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Lab Anim (NY). 2013 Oct;42(10):385-9. doi: 10.1038/laban.361.

Conditioning laboratory cats to handling and transport.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC.

Abstract

As research subjects, cats have contributed substantially to our understanding of biological systems, from the development of mammalian visual pathways to the pathophysiology of feline immunodeficiency virus as a model for human immunodeficiency virus. Few studies have evaluated humane methods for managing cats in laboratory animal facilities, however, in order to reduce fear responses and improve their welfare. The authors describe a behavioral protocol used in their laboratory to condition cats to handling and transport. Such behavioral conditioning benefits the welfare of the cats, the safety of animal technicians and the quality of feline research data.

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PMC4410384
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10.1038/laban.361
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