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Rat Dream Meanings and Interpretations

Dreaming of Rats

People commonly dream about rats. Rats can represent a variety of different things in our waking lives, depending upon the scenario of your dream. Each dream situation, with its accompanying emotion, can give insight into your subconsciousness.

Determining the meaning of your dream is not a simple task. It will require you to dig deeper into your dream's circumstances and draw connections to your waking life. For example, did you dream about chasing a rat, or did a rat bite you? In your dream, were you afraid of the rat, or was it helping you in some way? Your answers to these questions will help you determine your dream's meaning.

In this article, we will discuss rat dreams and symbolism. We will also review rat dream meanings and hopefully guide you in the right direction so you can determine what your rat dream means to you.

The meaning of your dream can change depending on how you feel about rats.

The meaning of your dream can change depending on how you feel about rats.

What Do Rat Dreams Represent?

Your dream's meaning might depend on how you view the rat in your waking life. How do rats make you feel? Do they terrify you, or do you think they're cute? Many view rodents as nuisances or pests. Some people fear rats while others just hate them and still others have them as pets, so you'll want to consider your own feelings about rats when interpreting your dream.

Other things to consider: A rat might also represent a snitch or a thief (a "dirty rat"). Rats carry a variety of diseases (the Black Death is widely believed to have been an outbreak of bubonic plague spread by fleas that lived on rats). However, rats are also survivors that seem to thrive in harsh conditions.

If you see a rat, how does it make you feel? Each one of your answers to these questions can help in interpreting your dream about rats.

Rat Dream Meanings and Scenarios

For centuries, the rat has existed all over the world. It is an animal that is known and recognized everywhere, and it means different things in different cultures. As a symbol, the rat might represent a variety of different meanings depending on your cultural interpretation.

Rat dreams often represent negative emotions and situations. However, some rat dreams may actually represent positive things in your life. Since rats are widely interpreted, your rat dream meaning can vary widely.

  • Biting, chewing, or gnawing rats: You rat dream may suggest someone or something is consuming or nibbling away at you. This might relate to anyone or anything that is bothering or "eating" you in your waking life. On the other hand, if you are bitten by a rat in your dream, it might be a warning that you should beware of your surroundings. This type of rat dream can symbolize that someone is out to get you or may suggest that someone close to you will betray you. It could be any meaningful person in your life, but it is possible that it may be someone that you don't know. In this rat dream, you are the target.
  • The "dirty rat," snitch, or informant: Dreaming about rats can also point to unethical behavior on your part or the part of another. It is possible that your rat dream is portraying traitorous behavior, a betrayal, or deceit in your waking life. A rat is often described as a thief or someone who can't be trusted. Your rat dream might be a warning that someone is trying to betray you or might represent your fear of being betrayed. You may want to keep your eyes peeled. On the other hand, your rat dream may suggest that you are the one that can't be trusted.
  • A dead rat: If you see a dead rat in your dream, this might symbolize that your emotions may be compromised. This type of rat dream points to uncontrolled emotions or fears about a certain situation in your waking life. Dreaming about dead rats may also represent the ending of something in your life, such as a friendship, relationship, job, or a phase of life. On the other hand, killing a rat in your dream may symbolize that you will be victorious over your enemies. If there is a person that has betrayed you, you will have the last say. This rat dream may point to a former friend or someone close to you. However, it may also point to a certain situation or circumstance in your life.
  • Chasing (or being chased by) a rat: This may mean that disputes will bring you down. This dream can refer to disputes about anything. Your rat dream is warning you to keep your guard up. This is a classic sign of betrayal by someone close to you. Remember, the rat can be a symbol of disloyalty, deceit, treachery, guilt, envy, helplessness, and doubt. Your dream about chasing or being chased by a rat could point to any one of these emotions.
A dream of a rat in a cage might reflect your waking feelings.

A dream of a rat in a cage might reflect your waking feelings.

