Why a Squirrel is a Bad Pet
Squirrels are incredibly difficult animals to care for and should never be kept as pets. Not only are they difficult to care for, but they’re also quite expensive and illegal. Here are some other reasons not to get a squirrel as a pet. Keep reading to learn more! Read on to find out why a squirrel is a bad pet and how to care for one safely. You might even find the answer to your question.
Keeping a squirrel as a pet is illegal
While keeping a squirrel as a pet is generally not illegal, some states do not allow the practice. The state of California is one of those that do not allow domesticating any animal. Specifically, this includes squirrels. It is also illegal to eat squirrel meat or to hunt them for sport or for profit. Even if you are allowed to have a pet squirrel in your backyard, you must be sure to keep it under control.
Although it is not illegal to keep a squirrel as a pet, you must be aware of state and federal laws before attempting to catch and keep one as a pet. In South Carolina, squirrels are not considered a “high risk” species. However, squirrels can cause extensive damage to property and must be kept within a hundred yards of a home. The state also requires that squirrels be kept during their six-month hunting season.
Keeping a squirrel as a pet is difficult
If you have a spare room in your house or are willing to accept a wild animal, you can try keeping a squirrel as a pet. However, you should keep a few things in mind. The first thing to remember is that squirrels have very high rates of reproduction. You can expect up to four offspring from a single female squirrel. However, keep in mind that a pet squirrel cannot survive in the wild, as it will not know how to live in the wild.
Keeping a squirrel as a pet can be quite difficult for several reasons. For starters, they need constant supervision. While confined to a cage, squirrels are very active and require lots of space to exercise. They can destroy items in their habitat and get into sticky situations. If you have a spare room, keep a cage in that room for your pet squirrel. It’s also important to keep your home clean and free of trash.
Keeping a squirrel as a pet is expensive
Keeping a squirrel as a pet may seem like a dream come true. These fascinating creatures don’t bite humans, but their teeth are extremely sharp and can cut human skin. The upkeep required by a squirrel is different from that of a dog or cat. Baby squirrels need special diets and regular playtime. Some owners keep their squirrels in large outdoor aviaries. If you’re interested in keeping a squirrel as a pet, consider how much you can spend on the care and feeding of a wild animal.
While squirrels are generally highly intelligent, they are also extremely susceptible to infections and other diseases. It’s important to contact wildlife rehabilitators in your area when you find a squirrel that needs medical attention. If you don’t know where to start looking, call your local veterinarian’s office or search online. Many squirrel owners describe their pets as very intelligent and sociable. While they aren’t aggressive, they can accidentally attack people, leaving nasty marks.
Health risks of keeping a squirrel as a pet
Keeping a squirrel as a pet has numerous health risks, especially if you have small children. Despite being a hardy and healthy animal, squirrels still need to chew constantly to keep their teeth filed down. Because of their constant chewing, they will inevitably ruin furniture, soft furnishings, and trim work in your home. And if you’re not careful, your squirrel could chew on the wires in your home, causing fire hazards.
Squirrels are known to carry a number of diseases and parasites. Several of these diseases can be transmitted to humans and pets. Some of the most common diseases that are passed from squirrel to human are typhus and leptospirosis. You can also get infected with other diseases like ringworm, tularemia, and salmonelosis.
What are some of the reasons why a squirrel might not make a good pet?
Some of the reasons why a squirrel might not make a good pet include but are not limited to: they are wild animals they are known to be VERY messy they are known to be destructive they have a very high energy level and they are known to be very nippy.
What kind of housing do squirrels need?
Squirrels need a large cage that is at least 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet with bars spaced no more than 1/2 inch apart.
What do squirrels eat?
Squirrels are omnivores but in captivity they should have a diet that consists mostly of nuts fruits and vegetables.
Do squirrels need to be vaccinated?
No squirrels do not need to be vaccinated.
Can squirrels be house trained?
No squirrels cannot be house trained.
What kind of personalities do squirrels have?
Squirrels have very active personalities and are known to be curious and playful.
However they can also be nippy and destructive.
How much exercise do squirrels need?
Squirrels need a lot of exercise and should have a large cage to run and play in.
Are squirrels social animals?
In the wild squirrels are social animals and live in groups.
However in captivity they should be kept as solitary pets.
How long do squirrels live?
Squirrels in the wild typically live 3-5 years but in captivity they can live up to 10 years.
Do squirrels like to be petted?
No squirrels do not typically like to be petted and they may bite if they feel threatened.
What happens if a squirrel bites you?
If a squirrel bites you it is important to clean the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention if the wound is serious.
Do squirrels carry diseases?
Yes squirrels can carry diseases such as rabies so it is important to be careful if you are bitten by one.
What should you do if you find a baby squirrel?
If you find a baby squirrel the best thing to do is to contact a wildlife rehabilitator in your area.
What kind of climate do squirrels prefer?
Squirrels prefer a warm climate but can live in colder climates as long as they have a warm shelter to sleep in.
Are squirrels nocturnal animals?
Yes squirrels are nocturnal animals and are most active at night.
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.