When Squirrels Go Rogue

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When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby squirreldad » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:39 am

So, as I'm sure many of yours do, my little fliers go batty at night and run all over the place at breakneck speed - this is all great ... except at a certain point I have to go to bed.

Usually I can lure them back into their cage with a pecan or the like - several times though, they are simply ridiculous to catch; took me half an hour.

For the most part they are pretty well behaved - I'm wondering what folks do in the difficult times. This is of particular concern when I have to fly out to visit family for holidays - I'd like them to be able to get some exercise outside their cage - but with no trusted method to tell a friend I just don't see this happening.

Suggestions?

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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby Mary » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:05 am

This is an interesting question that I also would like to hear others tricks. Muffin is easy to get back in but Peanut stays under the dresser and won't come out until he is ready. He still has his mean attitude which does not help.

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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby Nativeprincess » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:32 pm

Hrm, now that I think of it, I never had any problems catching Rogue. What I would do was usually lay down on the ground and make a little squeak noise that i trained her to respond to, she knew it meant that mama had a treat ^_^. If she was just not responding, I usually turned off the lights. I never failed to have her come check out what I was doing with in 5-10 min.
I made a point *never* to try and catch her though, most animal respond to a chase by well....being chased, so if you let them approach you and then pounce, it tends to work.
I don't know if it worked this way for others, but the more I ignored Rogue the more interested she was is getting my attn.(let me tell ya, not cool when it was sleepy time)
She was very ADD, so would only keep it up for 2.5 sec, but that also ment that 30 sec later she was *again* going "mom!mom!" and then zooming off.

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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby squirreldad » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:48 pm

Yeah, mine do the same thing - the squeak usually works. I can put a pecan in my hand and lure them to the cage. They LOVE being chased though - they'll run up and squeak at me and then tear away ... again though, not so great for bedtime haha.

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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby Joan » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:59 pm

Sometimes mine get in a hanging bag and refuse to come out. I hang the bag in the cage and close the door. Sometimes they won't get out of my shirt. I pull it off over my head and hopefully have trapped flyers inside. The shirt goes in the cage. I have a hair towel that Mishi loves and she will crawl in it. It goes in the cage. Sometimes all the above fail and leave the cage door open all night and they go back to their nestboxes for naps ... GOT YA! :twisted:
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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby Deb » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:18 pm

One thing for sure, this problem is always worse this time of the year. Something in the Autum weather brings the little monster out of our furballs.
My solution works most of the time, but each of the brats will go rough from time to time and will not fall for Mama's trick.
My trick is to put the squirrel I'm after's favorite treat into a vase I have for the purpose, and holod it out near him on the shelf, curtain and wait for him to dive in for it. Then it goes into the cage like Joan's pouch. The brats all know the vase. They often check it for treats, and if there is nothing in it, I will quickly go get a favorite of the squirrel that is checking the vase and put it in. I often pick up the vase and sweet talk to a squirrel who is enjoying a treat in there, so they are used to the routine and do not get put back into the cage every time.
The trick is to know what treat is like crack to each squirrel and to use it sparingly enough, that they will submit to the vase trick.
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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby squirreldad » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:41 pm

That's genius - I love it. Gonna try it today haha.

Aside from pecans - what do you find your squeaks like?

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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby voguemamselle619 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:08 am

love the vase idea. i'll spend 10 minutes straight sometimes chasing shylo.
shylo absolutely adores walnut bits. maybe even more than pecans because she can't open walnuts and pecans she can.
i too am concerned about what i'm going to do when i take a trip, even for a week. shylo's fierce bond to me has only gotten stronger. sometimes if i'm gone for a night i'll have my mom put food in shylo's cage. last time shylo did a war dance for my mom, and my mom threw the food in the cage and ran out of the room. now she's scared of her :? plus, if i have problems putting shylo in the cage, and she likes me, what will she do to someone she doesn't care about at all?!
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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby Lora » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:55 am

I've been ill for the past 2 mos & basically stuck in my bedroom. My husband's been feeding Bobo. He has to either go in there before dark while he's still sleeping or take a treat for a diversion. Bobo hasn't bitten him but if he's awake he's got to be right there where his hand his to make sure he's doing it right. I feel so bad. I don't even have the strength to walk across the living room to his room to see him. I miss my little squirlz so much & I'm afraid he's gonna forget me. Hopefully my dr will figure out the problem & how to treat it soon. I pray everyday to be strong enough to make that walk without fear of falling.

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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby voguemamselle619 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:07 pm

i am so sorry lora. perhaps your husband can bring bobo to you if he's still in the nestbox during the day when he's sleepy? i really believe in animal therapy and i bet he'd be happy to see you, and you'd feel a bit better with his comfort :)
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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby Lora » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:56 pm

Thanks Alyssa. Bobo sleeps in a pouch these days & more than likely would wake up if my husband tried to remove it. We have to be very careful as we have 2 cats in the house. Besides that I'm usually here by myself during the day. Luckily I work from home. My husband packs me a cooler before he leaves. If this goes on much longer I may just move him in here. I haven't done it so far because we smoke in here. :oops: It's looking like a thyroid issue but so far the blood work has not been definitive as to hyper or hypo... I'm in the middle somewhere. I'm now waiting for the results of some more extensive blood work. I'm praying it will be more conclusive & something my doctor can deal with. Otherwise I get referred to a specialist & basically get to start all over. I never would have thought one little gland could cause so much trouble. There is nothing worse than going to the doctor & hearing "I don't know"... and then spending 2 days in the hospital only to hear the same thing. I just need things to get back to normal & I WANT MY BOBO SQUIRLZ!

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Re: When Squirrels Go Rogue

Postby voguemamselle619 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:15 pm

you sound like one of those patients from mystery diagnosis! i can only imagine your frustration. good luck with everything and feel better soon.
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