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Caring for a Rescued Chipmunk

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Sometimes our pets bring us gifts of small wildlife, such as chipmunks. If you receive such a gift or find an injured or seemingly orphaned one you will want to care for it until it is well or taken to a rescue. This is a guide about caring for a rescued chipmunk.
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By 0 found this helpful
June 17, 2009

My cat caught a chipmunk, but I got it away from him. I brought him in the house and put him in a container. He looks shocked and I can't tell if he's injured. I don't see any blood anywhere, but I don't want to scare it anymore than it has been, so I don't want to pick it up just yet. What can I do for it?

By ELLEN JUNKINS from Plymouth, NH

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful

The smartest thing would be to contact your local wildlife rescue place and turn it over to them. That's the smart thing.
Now here's what I would do (and have done in the past). For a chipmunk, I would put him in a good sized hamster cage. Hamster food would be good for him.

One thing that you don't want to do is to try and handle him. Not now or in the future. If he doesn't start to come around in a day or two, take him to a vet. He may have internal injuries. But remember. He is a wild animal, no matter how small and cute he is. And once he has been nursed back to health, he should be released back into the wild. Or at least turned over to a zoo.

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful

From my reading I have learned that at least in birds when a cat punctures the skin, it will cause a bacterial infection that will be fatal. The chipmunk might need antibiotics to heal properly. Look up wildlife rehabilitators in your area and see if there is one nearby. Take it over there and let them worry about it. Thank you for caring for it though.

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PS I remember reading a story about an imprinted Crow that loved humans and was a pet. It got loose and went to another person for love, thus showing no fear, and the person killed it with a broom. Teaching animals to trust people when that animal is wild is causing that animal to be very disadvantaged as soon as it is healed it will still like to be around people. I hope this helps. I will help you look for a re habber if you cant find one. Robyn

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

Wildlife rescue as suggested is the best idea and if you see no blood or obvious woulds, I'd let it back out in the woods.

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks everybody for your advice. The chipmunk had a small wound on its leg and I put organic antibiotic on it for a few days and he was eating and doing great.

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I let him go back to the wild this morning. He jumped out of the cage and just sat there looking at me for the longest time and I scooted it a little to tell it to go and he ran off into the bushes. It was a great experience!

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

Hi, I lost my chipmunk some months ago. My sincere advice/request to you is NEVER feed a chipmunk with cow's milk (from my personal experience).

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March 29, 20190 found this helpful

I just saved a chipmunk from being attacked by a cat. I have it in a container with towels to give it time to relax and calm down. It seems to be anywhere from 6-9 weeks old. I couldnt get a good look at the moment but Im pretty sure its injured and the rehabilitation center near me is closed for the weekend. If you could, Im in need of tips and advise on how to care for this chipmunk in the mean time. What do I feed it? Water it? What can I do for its injury? Anything helps at this point! Thanks!

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May 10, 20190 found this helpful

We just rescued a litter of 5 that were abandoned by their mother, we don't know if she died, but there were alone for 2 days before we picked them up. I googled info, and found out they may be around 5-6 weeks old.

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It said you shouldn't feed them cow milk, go the pet store and buy puppy formula, called ESBILAC, they can eat crackers, fruit, nuts, veggies, anything they can munch on. I would say try antibiotics on the wound

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May 22, 20190 found this helpful

My chipmunk has a broken back legs. Other than that he is in good condition. I have gotten him to drink some milk. He can't be put back in to the wild because of his legs. What should I do with him. I can't destroy him.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 23, 2019

My cats got ahold of him at 2am this morning and I am not sure what to do. He is breathing and I don't see any blood. I am not sure if putting him in a box with some towels was a good idea until morn. I'm afraid he will chew through the box. Any ideas?

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

It is a wild animal. I would call the animal control center near you.

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

I think it will be good to have it in a box. Be careful that it doesn't bite you.

Animal control will likely just euthanize the chipmunk since it is a wild animal. The best hope for this chipmunk, is to take it to your local wildlife rehabilitator.

If you cannot find out where it is, then call the veterinarian, the animal shelters or the library to ask if they know where the local wildlife rehabber is. You can even call the local zoo and ask them.

I am not sure about chipmunks, but if a cat bites a bird, the bird will die from a bacterial infection. That is why a wildlife rehab would be the best place for the animal. I have taken lots of small animals like your chipmunk to our rehabber. It has always been a relief to know they are taken care of by a professional.

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You have a caring heart to have had concern for this little creature. The world needs more caring people like yourself!

Blessings,

Robyn

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March 24, 20190 found this helpful

I have fed baby chippies before..I don't believe anyone but animal lovers will do anything about the little one you have..A box it may chew out of..I'd use a small cage or an aquarium w a lid on it. Depending on how bad the injury is it can heal w your help. Food and water. Ty for saving him/her .

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March 24, 20190 found this helpful

You should find a wildlife refuge and get it there ASAP! If you don't have one, call the local animal shelter and get their guidance to give the little one the best chance of a good outcome. Post back what they tell you! Prayers for the wee fur one!

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October 28, 2018

I found a chipmunk injured by a cat attack. What should I do for his recovery and how much time it will take to recover? What should I apply on injured area?

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

I would call a vet or wildlife rescue ASAP! Some places it is not legal to care for wildlife. Best to get expert advice and be sure you aren't doing anything illegal.

Prayers for all! You have a huge heart to help! G-d bless you all!

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

Our area has an animal control center. I would call them. Your taxes are paying for it.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 9, 2017

I saved a chipmunk from my cat last night, and kept it in a small cage with hay, birdseed, and water. This morning I checked on it, and it seemed to be dead although it wasn't stiff. I checked its body all over and it didn't appear to have any puncture wounds and no bleeding. It didn't respond to anything I did to it, but I noticed that it seemed to be breathing, but very shallowly. It's almost as if its playing dead, but more so appears to be in a deep sleep. If it is, why wouldn't it wake when I was handling it? I set it back down and left it alone. I'm afraid to just lay it out in the yard for fear that something will get at it. What should I do?

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May 10, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure it is warm and fed. Check to see if its mother appears. Here is a great article:

http://animals.  pmunks-8534.html

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December 2, 20170 found this helpful

I have one the same, he sleeps heavily, then wakes. We found him in the very same pose in the middle of an exposed area. He is weak, but eating and going to the bathroom. He is getting more lively over the last day.

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