How to Care For an Infant Squirrel
You’re going to have to learn how to care for an infant squirrel, or Esbilac for short, if you’re adopting one. This article will discuss foods to feed Esbilac, as well as Nuts, Fruits, and Treats. Keep reading for more information! The first step in caring for an infant squirrel is to find a safe, sheltered environment for it to live in. Once it’s in its new home, it should be able to find food and water and be confident in its surroundings.
When feeding an infant squirrel, a damp cloth or tissue stimulates the baby’s genitals, encouraging it to urinate. It may defecate as well, leaving soft yellow stools. It is usually safe to stop stimulating the baby squirrel once the eyes are open, and it can continue to do so once or twice a day until routine elimination of waste occurs on its own.
After a few days, it is safe to stop the feedings altogether. However, until the baby squirrel reaches nine to 10 weeks of age, it is recommended to continue to feed the infant formula every few days. The infant squirrel should also be given soaked pieces of bread mixed with Esbilac. Eventually, you can stop feeding the squirrel altogether, but don’t delay feeding it until its diet is up to par.
Before handling an infant squirrel, learn how to care for its health. Squirrels can contract disease and pass it to humans. If you suspect that your baby squirrel is sick, take it to a veterinarian. In case it is injured, make sure to wear protective clothing and wash your hands after coming into contact with it. A healthy squirrel should be bushy-tailed, bright-eyed, and zippy.
A baby squirrel will need to eat every few hours. You can feed them with moistened bread, but do not forget to dry it with a soft towel after feeding. You can also provide soaked bread or other teething materials to stimulate their urge to go to the bathroom. You can also provide unsalted nuts without shells. Chopped fruits and vegetables are also good for feeding your baby. You can feed it once or twice a day until it becomes accustomed to the routine of eliminating waste on its own.
Your baby squirrel can start nibbling on solid foods when it’s around six to seven weeks old. Although you should continue to feed them with formula, they should be introduced to healthy alternatives. Fruits, vegetables, pecans, and nuts are best. The key is to offer a variety of different types of food. Once your baby squirrel is ready for solid foods, you can wean him or her off the formula.
When feeding your baby squirrel, make sure to choose fruit rich in vitamins and minerals. They are prone to bone disease without adequate nutrition. Fruits contain important nutrients for young squirrels, including thiamine, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, fiber, and Vitamins A and C. Grapes are also rich in Vitamin K, which supports strong bones and is essential for blood clotting. Hard-shelled nuts are also a good choice for nourishing baby squirrels.
If your squirrel is still nursing and is not yet eating solid foods, you can try feeding him with formula in a hanging bottle or in a small dish. If he is not yet weaned, you should offer a small piece of fresh corn, sunflower seeds, and a suppliment once he is a week old. This will give him something to chew on in between meals. By that time, he should be about 8 weeks old and ready to stop the nighttime feeding.
You should introduce solid foods to your baby squirrel when he or she is six to seven weeks old. However, you should still feed them formula every four hours, so the first few days of solid food introduction are crucial. Always use natural ingredients when feeding your squirrel. Fruits and vegetables are best, as are pecans and nuts. It is also best to offer your baby a variety of food, including a variety of textures and flavors.
Releasing the baby squirrel after it has acclimatized
The first step in releasing your new pet is to make sure it is acclimated to its new home. Ideally, it should be kept for a few days in a large cage on your property or in a wood nestbox. This will help the squirrel to familiarize itself with the temperature and other environmental factors of its new home. After this period, release it in the wild.
A healthy baby needs plenty of space to run, jump and spend time outside the cage. This means spending a few hours a day outside the cage. Ideally, the squirrels should be released together, so you can take turns releasing them. This will ensure that all the squirrels will be able to survive their new environment. Then, make sure they spend as much time as possible outside the cage.
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.