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Old 08-18-2010, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys-

I saved a piece of poop today from Rex that has this reddish tinge to it and a bit mucous on it on the paper towel from his litter box. I wanted to know if you've seen anything like this before after picking up poop on the fleece:


this is the food mix I'm giving him. Well, not all the pieces are showing, but here it is:


Before I go to the vet, do you know if the color in his food is what's causing his poop to leave a reddish watermark behind? I found it two mornings in a row and checked his feet for blood and his body, but there isn't anything. last night when he was on me he pooped, and Rex poops BIG. It was normal light brown and nothing strange about it. It seems that when he's in his cage at night running around, his poops are smaller, or they may seem that way cause they dried out over night. Anyways, most of them seem normal but today there was a green tinge on his wheel, indicating to me that his stomach is upset. It's only day 5 so I think he's still adjusting to his new home and new food.

Should I go to the pet store and get that generic crap they were feeding him to integrate into his current diet for now, or should I take him to the vet for these strange, clay red color on his poop? I still have the sample in a ziploc in the fridge.

Thanks for your help
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It might be because of the red dye, but it's better safe than sorry. Keep an eye on him and consider getting the vet to do a fecal if it still looks concerning.

On that note, I think you've mentioned you are weaning your little guy off his current food, but I just wanted to mention that the red dye in pet foods has been linked to cancer in many small animals.



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What kind of food is that?
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Royal Canin cat food and a bit of spike's delight hedgehog food and a mix of purina one pro plan. all are under 30% protein and 15% fat.
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