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Rat Meaning and Messages

When Rat symbolism across your path, you are being asked to assert yourself in new areas that you have not yet explored. In other words, the Rat meaning insists that it’s time to take up those new hobbies you have wanted to try. Furthermore, like Jay, challenge yourself by learning something new or taking the uncertain first steps towards your dreams. Thus this spirit animal is letting you know it’s time for “new beginnings” and change.

Alternatively, Rat symbolism warns you to evaluate the clutter around you. It’s time for a spring cleaning. Sell or give away all the physical things that are just filling up space around you. In doing this, you will often symbolically begin to clear old emotional issues and cluttered thinking. Then you can purge old baggage and feelings that no longer serve you. Moreover, while you do this, allow yourself to feel as you purge. This cleansing act will make space for the new things to come.

Rat Totem, Spirit Animal

People with Rat totem are easy-going and happy. Like the Spotted Hyena and Cow, they are a social animal as well as disarmingly honest, frank, and get along with everyone. Folks with this spirit animal totem are highly co-operative with others in joint endeavors. They also tend to wear their heart on their sleeve. However, they are also able to maintain self-control. Like the Falcon, people with the Rat totem have the gift of foresight and know how to use it successfully for their benefit. They are cunning and shrewd in business and are unafraid to defend themselves in any situation. These folks love a good challenge so that they can conquer another obstacle. They are a wise adviser to their associates, and they teach others to appreciate all the things around us.

Dream Interpretation

When you have a Rat dream, it can be symbolic of many different things. Thus it would be wise to research this aspect further. If you see many Rats in your vision, it signifies the need for immersing yourself in social activities in your waking life. Like the Moth, this rodent is warning you that you have become just a bit too reclusive. You have hidden from others for too long.

When you have a white Rat dream, it symbolizes strength, adaptability, and abundance. In this case, your vision is letting you know that things are progressing toward fruition and that your goals are not far from materializing.

134 thoughts on “Rat”

  1. Volanda Herring

    July 21,2022 which was yesterday I was asleep on my sofa, the dream was I had blocked 4 holes at my back door their I seen multiple black rats bussing in I then grabbed a Big large cup filled with water to pushed them away. I would block the holes again but they kept running in and I kept throwing the water. I would wake up move around, Then I laid back down and dreamed the same dream all over again. What does that symbolizes?

    1. The last days weeks people in my surrounding talked about rats, i seen two the latest, one who ran out under my motorhome when i started it… Then i felt curious what the Rat wanted to show me…
      I generally love all animals, even rats and mices…
      Recently i ended a long complicated love relation…
      I have got a new studio to get going with ice cream making and other creative things… I also recently meet a business partner who likes to corporate expanding my ice cream dreams…

      well, a bit of what i can see is that the Rat helps me to fill in some gaps, trust and be brave, honest in relations and be brave in ending and making new ones, or maybe change my perspective or minimize time whit some relations…
      i didn’t know how to post so i pressed reply on you Volanda, sorry…

      Thanks for all the posts, Happy New Year Beginning!

    2. It seems like you are trying to forget new knowledge that you have managed to learn, perhaps from a bad experience, by trying to constantly push it away from your mind, yet this is a useless endeavor because you can’t just easily erase memories from your mind. Oftentimes, when you try to push a memory or thought away, it only bounces back harder. So when you try to not think about something, the irony is that you’re thinking about it by telling yourself to not think about it. For example, try not to think of a pink elephant, and that would suddenly be all you’re thinking. Like the rats, perhaps what you need is to scavenge the good parts of a bad experience by asking yourself at least what things you could learn from the experience to come with you forward. Also, perhaps you should just give yourself time to think about something sometimes. No need to overthink the situation to extremes if you’ve examined it hundreds of times, but thinking about something negative in moderation is not necessarily harmful in that you can allow yourself to reflect on what you’ve learned. Also, it’s easier to not think about something by trying to focus on something else or finding a distraction, rather than telling yourself not to think about something, so perhaps find something else to do that will keep you busy from whatever you’re thinking.

    3. When you have a Rat dream, it can be symbolic of many different things. Thus it would be wise to research this aspect further. If you see many Rats in your vision, it signifies the need for immersing yourself in social activities in your waking life. Like the Moth, this rodent is warning you that you have become just a bit too reclusive. You have hidden from others for too long.

  2. Morning I just said a final goodbye to my dad who had just passed away.I was sat in the living room with my mum and brother when we saw a rat running around the garden , we have not seen one before in the garden.

    1. I get the sense there is this grief on trying not just to emotionally process your life after your father’s passing, but also in practically figuring out how to sort out or fix your life without your father around. Like the shrewd and cunning rat, you might have to find a way to think your way out of problems independently this time.

    1. This seems to symbolize that a part of you feels hesitant to take even a small leap of faith, in taking smaller risks in life to experiment with what works for you. Bigger changes are hardly something you can do if smaller changes already overwhelm you, but you have to practice trying small new things in your life, whether it’s trying a new type of food or a new type of music, so that bigger changes would be easier to adapt to later on.

  3. I was driving to work this morning and saw a rat get tackled from able by a crow in the middle of a busy street at Rushhour. Both were alive in someone’s front yard when I lost sight of them. I’m not finding any interpretations- do you have ideas?

