realising that i have too much hours of school (34 hours/week + another 10 hours lost in transport to and from school), plus schoolwork which i have to do at home, because the time at school isn't even NEARLY enough to get all my schoolwork done. which means that i actually realised that i don't have anymore time to take care of the rats (seeing that they don't live where i live, but at my mom's, so it takes a bit to get there and back, which is too much time lost for all the schoolwork).
so i had to have the conversation with my mother, that i had to give up the ratties, and possibly bring them to the shelter (it's not a shelter that just kills the animals, it's a specific rat-shelter, they keep the rats until they find another good and loving home for them), because i want them to get the attention they need and deserve.
but THEN my mum said "no, we're not giving the ratties away!", apparently my mum and her girlfriend got really attached to them, so they're taking care of them, so i can just come visit them whenever i have some free time, but i still get to take full care of them when my mother is on vacation, etc..