https://youtu.be/7ikm3o5hDksThis unlikely pairing of a cat and rat broke all stereotypes and they managed to find an amazing friendship in the process.
Maggie Szpot and her family found Ranj, an orange tabby, as just a stray kitten in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. While Ranj was growing up, Szpot brought home two rats, Peanut and her sister Mocha. She was worried that Ranj’s natural hunting instinct would come out, she told The Dodo.
She couldn’t have been more wrong.
“Peanut first met Ranj when [Peanut] was still a baby,” Szpot said. “I had brought Peanut and her sister out of their cage to play, and I put them in a fenced area for them to run around in, and Ranj actually jumped inside to get a closer look. He is always curious of new things … they quickly became good friends and Peanut followed Ranj around everywhere.”
Mocha, on the other hand, never quite warmed up to Ranj — but one video shows just how inseparable Peanut and the orange cat were. In the short clip, Peanut just can’t help herself and climbs over Ranj nonstop.
EVEN WHEN THOSE ANTICS INCLUDED HUGGING …
… AND EATING TOGETHER.
Sadly, domesticated rats do not have a long lifespan and passed away at two years old.
Ranj, who is turning 10 later this year, has a new feline friend to keep him company, along with Szpot’s two birds.
HIS NAME IS TIMMY …
… AND RANJ SEEMS TO BE CARRYING ON WELL WITH NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY.
ALTHOUGH HE’LL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER FRIEND QUITE AS SPECIAL AS PEANUT.
If you’re interested in following the continued adventurous of Ranj and his animal friends, you can catch them on Facebook and YouTube. Want to adopt a Ranj or Peanut of your own? Get started at Adopt-a-Pet.com.
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