    1. It seems like just thinking of a shrewd shortcut to your practical problems isn’t possible at the moment. Sometimes, all you can do is take a more direct straightforward way of going about your problems, though if you keep avoiding that, you’re not really going anywhere. It’s useful to use cunning to some extent the way mice have to do because they’re small, but perhaps a direct aggressive approach is better for what you want.

  4. I have had a dream the other day.. I dreamt that there was a dead rat lying in front of my house, then I went to sleep and when I woke up there were a lot of dead rats lying in front of my house and all over the street. There was a cat that was going after it and I tried to yell at the cat ‘Stay away from those rats they might be ill’ or something.

    Very strange and I didnt seem to be able to find something that’d fit this description in the description about the Rat.

    1. If you feel this sense of disease contagion with rats in your dream, I’m guessing there’s this feeling of emotional contagion from negative influences in your life, that you feel you need to stay away from them. Disgust is an emotion for the purpose of staying away from literal physical contagion, but is also something that is expressed as a distaste for negative moral contagion as well. If you feel pressured to adapt to other people who are worse for you because you feel like you have to fit in and impress others so you don’t have to be alone, perhaps it’s worth considering even with your desire to please others, and think of the longer term consequences of being around people like that.

  5. Hello this is Ken,
    My wife and I have been getting up early for a 20 minute sauna then jump in the cold pool. Good way to wake and start day. This morning we were about to jump in the pool when I saw a dead rat floating by the steps. I removed the rat and we jumped in other end. Anyone have ideas on this meaning? We have been working hard on removing negative energy around selves and home and from other past “spiritual” peoples in the form of therapists, shamans and healers who were actually just tapping our energy. My concern and suspicion is that the new spiritual peoples we have been working with are simply doing the same dark things. Again, any thoughts on the appearance of dead rat in our sacred place and morning routine will be most appreciated. Cheers.

    1. I have no idea, but I just wanted to mention that I find it very interesting that you connect the appearance of the rat to spiritual ‘healers’ who are in fact tapping energy.
      I had just made a plan to actually take some action against a spiritual ‘healer’ who is doing much damage to others, then left the house, and the rat appeared no less than THREE times within an hour or so. Can’t quite grasp what it’s trying to say but that’s why I ended up finding this site and now reading your comment… Seems significant…

    2. I think many people nowadays are just people that drain. No one is practicing spirituality properly and increasing their Vril.
      It is just a theory but it is very likely that psychic vampires are more attuned to the energies of nature, since they tend to draw on them and cause drama on others to drain them of their energy to take for themselves.
      Probably because of the above reason they tend to step on the spiritual path, without knowing the least bit of hygiene or cutting links, resulting in this feeling of being attacked. Also these attacks can just come from the astral, not particurlarly from said person, fyi.
      YES – practice CUTTING spiritual links and ties! Cut away any that you DO NOT need.

    3. Hey there Ken,

      Glad to hear that you are enjoying the Finnish sacred tradition of sauna and cold exposure. Curl Jung steadied the meaning of dreams and came up with his own interpretation as everyone else online has. My advice would be to understand what means to you personally in addition to what you find without. Connect with yourself and ask your higher self what they are trying to tell you. The rat is a very controversial animal and often misjudged due to it’s appearance and living conditions, but it’s an incredible resilient, driven and intelligent animal. It finds solutions for problems most don’t, has courage to take risks and find food in places where most animals don’t even think of searching. The rat is not afraid to go through thick nor thin. Hopefully this helps🙏

    4. Hmm, I don’t see why you have to assume there’s negative energy somewhere because there’s a dead rat. At least, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s supernaturally dangerous levels of danger because dead rats are involved. Even mild to moderate negative energies tend to be seen as bad, but people keep thinking that means that mild anxieties or depressions immediately means demonic influences, hahaha. By those standards, essentially everywhere where rats are involved in a house is immediately full of evil energy, and I’m not convinced such a large amount of houses are immediately haunted. I’m not saying I don’t believe that stuff is possible. Just that thinking that a rat is enough evidence for this is a bit absurd. Have you tried thinking about this practically, and seeing if there was any way to physically clean the area more? I heard there are ways to clean a pool if you look it up online. Maybe there’s way to make sure the surrounding area of a pool is clean as well. Also, if you have this attitude that the only way to clean a pool is to remove a rat, and jump in the other end, I’m not sure you understand how basic physics work when it comes to how dirt can spread in water.

  6. I often dream about being inside of a half old and half new house. This time i was on the old side of the house in an old room. in the dream, it looks as if i was cleaning or attempting to start cleaning it. I then see a large all black rat with a white stomach. It runs in front of me then stops to eat. In my dream, I remember saying to myself, “I knew those droppings I saw were most likely a rat”. The rat scrurried off and I woke up.
    The think is, I broke up with an ex about 3 months ago for trust issues and he was over that night.
    Is my dream telling me he is a rat and cannot be trusted?

    1. Well, I don’t know about your ex, because I don’t know about your ex or your personal situation. I just get the sense that this is more about your feelings of self-hatred and shame over your situation. Whether your ex deserved it or not, I don’t know about him enough to know. I just know that your dream seems to suggest that you feel horrible or guilty about it.

