Why Have a Pet Squirrel?
Keeping a wild squirrel as a pet is against the law. Although these creatures are related to mice and rats, they are more intelligent and affectionate. If you’re thinking about keeping one, here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing so. These furry creatures are extremely intelligent and feed on a variety of food sources. In fact, they’re so smart that President Calvin Coolidge even kept one of his hippoes named Billy as a pet.
Keeping a wild squirrel as a pet is illegal
Although keeping a wild squirrel as a pet is not entirely illegal, it does have its drawbacks. The first problem is that the law does not allow squirrels to be kept as pets in California. Although California does allow the keeping of wild animals as pets, other states do not. Some states have strict laws about it, but other states do not. New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas, for example, do allow the keeping of wild animals as pets. If you are already the owner of a wild squirrel, you can apply for a squirrel license in the state. Keeping a squirrel as a pet is allowed in New Mexico, but you must apply for a permit within six months of the law change.
They are affectionate
Squirrels are affectionate creatures that enjoy being held by humans. They nibble on your hands and toys and this behavior is a sign of trust. While you may not want to hurt a squirrel, it is important to be aware of the dangers of nibbling. A squirrel bite can be dangerous, especially if it is on a human. In order to avoid this risk, handle a squirrel by its head or legs.
They eat a lot of food
If you’ve ever wondered how squirrels can possibly be so tame and well behaved, you should consider having one as a pet. These omnivores don’t get their protein and fiber requirements from vegetables, but they will happily eat nuts, fruits, seeds, grains, and other foods. And, although they’re not omnivorous, they’ll happily nibble on your hand-picked fruits and vegetables. But if you want to feed your pet the healthy way, they’ll probably eat more food than you do.
They are intelligent
Squirrels are incredibly intelligent. Despite living in cities, they are able to survive in these environments. Their adaptability and memory are key aspects of their intelligence. They have adapted to fast-growing cities. They are so smart that humans are not even allowed to harm them legally. Even though they are highly intelligent, they should never be considered pets. If you have a squirrel in your backyard, you may not want to harm it, but you might find that it will live with you.
They can be trained
Squirrels have a high energy level and need a lot of space to roam. If you put them in a small cage, they will soon get bored and start damaging things around your home. The best way to prevent this is to provide a squirrel with a large, secure enclosure. Make sure to cover electrical wires and don’t let them loose around your home. You can even invest in a tall cat tree that can help them feel secure.
They are hard to keep
Squirrels make a mess around the house. They don’t like to stay in a cage, and instead will hurl their feces and urine all over the place. Because they have such high energy levels, they can get bored very easily and start to destroy things around them. As a result, they’re not the best pets for people with children or other pets.
They can cause damage to your home
Squirrels can damage your home in several ways. They can chew through wiring, dig holes in walls, and make nests in your attic. They can also wreak havoc wherever they go. While it may not be the fault of your home, pet squirrels can still cause damage. Here are some of the most common ways squirrels can damage your home:
What are some of the benefits of having a pet squirrel?
Some benefits of having a pet squirrel include that they can provide companionship they can be fun to play with and they can be trained to perform tricks.
What do pet squirrels need in order to be healthy and happy?
In order to be healthy and happy pet squirrels need a nutritious diet plenty of exercise and a clean and comfortable environment.
What kind of diet do pet squirrels need?
Pet squirrels need a diet that is rich in nuts seeds fruits and vegetables.
They also need access to fresh water.
How much exercise do pet squirrels need?
Pet squirrels need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy.
They should have a large cage or enclosure that they can run and play in and they should also be given time outside of their cage to explore and play.
What do pet squirrels need in their environment in order to be comfortable?
Pet squirrels need a clean and comfortable environment in order to be comfortable.
Their cage or enclosure should be large enough for them to move around in and it should be kept clean and free of clutter.
How often do pet squirrels need to be groomed?
Pet squirrels need to be groomed on a regular basis in order to stay clean and healthy.
They should be brushed or combed at least once a week and their nails should be trimmed regularly.
What kind of personality do pet squirrels have?
Pet squirrels generally have active and playful personalities.
They are curious and intelligent animals and they can be very lovable and affectionate with their owners.
How much time and effort does it take to care for a pet squirrel?
Caring for a pet squirrel takes time and effort but it can be a rewarding experience.
They need to be fed and watered daily and they need to have their cage or enclosure cleaned on a regular basis.
They also need plenty of exercise and playtime.
What medical care do pet squirrels need?
Pet squirrels need routine medical care in order to stay healthy.
They should be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year for a check-up and they should be vaccinated against common diseases.
Are pet squirrels good animals for people with allergies?
No pet squirrels are not good animals for people with allergies.
They are shed heavily and their dander can trigger allergies in people who are sensitive to it.
Do pet squirrels make good pets for children?
No pet squirrels are not generally good pets for children.
They are very active and playful animals and they can be nippy if they are not handled properly.
They are also very delicate and children may not be able to take care of them properly.
What kinds of toys do pet squirrels like to play with?
Pet squirrels like to play with a variety of toys including balls ropes and chew toys.
They also like to chew on things so it is important to provide them with plenty of chew toys to keep them occupied.
How much do pet squirrels cost?
Pet squirrels can cost anywhere from $50 to $200 depending on the type of squirrel and where you purchase them from.
They also need a cage or enclosure which can cost additional money.
How long do pet squirrels live?
Pet squirrels generally live for 10 to 12 years.
However some factors such as diet and environment can affect their lifespan.
What do I need to do if I’m considering getting a pet squirrel?
If you’re considering getting a pet squirrel it’s important to do your research to make sure that they are the right pet for you.
They require a lot of care and attention and they are not suitable for everyone.
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.