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My son LOVES Stark. It's hard not to. He's soft, fluffy, rotund, and sweet as honey. Loves to tickle him and cuddle :heart:

Got this photo today and I melted! :faint:

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I got some cuddles and bruxing (teeth grinding) myself but nothing like that!
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That is an adorable pic!!!
 

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Great picture!! :heart::cloud9: Such sweet faces!!

I'm curious about the bruxing, teeth grinding. I take that it is a good thing? Is it anything like when birds grind their beaks? Like they're happy and tired? Sorry for all the questions but I'm just so curious about rats. I wanted one as teenager but wasn't allowed, but they still fascinated me and I like to own a couple one day :)
 

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Great picture!! :heart::cloud9: Such sweet faces!!

I'm curious about the bruxing, teeth grinding. I take that it is a good thing? Is it anything like when birds grind their beaks? Like they're happy and tired? Sorry for all the questions but I'm just so curious about rats. I wanted one as teenager but wasn't allowed, but they still fascinated me and I like to own a couple one day :)


It is a good thing :) Rats actually naturally grind their teeth to maintain a good tooth length, unlike some rodents like rabbits that need something to chew on to keep the teeth maintained. For some reason though, they also do it when relaxed and happy - just like beak grinding in birds! Occasionally it can also be a stress thing, kinda like how cats will purr when happy but also can purr to calm themselves down.

Some also do something called "boggling" where their eyes vibrate and seemingly bounce in their sockets. THAT I have never seen though :lol: Apparently it has to do with the muscle of their jaw passing behind their eyes :)

Never have to be sorry for asking questions! :heart:
 

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Aww, that's so sweet. I adore rats. Never worked out for me to end up with one, but I love seeing things like this!
 

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Too cute.. he certainly does love his rattie!
 

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So sweet :heart::faint::heart:


It is a good thing :) Rats actually naturally grind their teeth to maintain a good tooth length, unlike some rodents like rabbits that need something to chew on to keep the teeth maintained. For some reason though, they also do it when relaxed and happy - just like beak grinding in birds! Occasionally it can also be a stress thing, kinda like how cats will purr when happy but also can purr to calm themselves down.

Some also do something called "boggling" where their eyes vibrate and seemingly bounce in their sockets. THAT I have never seen though :lol: Apparently it has to do with the muscle of their jaw passing behind their eyes :)

Never have to be sorry for asking questions! :heart:


That is very interesting.
I never cared for the naked rat tails (creeped me out) but since I had to take on 8 baby Opossums, those nekked tails don't bother me as much :lol::heart:
 

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So sweet :heart::faint::heart:



That is very interesting.
I never cared for the naked rat tails (creeped me out) but since I had to take on 8 baby Opossums, those nekked tails don't bother me as much :lol::heart:


Naked rats aren't really my thing either but have you seen naked guinea pigs? The black ones are like mini hippos :lol:

 

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Naked rats aren't really my thing either but have you seen naked guinea pigs? The black ones are like mini hippos :lol:



I'm not a fan of any naked animals! Tanya's hairless are sweet as pie but they feel weird! LOL
I meant, I don't care for the hairless tails on rats :D
 

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You can see how much they adore each other!

Some of my rats would boggle when getting scratches or being stroked, or when they were eating a particularly delicious bite of food. It does look weird - like their eyes are going to pop out!
 

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It is a good thing :) Rats actually naturally grind their teeth to maintain a good tooth length, unlike some rodents like rabbits that need something to chew on to keep the teeth maintained. For some reason though, they also do it when relaxed and happy - just like beak grinding in birds! Occasionally it can also be a stress thing, kinda like how cats will purr when happy but also can purr to calm themselves down.

Some also do something called "boggling" where their eyes vibrate and seemingly bounce in their sockets. THAT I have never seen though :lol: Apparently it has to do with the muscle of their jaw passing behind their eyes :)

Never have to be sorry for asking questions! :heart:
Thankyou!! :heart: That's all so interesting. Boggling sounds super cool although a little weird. I'd love see it and hope that you get to see it too :)
 

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Thankyou!! :heart: That's all so interesting. Boggling sounds super cool although a little weird. I'd love see it and hope that you get to see it too :)

Here is a video I found that shows it!

 

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Great picture! So adorable - It captures love perfectly!❤
 

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I think Stark loves your son.
 

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What a beautiful picture of your boy and his rat!

Omg his eyelashes are just amazing!!! I love when you share pics of your son, he is so adorable :heart:
 

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What a beautiful picture of your boy and his rat!

Omg his eyelashes are just amazing!!! I love when you share pics of your son, he is so adorable :heart:
Well said!
 

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Naked rats aren't really my thing either but have you seen naked guinea pigs? The black ones are like mini hippos :lol:


Oh wow...never seen one like that before.
It does look like a hippo!
 
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