  7. Today morning when i woke up there was a dead rat’s head on my doorstep aling with a few drops of blood. I had ruled out the possibility that a cat killed a rat on my doorstep and then went on it’s way because the rat’s head seems like it was sliced out cleanly and the remaining carcass is nowhere to be found. There are no signs of the cat dragging the carcass away either. I have a growing suspicion that the head is a part of a curse or a ritual made to harm my family as there are people who hate my family a lot…my relatives and they dabble in these occult practices that harm others, and we were on the receiving end of them once. I din’t know whether i can stop it if it’s a curse or something else. I’m terrified of what will happen to my family. Can sprinkling salt or holy ash be a possible solution….idk what to do…please give me a solution

    1. Where do you live? If you live near red earth, put that down. Also salt is common. If this is native, which I doubt it is or hoo doo, or real witch, you should retaliate with some curse reverse

    2. I’m not sure if this is really a curse or just a way to intimidate you with fear, and the fear is what causes seemingly curse based situations, though if you insist, there are many counterspells in the occult world said to break curses or hexes. You can easily look up some curse breaking spells online if you’re curious. Even if this isn’t a thing, if it makes you feel better, go ahead.

  8. My husband got a promotion at work but his background check came up some issues neither of us knew about. Just this afternoon a large brown and white rat came up to the sliding glass door, even with 2 dogs and made eye contact and ran away. What does this mean? Can some one help?

    1. Perhaps it’s not your husband that is the issue here, but someone else within your husband’s workplace, maybe, if you seem to associate it with a negative emotional association. Something just seems a bit fishy, if you ask me, since you don’t seem to have expected a reaction like this from them.

  9. This week, ravens brought a dead white rat with brown spot to my backyard. I’m trying to understand the reason behind it, can anyone help?

    1. The raven seems to want to warn you about a smaller decision in your life, that may have larger consequences than you think. This doesn’t necessarily mean something as serious as life or death, though. People look at this stuff and always think death is involved, but there are all kinds of negative problems in life that are more realistic than some immediate assumption of murder and serial killer crime that people seem to be paranoid about in parts like this.

  10. I dreamed that I was cleaning out my office space and hear my boss in the background saying they found a bag of rice crispies then I happend to find a bag that was closed and I just let the bag fall to the floor and when it fell the bag open and I saw about 50 baby black rats? They were all moving inside the bag but They didn’t seem to escape the bag?

    1. Perhaps this is symbolic of all the negative emotions you feel kept inside you, but that you don’t feel can be released through you expressing those emotions. Though perhaps, since there’s so many of these negative emotions crawling around inside you now, perhaps it’s not something you should keep to yourself anymore.

  11. Hi,

    I want to explanation for my dream. I got pimple in my cheeck and when i tried to squeeze it. It got a tail and when i touched it, it went deeper in my cheeck. So i opened the pore big enough to get that and i grabbed the tail and pulled it. It was 2 small rats and run away to escape. That was one od a weird and discusting dream ever

    1. Sitting on my front porch this evening. I noticed a rat run in front of me twice. It was black with a hairless tail and a with a a White twitchy nose. I was born the year of the rat, but wasn’t interested about that. More like rabies and plague.

  12. Richard Esebelahie omosomofa

    What does it mean to set free a black caged rat in the dream. I saw a black caged rat in my dream. I went to the Cage open it. And the rat escaped. Then I heard voices asking me. While did you set the rat free. Please help interpret this dream . Thanks

  13. I just very recently had a dream that I found a wild rat snooping around the back of my house. I had dogs, so I trapped it in a bag, it didn’t move a lot. I walked out to the front of my house, and let the rat out of the bag using my hand. It didn’t bite or struggle. It stood there, reared up and sniffed at me, then ran away.
    Does this mean anything?

  14. I have been seeing dead rodents lately, mainly rats but one time it was a squirrel. I’ve seen at least 4 in the past two weeks. I’m so curious as to if there’s any significance to this happening to me! What is the world trying to tell me? Pls halp.

    1. I dreamt I was driving and someone yelled out to stop. When I got out of a large vehicle and talk to the person. Was told I ran over 2 people and another person said I also ran over rats. They lost count after 4 – saying many. I was calm and things were being looked after by other people.
      Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.

  15. I had a dream of seeing myself in my family house with my mum and senior sister (married). I saw a small black rat on the ceiling, I reached for the broom and killed it and seconds later, I saw 2 big ones and 1 bigger one crawl out of a small space from the ceiling. My mum wasn’t seeing it at first but I had to point it out to her, so she reached for a big stick to kill the bigger one while I killed 1 of the other 2 big ones and she came to kill the other one. Pls, what does this mean?

  16. Yesterday night a big rat actually bitten me. at sleep i felt pain saw rat under the bed which ran away later. very surprisingly the rat climbed 5 floors moved into our home where we have fully covered with net. got into our hall,kitchen then our bedroom only to bite me? very surprising we i go through it now. not sure what it mean

  17. A few days back …A small mouse came into my house…It’s tiny so we have not been able to catch it….
    I don’t know why , this time I thought of looking if there was any symbolic meaning to it …
    Before this , hv caught a few and threw them out ….But …This time ..Am wondering…What’s different..And what prompted me to look it up ….
    Can’t make sense of it..
    If someone has a take on this … Please do share …
    Namaste 🙏

    1. It is a baby looking for love and nurturing. It wants to survive and be safe. It is volunteering be your pet but it is terrified that you might not want to love it.

  18. Jamie B Matthews

    Hi there! Have seen several animals this past week… owls, robins, a snake, and now 2 gray mice nestled in a nest where the robin was a week ago. They’re just relaxing near our squirrel feeder (corn cob), which they’ve cleaned completely. We live in town and I thought it was unusual to see them just cuddling in the daytime right in front of the kitchen window. Thoughts?

