Why is My Pet Squirrel Not Moving?
There are several reasons why your pet squirrel might be stuck in a stalemate or hibernation. It may also be dehydrated and needs human intervention. If you are unsure why your pet is not moving, read on to learn more about the different causes. In some cases, squirrels are traumatized by being chased or injured. If you have found that your pet is frozen, consider giving it time to recover.
It may be dehydrated
If your pet squirrel seems dehydrated, the first step is to check the skin on its back. Pinching it between the shoulder blades will help you determine whether it is dehydrated. If the skin doesn’t retract back down, it’s most likely dehydrated. If the skin is dry or flaky, you can administer a solution of Pedialyte or other rehydration fluid to the squirrel. It should receive this fluid every two hours or at every feeding.
Another sign that your pet squirrel may be dehydrated is a scab that blocks the privates. If your pet doesn’t pee every four hours, make sure it has access to fresh water. If it is not peeing, give it more fluids or take it to the vet as soon as possible. If you’re unsure whether your pet is dehydrated, you can check its stool for maggots, fleas, or other external parasites.
It may be in hibernation
If your squirrel is in a resting state and not moving, it might be time to consider hibernation. In general, squirrels don’t go into full hibernation, but the winter months are the most important time for them to prepare for the cold. Although squirrels don’t actually “hibernate,” they do slow down their metabolism. In order to conserve energy, they store food collected during warmer months.
Many animals use hibernation as a way to conserve energy. During this time, their heart rate, breathing rate, and body temperature slow down. When their metabolism slows down, they store energy for the winter and wake up once the weather gets warmer. If your pet squirrel goes into hibernation, don’t try to wakify him by rubbing his body. This could wake him up and cause him or her to thaw out.
It may be in need of human intervention
The best way to figure out if your squirrel is in need of human intervention is to observe it closely. Most squirrels are self-reliant and capable of surviving alone for at least a few weeks. Babies are not likely to survive a night out on the ground. You can help them survive by bringing them to a wildlife rehabilitation center. A wildlife rehabilitator can provide the necessary care until they are old enough to survive on their own.
If you see an injured squirrel, do not hesitate to intervene. Squirrels can be dangerous animals, as their teeth and claws are razor sharp. Not only are squirrels dangerous for humans, but they can also carry several diseases. Make sure to wear the thickest gloves you can find when handling them. Lisette used heavy-duty oven mitts. Petrie was placed into a cardboard box with warm objects underneath. It should have a lid that has air holes.
It may be in need of re-release
If your pet squirrel is too young to be released, consider re-fostering it in an appropriate location. In most cases, adult squirrels should be returned to their natural environment, a place that was familiar to them. This includes its usual diet and any food sources it may have lost. You can consult a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for help. In addition to re-fostering your pet squirrel, you can also use this information when releasing an adult squirrel.
Unlike re-releasing a pet dog, re-releasing a squirrel requires expertise and a certain amount of patience. For safety reasons, you should seek the advice of a wildlife rescue organization before re-releasing your pet. Their workers are well-versed in the process and will provide you with important information on how to release an injured or ill squirrel safely. They will also be able to give you advice on where to find suitable locations.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.