Recently, my rat died, so it left me with one of the pair. Bubbers, the rat who was left, has always been skittish but had left the cage previously and would let me pet her and give her treats. She always tries to escape though when I let her out and if i let her out she wouldn't always leave willingly - I don't have a particularly rat safe room and there are no other rooms in the house where I can keep them as it's a small house so i always left her out on my bed while watching her. I've gotten 2 new babies though, about 3/4 months old, Rita and Berry. They are understandably skittish but they have bonded with Bubbers well. Anyways, the issue is now Bubbers seems more hesitant to leave the cage now as the babies wont leave the cage. I'm concerned as they're not getting as much time out of the cage as they should be? I'm also struggling to also keep all 3 of them out of the cage at once and be able to keep an eye on them. If i let Rita and Berry out onto my bed they either don't leave the cage or run straight back in once I bring them out, or just escape out into my room and are too scared to let me get them back to the cage or the bed. I know it doesn't happen straight away where they'll become comfortable with where they are and wont run away and with me, but does anyone have any tips? Does it have a big effect if I'm away a lot of the day with school? I feel like I'm busy but I try my hardest to bond with them and make them comfortable but after having Bubbers for a year and a half I feel like I'm making no progress. I don't know if it's me being too worried as Mina, my rat who passed would come out of the cage and was comfortable with me. Is it an issue of space, or me not bonding with them in an efficient way? Please help!! I don't want my rats to feel uncomfortable.