How to Care For a Young Ground Squirrel As a Pet
Here are some steps to take in caring for your new pet ground squirrel: Keeping it in a cage, feeding it, and stimulating it to urinate and bowel movement. You can even find out how to reunite a baby squirrel with its mother. Read on for more information! Also, read about some common medical problems that young ground squirrels can suffer from. Once you learn about these common conditions, caring for your ground squirrel should be easy.
Keeping a young ground squirrel in a cage
Keeping a young ground squirrel in solitary captivity is not a good idea. While these animals are often solitary by nature, many are not. Some are territorial and can become aggressive with humans. Even those who become pet squirrels should understand the nature of the wild animal before taking it into your home. Some squirrels can be very good pets, but many will not be good choices for your home.
The first step in raising a baby ground squirrel as a pet is to prepare a suitable enclosure for the new member of the family. Babies are highly energetic and need a large cage with sturdy wire. If you have a dog crate or a dog carrier, it will be sufficient. If you have a large dog crate, a squirrel baby should fit in.
Feeding a young ground squirrel
Feeding a young ground squirrel as an adult is similar to feeding a baby. The baby squirrel is totally dependent on the mother for the first two or three months, until the incisors begin erupting. The incisors begin to come in at around three weeks of age, while the cheek teeth start to appear between four and six weeks. Once the teeth start to come in, they must align and wear down.
Eventually, the squirrels will approach you, so try to make the squirrel feel comfortable by bending down and holding out a peanut. Try to keep a close eye on the squirrel, as they may feel threatened if they don’t recognize you. Initially, they might run away, but within a few weeks, they will come to the feeder to try it out. You can try feeding them daily.
Reuniting a baby with its mother
To reunite a baby ground squirrel with its mother as your pet, you must first find a tree in which to place it. A safe place to put the baby is under a tree, but you should avoid putting it in your home. You can also put it inside a small container, such as a shoe box, with some bird seed or rice in it. Keep children and pets out of the nest, and keep it warm. Reheating the rice/birdseed bag once a day will help the baby squirrel to become accustomed to its new home.
You can also try placing the baby out for its mother in a cage, where you can monitor it from a distance. Keep in mind that you should not place the baby out for its mother before the sun rises or before it gets dark. The mother will not take the baby back if it is cold because she will think it is sick. You can also use a heating pad or a latex glove filled with warm water and cover it with a sock. You can also use a glass jar with a lid to provide warm water. A heat pack can also help keep the baby warm.
Stimulating a young ground squirrel to urinate and have a bowel movement
If you own a ground squirrel, you should stimulate it to urinate and have a sanitary bowel movement at least twice a day. A young squirrel will often pee on its own, but the mother will lick away the urine inside the nest, so you should avoid feeding it too often. Stimulating the baby to urinate can be done by gently brushing its feathery genital region with a feather. If it doesn’t, it may suffer from distended bladder.
If you’re unfamiliar with this method, try wrapping a baby squirrel in a soft cloth or towel. This way, it will feel safer and not be as frightened. You can also use rodent block to stimulate the genitals. Just remember that young ground squirrels are escape artists! Always be prepared for this unpleasant experience.
What do young ground squirrels eat?
Young ground squirrels eat a diet of mostly plant material including seeds nuts fruits and greens.
They will also consume small insects.
How often do young ground squirrels need to eat?
Young ground squirrels need to eat every day.
What kind of housing do young ground squirrels need?
Young ground squirrels need a housing that is escape-proof has plenty of ventilation and is large enough for them to move around and climb in.
What temperature does the housing for young ground squirrels need to be?
The housing for young ground squirrels needs to be kept at a temperature of between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
How much space do young ground squirrels need to live in?
Young ground squirrels need a minimum of 2.
5 cubic feet of living space.
What materials should be in the housing for young ground squirrels?
The housing for young ground squirrels should contain nesting material a water bottle and a food dish.
How often do young ground squirrels need to drink water?
Young ground squirrels need to drink water every day.
How often should young ground squirrels be given food?
Young ground squirrels should be given food every day.
What kind of food should young ground squirrels be given?
Young ground squirrels should be given a diet of mostly plant material including seeds nuts fruits and greens.
They will also consume small insects.
How often should young ground squirrels be given water?
Young ground squirrels should be given water every day.
How often should young ground squirrels be given nesting material?
Young ground squirrels should be given nesting material every day.
What is the best way to handle young ground squirrels?
The best way to handle young ground squirrels is to scoop them up gently with both hands.
How often should young ground squirrels be handled?
Young ground squirrels should be handled every day.
How long can young ground squirrels go without food?
Young ground squirrels can go without food for up to 24 hours.
How long can young ground squirrels go without water?
Young ground squirrels can go without water for up to 48 hours.
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.