Hi everyone!! I'm new to Squirrel Board so I wanted to take the time to introduce myself. My name is Nicki and I love with my husband Andy l, along with my seven cats and squirrel b. We have lived in St Pete for 7-7-8 years now and love it here!! My squirrelly is acting funny so someone around my area told me to contact y'all to see what you think about the situation and who might be a good Veterinarian in the Tampa/St Pete/Largo area to take him.
Ok so here's a kinda brief history on Grunter the squirrel. I acquired him when I was a Veterinary Technician at 4 weeks of age. He was super tiny, but otherwise super healthy. The vet that convinced me to wean/foster gave me a diet sheet and these print up sheets and stuff. Fast forward to now, he is 6 years old, neutered male and for the last few months he has been not really eating as much, eventhough he will still go for his treats and nuts. He has also been sleeping alot and not coming out of his happy hammock. He would usually come out and greet us and want to play, now he doesn't do that. I'm feeling worried that something might be wrong or if he could be in some kinda hibernation mode? Squirrels don't really hibernate here in Florida though.Although it has been extremely weird weather for us.
Anywho. Was wanting advice or to see if anyone else had experienced this with their squirrel?In the meantime, I will be researching and trying to get him to a true exotic vet who has a ton of experience with squirrels to have him examined etc etc. Any suggestions????
Here is what Grunter likes for food
I usually change up his veggies and fruit to give him a variety. He has always been a very picky squirrel since he was a baby.
Most of his diet is made up of Forti diet rat pellets
Veggies he likes: broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, carrots, squash ( yellow and butternut), cucumbers. I change and try new veggies all the time. He does not like spinach, kale, mushrooms, celery, etc. He is so picky.
I give him fruit sparingly because I don't want him to have too much sugar. Fruits he likes: strawberries, blueberries, oranges, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, honey dew etc. There are probably more veggie and fruits that I give him but I can't remember all of them. He gets sunlight through a window all day. I do see him come out and lay out in his cage in the sun. His cage is actually a big ferret cage and when we are home he gets free range of the entire room. There's nothing dangerous in there. No plugs or wires or anything he can get to.
Now we also have seven cats, all strictly indoor with claws, but when he is out of his cage, the room is off limits and the door is closed so the only ones in there are me or my husband. Lately I have noticed him foraging alot. We let him out and instead of playing, he will look for food he has hidden. Either in his toy bag or my husband's over the door laundry basket that he threw old socks and shirts into so he can roll around and play and also he hides pellets in there.
If any other info is needed let me know- I am one worried mommy and I have no children of my own (besides the ones I teach) so he is my baby!!
Please PM me if you can. Help Help Help