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Post by Babyelijah3 on Mon 22 Oct 2018, 4:20 am

Hello, i am C.

I found a baby vole almost 2 weeks ago. His eyes were still closed but he had nice fur coat already. My dog unfortunately killed his family Sad elijah seemed to be the only one completely unharmed. I took him home. I was stressing out so much at first :0 what to feed him? Where to keep him? How do i handle him. Like, the last time i had a rodent i was 9. Was a little russian dwarf hamster. After that its been only cats and dogs for me. (And a goldfish). After tons of research i found out that it was gonna be such a dedication. So i got my kitten milk, my paintbrush, my heatpad and went on.

He grew up sooo fast! He was fully eating by himself at 13/14 days old. I did feed him formula. Now that he’s bit more than 3 weeks, i realise i have been feeding him formula like a baby a bit too long... he doesnt really know how to drink himself. Its kinda stressful for this morning i found out that he has quite the bloated belly.. seems like its filled with air. He poops fine, eats, plays, runs around. But still i worry. I love this little guy! Hope he recovers, even though im not sure how to treat it... he is such a cutie Smile.
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Post by Peachy on Tue 23 Oct 2018, 10:44 pm

Welcome! Thank you for helping the poor kid!!

What else has Elijah been eating? White karo syrup can help with bloating and upset tummies. Mix equal parts syrup and hot water.
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Post by Babyelijah3 on Wed 24 Oct 2018, 5:22 pm

Hello Smile

Yeah, its quite the task to keep feeding such a small baby every 2/3 hours. Happy to have done it! He is so cute and social. He’s 3,5 weeks by now. My partner fed him white bread soaked with some (cow) milk. After that the bloat started. He seems to do slightly better now. He is very happy go lucky. Playing, eating, drinking, pooping peeing... it all goes well. I do feel like he tends to overeat. So i give him different portions throughout the day (so that he doesnt stuff his face with literally anything he can find!)
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Post by Peachy on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 10:49 am

I'm so happy he seems to be doing better now!! Yes, I'd definitely stay away from white bread and cow's milk... I'm not too familiar with vole diets but I know rodents don't tend to overeat and like to forage throughout the day due to their metabolisms. I would stick to what he'd typically be eating as a wild adolescent if you can. Dandelions and roots? That's what the ones in my yard seem to like! Tearing up my garden beds. Laughing
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