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Ok so my rats will be out on me usualy on my shoulder or lap and they'll start grinding their teeth. Is it a happy/content noise? :?

I've always assumed it is but I'd like some clarifacation. :wink:
 

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Yea!! its called Bruxing ((if i spelled that correctly)), Guinea pigs, some rabbits and rats make that noise.. yes it means there happy. Alyssa does it all the time!
 

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Ok good I'm glade I'm right!! :D lol
 

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Ok here this might give you better and more info about it than i can... but its still a good thing..:

TEETH GRINDING
Q: When my rat is sitting with me, sometimes her head shivers slightly and she makes funny noises with her teeth as if chewing on something, but she's not eating. Is this "teeth grinding"? Is it similar to cat purring?
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Yes, this is teeth grinding and they always seem to do this while they are very content. They also grind their teeth to keep them at the proper length (as food really has nothing to do with keeping them short) and this could simply be what they are doing.

Heres the link to find that and more info/facts about rats:
http://www.rmca.org/Resources/rmcafaq.htm
 

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I always give'em something really hard to chew on. :)
 

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another way to tell that they are happy is called boggling it i when they pop their eyes in and out it looks like they are having a seizure but it is like ecstatic happy my jackson and iriquois do it all the time
 

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I finally saw that for the first time in my Giz... it was SO weird!
 

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the first time i saw it in one of my rats was with Violet but it was just after her surgery for a tumor removal so i don't see how she could ahve been THAT happy... could it be like a cat's purr? they'll do it when they're very happy/content but also when they're in pain?
 

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They do it when there happy and yes, also when they are stressed; at least from my experiance and from what I have heard from others and read.
 

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i have seen them brux when they are stressed also when iriquois bruxes he is usually asserting his dominance over the other boys
 

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Rats are to cute!!!! *Squeee* :)
 
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