Do mice like rats and mice feel pain?

Published studies have been conducted concerning facts about mice and their capacity for feeling pain. It has been proven that mice that are tickled or gently handled respond in a positive way towards there care taker and are better behaved during experiments or medical procedures. The mice that were treated with no compassion, or handled in a gruff manner were uncooperative and often fought back. They experienced heightened anxiety and seemed more irritable than there pampered friends. The determination by researchers was that mice, like all creatures, have the aptitude to feel both pain, and pleasure. Further Research shows that a mouse will express feelings of pain or discomfort by narrowing its eyes, laying its ears flat back, and puffing out its cheeks. Further studies were done to ascertain if these expressions meant anything between other mice. Additional testing was done, and the results were surprising. Researchers found that the mice responded on a far deeper level of empathy than previously imagined. The visual clues of displeasure were not only obvious to us as humans, but were easily read by other mice as well!

Science has further proven that mice frequently communicate through high-frequency sounds. Much like the noises used by dog whistles used to train man’s best friend, these pitches are largely, inaudible to the human ear. It is also shown that on basic level mice will form bonds of affection with their mates and offspring. In cases of domestication, mice appear to become emotionally attached and have the ability to bond with human keepers on an emotive level as well. Mice can express empathy, anger, depression, fear and become protective of those they are close to- whether four legged or two. In fact if a mouse in captivity has bonded with its keeper, it is noted that when in pain, the mice tended to make facial expressions that seemed to mimic their keepers. A chart used in research for precisely measuring these faces is known in the scientific community as the “rodent grimace scales,” Researchers can actually record this information and use it to aid in determining the animal’s actual pain level by watching its facial expressions. While observing these animals, it was noted that when in a group setting, the other mice responded sympathetically to another mouse when it exhibited an obviously pained expression on its face. The mice’ reaction to their fellow in pain depended on their relationship to that mouse. If the mice were close, its “friend” would exhibit like symptoms. This reaction is an interesting psychological phenomenon known as “emotional contagion”. Mice that were not particularly close to the creature in distress would typically flee the area in an act of self –preservation. This study is interesting not only because it teaches more about the behavior of mice and other rodents, but because it can give us insight into our behavioral anomalies as well.

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