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Kristin Goodrow - 2013-12-30
I recieved two baby raccoons b/c the mom was trapped and relocated and the people had no idea that the raccoon had babies in their attic. Swindle and Sway are their names. I wresteled with how I was going to release them after tons of studying because I was bonded to them. When they were old enough they would follow me around the back yard and swim in our pool. I sat under trees for many hours while they played. We let them out more and more until they chose they wanted to stay outside and we filled a bowl of food and water for them. Both became pregnant and they still came home for food and treats. Swindle still comes inside the house to say hello to the dogs and would bring her baby with her. Swindle imprinted on me and I had thought that I would never be able to release her but the slow release proved to me that raccoons instincts are strong. From a young age they dug in the ground for food. Sway is wild to the point I would no longer attempt to pick her up but Swindle chooses to climb in my lap and eat a cookie still and when she sees me in the yard at night and she's out in a tree somewhere she always comes to say hi to her mom! My husband and I are rabies vaccinated and know well that raccoons are unpredictable so we are cautious. However we have a special bond with our raccoons who are almost two now. We love them.

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Kim Pringle - 2013-07-11
I had a lil raccoon, and she is the sweetest thing on earth, her mom was shot and I took her in and raised her, then my husband built her a big house outside so she could play and have her own place when she no longer wanted to stay in the house. One day three days ago, I was cleaning her outside house and did not lock the back door, when I went out to check on her like always, she had got out the door and has not returned home. My question is will she come home and will she be ok out there? She is 15 months old. Please give me some good news. I have cried so much my eyes are swollen:(

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-12
    I would think that your raccoon will be just fine on its own, they are wild by nature. I'm sure you are sad though, I'm so sorry :( Keep an eye out for her because she may turn up, especially because she feels comfortable in the home she grew up in.
  • mary hicks - 2013-12-28
    she may come back and may not but she should be ok.
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pet poor mom - 2009-11-05
I've just recently gotten a baby raccoon that I have hand raised from a bottle. I want to have him neutered and was curious about the procedure, is it done like a cat or dog neuter. He is the sweetest like guy.

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  • Kayla - 2010-04-28
    Can somebody please help me?! I found a baby coon, maybe 3 weeks old? His eyes are open. I need ideas on feeding him, ect.
    Lilbarrelgurl@yahoo.com
  • James - 2010-05-01
    I just got a baby raccoon he eats good but I don't know if he has used the bathroom. Is that normal?
  • chasidee perry - 2010-06-06
    "Me and my boyfriend found a baby raccoon and the mother was dead we plan on keeping it because it was just sitting on the side of the road. Do you have any information for me on how to take care it.
  • Michelle - 2010-08-15
    If you plan on keeping a raccoon as a pet he/she will need to be spayed by a qualfied vet. You may wish to seek out a vet with exotic animal experience, go to one of the many raccoon chat rooms for advice as to a good vet in your area. Depending on the laws of your state you may need to provide documentation to prove that the raccoon was not taken from the wild but purchased from a licensed dealers. Some states require permits. If you live in NE FL I know of a great vet. Worming and vaccinations are a must do too.
  • Dorothy - 2012-08-16
    Michelle, I need that vets name... Vaccinated myself and wormed but need neutering. I'd appreciate it so much. I've been afraid to ask anyone!
  • Schuyler - 2012-09-22
    Hello, I was hoping someone could help... Is it legal to have raccoons in NC as a pet? Their mother died, and 2 babies were left at birth ... there was no way they could survive on their own. People took them in, and bottle fed, and now they can no longer keep them due to kids, so we are wanting to take them in. We have called local vet to find out about having 1 of them fixed, along with shots/worming etc. I have searched high and low all over internet on NC law but I keep finding conflicting information on this. Any help would greatly be appreciated. BTW they are now 15 weeks old, and hand tame, so they wouldnt be able to be released back into the wild..have been bottle fed, and well taken care of since birth. Anyone we ask....cant give us a straight answer. Thank you for your time, I hope to hear back from you. I reside South East of Charlotte,NC.
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    i have worked with many racoons yes it is similar to a dog or cat getting fixed. make sure you pick an apropriate animal hospital especially ones that already deal with wildlife
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    IN RESP TO THE NC LAWS. YOU WILL HAVE TO CHECK BUTY BE WARNED THAT IF NC WILDLIFE OFFICIALS GET THEM THEY MAY BE PUT TO SLEEP GOOD LUCK
  • Julie Ballard - 2013-05-09
    How do I find a raccoon chat room? I googled it and found nothing. I need help from people who truly LOVE these animals and more importantly care about the people who have devoted their lives to them.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    Julie... I don't know whre you can find a chat room, but there are several great people that check in here and offer great help. Sign in with your facebook, and then you will get notified whenever someone posts.
  • Julie Ballard - 2013-07-12
    Thanks so much for responding. I have two girls who are my life right now. I am concerned about one of them though and I'm not sure I can find a vet who could help due to so little studies done on raccoons. Sables hair is thinning and her tail is not bushy. I am aware that females pull their hair out to make nest in early spring and she was very territorial this spring even though she didn't have the babies. I have spent many hours wondering why they evolved with the rings around their tails and I truly believe it's for their young to follow because their vision is very poor. I'm wondering if her tail shrank because of this. It's not got bald patches its just not bushy. She eats and seems content. Does anybody have a clue?
  • mary hicks - 2013-12-28
    Yes you need to get a vet that will do it and you would be charged for the fee of a small animal. He needs shots too they have real problems with respiratory problems so need the distemper and rabies mostly. Worm him for round worms every three months and use the puppy type.
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ananya - 2013-12-28
My mouse is  21 months of age. She has developed a big cancerous tumor. She still plays and eats, but the tumor is getting bigger and bigger and it is getting black in color. My heart is aching to see her suffer. How can I put her to sleep in the most humane way? I can't bear her pain anymore and she is suffering a lot. The vet is not wanting to do it, so I am thinking of doing the deed myself at home. (It may sound like I am cruel, but this situation has left me with no other option). So please help me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    Perhaps you could find another vet, there are many that will euthanize an animal with this problem.
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Jessica Jean - 2006-04-12
I have an eastern gray squirrel that we have had for almost 6 months. She came to us fully furred with only the top or bottom teeth - can't remember now. She couldn't have eaten for days. She and two other squirrels finally fell out of a palm tree after their mother had died in the round 5-7 days prior. I gave her sugar water when I first took her in. She slept for the next 22 hours. This gave me time to research and buy esbilac, karo syrup, electrolyte water and whipping cream. She liked everyone, at first, but now, she only likes myself and my son. She will bite anyone else! We love her and spoil her rotten. She eats everything that she should - avocado, squash, apple, pear, grapes, spinach, brussels, carrots, sweet/potato, snow/snap pea, kiwi, celery, corn, oranges, strawberry, banana and nuts of course! She takes a nap in the middle of the day and sleeps at night. I would not recommend this animal as a pet for everyone, but it has worked out just fine for us. We have a lot of time on our hands!

