Brooklyn Cat Cafe Employs Rats To Care For Kittens | CUTE AS FLUFF

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ANNE LEVIN: Everyone always likes to see some kind
of cross-species relationship, I think it gives all of us hope that, you know, we can
all get along and peace is a possibility. COMM: Wander in to the Brooklyn Cat Café
on Atlantic Avenue and you could end up leaving with more than just a coffee. ANNE LEVIN: Started Brooklyn Cat Café as
a way to have an adoption space, allows us to have anywhere from 20 to 25 cats fostering
in this location. So, the Cat Cafe has been very successful in terms of getting cats adopted.
We started in May 2016 and we had almost 300 adoptions our first year. COMM: Cat Café started in China and Japan.
But this is the first of its kind in Brooklyn. Manager Anne Levin sees it as a place for
customers to relax but also as a haven for vulnerable cats. ANNE LEVIN: We have a kitten terrarium is
what we call it, which always has, you know, a nursing mom and some kittens that have been
found and rescued. This kitten, her name is Anastasia and she was actually an orphan.
She has a little bit of a deformity with her legs. If you see, her legs are kind of, off
to the side. So, we do little strengthening exercises like this. The great opportunity
for us to talk to individuals about community cat issues and things that they can do in
their neighbourhood to help the local cat and dog population. COMM: And there is a twist in the tale. When
Ebony, one of the café’s kittens got sick, it led to the most unlikely of friendships. ANNE LEVIN: One of the kittens we had about
two years ago was tested positive for feline leukaemia. She couldn’t be exposed to other
cats but she was desperately lonely. And, so we were looking for a small animal that
could be a companion. And, so we found a rat that needed rescue. He ended up being a white
rat. So, of course we called him Ivory. ANNE LEVIN: And Ebony and Ivory quickly became
great friends. Ebony did end up having leukaemia. So, she had a very short life, only 5 months.
But her life was immeasurably enriched by having a friend and companion to have play
with and snuggle up with. So, once Ebony died, Ivory was used to cats. We put him in the
terrarium and the mother cats seemed to be pretty happy to have someone to play with
their kittens and take the pressure off. Ivory was about, well, over 2 years old but in February
and he passed away and we missed him a lot. And, so we reached out to HALT (Help All Little
Things). It’s a New Jersey rescue that does essentially what we do for cats,
for small mammals and they had two rats. ANNE LEVIN: That had been raised around cats
and weren’t scared of them. So, we adopted them for our new Café Cats. And Remy and
Emile have been here ever since. They have a great time hanging out with the kittens.
It turns out that Emile especially has become very paternal and he likes to groom and, you
know, kind of comfort the kittens. Remy just likes to play with them and share their food.
People who have individual rats find that they are really great companions with their
cats. LUCIA: I love it. I love cats. I love rats.
Rats get the stereotype that they are super dirty, like subway rats. And they are actually
so smart and they are so social and so are cats. BOY: Do they bite? ANNE LEVIN: No, these guys don’t. They are
very friendly. BOY: Wow, their tail! ANNE LEVIN: Yeah. ANNE LEVIN: We do hope that, you know, Remy
and Emile can act as ambassadors to people who don’t have any experience with rats
outside of the subway. You know, turn that bad reputation into something more positive. LUCIA: I think it’s awesome. If rats and
cats can get along then so can the rest of us.

100 comments

  1. Rats are very sweet, loving . They smell no better and/ or no worse than any animal. Vet cost are no different than any other pet. Super lovable, clean and quite. . Only downside…they only live up to 3 yrs.

  2. I have a rat named Scout. He’s very curious, adventurous and never wants to stop having fun. That’s why when we try to put him back in his cage, he can be a little sassy and bratty lol

  3. I have 7 rats and they are the complete opposite of the stereotypes. They make wonderful pets and are incredibly intelligent

  4. I don’t understand the hate on rats? Yes I get ppl think there dirty and aggressive but IN MY OWN OPINION I THINK THEY ARE ADORABLE! ( hate all you want I don’t care it’s my own opinion!? ) 🐁🐀❤️

  5. I went here yesterday. There's sooo many cats and they're really friendly! It was really sad that the rats brother died. They told me he the other rat was really depressed every since

  6. My cats are too wild for my rats. I think they would try to play then scare my rats and get bit I let them sniff noses but that's it I also have very nippy girls and over protective boys so they don't really get along but they don't hate each other. I'm happy to see other rattys and cats together tho!

  7. i absolutely adore rats, i have two baby girls and they are the sweetest babies i have ever met, they're just as clean as your cats people, they're domesticated not feral

  8. This is awsome. My cat acts very similar towards my guinea pigs (2) as well as my hamster. My cat doesn't do much chasing and play fighting with them tho… I think that was really kool to see ! Cuddling, grooming and sleeping next to each other is mainly how my animals spend their time with each other 😉 … it's a pretty strange yet awsome thing to see especially for people who come over that have never seen them interact.

  9. "it gives us hope that we can all get along"…yeah well "hope" can only go so far and as long as humans remain the same foul bastards they've ALWAYS been, we'll all NEVER TRULY "get along".

  10. I wouldn't want a cat who was raised by a rat. I'm trying to keep mice and rats out. He'd be inviting them in, talking about he's having a family reunion. lol

  11. I personally believe that were all the same no matter what we are we are still living (we are not rocks I repeat we are not rocks)

  12. Rats really do get a bad rap. They seem like such sweet and fun little animals. My lady won't let us get one though lol

  13. I love love rats, I had 8 rats, but they have such a short life span and have a lot of respiratorie problems and often get tumors that I stopped getting new ones
    one of my cats and my white shepard loved the rats to, my other cats were afraid of them or stayed out of there way.
    sometimes I miss having rats

  14. The white rat looked exactly as my dead rat, I miss him, his name was Eddie, he had a brother named Darwin, they were both albino. May you rest in heaven and peace Eddie and Darwin.

  15. I suppose it sounds ridiculous, but anyone who's been lucky enough to have a pet rat knows how caring they are.

  16. The worst thing about rats is how short their lifespans are…

    If scientists constantly use them as experiment animals, why can't they do something nicer, like finding some way to make them live longer 😭

  17. Truly disgusting. So, we ignore the fact that rats have eaten human babies' toes off their bodies, and worse?? Oh, those are "different" rats?? Rats are rats… are rats are RATS. I hate NY.

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