Feeding and Nutrition :: Senior RES refuses to eat his usual pellets

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:38 am   Senior RES refuses to eat his usual pellets

I have a male 25 year old RES whom I have been feeding Nutrafin pellets since I got him. He is a very greedy RES and will readily gobble up the pellets. However, for about 1 week now he has been refusing to eat the pellets. He just look at the pellets, sniff at them and swipe them away!

My RES looks generally healthy. No fungus, respiratory or eye infection symptoms that I can see from. In fact, he is more hyperactive than before. Because he has not been eating, he is not pooping well though. It used to be long "trunk like" poop but it is more "grain like" now. No visible worms or parasites in his poop. There is no sand or gravels in his tank so it is unlikely that he is impacted. I tried to soak him in warm water for up to 20min each day but he is still not eating any pellets.

His living condition is clean- I clean his tank and change the water everyday. Once every month, I will bathe him. We live in a tropical country, so low temperatures and winters are non-existant.

I am pretty worried because he is so senior. What should I do? Is this a phase or should I take him to the vet? He looks super normal except not eating though.

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:41 pm   Re: Senior RES refuses to eat his usual pellets

Have you tried other foods/prey besides the pellets?
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:50 am   Re: Senior RES refuses to eat his usual pellets

Yes. I have tried to feed him grapes, strawberries, carrots and cucumbers together with the pellets. He shunned the pellets but munched the fruits and vegetables enthusiastically, although he did not finish all the vegetables and fruits
He has never eaten anything except commercial pellets in the past. After consuming these fruits and vegetables, his poop became less compact and darker in colour. Is this normal?
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:16 am   Re: Senior RES refuses to eat his usual pellets

I don't know about less compact, but does become darker and might break apart easier. If you can manage a separate feeding container for him, try some boiled white chicken meat.
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:06 pm   Re: Senior RES refuses to eat his usual pellets

He eats the chicken but still avoids the pellets. What does he not eat the pellets?
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:21 pm   Re: Senior RES refuses to eat his usual pellets

Probably just bored of it. I'd still use pellets regularly and chicken sparingly. If he's not eating leafy veggies anymore, try using a veggie clip or aquatic plants. If this continues, you can make your own turtle food that would offer more balance to the diet.
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