Little rat feet.

My happy thought for the past two weeks has been little rat feet.

We recently took in a transfer of four baby rats at the shelter. They’re teeny and sweet and inquisitive and perfect and my heart just melts into a big puddle of syrupy joy any time I get anywhere near them.

For the general protection of the animals, we’re not allowed to take photos of them, but they basically look like this, white socks and all:

I could watch them scamper around and twitch their bitty whiskers all day. I don’t, because there are dishes to wash and litter boxes to scour and endless mounds of laundry to cycle through, but the temptation is there.

They love to lick my fingers. They nibble at my nails and my rings. And when their curiosity emboldens them enough to step onto my hand with their little rat feet- oh! those little rat feet give me life.

To anyone who’s not a fan of rats or has never handled one, this probably sounds really weird. I myself can’t even really put a finger on why it’s such a neat sensation. Maybe it’s the delicacy of their tiny toes, or the astonishing way they can grip onto nearly anything like Velcro. Maybe it’s the way their feet run slightly cool in contrast to their warm furry bodies. Whatever it is, it’s magical. 5/5, would recommend.

Sadly for me (but happily for the rats), our time together is likely to be short-lived. Two of the four have already found a home, and I’m sure the other two will follow suit in no time. They’re way too adorable not to get scooped up by someone.

I’ll miss them when they’re gone but I’m sure the kitties, who I usually spend the most time with when I’m not distracted by impossibly cute baby rodents, will be happy to have my full attention back in their absence.

And hey, little cat feet are pretty awesome too. I hear those are how the fog gets around, and we all know how I feel about fog.

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8 thoughts on “Little rat feet.

  1. I don’t understand ‘for the protection of the animals’ comment. Are they famous? I can’t say I’ve ever held a rat or wanted to for that matter, but if I can hold a tarantula, I could probably enjoy your ratty friends too.

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    • Some of the animals we take in have been seized from unfit or abusive owners. The photo policy is to avoid any “incidents”, for lack of a better word, where such an owner sees a photo of their former pet online and shows up at the shelter to try and demand the animal back. It’s happened before and it’s never pleasant for anyone involved.

      As the volunteers aren’t always informed of which animal came from which situation, the blanket policy is that no one takes/posts any photos of the animals except for official shelter staff.

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