Diane Ozdamar has been taking photos of pet rats for years aiming to break the negative image which is often associated with these animals. Here are some of these images, both of her rats and of her friends’ rats and, as you might see, they’re far from being dirty nasty little creatures. They are instead highly intelligent social beings which love interacting with one another and their favorite humans. They’re very friendly, smart, playful, love cuddles and are very clean: several rat owners compare them to tiny dogs.
If you ever decide to adopt pet rats, you should consider contacting your local pet shelter since there are lots of rats waiting for a forever home. You should also adopt at least two rats of the same sex; rats absolutely need to have a friend from their own species.