How to Get Your Baby Squirrel to Poop
Here are some tips to help your Squirrel poop, whether it’s because it’s cold or wet. This article will discuss how to stimulate your squirrel to poop, how to keep your Squirrel warm, and how to rehydrate your dehydrated baby squirrel. Hopefully, these tips will help you to encourage your Squirrel to use the potty in no time!
Symptoms of MBD in a baby squirrel
When it comes to caring for your pet squirrels, you must be aware of signs of MBD. Early diagnosis is important to avoid serious complications, such as paralysis or seizures. Treatment for MBD can include administering calcium supplements or providing access to full-spectrum lighting. Vitamin D supplementation should be done under the guidance of a veterinarian as it is fat-soluble and can be toxic if too much is ingested. The diet for your squirrel should be composed of 80% balanced squirrel block, 20% high-quality rodent block, and 20% of fruits and vegetables with appropriate Ca/pH ratios.
Squirrels suffering from metabolic bone disease will experience seizures when they are two to three months old. Seizures are short and can occur even when the baby squirrel is out of sight. The squirrel may lose its appetite and appear to be limp and in pain. Untreated MBD in a baby squirrel could progress to death. Fortunately, a timely diagnosis is possible. Despite these warning signs, proper treatment can make the difference between life and death for your squirrel.
Stimulating a baby squirrel to poop
Whenever you feed a baby squirrel, you must stimulate it to poop or pee. The best way to stimulate it is to use a soft washcloth or Q-tip. This will simulate the mother’s tongue as she grooms the baby. You must stimulate the baby squirrel for several minutes until its bladder is empty. If you notice that the baby squirrel is not going to poop, the problem may be with the feeding schedule. You should try to avoid feeding the baby squirrel immediately after a feeding so that it can have time to relieve itself.
First, keep the baby squirrel in a quiet room. Place the baby squirrel in a cage or box, and place it in an area that does not get a lot of human traffic. Also, protect the baby squirrel from direct sunlight, predators, and the elements. If you find the baby squirrel in an accident or injured, intervene right away. Never leave an injured baby squirrel on the ground. Instead, take it to a licensed rehabber. If the squirrel becomes severely injured, it may be humanely euthanized to eliminate any pain or suffering.
Keeping a baby squirrel warm
Keep a baby squirrel warm at all times. This will increase the chances of success for urination. Place it in a quiet room and administer a warm washcloth. The washcloth should mimic the way a mother licks her baby. Then, move it to a cooler place until it poos. It will then be able to poop on its own.
A little trick to keep a baby squirrel warm while it poop can go a long way. Wrap it in a soft cloth and gently hold it while it warms up. This is important because mother squirrels do not recognize abnormal body temperature. They cool down rapidly in cold temperatures. You may want to keep a temperature monitor next to the squirrel’s genital area to make sure it doesn’t overheat.
Feeding formula is another option. You can feed a squirrel formula the same way you feed a baby with a hydrating solution. Make sure to use the smallest syringe possible to minimize the chance of aspirating the baby. The best formula for a baby squirrel is Esbilac, which you can buy at most pet shops or Chris’s Squirels and More. Make sure to buy the formula right away so that you don’t have to wait.
Rehydrating a dehydrated squirrel
You can rehydrate a dehydrated squirrel by using a salt and sugar solution. A coffee mug set in a larger container of hot water is a good option. Make sure the water is warm, not too hot. If you can’t find Pedialyte, you can use a salt and sugar solution. Just make sure to follow the instructions on the package to make sure the powder is completely dissolved.
Next, you can try stimulating the baby squirrel’s genital area by wiping it with a clean, damp washcloth. The warm cloth should simulate the way a mother would groom a newborn. Eventually, the baby squirrel will urinate or poop. This method may take a few attempts, but it should work. If the baby squirrel doesn’t poop after several minutes, try stimulating it with a Q-tip.
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.