The Effects of Housing on Food and Water Consumption in Da-Rats

  • T C Krohn Section of Biomedicine, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • H Farlov Section of Biomedicine, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • A K Hansen Section of Biomedicine, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Abstract

According to European legislation rodents should be housed in stable harmonized groups with enrichment;  a principle, which may, however, frequently be disregarded to fulfil the needs of the study. Especially in  feeding studies it is necessary to house the animals individually. Literature on single housing shows an  inconclusive picture, and it seems as if a range of other factors and not just single housing itself, affect the  outcome of the studies on single housed rats. Therefore the aim of the present study was to evaluate the  effects of single housing, enrichment and gender on the daily intake of food and water in rats. Twelve male  and twelve female rats (DA/Sac) were housed either in groups or individually with or without enrichment  and the daily food and water consumption was analyzed by the use of digital feeding stations. There was  a significant difference between the two genders of DA rats in their eating and drinking behavior, whereas  social environment only seemed to affect the eating and drinking behavior to a minor extent, while enrichment  did not have an effect by itself on either of the parameters. 

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