) they can have her, but I doubt they will honestly. But I will make it very clear that she will have a good home with me. Right now she's laying in my lap and very well could be dying ): I hate people.