Well I just watched Ron have a funky poop. It had a coat of bubbles on top. Then Ginny went and it was the same for her. They've had goat and Quail in the past couple of meals which are new for them, so I'm wondering if that is the issue. If it even is an issue. They are both romping about like crazy/normal and eating fine. But also hubby had a stomach bug on Monday night, so I'm hoping it wasn't something they could/did catch. Like I said behavior and appetite are normal so far. They seem to like both the quail and the goat...should I continue to feed it? If it is the new proteins, will the poops eventually normal out or will they stay like this?
One thing I've noticed, Ron is dooking waaaay more today than usual and he was just sniffing Ginny's bum. Is this normal or adrenal behavior? It wasn't excessive, just the way a dog does. They jump on top of each other when they're wrestling, but I can't tell if it's mounting behavior lol. Here's a lovely photo
Can't speak for why they have the funky poop, but my boys and I are WELL versed in the *joy* of funky poops - if only we knew what caused them!!! Was just going to say that my Pogo often has poopies that have the bubbles in them. Dunno what causes it though, but he's been doing it for a couple of years off and on.
Have you noticed if it coincided with a new food/protein? There's nothing else different here. No changes to cause stress. Just the things I mentioned. I posted the pic because after looking at the poop chart none of those seemed to match this exactly. The extra dooking thing I noticed just now, so it hasn't been happening for any length of time. It was happening as I typed so thought I'd mention it.
Um, well, they all definitely have funky new poops when we have changed their food (but up until recently they were all kibble fed so that isn't surprising), but I can't say this is the ONLY thing that has caused these poopies. I think our cases are different though. With my boys I think both Pogo and Bandit have intestinal issues (we just can't pinpoint what) that cause their wierd poopies (normal, cylindrical, brown poopies are few and far between here and always have been - though they are getting better here recently about 2 months into their raw switch).
For your case - if there hasn't been any changes I would think food would be the next likely culprit. It seems, though, that maybe you are thinking adrenal (feel free to correct me here), and when it comes to this particular issue I am not very knowledgeable as none of my boys have shown any signs of this. But I'm sure a couple of the peeps on here can elaborate further and help you figure this out.
No idea about adrenal. It was just at that moment I noticed extra dooking and bum sniffing. Does adrenal even cause a change in their poops? I have no idea. I think it's most likely the new proteins given that their behavior hasn't changed at all, but I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it.
I don't think they will ever have a "cylindrical poop" on raw. Haven't seen one in the two years I've had mine, but my bro's are kibble fed and their poops are copious and "cylindrical" lol.
I would look for more consistent issues. No, you will know sexual aggression when you see it. I believe they've actually got a video of an adrenal ferret showing his stuff. I would put the funky poops down to new proteins (goat is quite rich) or the flu. Time will only tell on the later. Raw poops have a tendency to be a bit liquid vs the kibble poops. The only time that I see what people call cylindrical poos these days if if I feed mice or chicks (the feathers and fur are all neatly wrapped...nature's cleaning system)