Hey, so almost 2 months ago I adopted a pair of baby rats. I found them on Kijiji and contacted the owner. We discussed the details and we both agreed that I would come adopt some of her ratties. Over the phone she seemed like an experience rat owner and I had no doubts. The rats lived several hours away from me, however I already had a trip planned with my family to where they were located. She was a little concerned about the trip the babies would be taking but earlier that summer I actually took my rat Annie on a trip with us. I had just lost one of my girls a few weeks earlier and I was worried about leaving her at home. We also had a hard time finding a rat sitter. Long story short, we arrived there and the apartment wreaked of smoke from cigarettes. The babies were in a small cage on the coffee table with no hideaways, toys, nothing. From first glance they were obviously very skittish and at that time only 4 rats were left. I had doubts however we were already there and at that point I just wanted to get the rats out of that situation. I wanted to take all 4 however my mom didn’t agree. We took two, made the drive home and they were fine. I’ve had the girls for almost two months. In the beginning they were very skittish. They would run every time I entered the room. Now they enjoy coming out for play time and will gladlying climb on me. One of the girls is very social however the other is still quite nervous and gets startled by sudden movements. She isn’t very comfortable with me picking her up either. I’m well aware that rats take time to bond with their moms and dads. I make everything I do on their own terms. I never force them to do anything, I’m just wondering if anyone had any tips for me that have worked for their babies? If so, thanks!