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The use of cage enrichment to reduce male mouse aggression

By N. Ambrose, D. B. Morton

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The complete cleaning of cages has been shown to reduce the level of intermale aggression in mice. This study investigated the effects of the addition of enrichment objects on post cage-cleaning aggression in male BALB/c mice. Enrichment objects were found to significantly reduce aggressive interactions during this period for up to 7 weeks and can make an overall economic saving to husbandry costs.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 3
Issue 2
Pages 117-125
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705 (Print), 1532-7604 (Online)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/S15327604JAWS0302_4
Language English
Author Address Centre for Biomedical Ethics, The Medical School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK.
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  1. Aggression
  2. Aggressive behavior
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animal husbandry
  5. Animal rights
  6. Animals
  7. Animal welfare
  8. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  9. Cages
  10. Cleaning
  11. Enrichment
  12. Laboratory and experimental animals
  13. Laboratory animal science
  14. Mammals
  15. Mice
  16. peer-reviewed
  17. Rodents
  18. vertebrates
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