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  1. A behavioural comparison of New Zealand White rabbits ( Oryctolagus cuniculus ) housed individually or in pairs in conventional laboratory cages

    Contributor(s):: Chu, L. R., Garner, J. P., Mench, J. A.

    Despite their gregarious nature, rabbits used for research are often housed individually due to concerns about aggression and disease transmission. However, conventional laboratory cages restrict movement, and rabbits housed singly in these cages often perform abnormal behaviours, an indication...

  2. A preliminary internet survey of pet rabbit owners' characteristics

    Contributor(s):: Oxley, J. A., Previti, A., Alibrandi, A., Briefer, E. F., Passantino, A.

    This study aimed to conduct a preliminary survey to investigate basic ownership factors, frequency of microchipping and insurance and views of pet rabbit owners on these areas and general rabbit management. More specifically, we aimed to investigate whether owners possess insurance, whether their...

  3. Are you treating all creatures great and small?

    Contributor(s):: Cope, I.

    The exotic pet turning up in the waiting room of the local practice is a growing trend. Their owners expect veterinarians to be able to see and triage most species, but is this a fair expectation? Should vets be able to see and treat all creatures great and small or are those days of James...

  4. Association between pet ownership and the sensitization to pet allergens in adults with various allergic diseases

    Contributor(s):: Park, YongBum, Mo, EunKyung, Lee, JaeYoung, Kim, JooHee, Kim, CheolHong, Hyun, InGyu, Choi, JeongHee

  5. Aversion to the inhalation of nitrogen and carbon dioxide mixtures compared to high concentrations of carbon dioxide for stunning rabbits

    Contributor(s):: Llonch, P., Rodriguez, P., Velarde, A., Abreu de Lima, V., Dalmau, A.

  6. Behaviour and use of space in fattening rabbits as influenced by cage size and enrichment

    Contributor(s):: Buijs, S., Keeling, L. J., Tuyttens, F. A. M.

    In the few previous studies on the effects of space allowance on fattening rabbit behaviour, space allowance was confounded with group size. This is the first study of fattening rabbit behaviour in which space allowance was varied whilst group size was stable (8 animals per pen), although this...

  7. Behaviour, wounds, weight loss and adrenal weight of rabbit does as affected by semi-group housing

    Contributor(s):: Buijs, S., Maertens, L., Hermans, K., Vangeyte, J., Tuyttens, F. A. M.

    Group housing is often assumed to improve the welfare of gregarious species. Whether this is actually the case depends on the advantages (e.g. more opportunity for social and locomotor behaviour) and disadvantages (e.g. increased fighting and wounding) induced by the specific housing type. We...

  8. Behavioural effects of environmental enrichment for individually caged rabbits

    Contributor(s):: Lidfors, L.

    The behavioural effects of providing 60 male New Zealand laboratory rabbits with one of four objects in their individual cages as environmental enrichment were investigated. The rabbits were assigned to one of 5 treatments by a random procedure; hay in a water bottle, grass-cubes, two gnawing...

  9. BIOETHICS SYMPOSIUM II: current factors influencing perceptions of animals and their welfare

    Contributor(s):: McKendree, M. G. S., Croney, C. C., Widmar, N. J. O.

    To address escalating concerns about livestock animal care and welfare it is necessary to better understand the factors that may predispose people to develop such concerns. It has been hypothesized that experiences with, beliefs about, and emotional connections to animals may influence level of...

  10. Companion rabbit and companion bird management practices among a representative sample of guardians in Victoria, Australia

    Contributor(s):: Howell, T. J., Mornement, K., Bennett, P. C.

    Although companion animal management practices used by caregivers can influence the welfare of the companion animals, there is little existing information about the ways in which people attempt to meet their companion animals' needs. A representative sample of rabbit guardians ( n=93,...

  11. Effect of breed, cage type, and reproductive phase on fecal corticosterone levels in doe rabbits

    Contributor(s):: Prola, L., Cornale, P., Renna, M., Macchi, E., Perona, G., Mimosi, A.

