Hi all, apologizes if I have posted this in the wrong section. So, two days ago, I found a nest of wild baby rats. I'm sure there were six, but I think one of the dog's got two of them, so I managed to save 4. One of the parents got eaten by a snake, not sure if either the cat or one of the dogs got another one of the parents…or if it just fled. I think they are roof rats, and they are 2 weeks old. They are pretty dang cute, and their ears are starting to pop up and they have teeth, so I'm guessing they are nearing 3 weeks old. Yes, I am aware that there is a slight possibility that they could be carrying diseases, however I have been wearing gloves when handling them and I wash my hands thoroughly after. They have been feeding well, I've just been using a small paintbrush and they suckle the soy milk off it. They have been getting fed every 4 hours and spend most of their time sleeping during the day, I notice they are a lot more active at night. However, I do have some questions, and a problem has just occurred. Upon feeding the last little rat this morning, he decided to jump out of my hands, run across the floor, and disappear somewhere in the house. I'm not really sure where he went, the little things got legs! I feel horrible, but he jumped out so quickly that by the time I jumped to my feet he was already half way across the other side of the room. I'm so worried though, because he's so little, I know he will die if I can’t get him. If none of the animals get to him during the day, its freezing at night so without his siblings he will freeze to death. Any suggestions on how I can get him? It seems impossible to get him though, because he was wild 2 days ago..I don’t see any reason why he would want to come to me. I still want to try to find him, but he could be anywhere by now . Here are some questions, I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me. -When I stimulate them, they don’t really seem to go toilet. I have noticed that after I feed them they will sit in my hands and clean themselves, is it possible they are releasing...everything by themselves? I'm concerned because I know that if they don’t, they could die. -When could I start introducing them to water? -How can I get them interested in eating solids? I know they are old enough to begin eating a little bit of solids, but they have no interest in the oatmeal I have offered them. What’s the best solid to use when introducing baby rats to food? -I am hoping to raise them and keep them as pets, because since I have to feed them every 4 hours they are being handled a lot; so, they are getting used to humans. However, if they grow up to be more wild/feral than tame, it would probably be the best thing for them to release them. I have raised a new born rat before…. A few years ago, but it died when it was 2 weeks old because it got too cold. It had bonded to me because there was only one and it completely depended on me. But now that there are 4 (maybe 3....) rats and they are already 2 weeks old, they have each other to socialise/bond with and keep each other company...they probably just see me as the food source? Dunno. I don’t except them to be as tame as a domesticated rat, but I would love for them to be semi-tame when they are older, so that I can at least take them out of their cage without them running away or biting me, how can I do that? By just handling them everyday and building trust? -When they get older, where could I take them to check if they have diseases? Or, the longer they spend in domestication (In a clean healthy environment, with healthy foods) will the risk of them having diseases become slimmer, or not? Sounds silly, but I’m curious. -When they get older, do they need to be wormed, and checked for parasites? Sorry, I have never owned rats apart from that new born years ago, so I’m sort of going off what I find on the internet. That’s all for now..but I would love to hear any feedback/advice. Thank you!