My dd2 asked me for a long time about getting rats, i gave in and we bought two 'baby' boys home a fortnight ago. She has taken good care of them , talked to them lots and put her hand in without trying to get them out the first week. We have one very friendly social rat and the other is very frightened. He recoils at the back of the cage, nothing will entice him to get him out. The oh took stock of this situation and removed him, gave him a long cuddle and put him back. We have made up a trugg now which we put them in initially to get them used to being out of cage and also put our hands in constantly before lifting. They both seem to chill out doing it this way. My question is - will this get better and easier as they get older? They were sold as babys but are very fully developed *caugh* but i don't know if they were babies as they were quite different to the other babies in the shop. They make this loud caughing sneezing grunting noise - is this normal rat talk or stress talk - i have noticed it subsides after a few minutes of being out. Any other advice wouldbe great!