VIDEO: Rats Help Raise Rescue Kittens at This Cat Cafe


Unusual bonds have formed between rats and kittens at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe.

It all started when Ivory, a white rat, became a foster parent to a kitten named Ebony. Ebony suffered from an illness contagious among cats, but still needed companionship. Because rats are immune to feline leukemia, Ivory was a perfect match. The unlikely pair were inseparable until Ebony lost her battle at four months old.

Ivory continued to fulfill a parental role at the cat cafe after losing his companion. His next task was to help a mother feline care for her litter. Ivory’s affectionate demeanor quickly earned him the trust of the kittens and their mother.

Ivory passed away shortly after Ebony, but their unique friendship began a legacy. The Brooklyn Cat Cafe continues to place rats and kittens together, enabling them to develop therapeutic connections similar to the one between Ivory and Ebony.

Among the cafe’s main “nannies” are Remy and Emile, who take great satisfaction in caring for the kittens and even help groom them! Remy, Emile, and the rest of the caretakers residing at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe have their hands, er, paws full — in addition to nurturing kittens, they also take care of baby rats.

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  1. susana*

    Si fueramos la mitad de lo que son los animales este mundo estaria mejor

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  2. steven rule

    my cats always would chase the rats as prey. this was so unusual but kind of cute to watch.

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  3. steven rule

    my cats always chase rats as prey. never saw this before. it was kind of unusual but cute to see.

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  4. Lana

    We all need to help these animals it’s us that can help please let’s all come together and help. They need us they can’t talk but we can. Please let’s all HELP.

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  5. Evan

    Rats are amazing animals – pet rats and mice might be two of the most underrated creatures there are.
    They are extremely clever, sweet, playful, affectionate and funny. And they are cleaner than cats.
    The bonds they can form with each other – and with people who treat them kindly – are really impressive and poignant.

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  6. Summernole

    Rats are very neat creatures. Smart and clean. This is a very endearing story and should make people realize that they are not the dirty, scourge of the earth. They are cool pets!

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  7. Charles Daniel

    I am speechless but all I can remember was a family who kept all rats and even roaches in their home because they believed all of them were God’s creation and so they should also live. The family eat at their table and did nothing about the roaches walking on their table all while they eat their meals….

    Sorry but that’s not me….I just caught a rat in one of many rat traps strategically place in my kitchen! They know better to stay away for good…lol!

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    • Evan

      Better to discourage them from entering by eliminating openings the size of their heads and by
      making sure there is no accessible food. Most traps are extremely cruel and lead to prolonged suffering by
      animals that are truly as smart, sensitive, social as cats and dogs. Glue traps are the most cruel. If you absolutely insist on using traps, please only use ones that kill them instantly. And they are smart enough to learn to avoid many traps. But killing a few will not eliminate the source of the problem.

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  8. leanne

    How awesomely cute. I love it when different species get along and care for each other.

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  9. Anna Stein

    Believe it or not, rats make awesome pets!!!!!!!!!

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    • leanne

      I know. I used to have a white rat named Herman. One of the best pets I’ve e er had.

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