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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Ok. So for her 7:30 feeding tonight is it ok to give her the formula I mixed up 30 min ago? I already threw out what I had thawed of the liquid I had been feeding her.
    Oh sure some do it that way.
    It's just better when you let it sit, but it's fine for tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Does she look bloated? She drank 9ml at 3:00 and I wasn't aware it was too much at that point.

    Well she is perfection for sure.
    Is her tummy hard or does it feel like an inflated balloon?
    It doesn't look bloated to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post

    Well she is perfection for sure.
    Is her tummy hard or does it feel like an inflated balloon?
    It doesn't look bloated to me.
    It's like a very squishy balloon. Thank you so much for your help! I'm so glad I found The Squirrel Board!

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    Here's a great link to read about the rule of thumb.
    I suggest that for now you stay within the guidelines until
    you get a better feel for her.
    If you increase, go slowly so that she doesn't bloat.
    How was she handling the 9 mLs?

    At her weight and according to the "rule of thumb" she could be taking 8 mLs of formula
    if you fed the 7% so I think you are doing fantastic!
    I think that since you're cutting her back to only 4 feedings this will work out well.

    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...=rule+of+thumb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    It's like a very squishy balloon. Thank you so much for your help! I'm so glad I found The Squirrel Board!

    Squishy is really good.
    I'm thrilled that you found us too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post
    Here's a great link to read about the rule of thumb.
    I suggest that for now you stay within the guidelines until
    you get a better feel for her.
    If you increase, go slowly so that she doesn't bloat.
    How was she handling the 9 mLs?

    At her weight and according to the "rule of thumb" she could be taking 8 mLs of formula
    if you fed the 7% so I think you are doing fantastic!
    I think that since you're cutting her back to only 4 feedings this will work out well.

    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...=rule+of+thumb
    Thank you, that link cleared up a lot! She sucked the 9ml right down, but sometimes just getting 5-6ml into her is a struggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Thank you, that link cleared up a lot! She sucked the 9ml right down, but sometimes just getting 5-6ml into her is a struggle.
    When you go down to 4 feedings it probably won't be a stuggle anymore.
    Glad the link helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Does she look bloated? She drank 9ml at 3:00 and I wasn't aware it was too much at that point.
    Not necessarily but she does look like she has a full belly,
    just make sure it's down before her next feeding.
    ...And good Lord her coloring is beautiful!
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    2 more questions.
    #1. Jenny tried to bite me for the first time tonight while I was stimulating her to urinate. Is there anything I should know about squirrel bites?
    #2. I found a little maggot sized brownish wormy thing in her bedding. I looked her over and I can't find anything on her, but I have seen her scratching. Should I be worried about that? It did not look like an intestinal worm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
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    2 more questions.
    #1. Jenny tried to bite me for the first time tonight while I was stimulating her to urinate. Is there anything I should know about squirrel bites?
    #2. I found a little maggot sized brownish wormy thing in her bedding. I looked her over and I can't find anything on her, but I have seen her scratching. Should I be worried about that? It did not look like an intestinal worm.
    Squirrels are not a vector for rabies so you don't need to worry about that. I don't know how hard she will bite since she's still young. But be on alert....the bites do hurt.

    I'm not sure what the worm might be. Make sure you look in her ears to be sure she doesn't have any maggots on her. If you find anything you will need to remove them ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    2 more questions.
    #1. Jenny tried to bite me for the first time tonight while I was stimulating her to urinate. Is there anything I should know about squirrel bites?
    #2. I found a little maggot sized brownish wormy thing in her bedding. I looked her over and I can't find anything on her, but I have seen her scratching. Should I be worried about that? It did not look like an intestinal worm.
    She really can't hurt you at this age but no you don't have to concern yourself over a squirrel bite
    outside the fact depending on age of squirrel and the bite they can hurt. Clean it up like any other
    cut you might get and you'd be fine. They will at some point like to nibble on your skin, it's scary to
    some people at first but they all do it and they don't hurt you, it's like they are removing dry skin.


    Squirrel fleas and cat/dog fleas are different, considering it must have been dead/dried up could it have
    looked similar to pic below?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    Squirrels are not a vector for rabies so you don't need to worry about that. I don't know how hard she will bite since she's still young. But be on alert....the bites do hurt.

    I'm not sure what the worm might be. Make sure you look in her ears to be sure she doesn't have any maggots on her. If you find anything you will need to remove them ASAP.
    Thank you! Rabies is particularly what I was worried about. Her teeth are still too little to do much damage yet, but it got me thinking! I checked her ears and they look clean and empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    She really can't hurt you at this age but no you don't have to concern yourself over a squirrel bite
    outside the fact depending on age of squirrel and the bite they can hurt. Clean it up like any other
    cut you might get and you'd be fine. They will at some point like to nibble on your skin, it's scary to
    some people at first but they all do it and they don't hurt you, it's like they are removing dry skin.


