Habituation of the hiding response to cat odor in rats (Rattus norvegicus).


Cat odor-induced hiding was examined in rats (Rattus norvegicus) using an apparatus with a "hide box" at one end and a piece of a worn cat collar at the other end. Rats spent most of their time hiding on exposure to the cat collar, but this response gradually habituated over repeated daily exposures. Hiding was reversed by administering the anxiolytic drug… (More)