Rodents are cutely snuggling flowers, munching fruit, playing with bubbles, and warmly conversing in Diane Ozdamar’s vivid photos.

Photo credits: Diane Özdamar

Diane Özdamar, a 32-year-old pet photographer from Montreal, Canada, documented her “Fancy Rats” series over several years. She has had a crush on pet rats for as long as she can remember. She’s been photographing these furry friends for years hoping that her adorable, playful images may destroy their horrific caricature.

Owners of fancy rats the most common domesticated species of a pet rat, frequently compare them to miniature dogs. This is because they are gregarious and affectionate. Highly intelligent, they thrive when living with a friend thus it’s recommended that you purchase two rats of the same sex to keep each other company. Furthermore, contrary to popular thought they are incredibly clean animals.

Özdamar photos her fancy rats as well as those of her friends and those she’s fostered, adding minor decorations to make them stand out. The photographer began caring for abused and abandoned pet rats, which sparked the idea for the project. “Finding a home [for] a rat is a difficult effort since rats have a very negative reputation, and I had to make their cute personalities stand out so people would consider adopting them,” she shares.

These adorable pet rat pictures demonstrate how sweet and cuddly these animals can be.

Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar

Diane Özdamar, a photographer, creates tiny accessories to bring out the personalities of each animal in the hopes that the images will assist the cute pets get adopted and educate the public about pet rats.

Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar
Photo credits: Diane Özdamar

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