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To celebrate World Rat Day, we've decided to show you that pet rats can be the cutest animals ever. Just look at that baby rat snuggling the tiny teddy bear!

Sadly, these pet rodents don't get as much love as they deserve. They are often mistaken as gross and filthy animals, in part due to their historic role in spreading the plague. Domestic rats, however, groom themselves just as much as cats do. Rats are also incredible at learning tricks quickly. For example, they can recognize their own names, roll over or play catch just like dogs. They are also very affectionate with other rats and their favorite humans, too!

As a cute rat owner myself, I know for certain that these pets are just as smart as they are cute. In fact, they're definitely my favorite pet animal in the world!

The world could always use more cutest rat photos, so don't hesitate to submit them to our list. Don't forget to vote for your favorite cute rat pictures as well!

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Cute Rat

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Cute Rat

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Cute Rat

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L.E.X
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He has eyes like hes doing something mischievous. :)

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Kitri At The Foodbowl

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks just like my rattie Shoelace! (A younger version though.) She and her sister Waffle are such jumping beans!

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Cute Rat

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a pregnant rat right now so there will be a lot of these little ones! :)

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Cute Rat

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Cute Rat

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Little Buddy… ©olivier Bernacchi

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#59

Yep. My Boy Agrees With The Rat Love.

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Oliver Williamson
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

don't bathe rats. its unnecessary and bad for the rat. it washes away the natural oils, and will make them stink more.

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Mischievous Munchie

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MariBrandon
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this reminds me of living in a trailer, working as a naturalist, in the Coast Range redwood forest--and opening a drawer to find such a cute wild pack rat...who had eaten holes in my hand-knit wool socks !. We would live-trap and release such rats--but would have to take them miles away, maybe all the way to the beach, or they would come right back...

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Miagee And Tummy

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My Babies Typhon And Tsunamie

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Max, Trying To Boop Her Adorable Nose With The Camera.

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:3

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Cute Twin Rats

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#77

Hello!

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Munchies Condo

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Sniffin' A Daisy

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1 Week Old

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MariBrandon
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cuter when the fur comes in, etc. I am glad our infants are born with their eyes open and their ears fully formed--also cuter when born with hair

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Charlie And Lima

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Buzzie The Bookworm!

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Mister Cute

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MariBrandon
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

rats like to keep themselves clean. I bet wild rats also groom themselves, but at home, out of the sight of humans.

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This Is Rosie, After Playing Peek A Boo In My Fiancés Sleeve And Saying Hello!

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