Richardson ground squirrel: Excessive licking, very sleepy, not eating
Has anyone had a similar experience as Swedishfish with their Richardson ground squirrel developing a strange licking habit, or know what the problem is and how to fix it?
A couple of days ago my sweet little Richardson stopped eating and pooing, and peeing less. She was extremely sleepy, yet developed an excessive licking habit. She was licking everything - my hands, the walls of my apartment, inner walls of her litter tray, etc. My squirrel doesn't seem to cough or sneeze. I live in Japan and my Japanese language skills aren't the best. The vet said she doesn't know what the problem is, but maybe a blockage in Richardson's digestive tract, which is why she's not eating or pooing. The vet prescribed some sugar water and a laxative. I've been mashing up banana, avocado, and watering down almond butter, all of which Richardson licks off my fingers (a little bit), but doesn't eat off a dish.
Now, a couple of days later, Richardson still isn't 100%, as in not as affectionate as usual, but more lively and eating some celery and lettuce leaves on her own. I'm still hand feeding her mashed food, because she's not eating her regular food. I'm also giving her the laxative and sugar water. She's pooing a little now, and the licking persists but has decreased.
Does anyone know whether there's something missing in my Richardson's diet? I've read that Richardsons don't need salt licks, but if I provide one, would she lick it and make things worse or just ignore it if she doesn't need it? Maybe this strange sickness is a result of not hibernating properly? Or a symptom of depression from not "getting any" during the mating season (she's a spoiled yet solo pet)?
Thanks for your help!