Are Baby Squirrels Hard To Raise? (VET Advice)

If you’ve found a baby squirrel, then congratulations! But there are a lot of things to consider before you decide whether or not to keep it. 

You’ll have to feed it, clean up after it (which can get rather messy), and make sure that it’s warm enough in these cold winter months! 

In this guide we will cover all of these topics so that when your little squirrel arrives you are ready for his or her first day on earth.

Raising a baby squirrel can be a challenging but rewarding experience.
It’s important to provide a warm and safe environment for the baby squirrel.
Feeding the squirrel a proper diet is crucial to its health and development.
Socialization and exposure to other squirrels can help the baby squirrel learn important skills.
Releasing the squirrel back into the wild requires careful planning and consideration.

Are Baby Squirrels Hard To Raise

As long as you have the time and patience, raising baby squirrels is easy. They do not require extensive training, nor do they require any special diet or medication they are naturally designed to survive on their own in the wild, so it’s best to just let them go outside when they’re old enough. 

Baby squirrels will eat most nuts and seeds, but if you want to feed them something else like yogurt or oatmeal you can mix that with some peanut butter (but only use organic peanut butter because regular store-bought brands may have added sugar or salt).

If your baby squirrel isn’t eating on its own yet and seems weak, try giving it a small amount of formula through an eye dropper so it gets used to the taste.

If your baby squirrel doesn’t get enough water throughout the day then its fur will start looking dull; make sure there are plenty of fresh water sources available at all times!

How to Take Care of a Baby Squirrel

Do You Have To Keep Them Warm

Yes, you will need to keep them warm. You can use a heating pad or hot water bottle, or put them in a box with a towel and a hot water bottle. You could also use a heating lamp or heating pad instead of the hot water bottle.

How Do You Feed Them

The squirrels will need to be fed formula every 2-4 hours. You will want to give them about an ounce per feeding. 

You can use a bottle for the first few feedings, but it is best to switch quickly so that the baby squirrel doesn’t become attached to one specific way of getting food and can learn how to feed itself. It’s important not to overfeed as this could cause diarrhea in your little ones! Just remember that they are only babies and they don’t have much control over their bladders yet!

You’ll also want to make sure that there is enough water available at all times so that your baby squirrel doesn’t get dehydrated or sick from dehydration (which could lead him/her into having seizures).

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How Much Formula Do They Need A Day

The amount of formula you feed your squirrels depends on their age and weight. You should use a formula made for kittens or puppies if you can find it, but human baby formula is fine too. 

If you don’t have access to commercial formulas, powdered milk (the kind used for cooking) is also fine. 

Evaporated milk is another option; this is just regular milk that has been boiled down so much that most of the water evaporates out of it.

You probably want to start with one drop every hour this will be enough until they get bigger and increase the amount as needed. 

With kittens and puppies, one drop per day was usually sufficient; however with squirrels this can vary widely depending on whether they are nursing from mom or bottle-feeding only (as discussed below).

How Much Water Do They Need A Day

Baby squirrels need to drink a lot of water. They need it for their milk and for hydration. It’s important that you give them fresh water every day, and make sure the bowl is always full. 

If you’re keeping the baby in your home, be sure that there are plenty of bowls throughout the house so it can find water easily (and not make a mess trying to drink from a tiny dish).

Make sure the bowl has soft edges so the baby won’t hurt itself when grabbing at it with its paws or teeth!

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Do They Need A Cage Or Can They Be Free Range

  • They need to be in a cage.
  • You can’t let them roam freely outside of their cage, especially in the first several months.
  • They don’t have the ability to keep themselves warm, so you’ll need to provide heat for them with a heating pad or some other source of warmth.
  • You’ll also need to feed them, which is why we recommend not letting your little ones roam outside their cages until they’re at least five months old and are able to eat solid food (like puppy chow).

Can You Keep More Than One Squirrel In One Cage?

Baby squirrels can be kept together, but need to be separated for feeding. This is because they will fight over the food and water which could cause injury or death to one or both of them. 

You can either put them in separate cages or place them in different parts of the cage so that they have their own space to eat and drink from.

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Where Can I Find An Emergency Vet For My Squirrel?

If you have a baby squirrel, it’s important to know where to go for emergency vet care. If you’re in a city, there may be more than one emergency vet in your area. You can also check with local animal shelters and veterinarian offices as well if you don’t have access to an emergency clinic.

If you are concerned that the baby might need medical attention immediately, call ahead before going. It’s best if the vets are prepared so they can get right to helping when you arrive with your little patient! You can also check out this list of wildlife rescue groups compiled by the Humane Society of North America (HSNA).

How Do You Care For A Baby Squirrel?

Now that you have your new baby squirrel, what should you do with it? First, keep the animal warm! Baby squirrels can easily get sick if they are too cold or too hot. You can provide heat by putting a heating pad on low under one half of the cage. 

If you use an incandescent bulb to provide heat, keep track of how much time passes between turning off and turning on the light so that it reaches about 85 degrees Fahrenheit before switching back on. And remember: don’t leave any animals unattended near open flames or standing water!

Also make sure to feed and water your little friend regularly you’ll need to work out a feeding schedule based on how many times per day he/she needs food and water; check with your vet for specific recommendations. 

The formula will be especially important when they’re very young they may only eat two ounces at first but as they get older, increase their intake by one ounce every few days until they’re eating six ounces every three hours (or whatever works best). 

