How Much Calcium Should I Give My Squirrel?
If your pet squirrel needs additional calcium, you can feed it rodent blocks. In addition, insects can provide calcium to a squirrel’s diet. 2-4 blocks of rodent food per day should be enough to provide a good source of calcium. A good method for introducing calcium to your squirrel’s diet is to add in two to four rodent blocks every day. This article will discuss the best ways to add calcium to your squirrel’s diet.
2-4 rodent blocks a day
If you want to feed your pet squirrel with nutritious foods, consider using rodent blocks. These are pre-made food blocks that contain the nutrients that squirrels need daily. They are balanced for good nutrition, and can make up as much as 75 percent of the squirrel’s diet. Although some squirrels will refuse to eat rodent blocks until they are older, they can be provided as treats whenever your pet is hungry.
Seeds and a variety of other foods contain essential nutrients, but they are lacking in calcium and other nutrients. A good way to give your pet a complete daily nutrition supplement is to give your pet a rodent block of calcium and vitamin D. Unlike seeds, rodent blocks contain the essential nutrients, including calcium, and also contain vitamin D3 and other nutrients needed by the body. Providing calcium for your pet will help prevent vitamin D3 and calcium deficiency in the squirrel.
A healthy diet for your pet squirrel will include a daily block of calcium. Rodent blocks or Henry’s Healthy Blocks are excellent options. You can decrease the calcium dosage every two weeks to 50 mg every day once your pet is stable. A two-month-old squirrel can be fed only 50 mg of calcium each day. If you notice a reduction in your pet’s behavior and appetite, you may want to reduce the dosage to fifty mg daily.
Insects are a good way to add calcium
Squirrels can get calcium from insects. You can give them mealworms or crickets. These insects provide the squirrel with essential nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. Some squirrels also chase moths, which can provide them with a good source of calcium. These sources of calcium should be mixed in certain proportions. If you are unsure how much calcium your squirrel needs, you can always give it a small amount of powdered calcium supplement every once in a while.
Squirrels should not be given corn, sunflower seeds, or peanuts. Instead, you can offer them deer antlers or a femur bone. This will provide them with calcium and help them gnaw on a hard substance. A squirrel’s teeth are long and so it is important that it chew on something hard. When you offer it to your squirrel, they will likely take it.
A lack of calcium can cause a variety of symptoms, including lethargy, hostility, and even death. Luckily, calcium deficiency can be reversed, especially if you can provide adequate sunlight to your squirrel. In some cases, calcium supplements can even reverse the effects of MBD. You should be aware of the signs that your squirrel is lacking in calcium. If you notice any of these symptoms, consult a veterinarian right away to ensure your squirrel is receiving the proper amount of calcium.
Adding calcium to a squirrel’s diet
Squirrels suffer from a calcium deficiency. A simple way to help them overcome this deficiency is to feed them bone meal, cuttlefish bones, pieces of carrot, and Collo-cal D. A squirrel can also be supplemented with calcium by consuming a powdered form of Collo-cal or vitamin D in its drinking water. If you have MBD, however, you should be able to give your squirrel calcium supplements as well.
Squirrels eat almost anything. However, they are especially susceptible to metabolic bone disease, which can weaken their bones. This disease has become more common in recent years and is becoming a growing concern for animal rehabilitaters. Fortunately, there are several calcium-rich food sources available for squirrels, including sunflower seeds, peanuts, and kale. However, it is important to remember that a healthy diet includes a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and calcium-rich foods.
Grey squirrels are known to need extra calcium during the stripping of bark, which can be devastating to trees. It is not yet clear, however, whether this is the case or not, and if so, how much calcium is needed for this purpose. One hypothesis proposes that the stripping of bark is due to calcium deficiency during the autumn season. In fact, this calcium deficiency has been shown to cause high densities of grey squirrels in autumn. Moreover, grey squirrel population density fluctuates annually depending on tree seed crops and winter temperatures. Moreover, a high overwinter survival rate encourages large populations.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.