    Fecal corticosterone concentration (FCC) is increasingly being used as a noninvasive indicator of stress in assessment of nonhuman animal welfare. The aim of this study was to evaluate effects of breed, cage type, reproductive phase, and their interactions on FCC levels in doe rabbits. A total of...

  12. Effect of cage height on the welfare of growing rabbits

    Contributor(s):: Princz, Z., Radnai, I., Biro-Nemeth, E., Matics, Z., Gerencser, Z., Nagy, I., Szendro, Z.

    The objective of this study was to analyse the preference of rabbits for cages of various heights, their production and occurrence of ear lesions. Experiments were conducted at the University of Kaposvar with Pannon White rabbits. In experiments 1 and 2 (preference test) growing rabbits (n=112) -...

  13. Effect of cage type on fecal corticosterone concentration in buck rabbits during the reproductive cycle

    Contributor(s):: Cornale, P., Macchi, E., Renna, M., Prola, L., Perona, G., Mimosi, A.

    Fecal corticosterone concentration (FCC) was measured in 14 buck rabbits individually housed in standard-dimension cages (SC) or in bigger cages (BC; with a volume more than double that of SC and equipped with a plastic foot mat) during 4 consecutive reproductive cycles. Cage type and...

  14. Effect of different rearing systems and pre-kindling handling on behaviour and performance of rabbit does

    Contributor(s):: Mugnai, C., Bosco, A. dal, Castellini, C.

    The aim of this study was to ascertain how collective cage and pre-kindling handling (training does to go into their own nest) practices, in comparison to standard housing (single cage rearing), modify the behaviour and the performance of rabbit does. To this aim, 40 nulliparous New Zealand White...

  15. Effect of hiding places, straw and territory on aggression in group-housed rabbit does

    Contributor(s):: Rommers, J. M., Reuvekamp, B. J. F., Gunnink, H., Jong, I. C. de

    Group-housing of rabbit does may be preferred from welfare point of view. However, group-housing causes agonistic behaviour which may cause severe injuries. Severe injuries may be prevented by offering hiding places for attacked does. Providing enrichment (straw) may reduce agonistic behaviour by...

  16. Evaluating the effect of semi-group housing of rabbit does on their offspring's fearfulness: can we use the open-field test?

    Contributor(s):: Buijs, S., Tuyttens, F. A. M.

    Breeding does are usually housed one doe per cage, but there is an increased interest in (semi-)group housing systems designed to improve welfare. However, there is a lack of information on how such systems actually affect different aspects of rabbit welfare. We aimed to discern differences in...

  17. Factors affecting the human attribution of emotions toward animals

    Contributor(s):: Wilkins, A. M., McCrae, L. S., McBride, E. A.

    Attribution of emotions to animals can affect human-animal interactions and dictate animal welfare laws. However, little is known about the factors that influence these attributions. We investigated the effect of belief in animal mind, pet ownership, emotional intelligence, eating orientation,...

  18. Handling effects on body weight and behaviour of group-housed male rabbits in a laboratory setting

    Contributor(s):: Verwer, C. M., Amerongen, G. van, Bos, R. van den, Hendriksen, C. F. M.

    In the study described in this paper we focus on the behaviour of male rabbits under modified housing conditions. We investigated whether handling has an effect on the behavioural stress response and whether this response is related to the coping strategy of the rabbits. Furthermore we studied...

  19. Individual hunting behaviour and prey specialisation in the house cat Felis catus: implications for conservation and management

    Contributor(s):: Dickman, C. R., Newsome, T. M.

    Predators are often classed as prey specialists if they eat a narrow range of prey types, or as generalists if they hunt multiple prey types. Yet, individual predators often exhibit sex, size, age or personality-related differences in their diets that may alter the impacts of predation on...

  20. Influence of environmental conditions and facility on faecal glucocorticoid concentrations in captive pygmy rabbits ( Brachylagus idahoensis)

    Contributor(s):: Scarlata, C. D., Elias, B. A., Godwin, J. R., Powell, R. A., Shepherdson, D., Shipley, L. A., Brown, J. L.