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Offline MinervaThonosi

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Weird Rat Poop
« on: January 14, 2017, 06:01:25 PM »
So I was cleaning the rat cage today when I found a couple raisins that looked really weird.

Here's one of them.


It was in the top half, so it had to be from Irish or Pasquale. I'm just so confused. I've never seen a raisin like this before.  :help:

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2017, 06:49:33 PM »
It's mushy, right?  It's probably what they call a cecotrophe, the kind of poop that a rat normally eats.  Coprophagy allows rats to extract the maximum goodness from their food by running everything through their system twice; their intestines just aren't long enough to do the job completely the first time through.  Ir's possible a rat was frightened or distracted by something, and that's why you see this, since normally cecotrophes are consumed without our seeing them.

If you see more, then I wold be inclined to speak with the vet.  Otherwise, don't worry about it.
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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2017, 01:52:17 PM »
Say WHAT?
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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 03:10:45 PM »
Say WHAT?

Oh yeah, things you didn't want to know about your rats.  Like rabbits they tend to eat their poop for extra nutrients  :icon_puke_r: still want that rat kiss?
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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2017, 05:25:39 PM »
Say WHAT?

Oh yeah, things you didn't want to know about your rats.  Like rabbits they tend to eat their poop for extra nutrients  :icon_puke_r: still want that rat kiss?

I still want it !! Lol 😚

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2017, 07:35:08 AM »
It actually wasn't mushy...

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2017, 11:01:28 AM »
It actually wasn't mushy...

Probably because it was dried...your rat might have had it hours ago. Maybe something was simply bad with the one and that's why your rat didn't eat it...It is definitely a cecotrophe as BigBen mentioned. If you didn't find more, I wouldn't worry. Are all your rats acting as usual?

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2017, 01:13:57 PM »
They're acting normal. I haven't seen any more.

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2017, 10:07:23 PM »
I spoke too soon. I found more. They'really still acting normal.

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2017, 10:12:53 PM »
I spoke too soon. I found more. They'really still acting normal.

You could get it analysed for parasites at your vet. It runs about $60. You could separate them for 24 hours so you can determine what rat it's coming from. I personally would try to determine what rat it is coming from as to be more attentive to potential future changes in behavior or whatnot...

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2017, 02:47:41 PM »
I had a thought. The poops are lighter than the photo shows. Is it possible that they are eating some of the bedding?

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 01:22:24 AM »
I had a thought. The poops are lighter than the photo shows. Is it possible that they are eating some of the bedding?

Are u saying that u think the shape of it is due to undigested bedding?

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2017, 02:33:36 PM »
I had a thought. The poops are lighter than the photo shows. Is it possible that they are eating some of the bedding?

Are u saying that u think the shape of it is due to undigested bedding?

Yeah. Maybe.

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2017, 06:11:01 PM »
Some of my rats years ago started to eat their bedding...it was those pellet paper bedding with baking soda...needless to say I switched bedding. Anyway, if I were u I would put on gloves and look at it closer if it happens again. What bedding are you using?

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Re: Weird Rat Poop
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2017, 10:49:29 AM »
I use Carefresh complete paper bedding.