Boggling!

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Boggling!

Post by Naturenut » Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:50 pm

Hi all

I've just watched a couple of videos of boggling and I'm not quite sure if I think it's cute or terrifying!

Probably boggled myself whilst watching!!

Anyway the question is....what physically happens when they do this? Is it contentment?

Our boys brux but I'm never sure if that's happiness or whether they are purely grinding their teeth down.
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Re: Boggling!

Post by cyber ratty » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:08 pm

Rats are generally happy when they brux, but it can be a sign of self comforting if they are in pain, or aggression - however it should be fairly apparent which is the reason.

I think the boggling is caused when the bruxxing is so intense that the cheek muscles join in and put some pressure on the eyes making them go in and out a little. It only happens with contented bruxxing. :luck:

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Re: Boggling!

Post by acapae_wolf » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:11 pm

cyber ratty wrote:I think the boggling is caused when the bruxxing is so intense that the cheek muscles join in and put some pressure on the eyes making them go in and out a little. It only happens with contented bruxxing. :luck:
I've seen pain-boggling :( So while less common than the contented sort, it isn't something that can only ever happen then.
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Re: Boggling!

Post by Naturenut » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:30 pm

Thanks - will have to watch ours carefully!

Glad I saw it first on a video!
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Re: Boggling!

Post by Caza66 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:34 pm

It's freaky but lovely and funny all at the same time. Love it.
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Re: Boggling!

Post by Naturenut » Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:43 pm

Is it a thing most rats will do or do you just get the occasional boggler?
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Re: Boggling!

Post by Caza66 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:29 pm

I've only ever seen about 5 of my rats boggling but never know when I'm not there.
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Re: Boggling!

Post by starstar » Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:57 pm

You will never forget your first boggle. I was not expecting it and was horrified thinking their eyes were about to fall out :lol: .
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Re: Boggling!

Post by Mayamy » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:04 pm

acapae_wolf wrote: I've seen pain-boggling :( So while less common than the contented sort, it isn't something that can only ever happen then.
Yeah, I'm inclined to think sometimes they do it when trying to relax themselves or similar as I've seen a couple do it in a carrier at the vet when I'm fairly sure it's not major happiness (but they aren't in pain either) :lol:


Some rats will boggle more than others but I'm pretty sure most of mine have boggled at some point during their life, usually when they're chilling somewhere :)
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Re: Boggling!

Post by ElizabethW » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:34 pm

Out of our 4, one is an expert boggler, one is an occasional boggler and the other two I presume only do it when I'm not looking :lol:
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Re: Boggling!

Post by RatBubble » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:58 pm

ElizabethW wrote:Out of our 4, one is an expert boggler, one is an occasional boggler and the other two I presume only do it when I'm not looking :lol:
That's really made me laugh :D
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Re: Boggling!

Post by Naturenut » Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:36 pm

Me too - hilarious topic! :shock:
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Re: Boggling!

Post by izzerie » Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:28 am

starstar wrote:You will never forget your first boggle. I was not expecting it and was horrified thinking their eyes were about to fall out :lol: .
I phoned the vet :oops:
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Re: Boggling!

Post by Naturenut » Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:35 pm

I showed my daughter (who's rattie mummy) just in case they did it to her!

I think I would have phoned the vet too!

I don't have to try to be stupid...it just comes naturally!!!
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Re: Boggling!

Post by Bilbo » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:10 pm

I have never seen Seeker do it but Nimbus is a world champion at it. When they have their free time she constantly does it. Its so funny when she grooms my hair then she always runs round to look at my face and all I can see is those boggling eyes.
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