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Kyle - 2012-06-17
We have raised about 4 or 5 infant squirrels with much luck. We have two that decided they wanted to stick around, 1 female now about 2 years old, and 1 male about 1-1/2 years old now. They stay in separate cages, female doesn't appear to want the male too close. Chatters and runs away and hides until I intervene and pick her up. The male is very healthy and active, in and out of cage. He actually likes to go out for a day or two, comes to the front door and jumps up to the window when he wants back in. Unfortunately, the female has become very inactive:( She won't come out of the cage even when male is gone outside. She has lost weight but still eats. Feed her unshelled pecans, apples, shelled sunflower seeds, grapes, etc... Her appearance is good; her coat is soft and silky, she looks up when we approach the cage. Her eyes, mouth and all look good. She won't crawl around much, unless we physically bring her out of the cage. She hops more like a small bunny than moving like a normal squirrel. Doesn't care for the outdoors. We try and get her sunlight but she finds shade instead. I'm worried about her. Any clues to what I can do to get her back to being active again? Thanks in advance.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-17
    There is a broad range for life expectancy on the red squirrel. Some say 2 - 3 years but they can live as long as 8 years but unusual.  Your little gal might just be older - I'd make sure she is warm enough - you know age and the bones/joints.  Place a heating pad wrapped in a towel oj low under 1/2 her enclosure so she can get warmer as needed.  They get aches and pains too but if eating, appearance good - let's go on - gee just don't want to rock and roll right now.  Maybe later.
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  • mary - 2010-12-20
    Having a squirrel is sooooooo much fun I wish could have a million more :)!
Valentina - 2009-03-14
Hi, we found a three baby squirrels on the ground, all were dead but one. We took her home and feed it baby milk (dog). She's real small her ears are not even opened yet, but her eyes are. I don't know how to care for her but with all the advice here I'll manage. But she didn't go to the restroom so I took a warm cloth and wiped her so she could pee and poop, but don't know if that's right. I just don't want her to die and I feel sad cuz that happened to her and her brothers so I want her to make it. So if there is any more info please keep me posted. Thanks for what info I read, glad you are here to help me!

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Victoria Webb - 2012-06-09
I have a baby squirrl and for 2 months. he has his special place in a hanging pot on the back porch that is screened in. He is adorable and I take him out side and put him in the grass and he hops back to the porch. I been trying to get him to climb a tree and he keeps crawling to the bottom. I want him to learn to be free. When I first got him he climbed all over the screens, now he just seems afraid. My husband said it may be because he fell 2 times. What can I do to help him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-09
    He will learn but right now, he doesn't know.  Let him be in the pot if that is where he chooses to stay.  He might have fallen from the screen and is now afraid.  You can leave the screen door open a few inches (if that is safe) and move the pot to the door.  Eventually your little guy will become curious and venture out on his own.  Then he might go in and out for awhile and then adjust to being outside - especially if he finds himself another squirrell.  You can keep taking him out but put a few sunflower seeds on the ground and let him just sorta sit there for a bit eating the seeds.
Anonymous - 2012-06-07
Is it illegal to own a pet squirrel in Connecticut?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    It is not legal to have a pet squirrel in Connecticut, howver, I would call Fish and game in Connecticut and find out what it is you have to do to get a license to own a pet squirel.  I am pretty sure they will be able to steer you in the right direction.
yanie - 2012-01-02
my squirrel was ok and now she is dead suddenly what could of happened so suddenly

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-02
    A little squirrel can pass for many of the same reasons a human can at an early age. Could have had a heart defect or a stroke. Could have eaten or gotten into something toxic. Could just be genetic. I am sorry as no matter how, I know it is sad. There is no answer.
  • James Peter - 2012-03-02
    Poisoning is the probably the most common cause, followed by electrocution from chewing hot wires and then disease. If he died suddenly 'seeming perfectly fine then dead over night' I would suspect poison. Maybe you have kids or anyone else living with you for that matter, who might of injured him accidentally but didn't say anything. How old was your squirrel? And are tou positive that his diet was healthy? People often lose their squirrels from malnutrition without ever knowing, malnutrition can very well cause sudden heart failure/death in squirrels 'or any animal for that matter'. For example, potassium deficiency. Did you ever let him go outside or walk him? All it takes is a single rosary pea and your squirrel is doomed. So yeah, I'd focus on these things before ruling out a natural death unless of course you had an old squirrel.

  • Deb - 2012-03-30
    Can someone please help? We have a pet squirrel named Stewart. She is approx 7-8 months old now. She has her own room and has never been caged. She, so far is not nasty to other people, and loves her mommy. If she doesn't like someone she just ignores them. I love our girl with all my heart. Unfortunately we have to move and cannot take her. I must find her a good home. We live in West Virginia and rehab for any kind of animal is very low, much less our Stewart. Can someone please, please help me. Is it too late to let her go outdoors?
    Thank you,
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    I would think a re hab facility as they gradually introduce the little fella back to the outdoors but usually will feed it also. So the little guy would be gradully introduced to outside via a window/cage left open with food in the window cage. Best of both worlds. My grandma had one and she would return every day and then she actually brough her babies. Grandma would let her in the kitchen and we could play with her and babies.
  • tori - 2012-05-27
    Hello I'm interested in helping you house your pet squirrel with me here in NY. Please reply if you still need help. Also can you give me advice on where to get one as I want another
Heather Arnold Scott - 2012-05-13
My husband request 2 baby gray squirrels about 2 months ago. Both are healthly & doing GREAT! Today I was getting ready to take them out of their cage & the smallest one started growling and throwing up her two front legs as in she was going to attack me. This is very unusual for either of them. I know they become territorial at one time over there food & so on but now she won't let me hold her. Any ideal as of why? Please get back to me when you can. Thanks

