Well here I am officially the owner of a cat and a blind squirrel! Had I been told the squirrel part 3 mos ago, never mind ten years ago, I would have called the person telling me this crazy. Sunday evening I headed over to Wanda’s home to pick him up. She had a cage for me and all sort of squirrel related paraphernalia to get me by until I can find my own stuff.
The first few days I kept him in the pet carrier I brought him home in until he felt a bit more comf0rtable. I figured a new person and new smells would be enough in the beginning. On Tuesday morning though he was all over that carrier and seemed like he was ready for more space. So I set up the large cage with all his little fleece blankets, his two nesting boxes and some branches I found while out on a walk that morning.
Last night he was crawling all around that cage in spider-man style. He discovered his water bottle while hanging upside down from the top of the cage and spent about a minute and a half drinking from it. I’m learning a lot and trying to see how I can get him to learn things. There is absolutely nothing online about training a blind squirrel, shocking I know. He is used to being fed so in his little mind food appears right in front of him so he nibbles everything to see if it is food, this includes me. He does not grasp the concept of food dropping out of his paws either, so he will continue chewing the air or his arm til he realizes that it isn’t right. Formula feeding time is nuts. He goes crazy! He makes all sorts of squirrel sounds and writhes around in full body convulsions. Also he is quite messy when being fed formula. This is due partly to the crazy gyrations and partly to me not realizing the tip of the feeder came out of his mouth. This has resulted in formula laden fur. I’ve started wiping him down after feedings but I have been unsuccessful removing the dried formula from previous feedings though.
So other than the weirdness of having such a pet things are going well. Even my cat seems fine. She’ll show a mild interest when he moves around under his blankets but she ignored him when I was feeding him last night. She was more intrigued with the formula in the container next to me I was giving him. A hunter she is not.
Below are photos from yesterday. I think the 6th image down on the right looks likes his imitation of the dramatic gopher on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Kyi0WNg40. Must be a common look for these type of creatures. Came across this video mock with a dramatic cat, love it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plWnm7UpsXk&feature=related
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