Behaviour, Mazes, Tracking
Code: 46503 / 46553

Sociability Apparatus (3-chambered social test) - mouse or rat versions available!

The new Ugo Basile Sociability Cage (3-chambered social test) is a valuable tool to study social behaviour in mice. It is especially useful for research on autism disease, parental behaviour, sociability and social memory (social novelty).

Our Sociability Apparatus consists of a 3-chambered cage, with grey opaque walls, a special non-reflective grey-colored floor and 2 grid enclosures.

Many authors have shown that a 3 chambered box can be used to test, among the others:

  • Social Novelty Preference
  • Sociability
  • Dominance
  • Mum-Pup interaction

After a period of habituation the subject sociability is determined by measuring the time spent by the freely-moving subject in the proximity of the grid enclosures containing the first stranger mouse or rat. A second stranger is then introduced in the box within its enclosure and the preference for the new  mouse/rat be easily assessed.

The stranger cage construction, allows the animmals to interact closely; the standard enclosures for mice are 15cm tall with an I.D. of 7cm: a larger model is also available, I.D. 10.5cm, 18.5cm tall). The top and the bottom are made of grey (46503- 003) or white (46503-013) PVC. The grid bars have a diameter of 3mm and are spaced 7mm. In the Rat version, the enclosures are 25cm tall, with an I.D. of 15cm; a cone-shaped lid disencourages the free rat to climb over the stranger cage. 

The 46553 Mouse Cage perimetral walls and internal partitions of grey opaque PVC form a 3 compartment box, each 20x40x22(h)cm; two sliding doors (5x8(h)cm), opening on the central compartment, can be closed to confine the animal. Model 46503 with transparent walls is also available: the clear Perspex is ideal for visual observation of the experiment or for side positioning of the video-camera.

Dimensions of the 46502 and 46552 Rat Cage are 120x40x40(h)cm, hence each of the three compartments is 40x40cm. XL versions (respectively 46512 and 56562) are also available 120x80x40(h)cm, in which each compartment is 80x40cm.

Partitions can be easily removed for cleaning (or replaced with transparent ones, if preferred). Transparent lids can be ordered as optional.


Additional Info

    FEATURE BENEFIT
    Grey floor Gives high contrast with both light and dark animals
    Metal bottom with special coating Gives a slightly rough surface, pleasant for the animals to walk on, and it’s easy to clean
    Grid enclosures Maximize animal interaction and are available in different sizes/colors
    Designed for Videotracking Works even with the most basic video-tracking software
    Transparent or opaque walls and partitions Choose the best option for your experimental needs!
    For Mice or Rats 3 different sizes available

    Physical

    Mouse Cage

    Rat Cage

    Rat Cage XL

    Dimensions

    60x40x22(h)cm - external cage

    120x40x40(h)cm - external cage

    120x80x40(h)cm - external cage

    Dimensions

    I.D. 7cm, height 15cm – stranger cage (other sizes available)

    I.D. 15cm, height 25cm – stranger cage (other sizes available)

    I.D. 15cm, height 25cm – stranger cage (other sizes available)

    Weight

    9Kg

    18Kg

    18Kg

    Shipping Weight

    12Kg

    24Kg

    24Kg

    Packing Dimensions

    67x42x53cm

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    Warranty

    Our Sociability Cage is covered by 24-month Warranty

    Research has shown that, although human social behavior is generally more complex, humans and animals share some aspects of social behavior.

    The 3-chambered test is a valuable tool to assess general sociability and interest in social novelty in rodent models of CNS disorders.

    Rodents normally prefer to spend time with another rodent (sociability) and will investigate a novel intruder more than a familiar one (social novelty). 

    Based on these inclinations, the Three Chamber Test can help identify rodents with deficits in sociability and/or social novelty.

