Spatially enhanced caging for laboratory rats at high density

Ronaldo G. Maghirang, Gerald L. Riskowski, Paul C. Harrison, Alicia J. Anzaldo, Lynn Sebek, Harold W. Gonyou

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Two types of spatially enhanced caging systems were developed and evaluated for high-density housing of laboratory rats. Type 1 had L-shaped interior partitions and type 2 had platforms mounted on the sidewalls. The microenvironmental conditions and rat response in these caging systems were evaluated and compared with standard barren cages at standard population densities. Rats preferred type 1 over type 2 and over a standard barren cage. A 16-week evaluation did not show any significant difference between rats raised in type 1 cages and those raised in standard barren cages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1034-1042
Number of pages9
JournalASHRAE Transactions
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the ASHRAE Annual Meeting - Orlando, FL, USA
Duration: Jun 25 1994Jun 29 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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