More Rat Dream Interpretations

  • If you are able, it is important to try to remember every aspect of your rat dream. Try to remember how you felt when you saw the rat. Were you happy, sad, anxious, fearful, or terrified? The emotion you felt in your dream can give you a clue to what the dream represents.
  • Dreaming about rats can also symbolize sickness, illness, or disease. In many cases, you or someone you know might have an illness. This dream isn't a prediction of the future but rather a reflection of present fears.
  • The color of the rat in your dream might be meaningful. If it was a white rat, this might symbolize overcoming trying times: You will go through trying situations, but you will prevail. If you dream about a black rat, this may suggest that you will be deceived and that betrayal is upon you. (On the other hand, some cultures believe that the black rat is a sign for good luck in love and marriage.) If you dreamed about a brown rat, this might represent illness or treachery. Examine your associations with the color of the rat to decipher the meaning of the dream.
  • Rat dreams can also suggest that we are fearful of not being accepted. Just like the detested rat, you may be fearful that you will be an outcast. We all want to feel love and feel that we belong and if we don't, this can trigger bad dreams.
  • Dreaming about rats can simply represent your fear of rats. If rats terrify you or if you saw one recently, your dream may have been brought on by that fear. Rat dreams can also suggest the aspects of ourselves that we don't like. Your rat dream may point to things you don't like about yourself—your attitude, appearance, or bad habits, for example.
  • It is equally important to remember other symbols and elements that you saw in your dream. These symbols and elements can change the meaning of your dreams. They may suggest other meanings or possibly nothing at all.
  • Remember, not all rat dreams are negative. Rat dreams may also represent perseverance through trying times. Life can throw a lot at you at any given time. The rat knows this. Your rat dream may be a sign to hang in there. Keep trying—don't give up. In the end, you will be successful.

© 2013 Richard Ricky Hale


Looqi on September 08, 2020:

I dreamed of a small, dead rat, with no hair on it (is it called hair?), and the other rats were mourning it. I chased the other rats out, mad at them for some reason, and I remember being really sad about the small dead rat. Woke up melancholic, slightly depressed.

Kim Kashe on August 04, 2020:

I caught a rat and release him he was in my casa..

DK on July 24, 2020:

I had a dream of seeing a rat in hole lying sideways

Evelyn on July 01, 2020:

It was a big black rat it was running after me but it was friendly like a dog

Cynthia on June 27, 2020:

In my dream i saw a big black rat being chased by a little rat.

Victor on June 26, 2020:

I dreamed that I accidentally let rats in my living room, huge, ugly, angry and fat rats, two of them... I am scared of rats, very scared, and in the dream my dad was pushing me to hunt them down, pushing furniture over and trying to hit them with broomsticks, one of them crawled into my pants and over my body ,and came out of my sleeve, I grabbed it by the neck and when I got a good look at it, it was the size of a beagle dog!!! I was terrified, my dad told me to kill it but I just managed to open the house door and push it out. It remained outside, waiting for another chance to come back in, and my dad said we would poison it later. Now that I analyze it, that rat might be my sexuality (im gay) since my dad doesnt approve of it, while the other rat that remained might be my excess weight and poor self image. Crazy dreams

Annie on May 16, 2020:

i had a dream last night i was chasing a rat to try and kill it now i love rats and i had two of my own as pets that's why this dream is confusing, in the dream i felt familiar with this rat and it kept getting out of my grasp but sometimes i did capture it however i couldn't bring myself to kill it, its a black and white rat.

Nera Guzman on March 25, 2020:

I had a dream last night about rats there was at least 2 or 3 of them the color of them was brown in the dream I was terrified of them wht does my dream means?

Hou van jou on February 13, 2020:

Had a dream newborn rat jump on my face and it has white color and looks unique

Verónicas Gonzalez on February 09, 2020:

Had a dream of a big fat black rat running in and out of my closets and it didn’t bother me . As my dream continued the rat would show up again accompanied by another black animal but I couldn’t determine what it was using a small baseball cap as if they were making fun of me

Gloria A. Molina on February 08, 2020:

The rat came out of a crack in the basement wall and proceeded to try to cuddle with me, like a pet. But I gently pushed it away. Later again it randomly showed up and again tried being friendly. Weird! I'm O.K. with rats. They don't scare me.

ELVIA J on December 17, 2019:

Not sure if I had a nightmare within my dream or it was after the rats dream, I couldn't wake up or open my eyes. Two mice in my old house in my old room. I wasn't afraid and I tried catching them. They were grey and ran around me, and jumped on my bed and the walls, I was afraid they walked on me when I was sleeping. I caught one and it tried to bite me but it didn't bite me. I remember thinking my old house was built on an mice hill and everyone in the neighborhood had mice. So bizarre!