    46553  

    Mouse Cage for Sociability, with opaque grey walls and partitions, complete with following components:

    46503-003

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 7cm, 15cm(h)

    (2 pieces are provided)

    46553-010

    3-Chambered Opaque Grey Cage, with two doors, 60x40x22(h)cm

    M-LM 570

    Metal Floor, special non-reflective color

    46503   

    Mouse Cage for Sociability, with transparent walls, partitions and lids, complete with following components:

    46503-003

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 7cm, 15cm(h)

    (2 pieces are provided)

    46503-010

    3-Chambered Transparent Cage, with two doors, 60x40x22(h)cm

    46503-320

    Set of two transparent lids

    M-LM 570

    Metal Floor, special non-reflective color

    46513    

    Mouse Cage for Sociability, with transparent walls, partitions and lids, complete with following components:

    46503-013

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) white, I.D. 7cm, 15cm(h)

    (2 pieces are provided)

    46503-010

    3-Chambered Transparent Cage, with two doors, 60x40x22(h)cm

    46503-320

    Set of two transparent lids

    M-LM 570

    Metal Floor, special non-reflective color

     

    GRID ENCLOSURES

    46503-003

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 7cm, 15cm(h)

    46503-005

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 10.5cm, 18cm(h)

    46503-013

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) white, I.D. 7cm, 15cm(h)

    46503-015

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) white, I.D. 10.5cm, 18cm(h)

    46503-320

    Set of two transparent lids

    46552     

    Rat Cage for Sociability, with opaque grey walls and partitions, complete with following components:

    46502-002

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 15cm, 25cm(h)

    (2 pieces are provided)

    46552-010

    3-Chambered Opaque Grey Cage, with two doors, 120x40x40(h)cm

    M-LM 1102

    Metal Floor, special non-reflective color, 120x40cm

    46502  

    Rat Cage for Sociability, with transparent walls, partitions and lids, complete with following components:

    46502-002

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 15cm, 25cm(h)

    (2 pieces are provided)

    46502-010

    3-Chambered Transparent Cage, with two doors, 120x40x40(h)cm

    M-LM 1102

    Metal Floor, special non-reflective color, 120x40cm

    46562   

    Rat Cage for Sociability XL, with opaque grey walls and partitions, complete with following components:

    46502-002

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 15cm, 25cm(h)

    (2 pieces are provided)

    46562-010

    3-Chambered Opaque Grey Cage, with two doors, 120x80x40(h)cm

    M-LM 1340-F

    Metal Floor, special non-reflective color, 120x80cm

    46512    

    Rat Cage for Sociability XL, with transparent walls, partitions and lids, complete with following components:

    46502-002

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 15cm, 25cm(h)

    (2 pieces are provided)

    46512-010

    3-Chambered Transparent Cage, with two doors, 120x80x40(h)cm

    M-LM 1340-F

    Metal Floor, special non-reflective color, 120x80cm

     

    GRID ENCLOSURES

    46503-003

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 7cm, 15cm(h)

    46503-005

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 10.5cm, 18cm(h)

    46503-013

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) white, I.D. 7cm, 15cm(h)

    46503-015

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) white, I.D. 10.5cm, 18cm(h)

    46503-320

    Set of two transparent lids for Mouse Cage

    46502-002

    Grid Enclosure for Sociability (“stranger” cage) grey, I.D. 7cm, 15cm(h)

    46502-320

    Set of two transparent lids for Rat Cage

     

    VIDEOTRACKING

    60000

    ANY-maze, flexible video tracking system designed to automate testing in behavioural experiments. Full License, including technical support and all updates for a period of 1 year. 

    47400-040

    B/W USB Camera, including day&night 2.7‐13.5mm varifocal lens, 5m USB cable and ceiling support

    Bibliography on 46503

    • S.S. Moy et alia: “Sociability and Preference for Social Novelty in Five Inbred Strains: an Approach to Assess Autistic-Like Behavior in Mice” Genes, Brain and Behavior 3(5):287-302, 2004
    • J.J. Nadler et alia: “Automated Apparatus for Quantita­tion of Social Approach Behaviors in Mice”. Genes, Brain and Behavior 3(5): 303–314, 2004.


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