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  • DONNA - 2013-03-28
    I ALSO HAVE RAISED A 2 DAY OLD BABY SQUIRREL. HE IS NOW ALMOST 8 MONTHS OLD. I CAN HANDLE HIM WITH NO PROBLEM BUT, HE ATTACKS MY HUSBAND. I AM TRYING TO TRANSITION HIM TO OUTSIDE LIFE SO I CAN EVENTUALLY RELEASE HIM. ANY SUGGESTIONS??? I HAVE ALSO NOTICED HIM SUCKING HIMSELF IS THIS NORMAL???
  • Becky - 2013-04-02
    @Donna--while doing research on squirrels I remember reading that sometimes squirrels will suck on each other or themselves. I tried going through some of the websites I'd saved for reference but must not have saved that one. But apparently it's a normal thing. OK I just looked up if it was normal for a squirrel to suck himself & there are some fun responses on the squirrelboard.com. They say it's normal; he's just getting his jollies off LOL But seriously, they say at that age they do that and will be humping their toys/stuffed animals. So now you know! (Must be a teenage squirrel);)
  • Mr. Bill - 2013-12-26
    My 2 squirrels do this too. It seems disturbing but is normal. Although it seems that this repetative action is elongating their genitals. I have twin boys about 15 weeks old and they do this just after feeding for the most part. I want to release them but feel I should wait till spring as not to cause any undo hardship by kicking them out during winter. They spend time outside daily but always come in at night when its freezing. Is this OK or am I just being too protective?
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britney - 2013-12-13
Today is friday the thirteenth and I got a lot of bad luck. I walked in my room with my new mouse ball and I was getting Pepper but when I picked him up he wasn't moving too much and wasn't breathing right and now he's slowly dying :'( I cried sooooooooooo much I just hope he will live.

