How to Make Squirrel Milk
You might be wondering how to make squirrel milk for your furry baby. The best milk for baby squirrels is Esbilac. But that’s not all. There are other milks that squirrels can drink, such as almond or cow milk. Here are some suggestions:
Esbilac is the best formula for baby squirrels
There are two types of milk formulas available for baby squirrels: liquid and powder. The powder is more easily digested by squirrels and is better absorbed by their bodies. In addition to this, Esbilac contains an egg yolk, which provides high-quality proteins, fatty acids, and minerals. Its powder form is more easily diluted with water and works best for babies who are not yet weaned.
When baby squirrels are two to five weeks old, they should continue to be fed formula. Once they start eating solid foods and are absorbing it well, they can stop taking it. After this age, they can stop receiving it, and can be fed every few days. The formula should be removed from their fur, which can lead to hair loss. Esbilac is the best formula for baby squirrels
Avoid homemade formulas
You can avoid making homemade squirrel milk formulas by following a few simple guidelines. You need to feed the formula every two to three hours to young squirrels. Baby squirrels are on formula at this age because they have not yet started eating solid foods. At seven weeks old, they are starting to nibble on solid foods and should be fed every four to five hours. If you have young squirrels, stimulate them by wiping their abdomen with a warm, damp cloth every few hours.
Using a small syringe or baby animal nursing bottle, administer the solution slowly. After about two hours, the animal should have light yellow urine. If you see a squirmy squirrel choking, stop the feeding immediately. If it continues to sneeze, you can wipe its mouth to stop it from drooling. Otherwise, you can use Pedialyte or yogurt.
Avoid cow milk
Squirrels need high-fat and lactose-free milk. Unlike cows, baby squirrels cannot digest milk from cows. You can use any other type of milk, such as goat milk or even Pedialyte, as long as it is fresh. Baby squirrels should be fed up to five percent of their body weight in a day. If they are well-fed, they will have round, not loaded bellies.
There are many reasons why a squirrel cannot digest cow milk. Cow milk lacks the enzymes and bacteria necessary for squirrel babies to digest it. They can easily get diarrhea and dehydration from cow milk. Formula milk is specially formulated for baby squirrels and is supplemented with certain nutrients. Cat milk is also good for squirrel babies but contains high amounts of fat and proteins. So, if you are planning to feed a squirrel with human milk, be sure to follow the directions of the manufacturer.
Avoid almond milk
While human breast milk is perfectly fine for human babies, it is not healthy for squirrels. Human milk has a high protein content, which is too high for baby squirrels. It also contains little to no fat, which can hinder a squirrel’s growth and overall wellbeing. Human milk is not healthy for infant squirrels, and it is also a big mistake to feed squirrels breast milk. They cannot survive on human milk because of its low fat content, which causes digestive issues.
Instead of almond milk, use all-natural yogurt with bacterial cultures. You can buy such milk at your local health food store or grocery store. Brands that are suitable for squirrel babies include Dannon, Stonyfield Farms, and Brown Cow. The amount of milk you need to feed a baby squirrel depends on his age. For example, a week-old baby squirrel may need about 1 c.c. per feeding. An older baby squirrel may take up to 2 c.c. per feeding.
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.