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This may be that you sense something sick or negative, so can depict your fears or anxieties, frightening instincts or urges, physical sickness or anxieties about health. Perhaps also feelings of sexual repulsion or using sex to gain material aims.

One can be a rat, or smell a rat, or rat on someone. Underhand activities carried out without admitting the real motives, such as sex without love, or for material gain. Is also said to represent time gnawing away unknown at our life, and we may turn to find it empty. The rat can also depict what we most hate or feel repulsion toward.

Sometimes a rat in your dream can remind you of love that was betrayed, or intuitions about a person being a ‘rat’ – doing things behind your back or underhandedly – or deserting a relationship or situation when difficulties arise.

The rats can point to threatening things going on that you are not clear about, or a view of the underhanded side of yourself or others – the evil side of human nature, its dirt and squalor, or time gnawing away at your life. It can point to the unacceptable parts or yourself.

In some dreams the rat has the character of most rodents, the gnawing inquisitive searching out of things. It can therefore relate to your anxieties, self questioning and worrying mind that disturbs or eats away at things like peace of mind or confidence.

Because we may have associations with rats used in laboratories they may suggest healing and sacrifice.

In China where various types of rat are cooked and eaten, the astrological symbols are replaces by animal symbols. The rat (sometimes referred to as a mouse) is the first of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. People born in this year are expected to possess qualities associated with rats, including creativity, intelligence, honesty, generosity, ambition, a quick temper and wastefulness. People born in a year of the rat are said to get along well with “monkeys” and “dragons”, and to get along poorly with “horses”.

In Indian tradition, rats are seen as the vehicle of Ganesha, and a rat’s statue is always found in a temple of Ganesh – the elephant god the remover of all obstacles. In the north western Indian city of Deshnoke, the rats at the Karni Mata Temple are held to be destined for reincarnation as Sadhus (Hindu holy men). Rats are eaten by some people in India also.

Pet rat: Quite different to general rat associations; vulnerability, instinctive intelligence, the caring feelings or drive to care; responsibility for caring. The rat is an intelligent creature, is a great survivor and explorative.


Quite different to general rat associations; vulnerability, instinctive intelligence, the caring feelings or drive to care; responsibility for caring. The rat is an intelligent creature, is a great survivor and explorative.


Idioms: Rat on someone; rat race; smell a rat; feeling ratty; cornered rat; rats leave a sinking ship.

Useful questions are:

Am I confronting or remembering something that I feel is repulsive or evil?

Am I in a relationship that I intuitively feel difficulties about?

Am I being a rat in a relationship or situation?

Is a worry or irritation eating away at me?



-Desiree 2015-05-24 23:01:07

There was a big rat at the bottom of my bed in my dream, it’s head was massive and it was staring at me, I was so scared in my dream and I shouted for my Mum. I don’t stay with my Mum though.


-Victoria Scanga 2015-06-16 15:17:42

I had a dream the other night. I was drinking from a water bottle and a pet rat (it was grey) kept trying to drink from the water as well, except it was submerging its head completely. I felt worried the rat was going to drown, so I would pull it out, but it would go right back to drinking. I was looking out a window during all of this, in like an attic or old wooden structure.


-Thelma 2015-06-19 6:36:54

It is 2:30 am and I was awakened by a dream of a white ray with brown patches. I am not a fan of rats at all, so it surprised me that I actually dreamed of it. In my dream I could not catch the whiye rat. It was very fast and everywhere in the house. If I’m not mistaken I think my brother in law killed it for me. What does this dream symbolizes????


-Tina parmenter 2015-06-28 22:54:44

I dreamt I saw a rat crawling along some concrete steps , I was in a car and it jumped at the window and stared at me then leapt in onto me and onto the seat next to me I grabbed it and threw it out the door


-Jhanny 2015-07-03 6:22:08

I dreamt of chasing two large grey rats. And one rats was carrying something with its teeth. Help me. What does this mean?


-Christine 2015-07-06 21:29:39

I have dreamt about stomping and pacing in my attic. There is no room to do that, it wakes me up with my heart pounding. This has happened three times now.


-Zero 2015-07-19 18:02:26

I have dreamt of a rat crawling onto me, i think in my dream it has a mission and i was supposed to catch it, but it came to me instead and crawled to my arms and hair but i got scared so i grabbed it and when i grabbed it, it dies.. I killed it.. Can you help me interpret this, thank you very much.


-Shan 2015-07-23 13:57:51

I had a dream the a was sleeping n woke up to two rats jumping up on me in my bed i was so frightened one grey one white


-Ashley 2015-07-27 10:13:32

I had a dream last night where I came into a house(mine in the dream, nothing familiar) That I’d been away from for a long time, so i didn’t know the condition it would be in. I saw a paper bag with foam and clothing scraps somewhat eaten away, and i bent down to see that a mouse had made its nest. the small mouse was looking at me, i sensed danger for myself, and it started crawling at me without looking away from my face (rather than scurry away as mice usually do). Without breaking eye contact and while i was backing away, it became a very large rat, the size of a small cat, and i knew it was going to try to eat me. It seemed it hadn’t had anything to eat for awhile and it saw me as food, And it seemed much braver than you’d expect. As it came at my face, i managed to grab at its neck, with intentions of slamming it hard once to break its neck, but i immediately woke up.


-Monica 2015-07-27 17:23:38

I was dreaming with rats. 2 small black rats passed me while I was walking in my home, suddenly I heard a crying, painful whining noise. I walked into the room and saw a bigger grey rat laying down with his stomach burst open and some organs hanging out pulsating. An other bigger grey rat run up to the suffering one and gnawed the pulsating organ open, (in my head I knew this is how to end the suffering). When the rat died the other (who “helped” him to stop suffering) kept following me with loud crying, like it was mourning the other one. I -being scared of rats- stood up on a chair but was crying and kept saying “im so sorry” (even though I didn’t cause it’s death.


-Ann 2015-07-29 20:00:32

I dream of white large rat’s in the refrigerator draw and could not get out, some how I was moving the refrigerator down the road.


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