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Hi,

So my mice recently started pooping a yellowish slimy poop, what does this mean? It's only been happening in the past few hours of my posting this question but the poops are usually brown or black. I've just fed them mice food and some apple in the past two days, is that bad? Thanks!

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Hi Bryan,

Did you feed them a large amount of the apple, or more than usual?  Fruits can certainly cause loose or discolored stools.  Try reducing the amount of fruit you give or how often, and see if that makes a difference.  I usually take one slice of apple and cut it into four little chunks - each chunk makes a good treat, once every day or two.  It's a healthy snack, but like any treat, it's possible to give too much or to surprise their tummies by the change.

If the poop does not go back to normal within a day or so, or if they develop any other signs that they may be dehydrated or ill, let your veterinarian know or write me back and I'd be happy to help you however I can.

-Tam

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