New York City’s Latest Pet Craze: Couture Fashion For Pet Rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 4, 2013 in Rat News | Subscribe

It’s good to be the rat.  At least in New York City, where pet rats are
the latest hot trend in pets. This past weekend, New Yorkers
even held a rat fashion show, with couture gowns and tuxes many humans would love to wear – in their sizes, of course.

Not at all new to the rat race, 425 New Yorkers even formed a rat meetup group.  And this past weekend, The Fancy Rat Convention held its first rat runway show with rat models in designer Ada Nieve’s fancy handmade rat clothing.  On the ratwalk was Rat Lily modeling the latest bridal dress (June is here now!).


 Rat Lily in Ada Nieve's couture wedding dress...: Photo by Tim Gorta/DNAinfo.comRat Lily in Ada Nieve’s couture wedding dress…: Photo by Tim Gorta/


Pretty in blue rat dress: Photo by Tim Gorta/DNAinfo.comPretty in blue rat dress: Photo by Tim Gorta/


 Matching jacket and leash...: Photo by Tim Gorta/DNAinfo.comMatching jacket and leash…: Photo by Tim Gorta/


There were even designer rat cages with rat hammocks and toys…


It's a real rat race out there... It's good to be home: Photo by Tim Gorta/DNAinfo.comIt’s a real rat race out there… It’s good to be home: Photo by Tim Gorta/


Ada Nieve’s couture was a big hit, of course. The well known dog fashion designer talks here about the special fashion needs of the rat.



Rats are very smart and can be easily trained – just ask your local medical researcher.  But then, you have to stop and think….

These pet rats come from breeders, not from the streets of New York where rodenticide is a top priority of the city. Yes, I understand the rationales for both, but they just don’t seem to add up.

Sources:, Dog Breed Info Center, (place to find info on how to keep rats as pets), DailyIndia

That’s the buzz for today!


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