How to Take Care of a Baby Squirrel
If you have ever wondered how to take care of a baby squirrel, this article will help you to understand why these creatures are not good pets. This article will cover feeding a baby squirrel, pre-release cages, and fluid flow in a baby squirrel. The tips will also help you to care for your pet properly. Read on to discover some of the most important details you should know. Also, you should avoid the common mistakes people make when taking care of baby squirrels.
Baby squirrels do not make good pets
If you’re looking for a furry pet, consider getting a baby squirrel. Baby squirrels are very cute, cuddly, and fun to play with, but they’re not as tame as cats or dogs. Remember that these animals are wild and have been bred to be that way to survive. You won’t be able to keep them in a cage for long, and you’ll have to put up with the squirrel’s uncontrollable curiosity and its need to climb on people’s legs.
The best course of action is to take the squirrel to a Wildlife Rehabilitator as soon as you catch it. If you can’t reach a rehabber, here are some things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the squirrel is not around children or other pets, as they might kill it in your house. Second, baby squirrels don’t make good pets, because they’re not adapted to survive in the wild.
Pre-release cages for baby squirrels
Before you buy pre-release cages for baby squirrels, you should know how old they are. Often times, squirrels are orphaned when homeowners call a pest control company. The first thing to do is to allow a grace period for the mother squirrel to relocate her young. If the mother is not able to do so, leave them in the nest for another day or two. Once the young squirrels are mobile and venture out of the nest, the mother will move the babies to a new location. Once the babies are moved, the homeowner should make the necessary repairs to prevent another orphaned squirrel situation.
In addition to providing shelter, the best release site for baby squirrels is a protected area. It should have ample food, plenty of exercise, and minimal exposure to humans. After a week or two, the squirrel will stop returning to the pre-release cage and begin to forage for food. If food is provided, however, the squirrel may hang around until it establishes its den. This method increases the chances of survival for both the squirrel and the people who care for it.
Controlling fluid flow in a baby squirrel
Feeding your baby squirrel can be difficult, especially since you can’t control the flow of fluid. Using a feeding bottle is also not an option as the nipples on these bottles are useless. To avoid the needless trauma, use an elongated syringe with a 1cc to 3cc fluid volume. This will allow your baby to suck the milk more easily.
Your baby squirrel will need regular stimulation to urinate, so try giving him a warm, wet cotton ball. A baby squirrel’s urine should be light yellow or clear. If it is dark or thick, the squirrel is dehydrated and has been holding on to his urine for too long. Normal bowel movements are soft and deep yellow. Keeping your baby squirrel safe and comfortable can prevent the onset of infection.
You can also use a modified nipple if the squirrels are small and have not fully grown yet. This type of syringe has a smaller plunger diameter than a larger syringe, so it is safer to use. You can find a Mothering Kit(tm) or Zoologic(r) elongated nipple at most wildlife rehabilitation suppliers.
Feeding a baby squirrel
How to feed a baby squirrel requires some basic techniques. First, make sure the squirrel is quiet and in a safe place. Next, wrap it in a soft towel or cloth. It will feel more secure and less nervous. Also, be sure to provide clean fresh water for drinking and grooming. Eventually, the squirrel should be able to urinate and poop on its own. After all, you do not want it to suffer from food or water poisoning.
If the baby squirrel is more than seven weeks old, it can still drink its mother’s milk. The best option is puppy milk formula, which you can mix with four parts water. Do not use human baby formula or goat’s milk, which are both toxic for squirrels. As a rule of thumb, a baby squirrel will drink around six to eight cubic centimeters or a little over three fluid ounces of formula at a time.
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.