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Jordan Kimball - 2013-12-12
I have had 2 rats sense mothers day of 2013. But sadly last night my pet fancy rat died. Her name was 'Cupcake.' She started to lose a lot of wight in only 2 days. Then when i picked it up i think i may have touched the back of its legs and it bit me for about 30 seconds. And if i am going to tell you something right its that rats have SHARP teeth! I went to the doctors today and they had to give me a shot because of it. So take this as a tip: Do not touch the rat to much when it cant move or it will BIT because or how much it is in pain. So she passed this morning, on December 12 2013. And when we bought it we had to buy the sister to so now the other rat is really lonely so we are getting another one! I love Fancy Rats! They will cuddle with you more than any hamster would any day! And i am so attached to them so i am really sad that she is gone. :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-12
    I'm so sorry about your lose, but happy that you will get Cupcake's sister a new companion. They really do like a friend! They are so very smart that they cuddle more than any hamster and are some of the most personable pets. And you're right, they do have very sharp teeth, I have had gotten a couple bites and quickly learned how to avoid them:)
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crystal - 2007-03-18
I've got a male ferret that eats whatever I eat and was told not to let him eat meat at all

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  • Corrina - 2013-12-10
    I have seven ferrets they have cat food for breakfast and dinner and eat what we have as u know they r little strangers lol mine like chocolate buttons peas carrots cucumber water Mellon as treats
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melody - 2013-11-04
I have some fancy mouse. I have babys but they are getting bigger. I want to get let them go or give them to someone, so if anyone wants some let me know they are free!

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  • Lynea - 2013-12-09
    Yes, please write to me. I would be interested in seeing some photos and learning about what is available. I have everything for them already here. I have had mice in the past and have done well with them.
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Catherine Garriga - 2013-12-07
Ooooh! Let me see! What is it? It’s so little. What is it? It’s so cold! What is it? Go get me a scrap of flannel from the sewing room. What is it? Get the brooder plugged in. What is it? We need a bottle of Pedialite and a can of puppy formula so we can rehydrate and get him fed. What is it? This, almost a conversation, was the heralding of the newest member of our family. While my daughter sped off to Wal-mart for the puppy formula and Pedialite, my up to now, ignored, grand daughter was answered. She was not only answered, she was allowed to see and touch the tiny creature. He was naked, pink, cold, blind and had a tail like a piece of string. It was a very young baby boy squirrel.

I held him and his scrap of flannel against my chest to warm until the brooder had gotten warm, then put him in to warm up until we could get him rehydrated. I had rounded up an assortment of small bottles and nipples we keep to feed orphaned puppies and kittens and whatever other creatures come along. As it turned out, he never used one. He was too small and weak and had to be fed with a 1ml syringe.

For the first couple hours we gave him only the Pedialite for hydration, then we started the formula. We added an extra spoon of water and about half a spoon of cream to increase the fat content. He had no trouble with the syringe, at all. This may have been due to great hunger. I don’t know. We had no idea how old he was, so we just had to wait until he opened his eyes, and count backwards. Squirrels open their eyes at 5 weeks. Puppies, kittens, large parrots and things I am familiar with all open their eyes, pretty much on schedule,so I had no reason to think he would not do the same. He was about a week and a half old when we got him. My daughter was in the back yard with the dogs, and one of the dogs wouldn’t come back, so she went to see what was so interesting, and he had found what she thought was a dead mouse. We had put out rat poison the week before, and did not want the dog to mess with it, so she ran back in the house to get the “grabber” to pick it up and throw it over the fence. When she picked it up, it moved and did not look right to her, so she brought it in for me to see. 