  19. Maria Rodriguez

    I had a dream where I went to a psychic and was asking him certain questions about my present situation, he never answered them. It was closing time so he told everyone to leave. When he locked the door & left I realize that I forgot my purse inside, so I catched up to him to let him know. We came back & the door was open & unlocked when we went in my purse suddenly appeared on my shoulder, but there was rats everywhere. There was rats on top of counters, shelves. The rats that were on top of shelves those were black or brown & they just sat there they weren’t doing anything to me. There was also white rats with red eyes those were jumping like rabbits & they would bite me. The white rats were only coming after me though & only one of the white rats the others were jumping in one place. The white rat that kept coming towards me, I ended up getting a stick, hit it really hard & threw it out the window. Then on our way out a man that was in the store earlier was telling police about the rat I threw out the window, the police man said something that I couldn’t hear & kept walking. I went up to the person & asked what he had said, he said he just told him so other animals wouldn’t get hurt because the rat was biting me. I just said ok & left. What does the dream mean? I’m so confused.

  20. I had a dream that while I was leaving work a rat, half black and half white with the opposite color dot on each side with one bright glowing red eye, hopped on my shoulder as I was at work. I left immediately and went home where I put gloves on and tried taking it off my shoulder. It bit me very lightly and when I put it down it was being really nice and rubbing against my hand like a cat. Could anyone tell me what this means?

  21. OK, I think now I know I am not a rat freak. I was sitting on my back porch yesterday when this freaking huge rat just sauntered (yes, saunterd) up to me, not a care in the world, me freaking out. He just calmly walked past and sat and stared at me. For an hour. I was not amused but he was obviously trying to tell me something.. Thoughts?

  22. I had a dream last night that a lot of gray rats coming through the wall and I’m hitting them with a broom and killed a few but, there too many keep out and they scurrying everywhere

  23. I had a dream that someone with me I can’t really recognise catches a rat with his bare hand from where the rat was hiding, threw out the rat was dazed at first but later gain his conscious ran back inside though I was at entrance but scared to smash it with my legs.
    We came in and discovered a wide big hole

  24. Dreamed last night I was on some sort of journey. It seemed to go on forever, changing from car to bus to train. At what seemed like the last leg of the trip, I was on a train or boat, can’t remember exactly. A woman said, “oh, this is the part where we look for the rats.” I wondered what she was talking about. Then the guide or leader of the group asked everyone to check their pockets because these little creatures are very clever. I reached in my jacket pockets and I pulled out two very adorable little rat-like creatures. They were white. I gave them to the guide. Other people were afraid of them but I thought they were cute. I thought they even smiled at me. I looked in my overcoat pockets and found more. I wasn’t afraid, I was concerned that they’d be safe. Then I picked up the mother rat, she was white. I remarked how big and beautiful she was. I’ve never dreamed of these creatures before that I can recall.

    1. You have a massive exciting future just up ahead of you, although it feels like it’s taken forever to get here, the “overnight” success has literally taken you years to achieve.

      What you are doing, or will be doing, has not been done before, however what you will do, is create a model that will be replicated throughout many nations. You are being given an incredible gift to model something entirely new, that has not been done before. You are not afraid, these ideas are so unique, but people around you will be afraid of what you’re doing. Keep your eyes on the vision, and find the people who believe in you and what you’re doing. Surround yourself (the overcoat) with these people. They will keep you encouraged when it feels like it’s getting tough. The reward of course, is the Mother Rat, continuing to birth many new successes.

  25. I JUST SAW A BIGH HUGE RAT!!!!!! At first I could not believe it was a rat. It did not even cross my mind! It was so huge that I thought it must be like a type of racoon or something. It was climbing down a tree! As it got closer and closer I was able to see the creature really clearly. I then google “rats” and saw the exact same face in the images displayed. I am amazed by the size! I had never seen a rat this big before. I must admit, the face was super cute! It seemed to me a very lovable creature!

  26. Can anyone tell me what the meaning may be of my being drawn to a beautiful large dead rat that my dog had killed. I felt so much sadness for the rat even though i know my dog was doing what his instinct tell him to do. Any thoughts on a dead rat would be appreciated ???

  27. I had a dream about a rat last night. The rat was either grey or black. I put it in a box, a cigar box. There was something else in the box with the rat but I don’t recall what. There may have been a small stone in there as well. I went into our front yard with the box and hid it in our stone wall. I did not feel immediately threatened by the rat but I was anxious to get rid of it, which suggests to me that I thought it could become a threat. Then I woke up.

    1. The cigar box represents someone in your life that has been put there to help you expose this unrevealed threat in your life. The rat represents a person in your life, an acquaintance or an old friend, perhaps even a friend of a friend who is envious of what you have, I sense particularly of your partner – they have been put there to thwart your best future.
      You need to discover who the cigar box friend is, they will have the wisdom to expose this intruder and how to remove them from your life in a way that won’t cause you harm.
      The stone wall represents the strength you have in your life, job and family around you – you should lean into them, they are your strength.

