What Pet Food Can You Feed a Newborn Squirrel?
One of the first things you should do for your baby squirrel is to find out what you can feed it. Yogurt can be a great option for a newborn squirrel, as long as it is all-natural and has a good bacterial culture. All-natural yogurt is easily available at a grocery store or health food store. Brands to try include Dannon, Stonyfield Farms, Brown Cow, and Fage. The amount you feed depends on the age of your baby squirrel. A newborn squirrel might take as little as one-c. of yogurt per feeding, while a squirrel over a week old may take two-c. a day.
The best thing to do to care for your new pet is to feed it plenty of pedialyte, or rehydration fluids. This product is especially helpful for rehydrating your newborn squirrel. Feed the newborn with Pedialyte every 15 minutes for at least two hours. Remember to store leftovers in the refrigerator. You don’t want to reheat the fluids and endanger your pet.
The nutritional needs of a newborn squirrel are quite different from the needs of a baby rabbit or dog. Pet store clerks don’t know much about feeding wildlife, and most veterinarians don’t either. That’s why you’ll find a lot of products promoting their food for animals but aren’t necessarily the best choice for your new pet. Luckily, you can find many high-quality pet foods, such as Pedialyte.
A good brand of cc’s is Squirrel Complete, a high-protein pellet mix enriched with healthy nuts and vegetables. You can also feed your pet a Veggie Blend Treat, which is made of carrots, sweet potatoes, and green peas. Remember to rotate your pet’s food as it grows. Your new baby squirrel will need different amounts of each type of food.
Fig is a great pet food for a newborn squirrel because it is very high in fiber and low in fat. You can buy this product at your local pet store or you can make it yourself. Just make sure to use it properly as it contains no added sugar, which is harmful to the baby. It can also be dangerous for the baby squirrel if placed on commercial shavings or newspaper.
Another way to feed a baby squirrel is to give it a bottle of all-natural yogurt. The formula should be mixed with equal parts of water and should be lukewarm. Never feed it hot or warm yogurt. The amount you give your baby squirrel depends on their size, age, and health. A baby squirrel might take one c.c. of formula per feeding, while a baby over a week old might need twice that much.
Figs are great for newborn squirrels because they have a high concentration of nutrients and sugar. Their high sugar content helps to regulate their energy levels. They also contain vitamins and minerals, like potassium and magnesium. Moreover, they are rich in antioxidants. Figs can prevent some types of cancer in squirrels. The figs can also help the heart of a squirrel. But if you want to buy them, you can find them at local pet stores and online.
Fig and Kiwi
The first few days after your newborn squirrel is born, you should offer them fresh water in a bowl or bottle. Some squirrels prefer a bowl, but a bottle may catch more drops. Whether your baby squirrel prefers a plastic or glass bottle, it’s important to provide fresh water at every feeding. The amount to give them depends on their age, so a newborn will take 1 c.c. per feeding while a month-old will take a c.c. per feeding.
A good quality brand of Fig and Kiwi pet food for newborn squirrels contains vitamins A, C, and E. The latter are vital for healthy growth. Fruits high in vitamin C help in the functioning of organs, and contain antioxidants which protect your pet from harmful free radicals. Fresh kiwi is best when it is peeled. Remember to taste it first before giving it to your pet squirrel. Figs and kiwi are good sources of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. During the early stages of development, they are prey to disease.
A warm bottle of water is another good choice for your baby squirrel. However, you should avoid feeding your baby squirrel any kind of peanuts. Peanuts have been associated with health problems in squirrels, so avoid giving them too many. Instead, opt for pecans or walnuts instead. If your newborn squirrel is not used to nuts and seeds, it may be hard to break their shell. As with humans, it’s best to limit peanuts to small amounts.
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.