Rat Dream Meanings and Interpretations


Dreaming about 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 for your dream is not a simple task. It will require that you dig deeper into the circumstances of your dream 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 are able to determine what your rat dream means to you.

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 widely vary.

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 be suggesting 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 of 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, if you kill a rat in your dream, this 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.

More Rat Dream Interpretations

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. | Source

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 may 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 may represent illness or treachery. Examine your associations of 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 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.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

wow this one is so interesting Ive never dreamt of rats.. but I can understand the interpretation lyricwriter bravo :)

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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Thank goodness i've never had a dream about rats. I've known a couple with two legs...Hee.

The dreamer 22 months ago

I dreamed of rats last night. I fear them and find them repulsive. I understand my dream now thanks to this article. It makes perfect sense. In my dream I felt fear as I walked down a muddy backyard which was my childhood homes. The rats were everywhere and it was raining. I was wearing no shoes just socks and I had to step on the rats and kill them with my bare feet. What I am going through in my life right now it's difficult and it helped me become stronger mentally overcoming my fears of killing the rats is almost the same feeling I know I will feel once I overcome the fears in my waking life. I felt powerful as I kept going and I jut wanted to make it to the back porch. I know I'll make it through life difficult moments I am a strong woman.

pamela 22 months ago

this rat I dreamt of with cream color with dots under its belly and lime green as and lime green tongue and it was friendly and I went over and patted it and I was afraid of it and then I picked it up and was petting it more and it was friendly towards me it was more like a guinea pig than a rat but it was a rat

Lee 20 months ago

I dearm about i ting dinner at some one house a they ask me if I want bake fish, but it was a bake blk rat 4 of them

buttercup 20 months ago

I dreamed last night someone was trying to make me eat rats they said I had to eat 46 of them they were black brownish color with long white looking tails what does this mean

gill 20 months ago

I dreamed lastnight that there was 3 rats behind a settee in a lounge, not mine but in the dream it was. I rushed to tell my husband but they had gone.later that evening 1 appeared again behind the settee then 2 more appeared same place.then 1 ran across the floor,i was petrified with that a mouse appeared from under the telly, they were brown with long tails.yuk!

Tammy 19 months ago

I dreamt a brown rat ran across my bed and I caught it

chloe renae 19 months ago

I had a dream of being with my younger sibling spending the night in a tree house and below us was over like a 1,000 mice, running everywhere, and my sister and I went down and started catching them, and playing with them haha

cileen 19 months ago

I recently dream of a rat.. Little white rats and a big black rat bitting mg baby.. Im so damn scared. And so i tried to catch them all.

Nay 18 months ago

I dreamt of a rat last night. I was scared and wouldn't open the door incase it came inside. In my dream the following day I looked out the window and that rat had a partner waiting to get inside the house. They were brown with fluffy mangey fur. I'm scared of rats but don't know what this dream means yet

hibbabutt 18 months ago

we caought two small rats last night and in dream i saw to many rats were coming from the floor of temporary accommodation.

plz note

i am very afraid from different kinds of animals and from rat also. I can't see them a minute also.

plz help me to find the meaning of dream.

before also i had many dreams regarding rats.

Hibba butt 18 months ago

hi again

i posted my dream about rats i want to tell thay rats were black

and in size were very small.

Awon 17 months ago

I dreamt of rat last night. The rats are on my neck, they are small newborn and also black rats I tried to remove them and later they are all around my stomach, they are small and new born rats. I was really scared.

stephanie 16 months ago

OMG twice had dream of rats again two days ago I dream a huge brown rat that was literally on my face today I dream white rats huge ones too and that I kill it

Nikhil 16 months ago

Hi I had a dream of WHITE RAT. That came and bite my feet.pls tell me about this i am really very scared about this .

rea 15 months ago

@Nikhil I had the same dream last night. A white rat bite my feet and shake the bed so hard that it woke my husband up. Got me up and didn't want to go back to sleep. I wish I knew what your and my dream means

janet 15 months ago

I dreamed of a white rabbit on my bed and I went over and petted it. Then it turned into a white rat. The rat hissed at me. I got scared and ran got help we hunted the rat down and killed it. What does this mean?

Lucy 14 months ago

I dreamed of a rat jumped on my face, tried to bite me , but didn't. Then it fell off without hurting me. I have never ever dreamed or ever thought of rats. The strangest dream ever!! I was in a relationship, off & on for seven months. Maybe that has something to do with how I was feeling at the time insecure, unhappy, and not sure whether to stay in that relationship or not. But didn't want to let go, cuz I was in love with that gentleman. But I don't believe he loved me. We finally parted , and I feel it was for the best , my best

Sherry 12 months ago

I dream 3 rat running and playing I was not afraid of them

karen hanley 12 months ago

I dreamt about lots of large brown rats... not nice.x

Kyle Reese 12 months ago

I was dreaming about that i was in elegant place and the garden had rats. Please give me answers to this because i am really freaked out.

jane 11 months ago

I dreamt of a dead brown rat found between the doors of my shower. My best friend has just been told her 18 year old son has three weeks to live which has come from nowhere we did not expect this and I was with her when she was told the news.

