What You Need to Pet a Squirrel
Before you can start petting a squirrel, you should know that keeping them as pets is against the law. Here are some tips on how to care for them. They need a proper diet, a large cage, and lots of branches in the cage. Also, it’s important to keep your distance. If you do accidentally disturb a squirrel, it may attack you. If that happens, don’t try to catch it, as this can cause them a lot of pain.
Keeping a squirrel as a pet is illegal
Squirrels are protected animals that are not allowed to be kept as pets. There are many reasons why domesticating wildlife is illegal, including the fact that their teeth continue to grow until the animal dies. The teeth of a squirrel are also very strong and they can destroy most things in your home. If you are thinking of getting a squirrel as a pet, be sure to get the necessary permits and licensing before you take one home.
Squirrels are not domesticated animals and need a large space and plenty of freedom to thrive. Domesticating a squirrel can also be stressful, and it is impossible to train one not to chew things. For these reasons, it’s more practical to adopt a cat or a dog. But if you do have to have a squirrel as a pet, there are other options.
Providing a squirrel with a healthy diet
Squirrels are omnivores and will eat just about anything you give them. However, their bones can be compromised by metabolic bone disease (MBD). While you may think it is not important to provide your pet with high-quality squirrel food, it will be beneficial to supplement its diet with a few pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you feed your squirrel a rodent block once a day, it can eat as much as two of these per day.
When feeding your squirrel, choose fruits and vegetables that are low in carbohydrates. Some of these include bok choy, arugula, green cabbage, okra, pumpkin, and watercress. You can also give your squirrel a few crickets, but do not provide them with wild-caught insects. Similarly, avoid giving your squirrel acorns. The seeds inside contain toxic aflatoxin poison.
Providing a squirrel with a large cage
While squirrels are generally healthy and hardy animals, they are not immune to illnesses. If you are considering adopting a squirrel as a pet, be sure to provide your new friend with proper nutrition and exercise to keep them healthy. Watch for signs of illness, including hunched posture, watery eyes, labored breathing, and nasal or mouth discharge. If you notice any of these signs, contact your local veterinarian immediately.
Using a large cage to house a squirrel is ideal if you have children and want to introduce them to human contact. Introduce your new pet squirrel slowly, and they’ll grow to trust humans. Wild squirrels, like humans, are afraid of humans, so they typically run from humans, but they will become very accustomed to you over time. This is the reason for their high need for attention and care.
Providing a squirrel with branches throughout the cage
It is not uncommon to find squirrels for sale for around $25 in pet stores. They make great pets for many people. These animals tend to be friendly and will often get along with other animals, though they should always be closely supervised around larger ones. Squirrels are known for being messy eaters, and crumbs often spill out of their mouths. The shape of their mouths, along with their incisors, make eating difficult and crumbs a regular occurrence. Even so, if you provide a squirrel with a block to chew on, it will often clean up its mess.
A good way to keep a squirrel in a pet home is to provide him with plenty of branches throughout his cage. Not only will this give him a place to scratch, but you will also provide your pet with a variety of different foods, as well. It is important to provide the squirrel with different types of food and water, as well as fresh water and fresh leaves. Remember that squirrels are wild animals, and they are not forced to be domesticated by humans.
Providing a squirrel with calcium supplements
Providing a squirrel with calcium supplements is a very important part of keeping your pet healthy. The fact that they are such voracious eaters means that they need to be well-nourished to stay in top condition. Unfortunately, without the right nutrition, squirrels may suffer from disease and stunted growth. But there are several ways you can provide the right amount of calcium for your squirrel. Here are some of the options.
To provide a squirrel with the right amount of calcium, crush a calcium supplement and mix it with fruit juice, water, or a small amount of food. Give your squirrel a dose of 100 mg of calcium every four hours, as per a veterinarian’s recommendation. While calcium is important for our bones, we often neglect the other essential minerals they need, including vitamin D. Fortunately, a good source of vitamin D is available to help your squirrel synthesize the minerals that it needs.
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.