Hey! My name is jamie(owner) ive been a rat mom for 5 months now. My ratties names are olive and salem. Both female, originally named with gender neutral names because it was unknown! At my house, i cant let them free roam because i have 2 large breed dogs, who could potentially hurt them (accidental or not). I have a large open enclosure and a “cleaning” bin. I clean the enclosure once a week, and have shaved birch bedding- it smells AMAZING and is so soft! One problem i would like to try to find a solution to is, olive (a dark brown/black rat) is very timid, and doesnt really like being held…what are some ways i could help her trust a bit more? She seems skiddish- she is a rescue. And salem tends to hoard her food but i never see her eating it. Anyways, thank you for listening, i hope i can get some friends to talk about rat stuff with!!