Kecia 10 months ago

I had a dream last night about a rat. I asked my mom to come check on my animals. She found my parakeet dead and torn apart and a large rat (the size of a chihuahua) in my bird's cage. She kept caught the rat (which was brown) and put it in a freezer ziplock bag and then in a box. When I came home and saw it I got really angry and grabbed the tv remote and hit the rat in the head several times. Then using my bare hands I abused it. I don't remember the dream after that. But in the dream I can vividly remember a very sad look on the rats face when i was hitting it in the head with the remote. If you knew me, you would know I could NEVER hurt any kind of animal. I spent 9 years at a vets office saving all animals. When I woke up I was very angry with myself and still am. I can shake that poor rats sad face out of my head.

tami 9 months ago

I had a dream that these people were using people for rat food.

Meng 9 months ago

I was dreaming about a black rat eatin/killing by a black snake...what does it means,,

It really bothers me,,help,,


Jojo 8 months ago

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fkyuh 7 months ago

i dreamed i was inside my old house holding a brown rat in my hands (kind of taming it) but it nibbled and bit my fingers. i kept it in my hands until i could get my camera phone out and i threw it sky high out the front door killing it. it switched to a bigger rat (maybe a beaver) trying to get in my window but i fought it off.. fucked

cynthia 7 months ago

dream of rats last 1 walking across my dresser 1 on nightstand 1 on bed while i was sitting chair

Jess 7 months ago

Had a dream this morning. There were several white rats emerging from a tube-like pipe device. If I remember correctly, one or some came up to me, and bit me on the arm. This was a strange and usual dream. Never had this encounter in a dream before. If anyone has a clue or solution for this, let me know.

Hate rats 6 months ago

The dream I had was there was quiet a few brown rats over me trying to bite me I hate rats. Am so ascard of them

Melissa 6 months ago

I had a dream last night that 2 rats entered my apt looking for something they were sniffing everywear.I got close to them so I could frighten them so they could leave;however they were the one pushing me back.It was a overwhelming feeling.

Terry 5 months ago

I dreamt of lots of black rats, maybe 20 or 30 in a square room. They were running everywhere on the floor and up the walls and I couldn't get away from them.

I am scared of rats when I am awake, so it can only have been a negative feeling. I seem to remember other parts of the dream which included two people in my life who really let me down (perhaps referring to the deceit mentioned in the text above). Tonight I'm hoping for fluffy bunnies!

Tee 5 months ago

I had a dream last night that a dark brown rat bit my finger terribly. Now im concerned to what it means.

radhika 4 months ago

there are 4 rats but one man pick one one rat and through the out side but after the throughout the rats I can,t see those are live or dead.

Eros 4 months ago

I'm on my vacation right now and something terrible happen during my trip.....I had a dream of black dead rat floating on the water pool, what does it mean? I just got accident 4 days ago dropped my back really hard on the sitting position when the big waves slum into the boat and I got lifted like 3 feet high and slummed down to where I'm sitting, I felt my spinal got so stiff and I can't move and I felt so much pain that I almost felt my back was broken and dislocated.

Lidia 4 months ago

So i have two hamsters. And i dreamed i was going to pet one of them when he turned around it was a rat. Then i noticed my hamsters were gone and i went to look for them. Then a bunch of rats appeared everywhere but they were imitating my hamsters with the colors and everything. I started getting scared because they were popping out everywhere. I told my mom and we were trying to get them out. But since it was raining and it was flooded they didnt want to leave and then i woke up.

nancy 4 months ago

I dreamed I was in a dark building and there were several large white rats running around and one by one I was catching them by their tails and carrying them outside. I didn't kill them but I was determined to get them out of this building. I wasn't bitten or even afraid. I was just so determined to get rid of them.

Alison 4 months ago

I had the most awful dream last night ... We had two hamsters in a cage who got on very well! The cage had a hole on the top where you could attach a tube. We were looking after a big black goofy rat ( don't ask me why lol cos I really don't like them!!!) the rat escaped from the cage and got into the hamster cage and killed one of the hamsters . I had to go and get some gardening gloves to get the rat out of the cage before it killed the other. I was terrified......then I woke up

Can anyone please help me with this interpretation?

Crizzy 3 months ago

I dreamt of a rat trying to balance in long stick that was balanced in a pail inside a clean room. When the rat came to the end of the stick, the pail tumbled and now the rat was at my face. I was disgusted at it so I threw it on the floor. Initially the rats color was black, but when I glanced at it again, it became white, but the room i was in became messy just when the rat turned white.

Mar 3 months ago

I saw two rats in my dream last night, like they were flying n one fly straight into my husband mouth n the nex one coming at me

n i killed it. Right now I'm worried about it.

Michelle 3 months ago

I dreamed last night that hundreds of blackish brown rats infested my home, due to an abandon house across the street, full of rats being torn down.

Rats were everywhere in my house except for the kitchen area. The rats attacked guess that came to visit and what appeared to be hundreds of them chased a friend out of my house. The friend was laying down in an upstairs bedroom. He was bitten on the hand and chased outside down the street.