  28. Rodlyn Rillera

    I had a dream about a big black rat. I was in a cage putting a melted cheese on a bread. And my surroundings are black and dark all i can see is me and the big black rat inside of the cage. While putting a melted cheese on bread the rat came slowly amd eat the bread i made. The while in my back the their is a thwo big black rat came just beside my shoulder and when i see them i was starttled amd affraid like i couldnt stand out of fear and they run under my armpit but right before they truly run off i wake up.

  29. I had a very long dream, I cannot recall all of the details but basically a VERY large, white rat (didn’t have red eyes, had blackish eyes) came up to me from our woods. I was not scared, nor did it appear to be. I immediately got down on the ground to be on the same level and it cuddled me and I would pet it and we became fast friends and allies, it was my companion rat. Fast forward in the dream and i am walking when all of a sudden a large group of angry and violent men try to attack me. My rat pal and I managed to get into a one room shack type structure where I was able to barricade the door. In the end the men broke through and my rat pet and I fought a few and managed to get away. Basically in the dream my rat saved me. After that I took him home and he was super loving and through the dream, even when we were under attack I felt positive, I knew that I was dreaming and I knew it was a good dream. I still feel positive and well and I keep thinking about that very large white rat and I miss it.

  30. I had a dream of finding a very nice cool grey mouse. I kept it and in the dream before I knew it grew into a rat. I tried to put him in this little kind of house I had for him but he didn’t fit and he bit me. What does this mean please tell me.

    1. Maybe that a creative endeaveour or business project is going to get bigger than you thought..it’s a good thing, embrace it! You’re a clever person, acknowledge your intelectual and resourceful qualities and allow them to grow, valuing them! Good luck!

  31. I had a dream last night that a white rat was coming up to me with dead black rat in it’s mouth. I ran away because in real life i’m afraid of rats and mice. When I turned around there was another white rat following me. As I turned the corner both were there one still with the dead black rat in it’s mouth and the other one just staring at me. What does this mean?

    1. The white rat represents the new future of abundance that is before you, overtaking the trials that you have encountered in your life before.
      However, you need to step out in order to see this future come to pass. Perhaps re-examine some forgotten dreams, and realize that now is your time! You must let go of old fears, old oppression. They are not part of your future anymore. You have overcome.

    2. Ive had encounters with white animals every time i have moved, white owls when i moved into my last house and as i was moving out i had 2 things left, my bed and a display case. Mind you i live way out of town. As im saying goodbye to my house my dog starts barking at my bed so i pick the mattress up n low and behold an albino rat appears. At first i freaked and kicked it. Then i realized it was an omen so i captured it. Did some thinking and released it to the wild. Im still confused on its significance. The white animal encounters started when i was pregnant and my parents we’re alive, since they have passed. My daughter is now 4. Im intouch just confused and a little lost.

  32. Hello I have a two dreams about a black Rat in the corner of the white wall. The Rat never moved just seem to be looking at me. Both dreams were the same.
    Another dream I had after the two Rat dreams, I dreamed I got engaged big pretty ring. I couldn’t see the mans face or remember anything else about this dream. What do the mean?

  33. I dreamt of a friend bringing me a white big rabbit n black rat… i told her i dont want the rat but she said i bought it for u, keep it. What does this mean?


  34. Please can someone help? I have visions and of late I have been seeing large black rats outside and inside my house. And I am having problems in understanding what they are meaning. Any advise on meanings would be great.

  35. Saw a dead decapitated rat that just got run over on the street a week ago. it was gross and I just would like your interpretation of what that means?
    Thank you.

  36. Shailaja Vipparthi

    I would like to know the meaning if rat comes in dream, first I thought it was death front of my house but when my mother was brooming the rat come behind me and I was the one scared of rat but rat was relax Nxt to me and I was making it far it’s normal gray rat. And suppose I woke up but I eyes seems want me to say relax. What that means can any one can tell me 🙁

  37. I just had a dream (first time Rat dreamer) that I had a big pet rat. Dark colored. Dark gray? . I was proud of him and he was trained so well. He loved to run so I made sure to let him get his energy out before putting in his big dog like crate. I picked him up to take him to show my male cousins (the rat now is small enough to carry and not big dog like at this point in dream), and both my cousins who I grew up with was not interested in seeing my pet rat. They seemed turned off somewhat and walked backwards or away. I was bummed. I loved my rat and named him Alexander. Odd

  38. A rat is killed by me when I entered my house…. It was killed by my foot…what does it mean…plz cm somebody tell me

  39. I had the same dream over and over. We have just moved or are moving. The house is infested with rats. They are in the walls. Every minute another leaves the walls and wanders around. They get on the bed, run around. My dogs chase them and I am always worried they are going to fight. Sometimes they climb on me or launch themselves at me. I am actually very afraid of rodents, but I understand that some Totems bring fear because of lack of understanding. Are they really one my totem or just something else?

  40. this morning, a live rat in one of my garbage cans and despite multiple neighbor insisting that I drown it or kill it in some other fashion, I let it go. I knew I had to look rats up and with what I’m trying to do with my career. Just click play http://Www.the-bilderberg-group.com

  41. Is there any difference in the meaning of seeing a huge white rat vs. any other rat. I was driving home when it crossed my path.? Thankx

  42. Hi I dreamt of my pet rat that died years ago, first she came healthy to me and suddenly she came to me with all sorts of humps on her. Her colour was blue grey ish. What does it mean?

