When most people think of going to a cafe, they think of going somewhere casual to eat and maybe have a coffee or a tea. Did you know that there are other types of cafes though? In Brooklyn, NY there is a cafe that has a dual purpose and neither of them is to feed people.
The Brooklyn Cat Cafe opened in 2016 and is the first of its kind in Brooklyn. The cafe has a dual purpose:
1. It is a place that people of the community can come and spend time with adoptable and completely adorable cats.
2. The cafe also provides the community with the tools needed to help animals in need.
Unfortunately, not all kittens are able to be adopted. One such kitten, a sweet little girl named Ebony, tested positive for FIV or Feline Leukemia. FIV is extremely contagious and cats that have it do not have a long lifespan. Due to this, Ebony was unable to be near the other cats at risk of exposure. Cats are not meant to be alone though and the poor thing was extremely lonely and desperate for a friend.
While looking for a small animal to be the young kitten's friend they found a rat that was needing to be rescued. Though, unsure what the two would make of one another, they put the rat in with the kitten. To everyone's surprise, they warmed right up to each other. They named the white rat Ivory. Ivory and Ebony were faithful friends until Ebony passed away at 5 months old.
Needing a new companion for Ivory, they placed him in with the young kittens to keep them company, but unfortunately, he passed away soon after. The kittens loved their rat companion so much that the Cafe reached out to another rescue organization and were able to secure two new rats.
Emile and Remy are two rats that have been raised around cats and were the perfect rats for the job! They have been terrific nannies for the young felines. Emile, in particular, has become quite maternal with his playmates and likes to groom them and give them comfort. Remy, on the other hand, is more of the playful parent. While cats and rats are usually seen as mortal enemies, these rats and kittens are proof that that is not always the case!
Everyone who visits the Brooklyn Cat Cafe fall in love with not only the cafe cats but also the resident cafe rats! To see more of this story and watch the rats in action check out the video, below.