Rats and Kittens are Friends in this Magical Café

We’ve grown up knowing that rats and cats can never be friends with each other.  They are each other’s natural enemy.  In fact, we’ve all enjoyed the endless fight of Tom and Jerry, right?  In a magical café in Brooklyn, New York, this truth is debunked.

Apparently, rats and kittens can be seen together without fighting.  Emile, a young brown rat has been seen in an Instagram video taking care of two kittens.

Brooklyn Cat Café, a feline-centric establishment features adorable cats and kittens from Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition (BBAWC) and a few from other local rescue groups.  This idea started about two years ago.

The non-profit org had a 4-week old kitten, Ebony, who had a feline Leukemia.  They didn’t want Ebony to infect the other cats but the little kitten needed some companionship.  Then, they found a white rat which they named Ivory, who needed home.  So, they decided to put the two together and a beautiful friendship was born.

In the café’s website notes, they said the two “romp and play together until they passed out cuddled up together.”  Even after Ebony died at four months old, Ivory befriended other kittens until he died of old age a few months ago.
They even posted a tribute to Ivory on Facebook.

We are heartbroken to announce that Ivory was euthanized by our vet this morning. His elderly body had been declining…

Posted by Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Monday, February 6, 2017

Ever since, the cat café adopted rats and kittens younger than 8 weeks old so they can spend time with each other and continue the legacy of Ebony and Ivory.

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