1. Caring for a Baby Squirrel
Found a baby squirrel? Don’t panic; just follow the instructions below on how to care for a baby squirrel. If you need help, give us a call at 321-626-1897. We also have complete Baby Squirrel Kits with everything you need to take care of a baby squirrel of any age.
Step 1. Find a container, bedding, and a heating pad
The first step in baby squirrel care is to slowly warm the baby squirrel before offering fluids or formula.
You can begin warming the baby squirrel in your hands or against your body. Or you can make a “Rice Buddy.” Fill a sock with 1 cup of dry uncooked rice or beans and microwave for 30 seconds. Squish the sock to ensure there are no “hot spots.” Place next to baby and cover him; reheat every 2 hours. NOTE: This won't keep the baby warm all night. You must use a no-auto-shutoff heating pad.
Use the exact setup pictured below. Do not change anything! If you use a cardboard box it will dehydrate the baby. Towels or terrycloth will catch his nails and injure him. He will chill and die without a heating pad. If you place the heating pad under the whole container, or inside the container, it may overheat him. Heat lamps will dehydrate him. Reptile warmers don’t get warm enough.
Place the baby squirrel on the bedding and cover him with one flap. Once the baby is warm, go to Step 2.
The Perfect Setup for Baby Squirrel Care:
The ABC's of Baby Squirrel Care
"First you warm them, then you hydrate them, then you feed them."
Whenever the baby isn't doing well, go back to the ABC's. Ask yourself:
- Is he warm?
- Is he hydrated?
- Is he being fed properly? (not too much or too little; not too often or too infrequently)
Then address those issues in that order!
For more help, call us at 321-626-1897 or go to The Squirrel Board.
- Keep lid securely on container at all times.
- Use plenty of bedding so the baby can get away from the heat if he gets too hot, and can burrow down for warmth if he gets cold.
- Keep household pets and small children away from the baby squirrel.