Veena on December 14, 2019:

I had dream grey color rat was holding my phalm tight and some of my cousins and my brother in law was there

And I didn't understand why rat came in my dream


Northampton Community College Marilyn castro on November 20, 2019:

I woke up from this weird dream and my heart was pounding and I was sweaty with my anxiety on high. I'm not exactly sure where I was but there was a fire and and earth quake that had happened in my dream and i'm thinking we were trying to escape and found a room with a sky line to walk across but below us was burning fire and falling ceilings.across us in front I could see safety.

I got on that thin line and started walking across when I felt something weird fall into my hair. Whatever it was I grabbed it quickly and tossed it. I felt another movement in my hair after I thought I tossed whatever was in my hair the first time. When I brushed my fingers through my hair again, I felt whatever was in it tangled or holding on for dear life. I was trying to keep my balance and not fall off while removing the thing. Finally I got it out. It was little white red eyed evil screaming rats.I got bit twice and the third one was still in my hair and i grabbed it and it looked at me and hissed then bit me to the point It couldn't puncture me but my finger was turning purple and throbbing. I finally got its teeth to unattach from my skin. Something told me to look above my head and i saw a torn ceiling leaning side ways sort of like a ditch full of dozens of white little mice and rats. I screamed in fear for a second and moved forward faster on the line without thinking of my balance on the line when i tripped off the line and someone caught me but I couldn't see who....I woke up in panic and anxiety and with a headache glad that it was just a dream. I couldn't interpret what it meant or see who caught me. Was it myself or a hero ?

G on November 16, 2019:

I have a reoccurring dream of trying to prevent a colony of rats from coming through a large hole in a ground floor house that leads to the basement property below.

There are hundreds of grey rats in the basement that continually attempt to get into the above ground floor property that I am in.

In the dream I experience anxiety in trying to stop them from coming into my property and have tried numerous ways of trying to kill them without success.

EIleen on November 14, 2019:

I just woke from a dream of rats, they were being observed and hunted by me and they started off being grey in colour then turned to darker then black, i was the hunter, I put a knife into the back of the black rat but needed to do more than once, it was eating and seemed not to care. I was alone, in a building

Alex on November 14, 2019:

My dream was odd. I discovered that two rats have burrowed into my left thigh and they were in their as if they were sleeping or knocked out. Discovering this i was.obviously freaked out and wanted to pry them out. In my mind I needed someone else to do it. I was in a dining room that i was not familiar with with around 4 or 5 people that I could recognize and some I knew closely. No one wanted to get them out for some reason and i remember just receiving words along the lines of ehh tomorrow and they kept turning the lights off. Then one right woke up and got out of my rhigh i pulled my pants down and it jumped out onto one of my roommates that i live with currently and then ran to the corner of the room and escaped through a vent. I was like see the rats?! Then for the second one i finally get someone to get it out with tweezers and then it was waking up after it was thrown to the floor i was like get it! No one moved so i stomped on it twice lightly then i just remember saying what you want it dead? Then cleanly piercing it through the head with a needle like sword and the sword dissapeared when the job was done. the rat was put away in a bag amd that was it.

Rochell on November 03, 2019:

In my dream I was cleaning the appointment in preparation to leave I ask the young lady who live across me for her assistance and we both were doing well. Until I came across a sick looking rat dark gray in color this terrible me simply because I do not like rats. I then try to chase it out the house but the rat became aggressive an hit me on my hands. All I taught about is being infected with rabies. It was very scary an so real. Am worried about this.

Simone on October 24, 2019:

My Dream:

I discovered a rat huddled in the darkest shadowed corner of my shed. I wanted to run away as I was instinctively afraid but I turned back around instead. I looked and looked through the darkness at it, though I dared not move a muscle. Soon the rat simply disappeared. It just disappeared into nothing at all.

Aaron on October 21, 2019:

This dream/nightmare had was a continuation from a dream before it, but I'm pretty sure it's irrelevant. I had walked down my stairs and to the kitchen. And there were these fucked up looking mice scuttling around. They weren't big. They looked like baby mice, sort of. They were roaming around on the floor. They got braver and braver, scarier and scarier. I stood on a chair, scared, watching them from above. I tried to scare them away, pounding the walls, banging a plate, yelling or shouting. But it was too quiet, I couldn't make any noise, no matter how hard I had tried. They looked at me and got closer... they had beady red eyes and pinkish skin under a grayish white coat of fur, and it looked like their bodies were slightly mangled, like they were stepped on before. They got closer and closer, until one approached my chair, climbing up the leg. I was so fucking scared I jumped up and tried to run away, and that's when I woke up.

