It's that time of year. There are usually two batches of wild baby squirrels in this area, one in the spring and one at the end of summer. My coworker's husband took this baby from a cat in their yard last night. With too many cats around, they called our local wildlife centre, but they are overwhelmed and wouldn't take a baby this young, so guess who ended up with her? Me, of course.
I spent most of the night last night rehydrating her with fruit-flavoured pedialyte and treating a few mild scratches on her belly. Cat bites and scratches can get quite nasty! We had some bad rain a few nights ago and my theory is that her nest got tossed out of a tree and she got separated from her mom. She wasn't in too bad a shape when I picked her up so her chances of surviving to weaning age are pretty good.
She took her first meal of Esbilac this morning and I have been alternating food and pedialyte every few hours today. She finally peed this evening, but her poop is still hard and dark. As soon as it starts looking like the formula I can stop the pedialyte. Thank goodness she's big enough to make it through the night without food because I like sleep.
I will post updates here a often as I think about it.
Eyes opened today, allowing me to pinpoint Catnip's birthdate. She weighs about 95grams and is putting weight on steadily. She longer tends to look dehydrated in the mornings! In about one month I will probably transfer her to the wildlife centre to be socialized with other squirrels.
Post by RebeccaMonkey on Sept 15, 2015 1:52:47 GMT
Adorable baby squirrel! That's so cool you are caring for her, I'm not sure if our pets would love or hate us for doing that, considering we have 2 cats (one would think it's dinner) and a dog who goes nuts for squirrels haha xD Pun intended.