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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2007, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Possible blood n house

I have a hammock for my rats and a house with dark bedding so I really don't know if this was something that's been going on for a while or not. But I am putting them under constant watch now. I put a shredable white paper box in their cage one that was big enough for them to climb into. Well after two days I took it out and on the bottom of the box is what looks like speckeled drips of blood. I did research a way to trim their nails and a few websites said to put a brick in the cage so I did do this. And my first thought was is it was caused by the brick so I check out their feet and all over them I did not see any scrapes, scabs, nick or anything. So then I wondered if it could possibly be caused by them going in to heat?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2007, 01:46 AM
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Hmm,I have no idea...
Are they female? Do female rats menstruate...ever? I never notice my rats of mice menstruating,but I wonder.
Hopefully someone can come along to help soon!!


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interesting
i know nothung about rats
but that sounds possible since lots of things bleed during that time of the month or season lol


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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2007, 05:27 AM
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rats don't have periods. it could be porpophrin. I see the speckled stuff sometimes too. Just watch it though.

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If its little specklies I second the porphyrin. Just watch how much there is and if it increases a lot. Could signify a problem. Porph is a normal thing for rats.

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If its little specklies I second the porphyrin. Just watch how much there is and if it increases a lot. Could signify a problem. Porph is a normal thing for rats.

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Rats/mice do not bleed when they go into heat and they do not have periods.

I agree that it could be porphyrin.If your animals are stressed,they could be "leaking" porphyrin and when they shake or scratch,it can fly off and stain the little house.It might not be nothing to worry about,just keep your eye on them.





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I have been. thanks. so far so good.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2007, 06:20 PM
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I am glad everything is good so far. It is so sad when a pet might be sick or hurt. Good luck!
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