We are going on a week long vacation in June. We have someone all set to come and check on and play with the boys for about an hour each day. They normally get out for about 20 minutes in the morning and again in the evening for as long as they want. Our ratstitter has met them once and they were starting to warm up to her before she left. She is going to see them briefly one more time when she comes to pick up our key. I think after a day or two of her giving them their treats they will be fine with her, she is really good with them. The sitter will be changing out their cage toys, checking food/water and litter box, giving them favorite treats and we will have a rat safe and toy filled room for them to play in when they are out. I do have a concern for our one guy, however. He is extremely attached to my daughter. He craves attention specifically from her and searches for her if she isn't home when he is out. Any suggestions for reducing the stress on them while we are away and they get used to their ratsitter? Should we start to change their schedule so they are only out in the evening (when the sitter will be coming) so they don't freak out at no one being around in the morning? Or will they not even notice we are gone and be thankful of a vacation from us ! I am probably over thinking this, but I have never left rats alone for more than a day before. They are technically my 7 year old's pets and she will be devastated if something happens to them that we could have prevented!