What to Do If Your Baby Squirrel Doesn’t Go to the Bathroom
If your baby squirrel is not going to go to the bathroom in the pet carrier it came in, you can take the following steps. First, stimulate the squirrel. Feed the baby a small amount of food to encourage it to relieve itself. Next, contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Finally, keep the baby squirrel warm while transporting it. If you are unable to feed the baby squirrel, you can feed it with some mineral stone. It will lick this stone to obtain essential minerals.
Stimulate a baby squirrel after feeding
If your baby squirrel doesn’t go to the bathroom after eating, it might be suffering from diarrhea. This type of condition may occur when the baby squirrel has a difficult time transitioning to the new formula. The baby squirrel may also have diarrhea because it is too young or has over-extended its stomach. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should switch the baby squirrel’s formula to one that contains electrolytes and consult a veterinarian.
A baby squirrel needs stimulation after feeding and it may need a few minutes before it pooches. A baby squirrel can start to move around on its own after being fed, but it may still need to be stimulated. In this case, a warm, wet cotton ball can be used to simulate the mother squirrel’s tongue. If this doesn’t work, you can also give the baby apple juice in a syringe.
Contact a wildlife rehabilitator
If your baby squirrel won’t go to the bathroom, it could be due to a variety of reasons, including swelling. If it’s swollen on its face, a Q-tip soaked in a warm saline solution can be used to soothe the swollen gums. If the swelling is severe, a wildlife rehabilitator can administer antibiotics.
If the baby squirrel is rescued from the wild, it might have lost its mother and cannot find her way home. Wildlife rehabilitators, who are usually community volunteers or licensed by government wildlife agencies, help raise rescued wild babies. These experts provide expert care and often pair rescued orphans with others of the same species. Unfortunately, they can’t help all orphans.
Reunite a baby squirrel with its mother
One way to help a squirrel that doesn’t go to the bathroom is to make a video of it crying. You can play this video on your cell phone and try to attract the mother. Be sure to stay out of sight and turn off your cell phone ringer to avoid scaring the squirrel. You can also use a hot water bottle to help the squirrels hydrate.
It’s crucial to stimulate the young squirrel to eliminate in the same way that it stimulates itself to defecate. Wiping its abdomen with a warm, damp cloth should trigger a bowel movement. However, this process can take some time. It’s a good idea to cut back on the formula if the baby squirrel is not responding to this method right away.
Keep a baby squirrel warm while transporting it
Ensure that your squirrel is properly insulated when transporting it. Whether it’s traveling in a car, truck, or plane, it needs constant warmth to survive. To provide that warmth, you can place a ziplock bag with hot water underneath it, or you can fill a clean sock with heated rice. If your squirrel’s body temperature drops below this range, it’s likely to die.
You can stimulate a baby squirrel to urinate or pee by gently wiping its abdomen with a warm, damp cloth. This should lead to a bowel or a poop, but keep in mind that it might take a few days for it to do so. If it still won’t urinate or poop, do not force it to eat. It is natural for baby squirrels to pee on food or drink, so be patient and give it time to relieve itself.
Relieve bloat in a baby squirrel
If your baby squirrel is bloated, you may need to take the following measures. The first step is to monitor the baby’s diet. Overeating or formula intolerance can lead to bloat in baby squirrels. Avoid overfeeding or giving the squirrel too much formula at one time. Make sure the squirrel is soft and pliable after each feeding. If you notice a soft stomach after the last feeding, reduce the amount of formula or lengthen the feeding time. Another way to relieve bloat in baby squirrels is to stimulate urination.
If the infant does not pee or urinate immediately after feeding, you may need to reduce the amount of formula that the animal is getting. When a baby squirrel has not eaten in a while, it may not have digested its meal properly, resulting in bloat. In this case, it is better to stop giving the animal food until it has gone through its bowel movement.
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.