Ashley on October 20, 2019:

I dreamt that I was at school and & I walked into a bathroom & I heard a noise & then a whole bunch of black or gray rats came running out hysterically & I was terrified & I was running away, it was a large group of them.

Gary on October 17, 2019:

I dreamt that I was being followed by a white rat that looked like it was in a fight with another rat all mangled up,

it kept following me until it got on my sleeve and deposited a maggot, when I wiped it off,

the rat had some how got up the wall and jumped down on my head and tried to place another maggot on my head, and was successful.

Then I reached up and flicked it off.

Shay on October 13, 2019:

I dreamt I was in bed, in my son's room and something was breaking through the wall. I was terrified, it was a gray rat. I called out to my boyfriend and he did answer. I remember thinking please don't let it get in the bed. It do and i pushed the blanket at it. It was so real I woke up hitting my baby thinking it was the rat

Shelly on October 11, 2019:

I just fell asleep last night and woke right up. I dreamed their were about 20 rats at my feet in my kitchen. I am afraid of them they were al dark gray

Lady Sassy on October 08, 2019:

I saw a brown rat in a small hole in the wall. Someone ( not me) picked the rat up and the rest is kinda blurry I can’t really remember

Jane doe on October 08, 2019:

I dreamed of gray and white rats chasing me them bitting me at the same time. I was scared and screaming. I woke my husband up.

bryan on October 01, 2019:

I dreamt about picking up bags of dead rats and disposing of them.

8 on September 29, 2019:

I dreamt of somebody dropping on me a big rat and continuesly that rat is climbing on my body and im throwing it away again its coming upon me.i got irritated about it on September 23, 2019:

Last night I dreamt that I was in the garage of a house in which I once lived. I was going through belongings that I had left behind. A number of rats were gnawing on textiles which I had prized and loved. Is something eating away at the fabric of my life?

Alli on September 17, 2019:

I was in an old building doing inspection then i saw one one baby rat on my feet when i shake it off, they all came out and was chasing me.

Sanity on September 10, 2019:

Rats are very intelligent and funny animals. I see so many of your posts where you killed them. STOP. Look at them as large mice. Most rats will not bother you, only a rabid animal (like any other rabid animal) would. I dreamt that my cousin who has cancer was overrun with rats and that I saved three of them to give back to her after I let the others go. I don't know what this means.

Alwin j on September 09, 2019:

They were morethan four rats in my dream. With different colors, some were black. White, blackwhite and others i cant tell. I tried bitting them, but they were not dying. But after some time,the same room was filled with rats were swimming in water. I just dont understand the meaning.

Pavi on September 01, 2019:

I had a dream where the rats were destroying the world. Humans were finding a way to keep themselves safe from them. Finally they burried the rats so that they wont come out. At the end some people out of curiosity opened the sealed path and again they started destroying the world.

Sayeh on August 12, 2019:

I killed a cute white Rat by my hand in my dream and I buried it

Josephine on August 09, 2019:

I dreamed about black rats hanging from the ceiling light also the cat was in the dream and she had babies and they was running around

Alicia on August 08, 2019:

Dreamed of hearing noise in kitchen and I was trying to call husband for help but I couldn't make any sounds I was so scared. Then a HUGE rat came out of the sink and ran at me trying to climb up my leg. I woke up screaming.

Alice okello on August 08, 2019:

I had this dream last night...there was a rat under the was very cool just steering around. Immediately it noticed me it started running away..i chased after it for about two eventually jumped on my hands I got so scared and crashed that time I found myself screaming very loud...everything seamed so real. Only to realize that it was a dream. what does this mean coz I still feel scared.

yeetyourself on August 03, 2019:

Ok so I had this dream I found a lamp and you had to cover it with something and add these little tokens into it, then I removed the sheet too early (and all I remember through the whole dream is me screaming) and then we just continued on playing this lamp thing, that’s when a black and grey rat ran from under it and started trying to attack me, I was on top of the kitchen cabinet and they were just jumping and I kept trying to kick them and they kept scratching me then my alarm went off and I woke up with sweat everywhere bcaus that’s usually what happens to me when I get nightmares

Tootsie espy on July 30, 2019:

I just dreamwd tofay that ive seen black dead rat in my dreams at the malls what does it mean

The Don on July 30, 2019:

I have had the same dream twice. I am sitting in my livingroom and I hear noises. Then a rat comes running out from under the couch. I chase it throwing objects at it. In the first dream the rat disappeared. In the second dream the rat attacked me, jumped on my arm and starting biting.

