How to Stimulate a Baby Squirrel to Pass Urine and Stool
If you’re wondering how to stimulate a baby squirrel to pass stool and urine, keep reading. There are several tips to follow when trying to wake up a nursing squirrel. The tips include feeding them a formula such as Esbilac, waking them up from a nursing trance, and reuniting them with their mother. You can also try a Q-tip to stimulate their genitals.
If you’re thinking about feeding your baby squirrel a milk replacer, you should consider choosing a powdered formula such as Esbilac. Its composition closely resembles the milk produced by a mother squirrel. In fact, a liquid formula may be less nutritious and contain more dilution than a powdered formula. Despite the similarities between the two, they are very different.
It’s important to keep in mind that when a baby squirrel is deprived of milk, he will go into a nursing trance. You’ll know when he’s in this stage by the way his mouth is gaping open. While he’s suckling, he’ll continue swallowing drops of formula from a syringe. Make sure to wash his face afterward so he or she won’t be confused.
While pet owners may think it’s harmless, it’s best to avoid feeding a baby squirrel any liquid unless it is specifically made for them. Most pet store clerks and vets don’t know what squirrels need. This is why many commercial formulas and feeds claim to be safe for wildlife. You’re better off taking the time to educate yourself and understand the feeding requirements of a squirrel.
The simplest way to stimulate a baby squirrel to pass stool and urine is by feeding it nipples. You can buy special plastic adaptors for 10cc syringes, which fit over the baby squirrel’s nipples. Make sure that the nipples are long enough to sit comfortably against the roof of the squirrel’s mouth. Alternatively, you can also purchase a bottle of esbilac puppy milk with probiotics, which is a good alternative to commercially-produced formula.
If your baby squirrel isn’t passing any urine, you can try stimulating his or her penis. You can gently stroke the penis of a male or female squirrel, or the small nub near the anus of a female. Don’t stop stimulating until the squirrel has passed urine. If the squirrel doesn’t pass urine, he or she may have bloat. In this case, you can reduce the amount of formula, or you can remove the scab with warm water. You can also use a little antibiotic cream to soothe the swollen tissue.
Wakening a baby squirrel from a nursing trance
To wake a baby squirrel from a nursing slumber, simply wash its face. This will help stimulate the genitals, which will help it to pass stool and urine. A cotton ball dipped in warm water also helps. This simulates the sound of a mother squirrel licking her baby. If it refuses to cooperate, try gently swatting it with your hand.
During every feeding, a baby squirrel must be stimulated to pee or urinate. A distended bladder can rupture if it is not stimulated enough. Mother squirrels often lick away any accumulated urine in their nest. Using a Q-tip or Kleenex to stimulate the baby’s genitals may help relieve the distended bladder.
If you find a baby squirrel, try to return it to its mother as soon as possible. To do this, pack a small box with warm rice and tack it to the tree where you found it. If the mother does not return to the original nest, it will soon move to a new one. This way, the baby squirrel will be in charge of caring for itself.
Reuniting a baby squirrel with their mother
One way to reunite a baby squirrel with their mother is to stimulate their urine and stool production. This process will cause the baby squirrel to defecate in a matter of minutes, causing a yellow stain on the material. Similarly, the feces should be oblong and smelling like food. You should cut back on the feeding formula when these symptoms occur.
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.