I didn't actually see this for myself, but mom told me about it at lunch time.
It seems that this morning little Saphira was getting interested in the rats, AGAIN, and AGAIN was acting like she wanted to jump on top of the rat cage. Mom didn't think this would be a good idea, but you know cats -- they take discouragement as encouragement, and even if they apparently give up on something, really they're just waiting for you to turn your back.
So mom picked up Saphira and held her up right next to the cage so that she could get a good close look at the rats.
Apparently the Beka and Sabine were just as curious about Saphira as she was about them. Everything was going well until...
...mom isn't sure what happened. Either one of the rats moved too quickly, or else one of them bit/nibbled Saphira's nose. (I like to think that they gave her a love bite.) Whatever it was, Saphira suddenly took fright, jumped out of mom's hands, and went tearing out of the room.
Saphira will probably be more cautious about the rats in the future.