The trouble with pets is ....
They don't last forever.
Don't worry Jack and Rollie are fine.
It will happened one day I know and though my son will be a little older , it will be hard , some might say it's just a pet.
A pet is so much it is your friend , your brother or sister your confidant.
And when you are an only child it is such a comfort you wouldn't believe ( I had a cat growing up called Boots ; "Puss in Boots" how twee is that?!( and yes I was an in,y child as well)
Having only had madcap hamsters before who died it doesn't really prepare your child for the eventuality of what will come . It is an issue time old which we dodge , and when the go conservation comes it is hard to know what to say.
I know he's a teen , he's still a child and and as such the concept of how long lives can be elusive to the young .
So how did you broach this subject according to your child's age?