When Maggie Szpot and her family found a stray orange tabby kitten, they knew he had to become a member of the family. He was all alone in the world and without any friends, and it was their job to change that. They gave him a new name, Ranj, and began creating a loving environment for him to grow up in.

It wasn’t long though before Maggie wanted to rescue two other animals who needed a home. The pet rats, named Peanut and Mocha, had also won her heart. Though she questioned whether Ranj would behave or try to eat the little ladies, she was surprised by how the trio got along!

See for yourself and you’ll instantly understand.

Still not convinced? This should fix that…

Though Mocha never quite warmed up to Ranj, Peanut and the cat became adorably inseparable!

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“If Ranj went to eat out of his food bowl, Peanut would come and eat with him,” Szpot told The Dodo. “I think those were the cutest moments, when Peanut was so determined to be with Ranj that she would overcome all kinds of obstacles to be with him.”

(via The Dodo)

Sadly, the friendship between these two couldn’t last forever. Pet rats have a very short lifespan at only two years, and in 2010 Peanut passed away. Though Ranj will never have a friend quite as special as Peanut, he can live with the knowledge that together the two had an incredible time. And that’s certainly enough for anyone.

If you’d like to follow along with Ranj’s story today, and even see what he’s up to with a new furry friend, be sure to check out his Facebook and YouTube pages!

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