This formula is also good in case there isn’t enough milk coming out just add some more powder until everything drips smoothly into their mouths without clumping up before giving them access!

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How Do You Raise A Baby Squirrel?

Squirrels are easy pets to care for and raise. They don’t need much attention, but they do require some basic care. You should make sure that your squirrel is kept warm by providing a heat lamp or heating pad under his cage. 

It’s also important to make sure he has access to water and food at all times. Keep in mind that baby squirrels need to be fed every two hours and will need their bottles refilled with formula regularly throughout the day, so it may be necessary for someone with some free time on their hands to help out with these tasks during those first few days of life!

How Do You Take Care Of A Baby Squirrel?

Baby squirrels need to be kept safe from predators and other dangers in the wild, such as cars and dogs (and cats!). They can’t do this alone! 

You’ll need to make sure they have an enclosure where they can get away when necessary, but still be safe inside with you during the day so that they don’t get hurt outside when no one’s watching them at night or while you’re asleep during the day or even worse: if there’s a fire nearby! 

A good enclosure will also keep other animals out of it so they don’t try getting into your home through any possible opening that might exist in order to get access (since baby squirrels aren’t yet ready for release).

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What Is The Best Way To Raise A Baby Squirrel?

The most important thing you can do is keep your baby squirrel warm. Babies need to be kept at a temperature of 90 degrees F (32-37 Celsius) or above, but not so hot that they are uncomfortable. 

If your house is on the cool side and you’re worried about overheating them, you can use a heating pad set on low underneath their cage or bedding. You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t put anything in the cage that could catch fire; this includes any papers or fabrics from your clothing!

It’s also essential that you provide water for your new friend. A shallow dish with fresh water should suffice; just make sure it isn’t too deep so they don’t drown! 

If there are no nearby sources of water where he lives naturally then try using bottled spring water instead to ensure both cleanliness and safety for squirrels eating from it regularly…

What Should I Feed My Baby Squirrel?

To ensure your squirrel is getting all the nutrients he needs, you should feed him a formula that’s specially made for baby squirrels. 

The best formulas are those that have been veterinarian-approved and formulated with vitamins and minerals specifically designed for small animals. 

There is also a liquid version of this formula that can be easier to give to your baby squirrel than powdery formulas or pastes (because you simply pour it into their mouths).

To determine how much food is enough, weigh your infant squirrel before feeding him so you know how much water he should drink after eating. 

You will want to keep track of this weight so you can make sure he’s gaining weight at an appropriate rate. Ideally, they should gain between 15% – 20% each week until they reach their adult size in three months’ time.

Do Baby Squirrels Need Their Mother?

Baby squirrels are highly dependent on their mothers until they are about 6 weeks old. They need her warmth and milk, both of which help them grow and thrive. 

If you plan to raise a baby squirrel yourself, you must find one from a wildlife rehab center or rescue group that has already been separated from its mother for at least 2 or 3 days but preferably longer (up to 5 days) if possible (note: it may be difficult to tell if a squirrel is still nursing).

Can I Keep The Mother With Me While Raising The Babies?

You can keep the mother in the same room as your babies, but make sure she is in a separate cage. It is not recommended that you keep them together for more than a few days.

The mother will be protective of her babies and may become aggressive if you come too close to them or try to pick them up. 

You also want to make sure that there is enough food and water available for everyone so that no one gets dehydrated or hungry during this difficult time.

How Old Are They When They Leave Their Mother?

Baby squirrels leave their mother between 3-5 weeks of age and are fully weaned by then. They are ready to be independent and self-sufficient, which means they can eat solid foods by that point. 

You’ll need to feed baby squirrels every 2 hours during the first week after they come home with you and every 4 hours thereafter until they’re weaned.


After you have raised your baby squirrels, they will be ready to leave their cage and explore the world outside. You can keep them in a cage or as free range pets. 

Either way, they will need plenty of food and attention. It’s important that these little guys get lots of love while they are growing up so they know what it feels like when someone cares about them!

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources to help you learn more about raising baby squirrels:

WikiHow’s guide to raising a baby squirrel: A comprehensive article with step-by-step instructions on how to care for a baby squirrel, from feeding to releasing it back into the wild.

What Do Squirrels Eat’s article on baby squirrels: A helpful resource that covers the basics of caring for a baby squirrel, including feeding, housing, and socialization.

Squirrels & More’s tips for taking care of a baby squirrel: This article provides practical advice on how to care for a baby squirrel, as well as helpful tips for releasing it into the wild.


What should I feed a baby squirrel?

Baby squirrels should be fed a special formula designed for their nutritional needs. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully and avoid feeding them human food.

How often should I feed a baby squirrel?

Baby squirrels need to be fed frequently, typically every 2-4 hours depending on their age. As they grow older, the frequency of feedings can be gradually reduced.

How do I keep a baby squirrel warm?

Baby squirrels need to be kept warm, ideally in an incubator or warm box. A heating pad set to a low temperature can also be used, but it’s important to monitor the temperature closely to avoid overheating.

When can I release a baby squirrel back into the wild?

Baby squirrels should be released back into the wild once they are old enough to fend for themselves, usually around 10-12 weeks old. It’s important to release them in a safe location with plenty of food and shelter.

How do I socialize a baby squirrel?

Socializing a baby squirrel involves gentle handling and exposure to other squirrels. It’s important to avoid over-handling them and to gradually introduce them to new experiences.