I deduce that my dream is telling me there is a traitor in my house. It can be my home or work. Right now I am going to think it is work. I am transitioning to a new position and I just found out that one of my new staff members wanted my position. Wish me luck.

Kaori lee on July 29, 2019:

I had a dream that I was being chased by a rat and it also started to bite me

Janette Jimenez on July 28, 2019:

I had a dream that I was throwing up rats and I kept pulling them out my mouth and they were covered in black gooey stuff they were seversl i felt o

anxious scared and filthy

InSiNew on July 21, 2019:

I dad a dream chasing jungle rats & killed

I took rat for cooking.

yunuen17 on July 17, 2019:

I recently had a nightmare type of dream where there was a LOT happening but there was a very specific part of the dream where two rats appeared in my room one was white while the other one was brown

Dreamer-888 on July 07, 2019:

I had a dream I had the cutest little pet rat fully clothed wearing a fluffy coat with a tied belt and everything. He was walking around with me on my shoulder. We were boarding a plane and walking towards the front of the line faster than the rest of our companions because we were cutting infront of them by skipping over their legs. I had great manipulation over my pet rat. Then suddenly, he jumped off my shoulder and made his own way ahead of me, he ran ahead faster than I could go. I felt a little betrayed, but I allowed myself to let him go without causing a big drama. The key here is I learned to let it go.

Laura on July 07, 2019:

I dreamt i was in the front room and this large odd looking animal which i knew in my dream was a rat because i was hiding was running around and it was brown with hair all over it. Somebody (a man) and not too sure who exactly caught the rat and that was the end of the dream.

maela on July 07, 2019:

i saw a black talking rat playing with me he was so cute when i was trying to leave him he was not leting me go.

Lissett on July 03, 2019:

I dream about a big gray rat. I was trying to keep it away from me. I was afraid of it.

Fais on June 30, 2019:

I dreamed about a rat trying to reach for my face and I was so scared and it bit my left hand and I was fighting to get it off me and the Color of the rat was black and it was really big rat

Michelle on June 18, 2019:

Hi this is the first time i dream about rat two big black rat bit me on my feet. And it had other ppl with but it bit me how ironical....strange to me i went looking for the nurse in my dream knowing i got a rabies shot from her. But i had to receive my last one so i just wanted to make sure of my situation

David blair on June 13, 2019:

I looked to this post because I have been subjected to mice, in three of my dwellings. I have not experienced this in 30 years. I have used remedies to rid them; but, they keep coming back. EVERYwhere I go...I am beginning to think this is a message of some kind; but, cannot find anything except the significance of them in DREAMS. These are not dreams, this is reality. WHAT is the message this nonstop occurrence for almost a year is telling me. Two different side of the country. California and Louisiana. I do not understand it.

Esther on May 31, 2019:

I have been having regular dreams about rats

I love rats I used to keep them as pets but 20 years ago

In the dream they are happy healthy and pregnant

I’m making sure I feed them properly

Last night I had a pregnant one again huge brown one

I was a little concerned about the amount of babies that kept appearing .. slightly worried about germs in the house hit also ecstatic at the furry creatures

Sone of the babies seemed half cat half rat

Me101 on May 27, 2019:

I was chasing and catching rats, but couldn't catch them. One was black and white.

Je on May 24, 2019:

I dream that I catch the rat

Halley on May 18, 2019:

Reoccurring dream that I have pet rats in a cage but I forget to feed them and when I come back they are all starving. Some have died and others are eating their corpses or are gnawing on their own tails. I pour food through the top of the cage but I know they will all eventually die painful deaths. I am afraid to let them go but I also hate myself for hurting them so I try to forget about them but I can’t. I get anxious every time and I wish this dream would go away. I don’t know if it means anything.

Lena on May 14, 2019:

My dream was a little rat jump to may arms then I automatically smash it and I kill it. I saw the organ on the floors. That moment I got happy with little guilty to say Im sorry! I kill it?

Then I saw my friend restrain the rat a but she bitten to her fingers. I saw it a drop of blood on her hands. What I gonna do in real life? Did I need to warn her?

