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Are all rats supposed to boggle? I've never seen my two do it! They're hapy chappies, always bruxing and running about, but they've never boggled :(

What a lovely boggley rat! She obviously loves you!
 

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I'm not sure if all rats boggle. I've only seen one of mine do it and only twice (Baileys really likes a fan blowing right in his face! :lol: )
 

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I dont know either if all rats boggle...It kinda reminds me of when you find your dogs favorite itchy spot, lol. Out of all my girls shes the one who does it most.
 

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that's so cute!! <3

i don't think all rats boggle...different rats show their happiness in different ways. my ratty Baby bruxes a lot but i haven't seen her boggle, while Vegas often boggles when she gets around to bruxing.

although i think anything rats do to show happiness is super adorable. xD
 

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aw! that's adorable. i love the bogglers. sookie will boogle if you carry her in a pouch and scratch the top of her head, otherwise, no go.

but was that a zipper on the hammock? i've never seen that before. what's it do?
 

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yes it was a zipper. All four sides zip up to make the hammock turn into something that resembles a tee pee with a whole for the entrance way. You can change it around however you like though.
 

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cool. that's neat.
 

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I am pretty sure that the muscles used for bruxing in the jaw are attached by the eye and at the end of a bruxing they boggle.

Then they stop and start again. :) Its soo sweet, and I warn newbies that "No, your rats eyes will not pop out..." :roll:

Yep...badly worded from me but here's the description from ratbehavior.org

Eye-boggle (eyeboggle, boggle): Eyeball vibrates rapidly in and out of the socket. Occurs during high-intensity bruxing (soft, repetitive grinding of the incisors). The rat's masseter muscle, which passes through the eye socket behind the eyeball, moves the jaw rapidly up and down during bruxing. When bruxing is intense, the contractions of the masseter vibrate the eye in and out of the socket in time with the incisor grinding. Usually considered to indicate pleasure and contentment.

Boggling is always a good sign, whereas some bruxing is stress/fear/pain related. :)
 

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Well boggling is what the video shows, and also is what lilspaz described.

Bruxing is when a rat gnaws their teeth together to create a form of grinding noise. It usually indicates they are happy, though not necessarily.

Actually lilspaz described that too. Just look at the post above yours :)
 

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Aww, great video! I love boggling ratties. :)

BTW, I have that same hammock! :wink:
 

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i need to actually go out and get another one of those hammocks. They had for close to year and are just now really starting to love it. Figure I better get another one before they destroy this one. Its nice to be able to re arrange it so many different ways.
 
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