stella74 - 2012-05-10
Hi, Im so glad I found this sight. I rescued my female gray squirrel late last fall, she is about 9 months old now. I have raised several before but this one "Twitch" I'm not sure that I can release her. She was probably only 5-7 days old when she was brought to me. There were 2 but I lost her sister "Flick" at about 2 months old :(.
Twitch is still handlable but very protective of her cage. All in all a very healthy squirrel. A friend made me feel guilty for not releasing her yet, but I live in Wisconsin & it just started to warm up.
I also have a little 2 month old female that fell from her tree a a kind lady brought her to me to raise she is doing well & starting to wean from the formula. She already seems more wild than Twitch. I plan on releasing her later in the summer. Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-11
    Release her gradually - ie make sure she has food outside. You can taker her outside in her cage and leave the cage on the porch and let her go in and out. Put food in the cage or right in front of it. Make sure she can find food etc on her own and just keep on feeding her. She might one day bring the babies back and introduce you.
phillipa stockwell - 2011-04-22
Hey. I just recently aquired a baby squirrel aged about 5 weeks. One of two found in my street. One of which was taken to an squirrel sanctuary . Very friendly yet a bag of bones. No sign of the mother and I am just wondering if you have any tips that will help me at all? please thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-22
    First basic step is keep it warm. Do not put it on a towel or anything else that can ravel. Use a soft blanket, cloth diapers, flannel etc. Have a soft bottom with the ability for the squirrel to curl up. You can put the squirrel in some sort of a box with the cloth inside and a heating pad under 1/2 the box. That way if the squireel needs more heat he can go toward the heated end. Make sure the squirrel is hydrated before you attempt to feed him You can give him pedialyte (found in grocery stores) heated using a small syringe that can be purchased at a pet store. You do not SQUIRT. You just lay the pedialyte on his tongue and let him drink it. Do not SQIRT. Once that is done and he is hydrated you can mix the pedialyte with Ebsilac (doggy formula) adding a little yogurt. Add the yogurt to avoid diarreah. Again warm the formula and feed using the syringe (usually 6 cc) every 4 - 6 hours. More if he will take it. Do not SQUIRT. Lay the formula on his tongue and let him swallow. Now you can make up some food. Use a baby rice cereal and then you can blend (using a blender) some nuts or baby apple sauce or vegatables which will have the consistency of a yogurt. Put some on your finger and let him lick it off your finger till he gets the idea of eating from a dish. Stop the Ebsilac formula when he doesn't want it and let him eat as much of the blended food mix as he wants. Gradually introduce things like bananas, apples, vegatables etc. Good luck. It is work but it is a nice work.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-12
    Keep hydrated with pedialite and once that is maintaioned you can start giving it Science Diet dog food!!!!! Very important to not just feed nuts!!! Or pecans, this will cancel out any Calicum taken in and do the baby great harm!!!! Remove all nuts and don't use anything that reads for squirrels that they sell in wal-mart!!! Untill you get the Science Diet, I suggest you remove any nuts from the cage and replace with cut up pieces of fruit!!! A nut diet will cause this baby much pain!!!!
Dollene Davidson - 2011-07-15
I need help baby, Munson, who is about 7-8 years old, suddenly became ill. I found him in his cage, which I keep in my room, stiff on the bottom. I immediately got him out and began giving him Pediolite. He drinks it thru a baby bottle. I have been doing this every two hours, along with various fruit juices and a mixture of nuts, mixed in a blender. He seems to be tender in his body, but lets me scratch him and responds to me. I have read all of the comments, and am going to give him some milk in a minute. I love this little guy. My cat brought him to me years ago, with no fur and his eyes were not open. I will do anything to save him. I live on Amelia Island, FL, just north of Jacksonville, FL. Please, someone help me. I simply don't know what happened as we were playing just Thursday. I took photos of him and he was happy. He gets plenty of fresh veggies and nuts in the shell, fresh figs from my fig tree. He wasn't hurt while we were playing. My heart is breaking. Thank you, Dollene Davidson Amelia Island, Fl

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-07-15
    Is there a vet nearby who will look at squirrels or other exotic pets? If there is, they may have emergency services over the weekend (although expensive). My best advice would be to get him to a vet as soon as possible - he doesn't sound well at all. It sounds like what you are feeding him is adequate, and the fact that he is eating at all is a semi-good sign. Depending on where his body is tender, and if he will tolerate it, try putting either a heat pack (not too hot that it will burn or raise his core body temperature) or an ice pack on it. This may at least help to make him more comfortable for the time being.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-16
    I am so sorry. I know you love this little thing and just how attached you must be. I doubt there is anything you can do except be there - and I know you are. The Pedialyte will help and do keep him warm. Place a heating pad, wrapped in a towel, on low under 1/2 his enclosure or just hold him. I know you must be upset, but you were kind and wonderful enough to give him all he needed and wanted for many years. You could try mashing up sunflower seed or even try banana and feed him with your finger. Animals are funny things --- they act healthy, healthy, healthy until they can't be. They can't show weakness in the wild so they don't show weakness to us humans. I am sorry. She has just gotten older and the life span for an eastern grey is 3 - 6 years - less for a male. She had a wonderful life and a loving human. She is tired.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-12
    Science Diet dog food!!!!!!!! If you can get him hydrated then start feeding him Science Diet Dog food, even if you have to crush it up and mix with WATER, no pediolite!!!

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