How to Take Care of a Baby Squirrel
You may be wondering how to take care of a baby squirrel. There are a number of things you can do to care for the baby. There are several important steps to take: identify its age, keep it warm and feed it. In addition, it’s important to stimulate it to defecate and urinate. Follow these simple steps to care for a baby squirrel. The following are important steps to take when caring for a squirrel baby.
Identifying the age of a baby squirrel
The age of a baby squirrel can be determined by observing its physical development. Unless it has just recently emerged from the nest, a baby squirrel will have no teeth and open eyes. In addition, its tail will be longer than normal. At around five weeks of age, these traits will be present. You will not need to know the exact age of a baby squirrel in order to feed it properly.
The appearance of a newborn baby squirrel is similar to a human newborn. They will be completely hairless, have closed eyes, and join their fingers. They will also be pink, with fuzzy fur covering their face. Their ears will be closed, but will move away from their head. At around five weeks of age, the tail will become thick and full and they will start to nibble on solid foods. They will still need their mother’s milk for their nutrition.
Feeding a baby squirrel
To begin feeding a baby squirrel, make sure that you have a hydrating solution. You can use a syringe to introduce the formula to your baby, but be sure to use the smallest syringe possible to minimize the risk of aspiration. After the baby squirrel has been given the milk, be sure to stimulate it again with a warm cloth. Make sure that the feeding area is warm and well-lit to monitor its swallowing reflex.
It is important to know that you should only try to care for a baby squirrel yourself if you are able to get it to a wildlife rehabilitation center. If you cannot reach a wildlife rehabber, you can try to care for the squirrel yourself with the help of a veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator. The wildlife rehabilitator will be able to give you the necessary supplies and guidance to help your baby squirrel. The best way to care for a baby squirrel is to contact a wildlife rehabilitator immediately, and they will help you get the right treatment.
Keeping it warm
Keeping a baby squirrel warm can be difficult. During the first few days, the baby squirrel is still too small to feed itself. However, it will take days before it is able to spend significant time outside the cage. If you’ve been unsuccessful with feeding it, you can try placing it in an open container. But before you try to feed it, be sure to first check its temperature. It should be at least 98 degrees.
Using a heating pad is an easy way to keep your baby squirrel warm. To prevent entanglement, use soft cloths and an old t-shirt. Avoid using a cardboard box or towel, as these can trap the baby’s nails and dehydrate it. Instead, create a nest of soft clothing and a blanket to provide warmth gradually. If you don’t have a heating pad, you can place a soft blanket underneath.
Stimulating it to urinate and defecate
It’s important to avoid overstimulation of a baby squirrel’s reproductive system, as this may lead to problems with defecation or the bladder. If you’ve seen this behavior in your baby squirrel, don’t make the same mistake. Instead, be patient and follow these steps to help your baby squirrel urinate and defecate as often as possible.
To stimulate a baby squirrel to urinate and/or defecate, hold a piece of cloth or towel around its abdomen. It will feel more secure when covered in a soft cloth or towel. By doing this several times a day, you can encourage your baby squirrel to go potty on its own. As the baby squirrel gets older, he or she will be able to grasp the end of a Q-tip and initiate elimination with a brushing or rolling motion. You’ll have to perform this activity after every feeding for a week or so.
Controlling the flow of fluids
It is important to control the flow of fluids when taking care of your baby squirrel, especially if you’re handling it yourself. If your baby squirrel is still too young to nurse, you may need to resuscitate him by feeding him with a few drops of formula from a syringe. Wiping his face can stimulate him, but keep in mind that he may be in a nursing trance.
When assessing a baby squirrel, always do so in a quiet room. You can also use a washcloth to simulate the way a mother would lick her baby. Ensure the washcloth has a texture similar to what a mother would use to lick her baby. While rehydrating the baby, try to keep its body temperature as normal as possible.
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.