Rat tickling research papers

Below are links to research papers that evidence to support rat tickling as a method to improve welfare and explain the correct technique. Please email enquiries@nc3rs.org.uk to let us know about other relevant publications.

LaFollette MR, Cloutier S, Brady C et al. (2019). Laboratory animal welfare and human attitudes: a cross-sectional survey on heterospecific play or "rat tickling". PLOS ONE 14(8): e0220580. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0220580

LaFollette MR, O’Haire ME, Cloutier S et al. (2018) Practical rat tickling: Determining an efficient and effective dosage of heterospecific play. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 208: 82-91. doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2018.08.005

Cloutier S, LaFollette MR, Gaskill BN et al. (2018). Tickling, a technique for inducing positive affect when handling rats. Journal of Visual Experiments 135: e57190. doi:10.3791/57190

LaFollette MR, O’Haire ME, Cloutier S et al. (2017). Rat tickling: a systematic review of applications, outcomes, and moderators. PLOS ONE 12(4): e0175320. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0175320