How to Tame a Wild Squirrel
Keeping a wild squirrel as a pet
Keeping a wild squirrel as a cherished pet has many advantages. First of all, the animal is incredibly cute! And once you have the adorable baby squirrel, it will make you smile with all its cute faces. Secondly, squirrels need a large space and lots of trees for them to roam freely. Additionally, you should make sure you socialize the squirrel, particularly if it is a baby. If it gets too friendly with people, it may end up in harm’s way if it is ever released back into the wild.
The first thing you should do to keep a squirrel as a pet is to provide fresh water every day. A squirrel can live in a cage, but it should be squirrel-proofed to prevent it from chewing on toxic containers or electrical cords. Also, the squirrels need time to bask in the sun to get the necessary vitamin D. Remember, however, that squirrels are not fully domesticated, so they might relieve themselves outside their cage, or even on you!
Feeding a wild squirrel
The first step in feeding a wild squirrel to tame is to be patient. It may take several days or even weeks to get a squirrel to accept your food. Make sure to remain still and avoid any threatening behavior when you approach the squirrel. Feed it with peanuts or other tastier treats. Make sure to toss the food gently so the squirrel will be attracted to it.
After you have placed nuts and other food near the squirrel, wait a while for it to approach you. If it does approach you, gradually move closer and offer it a small piece of food. It may take months for the squirrel to get used to the food, but once it does, it will start coming to your yard. Once you’ve taught it to accept the food, you can begin to hand feed it.
Protecting yourself from a wild squirrel
Squirrels are primarily friendly creatures, but they can be aggressive when they feel threatened. They make loud sounds and scratch at the perceived threat. If you encounter a squirrel that is aggressive, it may be rabid. If you are not sure of the squirrel’s intentions, it could also be nursing a new litter. If this is the case, keep away from it. Its actions can also cause harm to humans, including spreading illnesses.
It is imperative that you protect yourself against a squirrel attack by blocking its entry points. You can place heavy half-inch wire mesh over areas that the squirrels chew. If you live in an area where the squirrels tend to congregate, trim back overhanging trees and shrubs to discourage them. You can also use commercial taste repellents to place over electrical wires and fences. If you notice a squirrel on your roof, consider removing it.
How do you tame a wild squirrel?
Answer: You can tame a wild squirrel by earning its trust and building a bond with it through patience and positive reinforcement.
What is the best way to earn a wild squirrel’s trust?
Answer: The best way to earn a wild squirrel’s trust is to be patient and consistent with your interactions.
Provide it with food on a regular basis and avoid being too rough or aggressive.
How long does it usually take to tame a wild squirrel?
Answer: It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to tame a wild squirrel.
Each animal is different so taming times will vary.
What are some good foods to give a wild squirrel while taming it?
Answer: Good foods to give a wild squirrel while taming it include fresh fruits and vegetables nuts and seeds.
What should you avoid doing when taming a wild squirrel?
Answer: When taming a wild squirrel you should avoid being too rough or aggressive.
Make sure all interactions are positive and avoid startling the animal.
Can tamed wild squirrels live indoors?
Answer: Yes tamed wild squirrels can live indoors.
They will need a large cage or enclosure and should be given time outside to exercise.
What kind of enrichment do tamed wild squirrels need?
Answer: Tamed wild squirrels need enrichment items such as climbing structures hiding places and toys.
This will keep them active and help prevent boredom.
How do you know if a tamed wild squirrel is happy and healthy?
Answer: A happy and healthy tamed wild squirrel will be active and playful.
It will also have a good appetite and smooth shiny fur.
What are some common health problems in tamed wild squirrels?
Answer: Some common health problems in tamed wild squirrels include obesity dental problems and respiratory infections.
How can you prevent common health problems in tamed wild squirrels?
Answer: You can prevent common health problems in tamed wild squirrels by feeding them a healthy diet providing adequate enrichment and taking them to the vet for regular check-ups.
What should you do if a tamed wild squirrel becomes sick or injured?
Answer: If a tamed wild squirrel becomes sick or injured take it to the vet for treatment.
How do you care for a tamed wild squirrel during the winter?
Answer: During the winter you will need to provide a tamed wild squirrel with a warm dry place to sleep and extra food to help it stay warm.
Can tamed wild squirrels have babies?
Answer: Yes tamed wild squirrels can have babies.
If you are planning to breed them make sure to do your research and provide a good environment for the mother and babies.
What do baby squirrels eat?
Answer: Baby squirrels eat the same things as adult squirrels but in smaller quantities.
They will need fresh fruits and vegetables nuts and seeds.
How long do tamed wild squirrels live?
Answer: Tamed wild squirrels can live for up to 10 years in captivity.
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.