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Maintenance Behaviors


Overview and Meaning

Maintenance behaviors are active behaviors that typically function to maintain the physiological stasis, comfort, and appearance of the mouse.

Behaviors

Maintenance behaviors are a top-level classification, which include:

  1. Drinking
  2. Feeding
  3. Grooming
  4. Nesting Behavior

Classification

General Activity

Contexts

Generally speaking these behaviors occur after a mouse wakes up, and before it goes to sleep, so that a typical activity cycle takes the form: inactive - maintenance - general activity - maintenance - inactive. Individual behaviors may have more distinct circadian patterns. For instance nesting behavior occurs predominantly in the early morning; while grooming occurs sporadically during periods of activity and becomes more intense after feeding.

Variants

None

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