Three days ago my husband and I got two beautiful baby girls from Futterhaus (pet shop, as there seem to be no breeders in Hamburg, or they are hiding very well). The girls are absolute angels when handled; they don't bite and sleep in a hood if one is offered. However, we are finding that they are not very cage active, especially when we are around. But I think to understand the situation I would need to give you a bit of their background. Both girls were bought at the same time and brought home together. When we were picking them the youngest (just 2,5 weeks at the time) climbed to the top of the aquarium back wall and the elder came to support her after looking at us and measuring us out. We got them because they were the only two that seemed to be bonded together, while the other pair just hid away and wasn't even visible. We thought that by taking them together we'd help them adapt better. When brought home the older girl climbed into a hide at the bottom of the cage and left the younger one to sleep at the top. We were a bit afraid that they wouldn't be getting along, but now they sleep together, so here all is good. They eat and we assume drink. Neither of them has any trouble with being picked up and handled, but when it comes to us being around the cage... They just hide, or in case of the younger baby - freeze. Today they overturned a water dish so I went to clean up and apparently offered my hoodie in the process. Both of them sat in my hood for the next hour or so without wanting to leave, and we were by the cage. They took some banana off my hand and just slept in the hood with some periodic bruxing and boggling (checked on them a few times). The younger even stayed over-time in the hood when the older decided she'd had enough. So my question is if they are so eager on being handled mostly outside of the cage, why are they not curious inside of it? Could they be overwhelmed by the size and space they have? Could it be a result of wrong handling when they were brought to the pet shop? Or is it that they are just too young (our vet's suggestion) to fully understand the situation they are in? Per our vet's suggestion, we made sure (now) that every part of the cage is with easy access for us and that the girls are given maximum viewing angles, as apparently a lot of hides hinder them adapting to a big cage and a lot of space. As for the internet advice, I have already tried the spoon method (kinda works) and left my hand in the cage for 10 or so minutes, but no use. I have had many rodents (mainly mice and hamsters) in the past, but no rats, so neither that nor training as a vet nurse gives me any clues as to what to do. I am under impression that it might be a result of a traumatic past, but how can we help them? Don't really want to have them not being happy with us being around their cage... please help with any advice.