Rats completly took over the neighbors house and they had to move into my house and we were all in the kitchen afraid of the rats trying to call someone to come and help get rid of the rats.

This was a nightmare and this dream really bothered me because I am afraid of rats; do not like them at all; they are filthy dirty pest that are full of desease.

Vera 3 months ago

I was dreaming that I'm cleaning/swiping the floor of my porch and saw a dark gray Rat, The rat was flat on the stomac and crying. I didn't know if to remove it, I just felt bad but also I was thinking at the dream at the same time that this is a trick and than woke up.

At work I was about to let go of 2 people but my husband felt bad especially for one of them so I gave them 2 weeks trial time to change - I'm not sure that the dream tells me to swipe away / get rid of the "rat"??

Tammy R 3 months ago

I recently this morning today, had dreamed about a rat unsure of the colour been chased and set on fire right in front of me. I felt anger toward the killer and pity for the rat. No matter what animal species is considered to be in people's point of view. Even though I ain't a person to adopt a rat but I respect all creatures small and great. To see a rat been chased and torched on fire had me questioned why.

I asked my dreams of Gaia tarot too and what I've learned was interesting. And very concerning but very spot on as my current situation is my biggest obstacle at present time.

A friend I've trained in the women's gym had decided to have a go in Hapkido for the first time and observed the environment also. What she said that she enjoyed the lesson but my intuition indicates that she may not return for future lessons which is fine. I'm used to training alone in whatever I wish to learn and become strong in but acceptable to others that wish to follow my footsteps but on their terms not mine.

Also I've learned that there is hidden jealousy and silent bullying in my mists but unsure who it may be just yet. I believe in if going to take up the sword never allow any change your decision and choice once have taken the persona of self promotion and strength. If others envy hate or despise you, then they must sort themselves to move forward and stop putting others down.

Viovio 2 months ago

I dreamt that i was kind of like at a side walk with trees and a huge black rat came over to me(it's black because I can only see it's shadow). It didn't chase me but I was afraid because his tail is super long. I realize It was raining too. But after that my uncle came to sort of rescue me. What does this mean? Can someone help interpret this for me?

Ashley 5 weeks ago

My dream is kind of bizarre. I dreamt of 2 rats one white rat and one brownish black rat. It came running up to me and bit my foot and wouldn't let go it got pretty graphic at this point my husband was trying to get it off of me and pulling it away but he had my blood vessel from my foot in its mouth and wouldn't let go. We finally got it off. I was terrified of this rat but it seemed like no one else was even though they saw what this rat did to me. In this dream the 2 rats were someone's pets the white one didn't harm me only the dark one did. After I had gotten bit all my kids started petting the one that just bit me and I was scared for them to get bit like I did.

Nayblev 4 weeks ago

I had a dream of sticking my hand in a Kleenex box and when i did the rat pokes thru the slot on the Kleenex box and was hissing. It scared me so bad I woke up. O am someone afraid of rats.

Rachel 2 weeks ago

My dream... I am with my boyfriend in an upatairs bedroom in a house. The house(room) is familiar, similar to his homeplace(bedroom) (he lived up until recently). I think we were just preparing to make the bed.. it is not clear what time it was. A black cat (he has a black cat who lives in his house) came into the room, I don't much like her. She is doing something and he takes her and throuws her out the window (this is okay because she can land on her feet and she does act a pest a lot). Then I notice a rat. A big rat. My boyfriend takes it and flings it out the window. I go to the window to watch the cat maybe take and eat the rat. This doesn't happen. The rat is now back up on the same level as I outside to the right of the window. I scream. {I say to my boyfriend ''the rat...''. We swap places. He now goes to the rat, takes him and starts to struggle to try and trow him out the window again. He is battling the strength of the rat in his hands. He throws the rat again, this happens just after the rat bites his hand between the index finger and thee thumb( I think but am unsure.. on the right hand). I then woke up. There was a feeling in the dream of calm and not panic. when I woke up I was concerned as I asked spirit for a sign and direction on my relationship. This is what I got. Any help would be appreciated. the rat, the cat, the bite, the throwing out of rat. the location.

before I had the dream and before we went to sleep last night I had strange visions/understandings, hence forth I asked the question of direction and help. I asked my boyfriend a random question which he refused to answer. Got angry with. I then nodded off to sleep. I woke up maybe a few mins. after to realise he was not in the bed. I was a little panicked. I went upstairs to the kitchen and he had the laptop out on the table. The question I had asked him before he got angry and refused to answer was ''who have you been messaging recently with on facebook?''. I don't know why this had to be asked but my gut said so.

When I went to the kitchen and saw him online, he told me that he knew I had been logging in to his accounts and lalala. He was angry and there and then checking his fb. Anyway, I said nothing and went to bed. I had this dream this morning. I would really appreciate offers with its interpretation. Thank you.

LaLa 2 weeks ago

Last night I had a dream where a very large black rat entered the room and I had an immediate feeling of superiority. I tried to scare it away and it laughed at me and started chasing me. (A huge laughing rat!!

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