I just got a rat from a friend of a friend as the friend did not want to care for him anymore. I had rats a while ago, two females, but they were easy to get to trust me. Despereaux is a older male, not sure how old but he is full grown it seems, and he is afraid of the slightest sudden noise from water running to the book moving from the top of his cage. (He was housed in a 10 gallon that looked absolutely atrocious, as if it hadn't been cleaned in weeks and his water was dry and she had tried to feed him raw onions which i found out was a big no no. As soon as I got home i carefully took him out and put him in the clean 11" hamster ball I have for my other rodent and cleaned the cage spotless as it smelled SO bad. I am getting him a HUGE cage in a couple of days when I have transportation. Poor boy.) Anyways, I've been letting him sniff me all day and feeding him good treats like fruits, so far he has been eating like he hasn't had good food in days. If I try to pet him he pushes my hand away, nibbles me or shrinks back so I am avoiding doing that too much. How can I get him to trust me faster or better than what i am doing now. Or is what i am doing now ok? i know that trying to handle him causes a lot of stress but that cage HAD to be cleaned and I'm sure if you saw how it was you'd agree. Umm... yea. Also do you guys/gals have a cheat sheet for snacks and no-no foods? I know this is irrelevant to this topic section but might as well ask while I'm thinking of it. Thank you so much in advance.