Rat Terms & Acronyms

Rat Terms & Acronyms

This will never be a complete list, and the more contributions, the better. If you have any additions you think should be added to the ever-growing list please send us an email.

Note that definitions are VERY generalized, and everyone will have a different opinion about them.

Bruxing – The teeth grinding sound made by a happy, contented rat. Kind of like a cat purring.

Btooming – Kate’s term for the act of one rattie mounting another rattie in the show of dominance. Don’t ask me…see Kate! 😉

Buck – A male rat

Doe – A female rat

Dumbo – The ears are more rounded, and set lower on the rats head than standard ears.

Eye popping – A very startling phenomenon seen by some rat owners wherein a rat seems to pop its eyeballs out of its head!! It usually occurs when the rat is bruxing, and content.

Feeder – A rat originally intended for food for another animal (usually snakes)

Hairless – A type of rat with little or no hair. Don’t confuse a genetically hairless rat with one that has lost hair due to some type of dermatitis.

Kittens/Pups/Rittens – Baby rats

Manx – A genetic trait which causes the rat to have no tail.

Non-Rex Coat – smooth straight coat without frizziness or waviness, whiskers straight, not curly.

Odd Eyed – Each eye is a different color.

Pinkies – Brand new babies with no hair

Porphyrin – The red colored discharge frequently seen coming from a rats nose and around their eyes. Some porphyrin is normal, extreme amounts, or a sudden change in the amount of porphyrin may be a cause for concern.

pts – Put to sleep

Rex – Curly coated

Standard – The average type of ears everyone assumes a rat has. Usually oval shaped and set near the top of their head.

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Written by Francisco Vietto

Francisco Vietto

Francisco Vietto is one of the chief specialists of The Getafe Veterinary Clinic. He had graduated from the university by the age 24. He is the author of many scientific works on the topic of microbiology in veterinary science. Now he is a thirty eight years old family man. In the free time he is also intrested in surfing and football