Eloisa Batista on May 09, 2019:

I dream that my adult daughter was face down unresponsive. The rat was biting her face and i was trying to kill the rat and wake her up.

Sumathi on May 08, 2019:

Dream a lot rat dead in house

james on May 07, 2019:

Dreaming about a big brown Rat beside me looking into my face, but then I wake up ! Suggestions?

Malou on April 25, 2019:

I dreamed that I was bitten hard by a rat in my hand, then my cousin came with a scissor and cut the rat in half and through it away hardly.

And just now what's written here showed in not a planned circumstances..And this rat been named.

This thing happened taught me not to be too much kind and understanding because at the end of the day, if u can't give them anymore they will put you in the bad image..

But I do believed in karma.

Bea on April 24, 2019:

My dream was about a talking rat who I believed was my friend. Lying in bed (in the dream) he climbed on top of me and starting talking to me and as he was talking pushing into my chest and I couldn't move. I told him to stop but he pushed harder.

I was actually quite a frightening dream!

Justin on April 21, 2019:

I dream of rats because I am surrounded by a bunch of snitches and dishonest backstabbing vultures. I dream of dozens of them chasing me and attacking me and I just keep fighting and killing them all... Stomping on, jumping on them, and tearing them rat bastards apart...

Margaret's on April 21, 2019:

I dreamn't I moved house and there was

rats under rubbish in the back porch

Some where dead and some where running back and forth

When I stopped and looked they didn't look like rats

they where trying to get into the house.

Rita on April 17, 2019:

Just got up now with severe indigestion pain as in my hernia. However i had tjis awakening dream begore tjis

Something with a hairy tale sticking out of my right ear. There was not any pain. It was just there. I tried to pull it out but it seemed stuck.

I went to a Doctor. He gave to two tablets before removal. As i wanted to get onto the table the rat came out. Rolled over and it was cute. Did not run away.

Joy on April 16, 2019:

In my waking life, I feel disgusted with rats but my dream, surprisingly says otherwise. In my dream, there are two cute rats one with white and brown spots, and another w/ white fur. At first, I was afraid to pick them up so I just started jumping around then soon the rats started hopping around and playing with me, then I picked them up, and gave them a bath and started petting them. hmmm makes me wonder am I taking care of traitors in my waking life? hahaha this is so messed up.

Daniel on April 16, 2019:

I had a dream that my cousin threw a eat at me and it touched my shoulder and i felt disgusted that i woke up and checked my whole room

Chris on April 13, 2019:

I had a dream i was rats they were chasing me and i was stomping on them and killing them. After a blank in my dream i was outside the building and i set it on fire. I watched as the rats burned and tried to escape. I felt joy

geo on April 10, 2019:

I had a dream me and this girl were getting rid of rats, she kept pulling their heads off and feeding them poison, we were on a motor way and we found a rat, the girl i was with fed it poison and all of a sudden it started turning into a human, the human died and we drove off. Eventually i was pulled in for questioning and i admitted to everything, i was being put up on a murder charge. My partner and friends turned against me and i wad looking a going to prison for a long time - what does this dream mean lol

favour on April 07, 2019:

I dreamt where am killing a rat and the rat was giving birth at d same time ,wah does it mean ?

halima queen on April 01, 2019:

what about black and white rat

Hayley on March 16, 2019:

I never had a dream about rats before but last night I had a dream. 100’s of different colored rats were all over my house and I was standing on a stool and then I went looking for help and when I came back they were gone but there was a big hole left on the floor and I rinsed it out with water and covered it. What could this dream possibly mean ?

Rachel on March 03, 2019:

It was three gray well kept rats just sitting on a soon in the kitchen,I was surprised,but not afraid,and even the rats was afraid, on February 25, 2019:

A few months back, I dreamt about rats for 2 nights in a row and I usually can't remember my dreams. I remember being scared and anxious and thinking I need to look up the meaning of rats in a dream. The interpretation talked about deceit, it talked about betrayal and I remember reading this to my husband, whose only remark was hmm. I didn't realize it till several months later that he was the rat in my life, he was cheating on me. I say this only to say pay attention to your dreams, like I said I very rarely remember anything I dream about and those rats stayed in my head. My husband and I are no longer together and I no longer dream of rats. I just can't sleep

Liz on February 19, 2019:

My dog gave birth to puppies. I was so scared and worried about her, but I rolled up my sleeves and dove in to help her. I became excited because they were so cute. I called for my family to come over and help, but when they got there our dog and her puppies turned into cats. I was confused, but still worried about losing her so I kept trying to help. We decided to move the cat and the kittens, but when I looked closer at the babies some of them were actually newborn rats that had just been given birth to nearby. They were black and healthier than the others. I as disgusted and scared. Somehow I killed the first one I found. I looked closer at the rails to tell them apart. After seeing their tail, the rat became obvious. I tossed another and asked my brother to take care of it. I didn’t ask. I just looked at him and he knew. I looked over at the cat and she was so skinny and depleted. I wanted to get formula to help but then I woke up.

Angela C on February 13, 2019:

I my dream there were three rats on my bed while I was sleeping. Somehow they got tangled in my blanket and I ended up killing one with a stick under the blanket but can't remember what happened to the other two

Carmel Rod on February 07, 2019:

In my dream i was playing with a gray color rat..i was trying to let him sleep but he still keep on running back and forth until he wants to get out of the room because he is bored.I close the door so that he can’t go out and I convince him to get sleep and stop running and the rat listen to me and lay down silently and almost sleep..what does it mean?

Javon Diaz on January 29, 2019:

I dreamt of an albino rat and it was trying to chew on me. It eyes were red and it seemed mad but so was I. I don't know how I had the courage to grab it with my own hands, but I did. I grabbed it by the throat and squeezed tighter and tighter. Blood started to flow out of its eyes but I was too mad and I kept squeezing until its head exploded. I was disgusted after that and the rat carcass vanished. I went to sleep in my dream and then I woke up in real life so confused.

Sdreams on January 25, 2019:

I thought I was awake, in bed. I felt something moving down one of the legs of my pajama pants. I looked up from the bed and saw a wavey mist. When I tried to focus in on what I was seeing a white rat jumped up and was biting me hard in the hand. I told myself I was dreaming, and was able to wake myself up from the experience.

Sabs on January 16, 2019:

I was walking by the beach/coast with an old high school friend I havent seen for years we were going to McDonald even though everyone was telling us it's bad for you. Suddenly a brown rat jumped onto my chest under my t-shirts and got out. It made me physically gasp from shock in real life. I didn't open my eyes. I made a gun appear and killed it. Then woke up. I just broke up with my boyfriend yesterday and this is the time he usually wakes up. Could mean so many things or nothing at all :p

Rizwan on January 13, 2019:

1st time i swa rat coming near to attack on me and i kill him.....what does it mean.....?

unknown on January 09, 2019:

Literally have had a dream about dozens of rats twice so far and in a bad way, fearful and also once chased by one of the little shits.

Gori on December 28, 2018:

This is the first time i'm dreaming of rats. I had the wierdest dream last night where in one of the room of my home there were bunch of rats ( more than 20 or so) on the wall all stuck together and it was so gross plus scary. Somehow my brother managed to catch some of them and killed some too. But to my surprise i hear a dog's weeping and see that among the black rats there suddenly emerges a black dog and he was bleeding. God!!!!

Sunny on December 06, 2018:

My brother and beating a Rat

Barbra on November 24, 2018:

I had a dream that my pregnant pet rat had babies but the two adult rats we're giving birth in my pockets and somehow all the babies wound up dead across the floor

nightmare about my pet rat eating my pet hamster after i forgot about them for months on November 14, 2018:

i realized i left my pet rat and hamster sharing a cage in a old apartment for months. i went to rescue them finding out they werent dead, in my dream hamsters can go months without food rats cant. my rat is missing a tail, my hamster is acting scared and is missing chunks of her body. i find out the rat has been eating chunks of the hamster not enough to kill her , or to not be full only enough to not die. i rescue the hamster but my rat continues to be weird , biting people and standing by the door , waiting for the hamster its meal to return. then i realized even after all this im still forgetting to feed her (my rat, i was feeding the victim my hamster.)

soo16 on November 01, 2018:

last night i dreamt my backyard was filled with dead big black rats. i was looking at them only, not picking them up. i couldn't believe they had all been in my house. yuk. then wanted to sell house and move.

Teju on October 18, 2018:

I have seen a dead rat in my today's dream and Im worried about it what will happen to my lifestyle ?? Not only today i have experienced many dreams with rats but not dead what all these rat indicates???

