For a couple of weeks my female rats have been quiet and I thought nothing of it, I have one rat called Gracie who I have been monitoring because she is really light compared to her sisters but no ribs are showing through. This week I cleaned them for the first time yesterday (revision for exams rather then bad husbandry, I usually clean them out at least 3 times a week) well I am glad I didnt clean them as I discovered that they are not eating their food, they are just storing it on the bottom of the cage under the bedding. I tried to give them some mixed seed food stuff (gerbil/ mouse much, they had some when the pet shop where I usually get food from ran out of stock and couldnt get hold of any for us) and they usually eat it all. But this morning, well theyve ate some but there is an awful lot left. Its also odd that usually when my cousins want to hold them, the girls usually oblidge and are happy sitting on knees, but just now I took them downstairs and well they just ran off him into my dressing gown where they still remain right now. They are still active and play and mount one another but they are not as noisy. Out of the three of them right now only one is interested in running on my desk the other two are just mooching round my dressing gown. I know this forum is for mice rather than rats, but Id rather not post on rat forums cos I seem to get flamed for asking anything. (I was considering breeding my rats once to gain experiance- got flamed for it, got flamed for buying from a pet shop, got flamed for asking about castrating my males and non took any notice when I said I would happily foster instead) Ive just seen my rat Gracie have a bite of food but its still only the 2nd time I have seen any of them nibble anything today, help.