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An ethological approach to housing requirements of golden hamsters, Mongolian gerbils and fat sand rats in the laboratory - a review

By D. B. Sorensen, T. Krohn, H. N. Hansen, J. L. Ottesen, A. K. Hansen

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Abstract

When housing hamsters and gerbils little has been done to identify the preferences of these species. The solitary nature of fat sand rats and hamsters is often discordant with housing practices in animal laboratories. This article provides a comparison of the behaviour of wild-living animals with that of laboratory housed conspecifics, focusing on possible problems related to social structure and enrichment. More studies are needed to reveal the impact of group-housing on hamsters and fat sand rats, just as preference studies on possible enriching resources needs to be undertaken in order to optimise the housing conditions of laboratory hamsters, gerbils and fat sand rats.

Date 2005
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 94
Issue 3/4
Pages 181-195
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Division of Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Copenhagen, Groennegaardsvej 15, 1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark.dobj@kvl.dk
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal housing
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Cages
  7. Collection
  8. Deviant behavior
  9. Environment
  10. Gerbils
  11. Group behavior
  12. Hamsters
  13. Housing
  14. Laboratories
  15. Laboratory and experimental animals
  16. Laboratory animal science
  17. Living conditions
  18. Mammals
  19. preferences
  20. Rodents
  21. Wild animals