I am sure glad I found your site! My cat brought in a baby squirrel about 5 days ago uninjured and seemingly healthy! She was carrying it around like a kitten
I rehydrated her immediatly (first 24 hrs) and I have been feeding it the esbilac (sp?) but now know that is not a good thing. Going in a few mins to get the items for the goats milk formula and I've already ordered the fox river 20/50 from Henry's Healthy Pets. no diharia yet! Everything seems to come out as I have read is correct.
My concern is the way it is acting (no name till im sure it'll make it!) It seems to be very lethargic and wobbly on its feet although yesterday it made an escape (I think I didnt get the lid latched good) from the kitchen and I found her in our bedroom curled up in one of my old shirts. Is it normal for a 4-6 week old squirrel (fully furred and has teeth) to sleep 23 hrs a day and eat about 5 cc only once or twice with 1-2 cc in between? I just feel like it isnt eating enough! I am also giving her pedialyte in the morning and evening usually 2-3 CC because I never noticed any urine in her cage and stimulating didnt get a reaction till today (and it was a LARGE reacton ). Still a medium yellow though.
Also, She and her blanket have a really bad smell even though I change the blanket every day (sometimes twice) and wipe her with a warm damp cloth at least once (maybe twice) a day (not including cleaning up the milk that spills). Is this the wrong thing to do?
Any ideas on what the problem is? Could it be the esbilac? I did alot of research on the net and most stes I read recommended the esbilac, but I didnt look at the dates first and now I know its wrong Im going to give the goats milk and the fox river a try but is there something im missing? Something I should be doing? Do squirrels this age still need the heating pad? The kitchen stays pretty warm and she even crawls out from under her blanket and gets on top like she's getting hot sometimes. A half hour or so later she'll crawl back under. Thats about the only time she's active except for feeding and she gets cranky when I change her blanket lol!
Any advise is more than welcome!