How To Raise Baby Squirrel
One of the first things you should know about raising a squirrel is that they are not the best pets. Once they have grown up, they are fiercely independent and can bite if they are tempted to eat your food. As pets, squirrels aren’t a good idea for beginners, because they are primarily wild animals and won’t do well with children. To avoid this problem, read this article to learn how to feed your squirrel.
When it comes to caring for a baby squirrel, you can start out by bringing it indoors. A single baby squirrel will bond with its caregiver after about eight weeks. Once this time passes, the baby will begin to wean off the mother. They stay with their mother until around twelve weeks of age. A six-week-old baby squirrel is still completely dependent on its mother. Be sure not to open the eyes too early, because it could cause permanent damage.
After the eyes open, you can start lowering the level of stimulation. Your baby squirrel will be black and well formed at that time. Once the eyes open, the baby will be more independent. However, you may need to watch the baby squirrel for a while, until it is old enough to go on its own. However, you can always assist it if needed. If you find it rashy, sprinkle some corn starch on its face and gently tap it on its body.
Zoologic milk 33/40
Whether you are feeding a single squirrel or a group of squirrels, you will need a special baby squirrel formula. There are several types available, including Esbilac powdered milk replacer, Fox Valley 32/40, and Zoologic milk 33/40. When choosing a formula, make sure to check the feeding instructions and the recommended ages for each. Generally, you should start feeding your baby squirrel at four weeks of age. After that, you should increase the amount of formula slowly until the baby squirrel is well-fed and has no problems.
While the ingredients list for Zoologic milk 33/40 is still available on the Pet Ag website, it’s likely outdated. This is because Zoologic’s product listings are not always up-to-date with the packaging. However, the ingredients list below is based on the list on the Zoologic container label. It is best to follow the directions for your specific species on the package label. When feeding your baby squirrel, make sure to give it extra fat and calcium.
There are some basic tips to follow when feeding your baby squirrel. Firstly, never feed your baby too much at once. A 1-cup measuring container is perfect, as it can fit into a larger one filled with warm water. Another tip to follow when feeding your baby squirrel is to make sure the syringe is not full of air pockets. You must also keep in mind that squirrels will suck too much formula, and it may cause your little one to become uncomfortable and lose its fur.
Secondly, you need to make sure that the syringe has a large mouth to hold the baby squirrel’s food. This can cause the feeding tube to break or spit out. This can cause the squirrel to die. Then, you need to keep in mind that the syringe should be placed horizontally on the squirrel’s stomach, so that it can suck up the food.
You should not use a regular bottle of formula for your baby squirrel. Instead, buy a squirrel nursing set. These feeding systems allow you to feed your baby squirrel Specialty Milk Replacer Formula, which contains all the nutrients necessary for a strong animal development. You can also feed your squirrel homemade goat milk formula or esbilac puppy milk with probiotics. However, you should avoid using plastic feeding dishes or bottles. These are less sanitary and chew-proof.
For the first week or two, you can give your squirrel a small amount of formula every two hours. You can also use an age guide to determine the appropriate amount of solid foods to feed your baby squirrel. A seven-week-old squirrel will be nibbling on solid foods, but is still in the early stage of development. To raise a healthy baby squirrel, make sure to give it enough stimulation. Wipe the squirrel’s abdomen with a warm cloth every two hours.
Once you have decided to raise a squirrel, it’s time to figure out the best food for it. Squirrels can start eating solid food at six weeks of age. You can introduce them to kale and broccoli, apples, grapes, sweet potatoes, and even hard-shelled nuts out of the shell. You can also feed them formula until they’re about nine to ten weeks old. By that point, you can cut back on the amount you feed them. Just be sure to give them enough food to gain weight.
Using a feeding syringe is an excellent option for infants. You can purchase these in medical supply stores. These syringes are long enough to fit snugly in the baby squirrel’s mouth and will help you feed it a formula that tastes like apples. If you’re unsure about how to give a baby squirrel formula, you can practice using a small feeding syringe to introduce it to the food.
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.