A refreshing alternative to the endless cat photos clogging up the Internet, these rat photos were taken by Jessica Florence and Ellen Van Deelen.

Van Deelen and her rats, Moppy, Witje, and Rosie, live in the Netherlands.

On her Redbubble page, Van Deelen sells prints, posters, and greeting cards featuring this trio of talented vermin, who play miniature saxophones, congas, and cellos and ride bicycles.

Florence, 23, and her rats, named Bug, Duck, and Worm, are based in the U.K.

It's a refreshing alternative to the endless cat photos clogging up the Internet.

If you suffer from musophobia--the fear of rats and mice--these photographs of pet rats cuddling miniature teddy bears might be a better cure than years of exposure therapy.

Florence and Van Deelen independently started documenting their pets a few years ago.

Even the musophobic might have to admit these rats look pretty cute.

On her website, Florence advocates cruelty-free product testing through animal rights organization PETA.

On her website, Florence advocates cruelty-free product testing through animal rights organization PETA.

On her website, Florence advocates cruelty-free product testing through animal rights organization PETA.

On her website, Florence advocates cruelty-free product testing through animal rights organization PETA.

On her website, Florence advocates cruelty-free product testing through animal rights organization PETA.

On her website, Florence advocates cruelty-free product testing through animal rights organization PETA.

On her website, Florence advocates cruelty-free product testing through animal rights organization PETA.

These Photos Of Rats Holding Teddy Bears Will Make You Kinda Love Rats

Out with cat pics, in with rat pics.

If you suffer from musophobia—the fear of rats and mice—these photographs of pet rats cuddling miniature teddy bears might be a better cure than years of exposure therapy.

A refreshing alternative to the endless cat photos clogging up the Internet, these rat photos were taken by Jessica Florence and Ellen Van Deelen. Florence and Van Deelen independently started documenting their pets a few years ago.

Florence, 23, and her rats, named Bug, Duck, and Worm, are based in the U.K. Van Deelen and her rats, Moppy, Witje, and Rosie, live in the Netherlands. On her Redbubble page, Van Deelen sells prints, posters, greeting cards, and a self-published book, featuring this trio of talented vermin, who play miniature saxophones, congas, and cellos and ride bicycles.

If your musophobia stems from harrowing experiences with rats sneaking up from your basement at night and eating your first-ever homemade gingerbread cookies, or hearing your mother scream after finding a rat swimming in the toilet (both true stories!), you’ll be forgiven if your first reaction to these photos isn’t "awwww." But you have to admit—these rats look deceptively innocent. Cute, even.

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  • Apart from their ability to pee as they go, rats are exceptionally clean animals and are incredibly intelligent and make wonderful pets. These pictures have made me want to have pet rats again!