23 Adorable Photos That Will Change the Way You Think About Rats

A cat curled up in a blanket with a tiny teddy bear
Rats can be super-adorable, including curling up with tiny teddy bears!. (Photo: Jessica Florence/flickr)

Forget everything you think you know about rats. These adorable varmints don't get enough credit, but photographers Jessica Florence and Ellen van Deelen are making up for that with their aww-inspiring photographs of these gentle critters. Whether it's snuggling up with a teddy bear or crawling into a glove, rodents are ready to cuddle!

Neither Florence and van Deelen knew the other was photographing rats — Florence lives in Great Britain and van Deelen is based in the Netherlands — but because the internet is what it is, both of their photographs garnered attention at the same time. It's an adorable bit of serendipity.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, van Deelen said the rats were eager to play for the camera. "It seemed only natural to take pictures of my rats. I started buying props for the rats and as they're inquisitive animals, it wasn't long before they started picking them up."

And the rats are super-cute when they do, as these photo prove!

Rats cuddling together
These rats love cuddling so much their tails form a heart. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat holds a teddy bear
This rat loves its teddy bear. (Photo: Ellen van Deelen)
Two rats curl in a blue sweater
Sometimes even rats need a sweater to keep warm. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat chews on a toy elephant's trunk
It's more than just teddy bears that rats like! Toys elephants are popular, too. (Photo: Ellen van Deelen)
Two rats cuddle with a tiny teddy bear
Rats are good at sharing. At least while they're sleeping. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat snuggles with a tiny teddy bear in a black and white photograph
Rats are even cute in artistic photos. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat on a bed cuddles with a giant stuffed lion
Sometimes you need more than a teddy bear. Sometimes you need a huge stuffed lion. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat places a teddy bear in a tiny baby carriage
'And I'll be the mommy and you be the baby.'. (Photo: Ellen van Deelen)
A rat curls up with a teddy bear and a blanket
This rat cannot sleep with his teddy and his blankey. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat curls up with a yellow teddy bear on a pink blanket
This is some good snoozing. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
Two rats nap on top of each other
Sometimes you just need another rat to cuddle with while napping. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A white rat holds a golden teddy bear
This rat just loves its teddy bear so much it gives the toy a little kiss. (Photo: Ellen van Deelen)
A rat sleeps in the lap of a big teddy bear
Sometimes, a small teddy bear just won't cut it. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
Two rats hold paws while they sleep
'I can only nap when we're holding paws.' 'Same.'. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat sits on a towel with a small rubber ducky
Everyone should have a rubber ducky regardless of how they feel about bath time. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat sleeps in a pile of toy rats
Can you find the real rat?. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
Two rats sleep on the legs of a teddy bear
This teddy bear loves its two rats. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat sleeps in a heart blanket
Sleeping in a snuggly blanket of hearts is the best. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat sleeps curled up in a tube of yarn
This is the only time the phrase 'rat burrito' will ever be adorable. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat sleeps in a pink blanket with a tiny teddy bear
Sweet dreams, rat friend. Sweet dreams. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
A rat with a sleeping cat on
This rat doesn't need a teddy bear. It just needs its sleeping cap. (Photo: Jessica Florence)
Rat sleep in a tiny pet bed
No blankets? No problem! A pet bed is great for rats. (Photo: Jessica Florence)