HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABY PET SQUIRREL
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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABY PET SQUIRREL

How to take care of a baby squirrel

The following article presents information on Squirrels. If you have a particular interest in Squirrels, then this informative article is required reading.

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The steps to take care of a baby squirrel 

FEEDING

Week one : - The newborn baby squirrel has no fur it's body is pink and at about six days of age it will have a little bit of fur appearing around it's snout. It's eyes are closed and you should feed the baby only 50 and 75 cc's of warm Esbilac milk. Never give any other milk that will be not appropriate. Only Esblilac has the basic formula that is similar to the mothers milk. It is a puppy formula and you can get it from any pet store. You should feed the baby squirrel held upright to avoid it choking on milk.

Week two : - During this week the pigmentation will get a little dark on the head and back plus the upper part of the legs. On week two the baby squirrel should be fed every two to two and a half hours. 75cc and 1.75cc's depending on the age.

week three : -  On week three the baby squirrel will have grown a bit of hair from the area of darker pigmentation. It will appear on it's head. During this week the teeth will emerge from the lower jaw. Yet still the eyes will remain closed. Milk should be around1.75 cc’s and 3 cc’s and the diet should still consist only of Esbilac formula, given every two and a half hours.

Week four : - The baby squirrel will have more hair on it's head, back and upper legs. It will be fed only between 3 cc’s and 4 cc’s, given every three to three and a half hours.

Week five : - The baby squirrel should now be fully furred, although the fur will still be thin on the underside. During week five, the fur will thicken noticeably. Week five is a big week for the baby squirrel, as his eyes will open for the first time during this week. His vision will be poor in the beginning, but within a few days, he will begin exploring his environment a bit.Formula feedings should take place about every four hours. At week five, the amount of food intake rises noticeably to between 5cc's and 6cc's on average, though some squirrels prefer to eat even more by the end of week five.

Week six to seven  - The baby squirrel will be  fully furred and have a nice full tail. It can eat solid foods at this time. It will be very active. Holds own food, sits up and the tail curls over the back.

When the squirrels are about 6 weeks old, after you notice they are chewing the rodent block you should add other teething materials, such as twigs and small branches with buds and leaves. This will allow for gnawing to keep their ever-growing teeth worn down and healthy. Replace chewed branches and twigs daily.

Week Seven - Seven-week-old baby squirrels can eat formula until full every 5 hours. Keep solid foods available at all times.

Week Eight - Eight-week-old baby squirrels can eat formula until full every 6 hours. Keep solid foods available at all times.

Week Nine - Nine-week-old baby squirrels can eat formula until full every 7 hours. Keep solid foods available at all times.

Week Ten and Up - Beginning at ten weeks, baby squirrels can eat formula until full every 8 hours. Keep solid foods available at all times. It its now a very attractive adult and will be very busy playing. 

FINDING A CAGE

When finding  a cage for your squirrel, you should always remember to have a big cage so that it has plenty of room to play and walk about. Hang a hammocks on the cealing of the cage. Squirrels love hammocks. Remember to put a rodent wheel so that they can play and at the same time get a good exercise. Make sure that you get the jumbo sized one so that your squirrels tail will be safe.

Put pieces of wood so that they can chew them. It is very important to do this because they have ever growing teeth. And so they need to chew in oder to keep their teeth in shape. Remember to put fruit branches like from the pine tree, mango tree and other branches.

Of course, it's impossible to put everything about squirrels into just one article. But you can't deny the fact that you've just read and added to your understanding about squirrels, and that your time well spent.

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