Here are some quick tips that I think most people know already, but just in case, they can help you properly handle the squirrel and take care of them correctly. First off, never grab the squirrel from the tail. They won’t like it and if you are not careful you can end up ripping their tail off. The unfortunate side of that is that they only get one tail. The tail that you rip off is never going to grow back. You should be the only one that handles the squirrel as well. If too many people have their hands in the mix, it won’t bode well for the squirrel when they get released into the wild. They will be reliant on humans a little too much and be domesticated. Children should also be kept away from the squirrel. Quite frankly children can be reckless, and you wouldn’t want to freak the squirrel out with their excitement.

They Need Sunlight!

Vitamin D deficiencies and hair loss are two of the things that can happen when your baby squirrel doesn’t get the proper amount of sunlight exposure. For this exact reason, I always ensure that they are by a window that is going to get a decent amount of sunlight during the day. Another option would be to simply take them outside in the cage for a few hours. Even if it is just an hour a day, that is much better. If you do use the window, make sure that it is screened. That way you can open the glass and get direct sunlight. There is not much of a point in putting them near the window if you are not going to open it, since the suns rays won’t likely penetrate the glass.

 

Preparing Them For The Day When You Are Not There

As much fun as it has been taking care of the baby squirrel and seeing the amazing growth in the short time that you have had them, you are going to have to get them ready for the day when they no longer have you to rely on. If you don’t start training them for this, it is going to be a shock and they will be completely vulnerable to the wild. The first idea is to give them the pieces they need to make a nest.¬†You will need small grass, small branches, and and leafy items as well. The best case scenario is that they catch on to the idea and will begin nesting all by themselves. If for some reason that is not the case, you can always start it for them. Just give them a little push in the right direction. The nesting items that you have provided them with should be put up high. After all, once released they are going to have to build the nest up high.