Perceptions among university students in Seville (Spain) of the rabbit as livestock and as a companion animal
| Contributor(s):: González-Redondo, P., Contreras-Chacón, G. M.
Welfare of non-traditional pets
| Contributor(s):: Schuppli, C. A., Fraser, D., Bacon, H. J.
The keeping of non-traditional or 'exotic' pets has been growing in popularity worldwide. In addition to the typical welfare challenges of keeping more traditional pet species like dogs and cats, ensuring the welfare of non-traditional pets is complicated by factors such as lack of knowledge,...
The influence of handling and exposure to a ferret on body temperature and running wheel activity of golden hamsters ( Mesocricetus auratus )
| Contributor(s):: Eberli, P., Gebhardt-Henrich, S. G., Steiger, A.
In order to determine a stress response, two groups of twenty male golden hamsters were either exposed to a ferret or handled by a human. The hamsters' body temperature and running wheel activity were measured as stress correlates. Half of the hamsters' cages were equipped with a functional...
Shelter choice by Syrian hamsters ( Mesocricetus auratus ) in the laboratory
| Contributor(s):: Veillette, M., Reebs, S. G.
The preference of Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) for different in-cage shelters was tested. First, 15 males and 15 females were made to choose between a cage with a shelter and one without. Different shelters were tested consecutively: short (10-cm) or medium (15-cm) pipes made of black...
[Two cases of Trichophyton mentagrophytes infection contracted from a hamster and a chinchilla]
| Contributor(s):: Hata, Y., Amagai, M., Naka, W., Harada, R., Nishikawa, T.
An ethological approach to housing requirements of golden hamsters, Mongolian gerbils and fat sand rats in the laboratory - a review
| Contributor(s):: Sorensen, D. B., Krohn, T., Hansen, H. N., Ottesen, J. L., Hansen, A. K.
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...
Preference of Syrian hamsters to nest in old versus new bedding
This study tested whether Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) have an aversion to old bedding (up to 14 days) by offering them the option to nest in a new cage. A secondary goal was to assess the relative value of shelters by testing whether the tendency to nest in the new cage was reduced...
How does the running wheel affect the behaviour and reproduction of golden hamsters kept as pets?
| Contributor(s):: Gebhardt-Henrich, S. G., Vonlanthen, E. M., Steiger, A.
The influence of bedding depth on behaviour in golden hamsters ( Mesocricetus auratus )
| Contributor(s):: Hauzenberger, A. R., Gebhardt-Henrich, S. G., Steiger, A.
Although digging was found to be important in captive rodents, most golden hamsters are provided with only little material to dig. In this study, the influence of different bedding depths and acute stressors on the behaviour and welfare of golden hamsters was analysed. Forty-five male golden...
Effects of housing on social preference and behaviour in male golden hamsters ( Mesocricetus auratus )
| Contributor(s):: Arnold, C. E., Estep, D. Q.
Behaviour of golden hamsters ( Mesocricetus auratus ) kept in four different cage sizes
| Contributor(s):: Fischer, K., Gebhardt-Henrich, S. G., Steiger, A.
Cages for laboratory and pet hamsters are usually small. Using video recordings, the behaviour of sixty female golden hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus), housed individually in four different cage sizes, was compared in order to draw conclusions about their welfare. The cage sizes were 1,800 cm2,...
The influences of standard laboratory cages on rodents and the validity of research data
| Contributor(s):: Sherwin, C. M.
Standard cages for laboratory animals are often small, minimalist and barren. Such cages can compromise animal welfare, indicating that there are welfare-based reasons for improving their designs. However, a second issue, that is, whether animals from standard laboratory housing and husbandry...
Zoonotic disease concerns in animal-assisted therapy and animal visitation programs
| Contributor(s):: Waltner-Toews, D.
In a survey of 150 systematically selected US animal care agencies and 74 Canadian humane societies to determine the prevalence of animal assisted therapy (AAT) programmes (concerns about, and experience with zoonotic diseases; and precautions taken to prevent zoonotic disease transmission) 69 US...