(I'm copy-pasting this same post to all of my pages because I don't want to start crying again having to type up a different message every time. Just putting it out there so I don't have to explain multiple times why I'm down in the dumps and/or quiet for awhile.)
For those that don't know, my roborovski hamster Lychee had been struggling with a chronic staph infection on his face for the past several months. Yesterday when I went to give him his 2nd daily dose of medicine before bed, I found him passed away in his usual sleeping spot. He was fine just 12 hours earlier when I had given him his medicine, excited to see me and up and running around like his usual dingus self. I had just taken him in for another vet visit on Monday and he weighed the same. He had been acting normally, eating and drinking and still full of energy. I don't know if the staph infection finally got the best of him, or if it was just due to old age. He was around 2 years old which is unfortunately the average lifespan for these little guys. I did everything I could to help him get better, but it may have just been his time to go. It seems like he passed away in his sleep, so I just hope that he went without pain. He was my little buddy and was always a sweetheart. Robos don't usually allow you to hold them, but I trained him to tolerate being held, and he would always run up to my hand when I put it in his cage to give him treats. He wasn't much of a biter, although after a few months of being woken up 2-4 times a day for medicine and yogurt, he would sometimes gently nip me, but I can't blame him for that; I'd be irritated too if someone woke me up that much every day for months on end. I'm going to miss him a lot, but I hope that he enjoyed his time here with us, and that he knew he was loved.