Well, we went and saw the vet on Saturday and sure enough, they all have respiratory problems. Especially Jimmie. So, they now receive some oral medication that they absolutely cannot stand! Trying to get these guys to take medicine from a syringe was just awful, so I decided to mix it in with some baby food instead. That seems to be working with everyone except Keefer.
Keefer is seriously hating on me now, btw.
Grizzle actually gave me the toughest time with taking his meds. He squealed and grunted and carried on to where I finally just had to give up and switch tactics. He's not too fond of me at the moment either.
Jimmie does appear to have a little more energy and is eating better. He drinks his Ensure without any problem and digs the new rat food mix. But the poor guy is so lonely being isolated in a separate cage (vet's orders). When let out for a moment, he immediately takes off toward the big cage and tries to find a way to climb in so he can join his ratty brothers. Poor little baby.
Hopefully their conditions will improve as the week goes on.