Jane on October 16, 2018:

in my dream, there was a dead rat under my bed and it had been rotting there for days. i was waiting for someone to take it away but no one was coming. it's weird but this rat was clearly associated with a person in the dream.

Agustin on October 09, 2018:

I have an awful dream with a Rat, I was eating and when I notice the plate there was a huge black rat on top, I tried to vomite but nothing happen, I took a look to the rat and it was alive and starring at me with arrogant eyes, standing in two feet and with a enormous confidente in itself, it start to speak and even though I don't remember what it was saying I know it was nothing kind. I though maybe a cat can kill it, but as I saw how smart the rat was I come to realized that no even ten cats could kill that ugly rat. Then I woke up.

Jasmin on October 08, 2018:

I had a rat in my hand gave it to my dog to lick and then grabs its neck and pressed it down on the sheets until I heard a pop. Then I gave it to my dog to play.

Sandi on October 06, 2018:

I had a dream that multiple rats were coming out of my purse. I remember feeling reluctant and eerie.

LaMel on October 03, 2018:

I had a dream that someone close to me wanted me to kill 2 fat rats that stuck close together when I chased them and threw stones at them was all I had and couldn't succeed in killing them what does this mean

Dante on September 30, 2018:

In a couple of days or so before I dreamed rats early this morning, I was so concerned about people afflicted with diseases and praying for them. My cousin called me last night and said he was diabetic. At work before the dream I was so dubious about my coworker betraying me and other, I was bothered about my nasty habit I hate but I keep doing it. In my dream I was in a grassy ground when rats, big and small appeared. The color of the rats are gray. I whack them and killed three because I want to get rid of them. There was one more rat I was trying to kill but it ran into a ground hole. I blocked the entrance of the ground hole with an object and that moment Igot awake.

Marylou on September 25, 2018:

I dreamed that I stepped on a rat it didn't die but then alot more came out I thought in my dream they were all cute. I wanted to keep them as pets lol.... I felt in my dream so at peace n loved but I don't understand why. I am not afraid of rats but I don't understand the meaning of my dream. Oh yeah and they were all different colors of rats the first one was white, brown,pink,blue,etc.

Mike on September 15, 2018:

My dream was 3rd person veiw. But it was about the irish mafia, in the dream he was with a friend that was in a wheel chair. Some guy was dancing in the street then git hit by a car. (no blood no gore) then the dream reset just s couple minutes before. But this time they found there friend being eaten by rats they freaked out then the guy in the wheel chair fell over and ton of rats were eating him. there was a big hole is head and is body split in half with a ton rats pouring out (no blood no guts, just a husk of a body). Then he ran to get out of the ally way and he hit a black bag that stretched across the ally way and freaked out a little bit more

Hunter on September 09, 2018:

Recently I’ve been have a recurring dream that I’m trying to trap a brown rat in a cardboard box. I don’t chase after the rat but more call for it to get into the box. This rat doesn’t scare me and when I visualize this dream I think the rat is cute. I did have a pet white rat when I was in elementary school so that might be why I think it’s cute. I get the rat in the box, but every time I can’t unlock the door fast enough to let the rat go free. It’s like I’m in slow motion or that I’ve never unlocked a door before. The animal doesn’t go very fast, but escapes the box that I am hold each time. I’ve had this dream the past couple of nights. The dream doesn’t seem negative because I’m trying to help the rat rather than get the rat out of my house. I don’t think about rats in my day to day life and just curious if this dream might have deeper meaning. Any thoughts?

Ayana Branch on September 04, 2018:

I dreamt that a rat bit my cat simba on the head then tried to come for me but then my old boss appeared with a stick in his hand and whacked the rat on its head then gave me the stick to do it as well and the rat just stood still then I woke up

Sue on August 31, 2018:

Last night I had dream and in dream I saw that I was cutting off raw coocked rat in kitchen at work place and I feel unpleasant do this cutting off coocked rat and its was light pink colour of rat and its was big massive rat how like big size of big leg beef or like a lumb size . And what's is mean that rat which I cutting off by the knight in kitchen .

Chelsea on August 30, 2018:

I was dreaming that i was on my kitchen and i saw a fat gray rat nibbling on something in the corner. I got on top of a chair and yelled at it to try and scare it off but it turned around and jumped really high at me looking angry.

PaulaJoy on August 28, 2018:

I dreamt that I was chasing a small black rat..very eager to catch it but I can’t