Human Interest

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Stray kittens sit in a cat box at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on August 18, 2009 in London, England. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is seeing a sharp rise in the number of cats requiring a home with 143 of the 145 shelter's pens full. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Seeing unlikely animal friends is always a magical experience.

At the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, this is a daily occurrence. In a recent Instagram post, two rats named Emile and Remy have been helping to take care of two kittens.

The establishment, which is run by the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition is also a cafe. Visitors can adopts cats and kittens who are living at the location all while they sip on coffee.

If you happen to visit the location, you may hear about their rat and kitten pair. The friendship between the creatures began nearly two years ago. Ebony, who is an orphaned 4-week-old kitten living with feline leukemia  was isolated in fear that she would infect the other cats. However, the kitten needed an animal to bond with.

Brooklyn Cat Cafe

We are heartbroken to announce that Ivory was euthanized by our vet this morning. His elderly body had been declining over the last few months, and we had been monitoring him closely. We were first...

Once the location received a homeless white cat, they knew what to do. Anne Levin, who is the executive director of BBAWC told Huffington Post that “He and Ebony became great friends and would cuddle and romp in their crate.”

Unfortunately, both Ebony and Ivory have passed away. However, Levin states that “her life was so much richer for having a friend in Ivory.” We do not even doubt that the two are befriending each other again in heaven.

However, this was no the only cat and rat friendship that the organization has created. Recently they adopted Remy and Emile, two rats who love to keep kittens company. Not only do the rats help to give those orphaned kittens companionship, but they also look after them like a parent. In some of the BBAWC’s Instagram posts, you can see videos of the rats cleaning the baby kittens.

Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Etta and Ivory, BFFs.

Allegedly, the rats help to clean the kittens for “self-comfort and a friendship connection” says Levin. If you are worried about the unlikely connection, the kittens are too young to understand rats are prey. Most of the time, they just think they are play mates.


Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp 

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