Oh boy, I have been laughing all day at what Pope said in an earlier thread about squirrel terds. I guess I have been paid back.
I just took Bessy out for a walk and I was hearing a scream, it sounded like a bird, then I looked over under my trees and my cats Tux & Sneaky were playing with something.
I figured it was a bird they captured, nope, wrong, it was a baby squirrel. It must have fallen from its home in the tree. I tried to pick it up like a kitten, but he wouldn't go for that. So I tied Bessy to the horse trailer and yelled at the kitties and told them to leave him alone. I went and got a big cup.
I tried getting him and he ran under the horse trailer, of course Tux was chasing him. I could still see his tail, so I grabbed his tail, got him out and shoveled him in the cup.
NOW WHAT???? He's in a crate with hay and water. I don't know what he would like to eat. OMG! What do I do with this. I am a farm girl, I don't know anything about wild animals. If it was a chicken or duck, no biggie, but a squirrel???
Would he eat horse feed, dog food, or chicken food??? I just don't know.
DAH, I would try to keep it in a warm box with a heating pad wrapped in a towel under half of it. Feed it KMR kitten replacement formula it says it feeds baby racoons and squirrels right on it. Probably be best to feed it with a syringe. As for when it gets older I have no idea what kind of food it eats, I'm sure if you called up your local vet or pet feed store they will know what to feed them.
Becky, it seems to be an older baby, like a teenager squirrel. It's not tiny, I don't think it needs formula. But its too young to be on it's own. Honestly I have always wanted a squirrel, but I just don't know what he will eat.
Your feed store should have some squirrel food - or even Walmart, I think. I remember seeing squirrel houses (like birdhouses) there and squirrel food, too. But that's when the little guy gets older. They also eat birdfood - I remember they used to steal them from the birdhouse I used to have.
how much of a baby was he? If he was an adolescent then i hate to say it but he may not have needed rescuing. Young squirrels often wander fairly far from their mamas. The vets and humane societies get a lot of calls about squirrels that people think are abandoned when really they are just off on an edventure, I guess squirrels arent the best of parents and do not stay that close at side.
Was he hurt by your kitties? I am not sure what to tell ya- I guess that in case he DID need rescuing, you did the right thing, especially since the kitties had a hold of him.
About feeding, is he old enough to eat solids? I would see if there is a rodent mix at the pet store- that might be the best thing. They are vegetarians so dog and cat food with animals producs may not be a good thing. There are vegan kibbles, maybe that would do- but the nutritional balance might be off. I would ask a vet or a wildlife shelter if someone here doesnt know for sure :)
Luck with the little guy, have a name yet? and we want pics!!!
Emma, yeah he is a adolescent I believe. The cats wanted to eat him. He is too small to run too fast. I don't know if he is hurt or if he is just scared to death. He doesn't have any visible injuries, I just went out there and he let me pick him up. He is just sitting there looking terrified. Poor buddy. I put the light on him that I use on my chicks & ducklings. I gave him water and macaw food. I havn't thought of a name yet. I didn't tell my daughter who normally names everything on the farm. I don't want to tell her until I know he is going to survive. OH he is a boy, I learned that when he let me pick him up.
I use to have a squirrell, or actually it was my ex's. I hated the thing! Messy oh my God! It was a flying squuirrell and we kept it in a cage. It was a boy and it would hang on the side to urinate so if you were walking by......hello! We fed it seeds and nuts. If yours is a tiny one try kitty milk. God I was glad when that thing was finally big enough to let lose.
I hate to say it, but I believe he will die if your cats got to him at all. Even scratched him. Awhile back, I found one that was about 1 week old and found someone in our state to come and get him and she told me that cats are very toxic to squirrels. With my little guy, I gave him pedialyte just to keep him hydrated until she could get here. (She was about 5 hours from my house.) Then I had to make him potty and poop too. Hoping for the best for your little one!! Sure hope he makes it and is a happy little one. I loved having mine even for the short time I had him.
i see the squirrels in my yard eating bird seed and acorns. why dont you try and feed that to him ? go outside and start picking up the acorns off the ground. and if you have bird feeders try giving him some of the seed.
We have a lady here that rescues wild critters in cooperation with Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Maybe you could call them tomorrow and get some advice and they may even know of a place for him where he could be eventually placed back into the wild without becoming too tame. Good luck with him. I just LOVE squirrels!
Shauna, that is how I found my lady to come and pick up my baby. I called the fish and wildlife office and they first advised me to just let him die. "That is the way of nature" is what she told me. I fought with her and told her that I wouldn't just let him die, I wanted a name of someone to call and see if they could/would take him. She finally gave me the name and number of this wonderful lady that like I said before made a special trip (5 hours one way) to come and get him and raise him with other orphans and release them into her wooded area behind her house so that they could still be in the wild per say and still have food readily available for them.
Dahsheepies just in case I came across as negative in my earlier post, I love squirrels in the wild. The one we had was just a horrible houseguest. I wish you all the luck with yours and hope it has better manners!
A long time ago, we had a pet squirrel. He would crawl into the pocket of my husband's flannel shirt. He would sit on my husband's shoulder and watch TV. He wasn't afraid of the cat, and the cat basically ignored him. I'm trying to remember what all we fed him. I remember he ate apples (we would slice them up for him) and nuts (we gave him both shelled and unshelled). I think sunflower seeds. We always gave him a little smorgasbord so he could choose what he wanted to eat.