If you have a new baby squirrel, you should know what to feed it. Unlike other pets, squirrels need a balanced diet that’s high in vitamins, minerals, and calcium. Squirrels also enjoy the crunchy texture of fruit and vegetables, so be sure to include plenty of these in their diet. To make the feeding process a little easier, try mixing Esbilac powder with water. Always make sure the liquid is lukewarm and never hot. You should also avoid giving your baby squirrel any cow or soymilk, which are deadly to wildlife. Do not attempt to mix homemade formulas.
Squirrels are known to pee on their food, so it’s important to avoid feeding them nuts and seeds until they’re well-established. Instead, give them a mixture of fruit and vegetables. The baby squirrel’s body temperature should be at or close to normal before it is given solid food. As it grows, the amount of food it eats will naturally decrease. This is why it’s important to offer healthy snacks to your baby squirrel.
Remember to offer your baby squirrel liquids every half hour or so. Your baby squirrel won’t be able to drink much in a single sitting, so make sure to give them a little bit of liquid every half hour. After every feeding period, stimulate your baby squirrel and give it nutritious food. Be sure to wipe it off after each session to remove any salt or sugar residue. If your squirrel’s urine is light yellow, he’s probably dehydrated. It’s best not to let him get chilled while you’re feeding him.
Your baby squirrel’s diet will depend on what’s available to him in the wild. If it’s starving, he’ll eat whatever he can find. That means raiding dumpsters and other unusual places for food. We’ve seen one squirrel in a local park who ate the tar paper from under a shingle for two weeks before eventually poking it in the face. When it’s starving, your baby squirrel will eat anything, including a piece of tar paper.
When your baby squirrel is about 3 weeks old, he’ll start developing his lower front teeth. To help him, you can provide him with a rodent block. This small pellet-shaped food will help your baby squirrel’s teeth grow. Choose a specialized brand of rodent block to ensure that the food is safe for your pet. For a baby squirrel, a mouse-shaped pellet will work better than a gerbil-shaped one.
Your baby squirrel should be given something to chew on. These can be antlers, tree branches, or cuttlebones. You can also provide a calcium-mineral block to help with the transition. You should avoid packaged pet treats and packaged food for squirrels. Stick with natural, unprocessed foods that are rich in nutrients. Those foods will help your little companion grow up healthy and strong.
The first thing you should do is introduce it to its new environment. It should be a larger box or dog carrier for the first two weeks. It should be warm to the touch and have hair on its naked body. It should be able to move freely around and smells good. If the baby squirrel is still in its nest, you can gently pinch the skin to see if it needs to be fed.
After six weeks, you should start to introduce solid foods. Squirrel Complete contains high-protein pellets mixed with nuts. You should use a glass water bottle and a ceramic feeding dish, which are more sanitary. In the beginning, do not give your squirrel treats. Rehydrated squirrels will eat more and will be healthier. They will be more active and more alert. If you don’t want to give them treats, you should offer them a diet of protein pellets and healthy veggies.
When you first introduce your new pet, it should be given a balanced diet. A healthy diet is essential for its development. Besides food, squirrels should be given something to chew on. They need a natural food that contains trace minerals. A calcium/mineral block should hang on the side of the cage. In addition, you should not give your pet packaged snack or pet treat. It is also important to keep away from junk food and processed foods.
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.