So let me start off by saying I have VERY sensitive skin and I get hives quite frequently. But I had a female rat a while back and when she crawled on my bare skin I never broke out in hives. It's a completely different story with my boys, Remy and "new rat" who doesn't have a name yet. They're pretty new to my home and were adopted from a pet store. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced this? If so, what do you do to calm the hives and/or prevent them from happening in the first place. I'm thinking maybe bathing them would help but haven't tried it yet. I've attached a picture from this morning. The hives pop up wherever the ratties feet touch my skin. They usually last no more than thirty minutes to an hour.