After he opened his eyes, it was only a few days until he was doing loop-de-loops in the brooder. It has a fan and switches and stuff in the top and we did not want him hurt, so we knew he had to be moved. A cage was selected and outfitted just for him. It had all the requirements a young squirrel would need. We put in manzanita limbs,a heating pad, a thick layer of towels, several small stuffed animals, a water dish and best of all, his most loved “thingy”. It was a Christmas stocking, we turned inside out and turned the fake fur cuff back over a ring ,about 1 inch wide,cut from a 2 liter soda bottle. The thin plastic was not very stiff, but it was enough to hold the stocking open wide enough for a door. He was crazy about it. You could go in, play games, have a snack, find treasure or just fall over and take a nap. Unlike myself, my daughter is a whiz on the computer and spent a couple hours a day looking up the things we should be doing for our baby. This was not my first squirrel, but she wanted to be sure we did it right. We knew it was time for him to start getting used to the taste of food, so we got small jars of baby food in flavors we thought a squirrel would like. We got applesauce, peaches, peas,sweet potatoes, etc. When we made his formula, we added about half a teaspoon of one of these. He ate them all, but he really loved the sweet potato. Every time he ate he got bathed off with a wash cloth. First, his hands and face were washed, then his head and back and right around to his belly. He always enjoyed this. For some reason, it soothed him. He groomed his tail himself. From the very first, we had decided not to name him , because we knew he had to be raised to live wild. I’m not sure ,exactly, when we lost this, but I think it must have been about the time he was opening his eyes, because he has been called Peep Eye all his life. Via the internet, we were told many things, among them was a warning to watch for diarrhea. He did not get it. He also, must have small pieces of dry dog food, a rodent block, and a piece of antler or sterilized bone. Our stores were all fresh out of antler so Peep Eye got bone. He did bite the dog food, and immediately dropped it. As far as I could tell, the bone was never bitten and the rodent block doesn’t have a scratch on it. He grew fast and his jumping and running out grew his cage in just a few weeks. It was time to move, again. 
We selected a cage a bit larger in perimeter and more than twice as tall. All his belongings were moved and a coconut shell with 3 holes in the side, hanging from a chain, and a pinata for birds, made from cane or raffia of some kind, were added. We also added a pink velour, printed with red hearts, hammock. This became his big boy bed immediately. We had been told he should have acorns and pinecones. All our acorns had been eaten and the pinecones were dry and open. We gave him a couple, anyway, and he was a bit puzzled. He studied them a minute, walked all around them and sniffed at them, then sat up and gave us a strange look. It was as if we were brain damaged and he was obliged to be kind to us. We started giving him more grown up food at this time. He got pieces of sweet potato,apple,string beans,kale, and whatever fresh produce was available. We strung cheerios on a string and made a big loop. They are great training food for large parrots, so why not squirrels? He played with them, wrestled and climbed them and they frenquently whipped his little squirrel behind, but eventually he got the best of them and actually ate a few and broke a few. He was introduced to the wonderous world of nuts and seeds shortly after this. Peanuts were not a problem, neither were sunflower seeds. At first, we cracked the harder shelled nuts, like walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, and filberts, just to give him a head start. The almonds he could handle himself. He proved to be a real southern gentleman, just like I had thought. Pecans were his favorites!! 

We were all smitten with him by this time, especially my daughter. She had taken over 90% of his care long before this time. She was totally enamored by him and the feeling was totally mutual. When she left the room, he hopped down the hall behind her. He was so adorable it’s hard to describe. He ran around jumping from chair to chair and person to person faster than your eyes could track him. He would nuzzle your cheek and play with your hair and perch on your shoulder and make a low, strange, snuffling kind of noise I can only describe as a sort of purring. He did not do this very often and it seemed to be a kind of contented noise. He was growing so fast and there was a lot for him to learn before he could make it on his own.

He had to have a nesting box to use until he could build his own, so we got busy and gathered up the wood needed for this little project. We made it the suggested size and put both an entrance and an exit door, just the way we knew he liked because he had eaten two in every basket and such we had given him. I have a large greeenwing macaw who has a very large wrought iron cage she only uses for sleeping. This leaves the cage empty all day, and it makes a wonderful play ground for a squirrel. We had been wondering exactly how a person would teach a squirrel to build a nest. We soon had an answer. We placed the nest box in the large iron cage, along with a bundle of nesting stuff and some fo his favorite toys, one of which,was a tiny stuffed dog. When we put him in the cage, he was a bit leery at first. After a minute or two curiosity got the better of him and he sneaked around behind the box, climbed up the bars and pounced on top of it. He froze. After a minute it had done nothing, so he decided it was safe and proceeded to examine it completely, inside and out. He went in and out both doors, then started hauling in the nesting material. Boy! Did we feel stupid, or what? He liked the nesting box and played in it all the time, but would not sleep in it.

We started putting him out side, on the porch during the day, in another larger cage we had. I know most people don’t have all these cages and a brooder just sitting around, but we have raised macaws, silkies,and Rhode Island reds for many years and do, and we chose to use them instead of the Tupper wear tubs recommended. We also felt that life with no playmates would be rather boring, so we chose to provide PeepEye with toys and as much entertainment as feasable. The first day he was outside, a young female came to visit. They rubbed noses and patted hands and she squeezed between the bars and he allowed her to share his food. She came to visit every day. After 3 days it was obvious that he wanted out, so we opened the cage. He ran off, but came back that night, freezing and starving. He came in and ate for hours, then went to sleep and slept like the dead. This happened twice and then he stayed gone overnight. Again, he was starved and frozen. This time he slept and ate alternately all night and the next day. He stayed gone all night, while we worried ourselves sick, and then it was over. He came home and was sitting on the porch rail, so my daughter went out to take him a pecan. He jumped on her shoulder and nuzzled her cheek a minute, then he jumped down and ran off into the trees. That was the last time any one touched him. Both PeepEye and his little girl friend and another slightly larger friend come everyday. They look for a treasure and we make sure there is always one to find.

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