Squirrels are very athletic, so it’s safe to say that no cage is too big. In the wild, squirrels will hop around and jump up and down on the ground, so the cage must be high. Don’t ever let it live in the small cage or rotary cage that it came back from when you bought it, that’s a shady vendor abusing them! If you don’t believe me, look at how they can’t even stand up straight in the small cage. Cages are best if they are all metal, plastic or wooden ones will get chewed on. Line the bottom with paper to keep the wire from hooking their feet. The cage door should ideally be able to open wide for easy nest box setup.
Building a squirrel nest
Nesting boxes for parrots and other birds can be used. Use a water container for birds and set it at a convenient height for squirrels to use. Use an earthenware food bowl that is not too high and is stable. Fix some branches in the cage for climbing and teething.
Squirrel nesting materials
Here comes the nest material. First check the cage for any angular places and remove them immediately. Then place the squirrel nesting material after arranging it as described above. The nesting material should be dry and clean, such as woolen threads, rags, towels, paper towels, etc. You can also buy bird nesting material such as wheat straw in the market. Note that newspaper has ink on it, so don’t use it!
Place these nesting materials in the cage and the squirrels will do the rest of the work themselves. Squirrel nesting material is a key item for regulating temperature, so just put more in if it’s cold. So, squirrels don’t have to be placed next to a heater in the winter, with a large cage, nest box, and nesting materials, they can safely survive the winter as long as they are indoors.
Where to put the cage
- Avoid direct sunlight and put it in a well-ventilated, brightly lit place with low humidity.
- If you have children at home, put it in a place where children cannot tease the tail of the squirrel.
- Outdoors, put it in a place where it won’t be attacked by cats, dogs, snakes and other foreign enemies. If you are sunbathing outdoors, be sure to guard the cage.
- Squirrels get up early in the morning, are very active in the morning, and go to sleep in the evening, so they should be allowed to get plenty of sunlight in the morning, and placed in a cool place in the afternoon and evening.
What put inside a squirrel nest
Inside a squirrel nest: Sunflower seeds
To buy raw, easy to purchase, so it can be said to be an important staple food for squirrels, but also the first squirrel staple food because the price is cheap and most critical.
Inside a squirrel nest: Pine nuts
Raw ones are rare (not fried in any way), expensive and can be used as a snack. If you often feed pine nuts, there is a possibility that squirrels will give up melon seeds as a staple food later, then the cost of feeding should be increased by more than 7 times, so it is recommended to consume them as snacks, 2 to 5 per day can be done, and if you have the economic conditions, you can also do the staple food.
Inside a squirrel nest: Walnut Sticks
This can also be used as a snack for squirrels, because the price is relatively high, there are conditions of course, eat better, of course, feeding costs increased. Walnuts can be used as the rat’s staple food, if you think the price is too high, you can also give the same as a snack, put 1 ~ 2 every day on the good.
Inside a squirrel nest: Corn
This food is very attractive to squirrels, whether it is fresh corn, dry corn soaked in water (note that do not soak the acid to the squirrels to eat), or cooked corn, squirrels like it very much, and do not miss to give squirrels to eat fresh corn in the summer, it is very nutritious. Thousands of corns are not recommended for direct consumption by mice.
Inside a squirrel nest: Various Fruits and Melons
Grass fruits, pears, peaches, watermelon, bananas, carrots. Eat them when the squirrels have dry stools, and forbid feeding them when they have diarrhea (apples, pears, etc., when you give them food, do not give them the seeds inside, which is the invisible killer of squirrels).
Inside a squirrel nest: Vegetables
Must eat fresh, to clean, so as not to have residual pesticides, cabbage, cabbage, cabbage, spinach, lettuce carrots under, cucumber, groundnuts can also be (note that less eat raw groundnuts mice do not eat, because people are not too well digested. If boiled as an occasional snack for squirrels can also be) must pay attention not to eat stimulating vegetables (such as chili peppers, onions, ginger, garlic, cilantro, celery, etc.) and bean curd, bean shells and whatnot, do not give the squirrels to eat, but also easy to poison.
But note that there is a precaution to eat vegetables and fruits, must be eaten sparingly, that is to say, the amount of food should be less, but if there are conditions, the types of vegetables and fruits can be as much as possible, feed these feeds must pay attention to the observation of squirrels’ poop, once you find that the squirrels’ poop has become softer, you have to reduce the amount, or stop feeding these feeds!
Inside a squirrel nest: Milk
It is recommended not to give squirrels milk directly, as human milk does not contain the digestive enzymes that squirrels need in their stomachs, which is the reason why they are particularly prone to diarrhea. Not digested, it is naturally not absorbed, drink is equal to drink in vain, but can also supplement the next small amount of protein.
Inside a squirrel nest: Chestnut
Chestnuts have a hard shell and can be used as a teether for squirrels, but don’t eat them too often. Raw chestnuts have a lot of water and are not good for squirrels’ stomachs to digest, and are not suitable as a main food for squirrels, whose poop will easily become soft, and in severe cases, they will have diarrhea. So adult or sub-adult squirrels only need to give 1 per day, small squirrels as well as juvenile squirrels are not recommended to eat directly, or not used. But it must be fed when their poop is very dry, or the chestnuts can be properly cooked and given to baby squirrels, sub-adults and adult squirrels as snacks.
Inside a squirrel nest: Dirt
Occasionally, giving squirrels clean dirt can help supplement their micronutrient needs. A lot of groups of friends sounds very strange, the mud was very dirty ah, here refers to the clean soil is not through the fertilizer, environmental pollution of the mud.
Inside a squirrel nest: Peanuts
Peanuts are nutritious, but not suitable for squirrels as the main food, even if it is raw with shells, one adult squirrel a day to give one is enough. It is not recommended for baby squirrels and is best left out. Because the squirrels that ate the peanuts will easily get thirsty and then run to drink the water. The peanuts will expand when they meet the water in the squirrels’ stomachs, leaving the squirrels undigested and seriously dead. When giving peanuts, you must remember to either control the amount of food after eating the peanuts so that the squirrels don’t eat too much, or don’t give peanuts after the squirrels are full.
Inside a squirrel nest: Squirrel Vitamins
In the case of captive squirrels, compared to the wild food intake, much more single. In order for squirrels to achieve a more balanced nutrition and more mature development of the small limit, adding vitamins in the process of raising squirrels in the ordinary course of preventing malnutrition caused by rickets, calcium deficiency, weakness, convulsions and other diseases prone to squirrels, as well as to enhance the squirrel’s physical fitness, enhance the squirrel’s own immune function, plays an important role. Vitamins are not recommended to eat human vitamins, and cannot be numb to supplement, improper supplementation, will be counterproductive.
Squirrels, if kept indoors, should occasionally be placed in a better light or occasionally give the squirrel a sunbathing, but also help to promote the absorption of calcium. Take them out into the sun occasionally, but don’t bake them in the sun on a hot day, as this can cause heatstroke or dehydration. Try to give the squirrels small meals, squirrels are very hungry, but also do not give a time to eat too full, will also cause indigestion. You can start with a half-full meal, and then give some more after half an hour or an hour. When giving squirrels food, it is best not to mix the above foods and give them food.