red orange substance in cage

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  1. Jan 12, 2019 #1

    _ratowner

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    when I surface clean the cage, sometimes there is a redish orange tinge that shows up on the wipe. I was wondering what this was because everytime I try to search it it only comes up with sites about porphyrin around the rats eyes, but that's not it. All help and responses are appreciated.
     
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    SQ

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    Sometimes rats sneeze and porphyrin can spray from their nose onto things
    so it could be that.
    Excess porphyrin could be an indication that they are ill so keep a close eye on them

    Male rats who have not been neutered have a hormonal secretion called buck grease on their skin but you would not normally see that on anything
     

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