  43. Today I found that the cat left a dead rat on the patio, I was the first to see it. Any insight to what it means?

    1. Me too, and I have only just moved to the property 5 day ago, and it’s a Solstice night????? Any thoughts , anyone?

  44. Yes I was driving down the road and all of a sudden there was a big brown rat on my windshield then it flew off what does that mean

  45. I’ve been sitting in my house watching TV with my kid for most of my day today, it’s my weekend so I’m relaxing my first day, so anyways; all throughout the day I’ve been hearing these banging and crashing sounds outside I thought nothing of it just thought it was my neighbors cause I heard them outside not to long before like each time.. so I left to go do something and came back and was sitting outside smoking and I heard this ticking sound on my storage room door and I’m like what the heck is that my kid is inside sleeping, I’m like okay.. so I open the door and see a bunch of my boxes knocked over I’m like okay.. that explains the multiple crashes all day but doesn’t explain the tapping sound I’m looking around and think that sound sounded like this chain I look up there is a GIANT RAT on the doors frame!!! I’m like oh my god how do I get this thing out without killing it!?
    Then I think what message is this little creature trying to pass to me!?
    I’ve been thinking a lot about finding some hobbies just haven’t actually done anything.. now I know to really put some effort into it.

    1. I’m having the same problem I have a mother rat outside my garden with his toddler kids I don’t want to kill them I’m a very spiritual person I had the same thought what message this is bringing me ! I had try everything without killing them but they are so smart ?????? what did u do with your rat. ?

  46. I dreamt of rat eaten or nibbling my money I saved to pay my bills or debts. I can’t use the money anymore coz it was torn out already. What does it mean?

    1. You are worrying about financial problems too much. It’s time to let go of the worry & pick up some hobbies that will bring you some joy.

  47. My daughter had a dream that I was eating a family of black rats downstairs at my grandparents home…. She also mentioned that I had a really fat belly

  48. Keyasha L Cummings

    I had a dream that I saw a huge gray mouse in a rat trap. A man come by and took it out of the trap and was petting very gental. He explain to me that if this rat is taken care of then she will have more babies. Then I saw a small gray mouse and it had a human face. Then I woke up. What does this mean?

    1. Someone close to you is evil, jealous and slanderous: it could be an ex or a friend or family member

    2. dream’t of a black rat getting into my pants i caught it halfway by its tail and it started squeaking loudly then i woke up after that i felt pain in my finger like someone bit…..its strange can’t stop thinking about it plz help and my ears also felt irritated by the noise after i woke up…..

  49. I have a strange dream. I was taking pictures then my grandma told me, I should learn how to cut without killing it.” She gave a rat’s leg cut but still moving. My grandfather was there to keep me calm but I was too scared and disgust of what I saw that I put it back.I repeat the word my grandma told me. What is even more strange, a girl has a dream that almost connects to mine. She was dreaming of being tied up. Someone tied her legs and hands, and cut of her leg. I heard her talking about her dream because I was eaves dropping.

  50. I kept rats as pets for more than half of my life, so maybe my re-occuring dreams might be influenced by this and the fact that I do not have rats around me anymore, but still I find the dreams strange enough, and yet I could not find any interpretation, so I decided to try it this way:

    Those dreams, while they vary in location, usually begin with me clearing up a room, a closet or a wardrobe; sometimes I look for something, but mostly it feels (and looks) rather like the “annual spring-cleaning”. I open a cabinet or drawer or move a piece of furniture – and then suddenly a (fancy) rat appears. Sometimes it’s a male rat, sometimes a female one, but I always know this rat, because in this dream I recognise it as one of my pets. I reach for him/her , and he/she climbs happily onto my hand. It feels like I have found this rat again, although I lost him/ her many, many years ago, and it’s a miracle that the rat is still alive (and young looking), although the rat must have been living for 8-10 years since I saw her last. I feel a great relief washing over me, and a great joy, upon realising that I found this rat again and that he/she was there the whole time. Then usually the dream ends.

    A strange, but important thing also seems to be that those rats CANNOT be one of my pet-rats who went over the Rainbow-Bridge years ago. They usually are colored like no fancy rat can be colored (usually they are ginger-red with white patches, almost like a Paint Horse) – and they have horns. Mostly common are ram’s horns, but once or two times they had the antlers of a stag as well. I feel that those horns have to have some significance – after all they would not be in my dreams…. but I don’t know what it could mean.

    Maybe somebody can help me out?

  51. Hi,

    I had a dream which is really disturbing my mind, I can’t get over it and I would like someone to please try to tell me what it may represent.
    So, I dreamed about having a brown Rat in my blazer pocket that I was wearing . In a meanwhile, I was chasing a bruin dog out of the house to go outside, and I was so frustrated by the fact that the dog didn’t want to get out. And I had someone, which he looked like my boyfriend, telling me to leave the dog alone, but for me, I was really upset by the dog and I wanted it a way.
    And then, the dog started being aggressive too and bucking at me. So finally, I let the dog stay at the porch of the house and I closed it away from where I was, which looked like in the sitting room.
    Nevertheless, when I went back to look at the Rat in my pocket, I couldn’t find it, it was gone!!!
    Please tell me what this means. Normally I love Dogs and I grew up with dogs and had own two dogs. I don’t know why I was so upset with it and I love animals so much but I have never considered having a Rat as a pet.