    Squirrel fleas and cat/dog fleas are different, considering it must have been dead/dried up could it have
    looked similar to pic below?

    Thank you! I'm glad there is nothing to worry about being bitten. She didn't break my skin, but is was worrisome! The worm was very much alive and didn't seem to have any legs and was much fatter and shorter than the picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Thank you! I'm glad there is nothing to worry about being bitten. She didn't break my skin, but is was worrisome! The worm was very much alive and didn't seem to have any legs and was much fatter and shorter than the picture
    The flea pic is exaggerated, they are only 1/8th to 3/16" if that.
    They can't jump and basically "swim" through the fur.

    Wormy, fatter and shorter can be concerning, if it were a maggot
    it would be unusual to just see or have one. I'd keep a close check
    on her bedding to see if you find any others and make sure you have
    examined her closely for any cuts or scabby areas. Keep a check on
    her poop's too. If you see another try to get a picture.
    In the meantime you can wipe her down with a damp cloth with a little
    liquid dawn unscented dish soap included, that will kill any fleas if she
    were to have any. Maggots would be another issue and we can cross
    that bridge when and if necessary.
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    Update on Jenny
    She's doing well, consistently drinking 8ml of formula, but doesn't seem to be gaining weight. She's a lot more active, scampers and climbs all over the place. How long will she need heat for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Update on Jenny
    She's doing well, consistently drinking 8ml of formula, but doesn't seem to be gaining weight. She's a lot more active, scampers and climbs all over the place. How long will she need heat for?
    I usually keep the heat available on one side of the bin they are in - that way if they get too hot, they can move off of the heat source. When I see a little one consistently moving away from the heat source, it is usually a good indication that it is no longer needed. So glad to hear that little cutie is doing well!
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    As she grows you can increase her formula intake to above the 7% a little at a time, if she still seems hungry. You want to watch her belly and be sure it doesn't get hard. Some days she may not gain any weight and then another day she will gain several grams. You want to be sure she's not losing weight, though.

    I believe you mentioned that you have ordered the Fox Valley 20/50? Did you also order some Henrys hi-protein blocks? Or another good quality rodent block? That is the first solid food you will want to offer her. You want her to be eating her blocks really well before you introduce any veggies. She will probably just gnaw at the block initially, but will eventually start to eat it. You can introduce the block in a couple of weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    As she grows you can increase her formula intake to above the 7% a little at a time, if she still seems hungry. You want to watch her belly and be sure it doesn't get hard. Some days she may not gain any weight and then another day she will gain several grams. You want to be sure she's not losing weight, though.

    I believe you mentioned that you have ordered the Fox Valley 20/50? Did you also order some Henrys hi-protein blocks? Or another good quality rodent block? That is the first solid food you will want to offer her. You want her to be eating her blocks really well before you introduce any veggies. She will probably just gnaw at the block initially, but will eventually start to eat it. You can introduce the block in a couple of weeks.
    I have some Kaytee rodent blocks in which her. She's been playing with them and nibbling them a little bit. I ended up not being able to get the FV 20/50

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    Are you seeing a weight gain? As she gets older she can use the additional fat that the Fox Valley20/50 provides. This is why many folks on here mix Fox Valley and Esbilac in a 50/50 combination.

    Also, a lot of people give the Henrys Healthy blocks to their squirrels because they only need two a day, with assorted veggies to provide complete nutrition. They are ordered online from Henrys Healthy Pets. Henrys also sells the Fox Valley formula and the Ultraboost which provides extra fat and calories if your little isn't gaining weight. There is a flat $5.99 shipping fee for all that you purchase.

    Please weigh each morning to know how much to feed at each feeding and to be sure she's gaining adequately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    Are you seeing a weight gain? As she gets older she can use the additional fat that the Fox Valley20/50 provides. This is why many folks on here mix Fox Valley and Esbilac in a 50/50 combination.

    Also, a lot of people give the Henrys Healthy blocks to their squirrels because they only need two a day, with assorted veggies to provide complete nutrition. They are ordered online from Henrys Healthy Pets. Henrys also sells the Fox Valley formula and the Ultraboost which provides extra fat and calories if your little isn't gaining weight. There is a flat $5.99 shipping fee for all that you purchase.

    Please weigh each morning to know how much to feed at each feeding and to be sure she's gaining adequately.
    Thanks! I'll check that out! She finally gained some weight when I weighed her this morning. She is just over 14g now. Should I have anything in her container to play with? Right now it's just the Kaytee blocks, t-shirts and heat.

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