Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: home safety for critters

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    1,329
    Thanked: 77

    Default home safety for critters

    The reason for this post should maybe be a sticky.
    We had to go to Muncie IN to get daughter registered for college. My son was home with tater butt. All was good until we was about an hour from home. Son calls and cannot find Kazee anywhere. But he noticed the vent off on the duct in the floor. By now I am doing all I can to hold it together. He looks the house over again checking all of his napping spots. Told him to turn the ac off and go turn off the breakers. By the time we get home he has the indoor ac unit taken apart and Kazee upstairs soaking wet and shivering. We are drying him off and rotating fleece in and out of the dryer .We get him dried and warm. I fix him some warm watered down puppy formula he about ate the syringe so I made a batch in a small bowl he ate some. Gave him ashelled almond, ate it. Anyway it has been about 36 hrs or so and he is eating drinking pooing and peeing fine. He is standing eat still. Not coming out of our bedroom which he does come out of there too muchsince wd moved him in there about a week ago. I feel like a real jerk for this happening. Hell I am still crying over it. None of our floor vent covers have screw holes and most have to be pounding in and pried out. Well the one he went down now has screws in it and the rest will soon. All night last night I held him in his fleece and we even laid on the bed. He was so streesed and scared. I am still praying.
    So what needs to be a sticky? Floor registers or vents need to be screwed down.

  2. 4 TSBers pass along the fuzzy thanks to grampyngramy:

    cava (06-14-2017), Groundhog (09-21-2017), LR (09-28-2017), TubeDriver (01-11-2019)

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    8,225
    Thanked: 6967

    Default Re: home safety for critters

    Quote Originally Posted by grampyngramy View Post
    The reason for this post should maybe be a sticky.
    We had to go to Muncie IN to get daughter registered for college. My son was home with tater butt. All was good until we was about an hour from home. Son calls and cannot find Kazee anywhere. But he noticed the vent off on the duct in the floor. By now I am doing all I can to hold it together. He looks the house over again checking all of his napping spots. Told him to turn the ac off and go turn off the breakers. By the time we get home he has the indoor ac unit taken apart and Kazee upstairs soaking wet and shivering. We are drying him off and rotating fleece in and out of the dryer .We get him dried and warm. I fix him some warm watered down puppy formula he about ate the syringe so I made a batch in a small bowl he ate some. Gave him ashelled almond, ate it. Anyway it has been about 36 hrs or so and he is eating drinking pooing and peeing fine. He is standing eat still. Not coming out of our bedroom which he does come out of there too muchsince wd moved him in there about a week ago. I feel like a real jerk for this happening. Hell I am still crying over it. None of our floor vent covers have screw holes and most have to be pounding in and pried out. Well the one he went down now has screws in it and the rest will soon. All night last night I held him in his fleece and we even laid on the bed. He was so streesed and scared. I am still praying.
    So what needs to be a sticky? Floor registers or vents need to be screwed down.
    grampngramy, That is the scariest story. I am so glad that it had a happy outcome. All the 'squirrel proofing' in the world seems inadequate because they always seem to able to find that vulnerable spot. I'm fearful to let them have free roam because of it.

    I'm so happy that Kazee is OK.

  4. Serious fuzzy thank you's to HRT4SQRLS from:

    LR (09-28-2017)

  5. #3
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Bali
    Posts
    160
    Thanked: 18

    Default Re: home safety for critters

    I'm so glad Kazee is OK. What a horrible fright.

    I would like more tips for squirrel safety in the home. Naiki has free run of my bedroom during the day and his own room at night. So far everything has been OK, but every time I hear a bump in the night I panic that he's gotten himself in a bind.
    Naiki the plantain squirrel from Bali

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Louisiana Bayous
    Posts
    4,157
    Thanked: 1899

    Default Re: home safety for critters

    Oh my gosh, how scary! I'm so glad he's alright, though.
    Shows us how smart they are. And mischievous

  7. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    1,329
    Thanked: 77

    Default Re: home safety for critters

    Quote Originally Posted by harimau View Post
    I'm so glad Kazee is OK. What a horrible fright.

    I would like more tips for squirrel safety in the home. Naiki has free run of my bedroom during the day and his own room at night. So far everything has been OK, but every time I hear a bump in the night I panic that he's gotten himself in a bind.
    I do not think there is a wsy to squirrel proof a room. Unless there are no cords, no curtains, no vents, no openings. If they take a notion to they will gnaw a hole in the drywall.