    1. Here is my personal interpretation of your dream:
      The dog in your dream represents an unresolved issue in your life. The issue is something that causes you loss. For example, I think the rat symobolizes something that you were comfortable with. You had it “with” you. It was a “success” or a person in your life that you wanted to keep “with” you, alongside you. You had it close to you… in your pocket. But then the dog, an issue came up. In the dream you tried to get rid of the issue/problem and deal with it but it would not go away. You then lost the rat, the thing that symobolized something you held close, because you allowed the dog to stay, you allowed an unresolved problem or issue to remain in your life causing you to lose something you somewhat valued or that comforted you. The “old boyfriend figure” represents a person in your life or a way of thinking that persuades you to continue to not deal with this issue. They keep giving you the wrong advice. Is there someone who your are listening to who is not being supportive in allowing you to deal with an issue, addiction or person in the way that you need to deal with it? I think God is trying to tell you deal with this issue, whatever it is, because you are losing things because of it. Perhaps relationships, jobs or material things are being lost. It is causing you pain and keeping you from some kind of healing. The old boyfriend figure in your dream is a person who does not want to see you free from your issue. Perhaps they have a hidden agenda. Perhaps they have control or power issues. They aren’t a bad person, they just aren’t supportive. But there is the “dog” that is holding you back and only you can get rid of the dog. It may be good to get a professional counselor to help you if you can, a person who is not biased and can help you with the specific situation and support you going forward. I hope this helps. I am not a professional counselor. I have had an interest in dream interpretations for many years and feel that it is a gift given to me by God to help others.

    2. Moza, the dog is a symbol of someone you love, however, someone very sneaky as a rat would try to put you against the person you love and you would turn against him/her but that person really cares for you so they would not leave you. When you realize you will find out y that the r a t was trying to keep you away from y our blessing. Be careful who you bring in to your life or house.

    3. You will relocate if you already haven’t done so: a small financial gain, a false lover or friend, this person will do anything to bring you misery, sadness, and hurt and damages: even grief, troubles with the law, possibly neighbors or coworkers: false friendship, gossiper, infidelity: unfaithful lover / friend

  52. I dreamt that a white rat went into my daughter’s bedroom..the door was closed and it crawled under the door..what could that mean?

  53. I think I have dreamt of the rat on two occasions. The most recent one was probably two nights ago. I was either opening a sliding door or standing beside an opened sliding door and as I was able to step through the door, A Rat (dark brown or black) popped its head, as though hiding behind the sliding door. It was eye level with me, the snout was long. My view was the long snout and two beady eyes. When I saw it, it was unexpected. I jumped out of my sleep (literally), my eyes flew open and my body reacted the way I did in the dream. For the first few seconds, I could not discern if it was dream or it happened now, like both my realities were blurred.

    I never really felt positively about rats. I don’t think it was going to attack me, but it was unexpected (probably too close), and I did not like that.

    1. I dreamt something similar to your dream….the rest in my dream was black…i would like to know the meaning.could you please let me know if you out…..thank you

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  55. Hello !
    I dreamed last night that I was alone in my house and checking all my door locks but suddenly my mother come to my room and before I can ask her how you come in ?she was bit in hurry and take me to our kitchen where a big rat is there and my mom ask me to kill that rat with a broom ..I was about to hit but that filthy rat was under a rack and I can only about see his tail only . but just that time I wake up ..
    Please let me know what it means ????

  56. hello

    yesterday i ran outside in the morning to get the trash out for the pickup. i came back in the house, closing the door behind me. it is possible the door lock did not catch but the door was closed maybe just noth tightly. An hour later, i walked by the door area and something had come in the house, left the door ajar, and there was a rat carcass – blonf fur still on the hind area. only some exposed back leg tendons, fur, entrails and half the tail were left. it was still moist as if just eaten. i have 4 cats and there is no way they killed and ate that big of a rat without my knowing it. we have rats here in the northwwest, but it is my first encounter since i just moved to this house that i am renting for a short time.

    what brought the carcass in? it was very odd, like a vanish, and happened quickly.

    thank you

  57. Carol on March 10 2015 @7:16am

    I had a dream about a bunch of rats in a box just moving around a fast pace no storyline behind it i wasnt in a certain place they were just in a big box moving fast what does my dream mean Thank You.

  58. I have not had a dream of a rat but have seen rat symbolism for about a week now, lots of random programmes with rats in them, books, random pictures I wouldn’t usually notice, it is always one lone black rat…

  59. I’m a little confused.
    My dream was vivid and realistic. In it I was upstairs in bed at someone’s cottage when I woke up with a large dog sized rat on top of me about to bite me.
    In this dream I grabbed the rat around the neck and killed it then went back to bed only to find fecal dropping of more rats but none were seen.
    I then woke up.
    Can anyone help decipher this dream?

    1. Hi i also saw a huge brown rat as big as a dog in my dream. It was standing beside my bed and also wanted to bite me. I woke up and nothing. Have you found an awnser yet?

  60. Hello I hope someone can help me. I’m very aware of animals being messengers in my life and always heed their lessons. I’ve lived in my current home for 8 years, all of a sudden I have had a rat get into my home. It’s been the scariest experience, I’ve seen only evidence of them but never seen one only heard and seen paw prints/tail marks. I know it’s a rat as I got a professional in. However, the weirder thing is I keep seeing the word even when I didn’t know what was getting in and everywhere I go on TV, in conversation,, reading, I keep seeing the word. I just turned the TV on and there it was again. I’m scared in my own home but also realise there must be a higher reason. It’s made me clear the house of things I don’t need but not fully yet and I wonder if the energy is still around to remind me to keep getting rid of the old. I was told its a sign of transformation. Any advice would be so gratefully received. Thank you x x

    1. I am going through a very simiiar experience as yourself ,am petrified by them but only when in my garden or house …If I encounter a rat / mr. rattus outside my living space I admire them ,their bright eyes ,shiny coat, their ingenuity. I love to watch them eat using their wee hands that almost look human..Again only from a distance.. I have had several panic states over my life and a rat has been in my life in one way or another during these times ..The page above has clarified a lot to me today and your comment resonated with how I’m feeling.Hope things have improved for you.

  61. I have a dream in which there were two huge white rats. Larger than cats. At first I was repulsed but then I noticed they were very clean and tame. I then decided to get on and keep it for a pet and put it on a leash to take walks. Any ideas?

  62. I woke up past midnight and find 3 rats in the trap. Trying to kill them, one refuses to die for 15 minutes. In the morning I find that another rat has added there and parts of two of those rats have been eaten. The two have had some parts removed in them.

    Yesterday night, I sleep and wake up from my dream because a fat rat was eating my hair in real life not a dream.

  63. I dreamt saw million of rat coming after me i was surround by dem and was hitting Them and calling for help… Them they disappesr. What this dream meant..


  64. I was visiting a friend who had psychic abilities and she was sharing a few of her “insights” with me- the (her) families pet rat kept crawling up my arm- (I was trying to be polite about this and not freak out) anyway she told me “he never likes anyone who comes over – I can’t believe he likes you!) she even had tears in her eyes! What the heck is the meaning of this?????? It really creeped me out.

  65. hi. I was dreaming about a pidgeon and woke up to find a grey and brown rat on my bed in the morning. It just stared inocently at me before I threw it after being startled. What does this mean?

  66. I had a dream that me and my husband were talking in our home when suddenly a large amount of water started leaking down the walls from the roof. A roofer looked at the problem while my husband went outside. The roofer said the problem was roof rats, a lot of them. I didn’t actually see any rats in the dream myself but being told the cause was roof rats seemed significant. Thoughts on what this could mean? Thank you!

  67. Hi…mousses are constantly near me.
    I know I live in the country but… :/

    If I am with my chickens…they appear taking food near me..or in front of me.
    If they get in the house, the only room they go…is on mine. And I changed rooms already…more than once :/
    When I am painting(though my tiles paints are real poison), they go in there…with no respect for me at all.

    The thing is…we we catch them…we leave them on further country, we don’t kill them 🙂

    Well…thought once my spiritual guide was an owl(because I had an owl as a friend, used to bring me food ansd clean my hair hihihi)…then thought it was dragonflies, they are around me, and land near me :/ 😀

    But…now I remember(as I have new visitors in my work space again)that probably it is the mouse.

    How may I know?

    Kind regards

    1. Hello Teresa: Different animals come to us at different times in our lives as spirit guides. When they make their presence known constantly – make an effort to learn and integrate as much of their wisdom as you can. We can also have more than one totem at a time. Also check out our Mouse page and pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page. The message will be specific to you.

  68. Carolynn Buchanan

    Hi…last night I had a dream that there were hundreds of rats in my attic…they were squealing and screetching and I went up thete to see what wad going on…water had got into the attic and they were trying to get out…They started to jump on me and attack me…I tried to escape but there were too many and I started to shout out for help…then I woke up…what could this mean ? I have dreamt of a rat before..one was sitting on my bed and the next day I got a puncture while driving…I accepted the rat as a helpful guide…there to warn me….but now I dont know what to think…because these rats attacked me….any advice would be very welcome…

    1. Hello Carolynn: Your dream is symbolic of emotional immaturity. I am thinking that you are currently or currently will be involved in a fairly bitter drama amongst your peers. Everyone is responding with venom rather than taking the time to fully understand each other with compassion and love to a situation. Judging others is never the correct path – no matter what has happened.

    2. Carolynn Buchanan

      Wow…thanks for that reply…that really gives me something to think about…..ja….it is ringing a bit true…a bit too true for my liking

    3. Hi Carolynn,

      If this were my dream, I’ve got lots of distractions and thoughts on my mind and have been ignoring my spirituality. I need to ask for help in this area, perhaps from my guides.

      Our waking life is also symbolic and filled with metaphors: our cars represent our selves, how we get around in the world. Getting a tire puncture might indicate something about delays I’m having in some aspect of my life. (For some reason I’m sensing a delay in the career area?).

      If I had a dream of a rat sitting on my bed, I might ask myself “Am I comfortable with expressing my intelligence to the world?” Maybe the rat is indicating that I’m becoming ready to do that.

    1. Hello Kim: The message is very clear – assert yourself with the landlord to make sure he takes steps to remove them from your roof. Find an advocacy group to help you – use the media. Do what you can to bring every ones attention to the problem so that it can be resolved. Rat as a messenger would be spotting one outside or on your travels. Rats as a major life lesson would be a full blown infestation.

  69. Hello.. Greetings to you.. I just wana reply on issue on a rat that I accidently ran over while driving after midnight.. What’s a reason behind it..
    Thank you..

    1. Hello Mark:
      The message in this case is that you have to recognize that someone is manipulating you and controlling you in some way. They are using a passive aggressive way of doing this – in other words making you feel guilty. You need to take a hold of the situation and move on.

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