red orange substance in cage

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_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.
 

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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