We bought my daughter (6 years old) 2 female rats for her birthday because she loves animals and we thought a pet would be a good idea. My husband did a lot of research and felt that rats would be the best pets due to their intelligence, their hygiene and more. We bought our rats at a large pet store and the were probably about 4 months old. They had most likely never been handled before. We started off by taking them out in the bathroom and letting them run around with my daughter and my husband there. They hardly ventured One of the rats, Golden (my daughter named the rats after cereal, the other one is Trixie) nipped my daughter within a few days and then she was scared to touch them. Golden often nipped at whoever was reaching for her to pet her. When we open the cage, if she is anywhere around the door, she will nip at our fingers even thought we NEVER feed them through the bars. We tried to get the rats to get used to us but they hardly wanted to come out of their cage. We resorted to putting them on the table when their cage was being clean. They still don't like to come out of their cage. They would rather hide from us. The squeak and squawk when we try to pick them up to get them out of their cage so it can be cleaned. When they are on the table my daughter talks to them, tries to pet them, gives them treats when they come over to her and I do the same. They will come over and sniff us for a second or two but then run away. Golden in particular will hide in a shelter that we put on the table. Trixie is more adventurous. They seem to have no desire to be around us. I know my daughter would love to hold her rats, pet them, cuddle them and have them want to be around her. At this point we've had them for almost 6 months. Is there any hope to get them to like us? If so, what do we do? Is there a way to stop Golden from nipping at us?