I'm aware anthromorphic animals are rarely on topic. But what about the rats of NIMH series? Over here Kevin answers
Our final criterion, then, is this:
If the animal's non-human nature has substantial narrative focus, then the story is probably on-topic. Stories that pass this criterion tend to ask and answer questions such as the following (not an exhaustive list):
What would it be like to be an intelligent [animal]? How would a mixed society of humans and [animal]s work? How would a mixed society of [animal]s and [other animal]s work? What would an intelligent [animal] think of humans? What would a human think of an intelligent [animal]? Why are these [animal]s intelligent, anyway?
According to this the NIMH series is most certainly on topic, though displaying no other fantastical elements.
Is this universally agreed?