  8. 2 TSBers pass along the fuzzy thanks to grampyngramy:

    cava (06-14-2017), LR (09-28-2017)

  9. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    1,691
    Thanked: 1599

    Default Re: home safety for critters

    I see that this is an older thread, but thought to share a few thoughts and some new ideas here.

    Unfortunately, the only sure way to keep a tree squirrel from getting into what may present an unforseeable hazard in your home, is to provide them with a larger habitat cage, that will keep them comfortable when you can't watch them or aren't home, so they can't get into anything.

    Having the space to do this can be a challenge for some that care for squirrels indoors. Building a vertical habitat cage that takes up less of a footprint of floor space is an option. If no space is available and you happen to have a horizonal dresser, consider changing it out for a vertical dresser to free up the space for a tall vertical habitat cage; or the same for a low horizontal habitat cage for a squirrel you think a vertical cage might present a safety concern. A corner cage can utilize an otherwise unused space.

  10. Serious fuzzy thank you's to Diggie's Friend from:

    LR (09-28-2017)

  11. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    US
    Posts
    1
    Thanked: 0

    Default Re: home safety for critters

    Quote Originally Posted by grampyngramy View Post
    The reason for this post should maybe be a sticky.
    We had to go to Muncie IN to get daughter registered for college. My son was home with tater butt. All was good until we was about an hour from home. Son calls and cannot find Kazee anywhere. But he noticed the vent off on the duct in the floor. By now I am doing all I can to hold it together. He looks the house over again checking all of his napping spots. Told him to turn the ac off and go turn off the breakers. By the time we get home he has the indoor ac unit taken apart and Kazee upstairs soaking wet and shivering. We are drying him off and rotating fleece in and out of the dryer .We get him dried and warm. I fix him some warm watered down puppy formula he about ate the syringe so I made a batch in a small bowl he ate some. Gave him ashelled almond, ate it. Anyway it has been about 36 hrs or so and he is eating drinking pooing and peeing fine. He is standing eat still. Not coming out of our bedroom which he does come out of there too muchsince wd moved him in there about a week ago. I feel like a real jerk for this happening. Hell I am still crying over it. None of our floor vent covers have screw holes and most have to be pounding in and pried out. Well the one he went down now has screws in it and the rest will soon. All night last night I held him in his fleece and we even laid on the bed. He was so streesed and scared. I am still praying.
    So what needs to be a sticky? Floor registers or vents need to be screwed down.



    I sincerely hope that he will not get sick. XXXXXXXXXXX said that he could give food for a kitten, he had a more balanced recipe that suits them
    Last edited by stepnstone; 01-11-2019 at 06:26 AM. Reason: Linking to name/url not approved.

  12. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Planet Earth
    Posts
    15,118
    Thanked: 8114

    Default Re: home safety for critters

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesTF007 View Post
    I sincerely hope that he will not get sick. XXXXXXXXX said that he could give food for a kitten, he had a more balanced recipe that suits them

    Neither dog or cat food could contain a balanced diet for a squirrel's nutritional requirements.


    Last edited by stepnstone; 01-11-2019 at 06:27 AM. Reason: Linking to name/url not approved.
    Step-N-Stone
    State Licensed
    Wildlife Master Rehabilitator


  13. 3 TSBers pass along the fuzzy thanks to stepnstone:

    Diggie's Friend (01-11-2019), island rehabber (01-11-2019), Spanky (01-11-2019)

  14. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    City Island, Bronx, NY
    Posts
    48,394
    Thanked: 10950

    Default Re: home safety for critters

    I absolutely agree with stepnstone. Anyone who could say that food for carnivores is suitable for an herbivore like a squirrel is, frankly, an idiot. Please go to our nutrition section and learn about the proper diet for tree squirrels. Cat and dog food will kill it.
    Island Rehabber
    NY State Licensed
    Wildlife Rehabilitator


    "Ancora Imparo" (I am still learning)
    Michelangelo


    *
    If you can't afford the vet,
    You can't afford a pet.
    NEGLECT IS ABUSE.

    "Better one day in the trees, than a lifetime in a cage."

    '...and the greatest of these, is Love. '

  15. 2 TSBers pass along the fuzzy thanks to island rehabber:

    Diggie's Friend (01-11-2019), stepnstone (01-11-2019)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •