Caring for a Rescued Chipmunk?

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, 20091 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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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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April 9, 20200 found this helpful

How did he do, we just rescued one last night from our small dog. He looks to have a broken leg but once we dried him off he seems allright otherwise. We dont know what to do as he cant go back into the wild like this

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April 27, 20200 found this helpful

My cat also caught a chipmunk as well and my son rescued him. The chipmunks back legs is broken as well.. he's drank a little bit of milk. I've provided him a small bed to lay in as well as water too. I have no idea what to do. I just know I can't release him back into the wild because I know he wouldn't make it..

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May 21, 20200 found this helpful

me too a year later

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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.


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, 20091 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.


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. 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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