There are so many reasons why squirrels do not
make for good pets, and one of those reasons is
because the humble squirrel is a WILD animal.
Even if you have this animal from a youngster,
taming it as it grows, it will still be a wild
animal, and there will be certain reflexes it
won't be able to steer away from. They are
animals that need to constantly gnaw and chew,
and they'll chew their way through most things
you put in front of it as an obstacle. This is
an animal that has the capacity to break into
your home, so you know you're not dealing with
an amateur here. Squirrels are noisy animals,
and they're mostly active during the morning and
evening times. You'll hear them gnawing on wood
and other things, and they will try to escape at
every opportunity. It will be hard work, and
rather expensive, to create a cage-type dwelling
that also gives the squirrel enough room to move
around like it needs to. If you don't / can't
provide the squirrel with the habitat it needs,
it will become sick and then could potentially
Squirrels are fun animals while watching them
and they can play chase or bury the latest
discovery they get from foraging. A squirrel has
a fluffy tail and it is entertaining to see when
it is hopping around or when it climbs a wood
fence or trees around the home. The claws look
as talons and they may inflict too much damage
on the home. Some people think that it is a cute
animal and they wish to keep them like pets.
Squirrels are found in rodent family also called
Rodentia and it had existed for over 50 million
years which means that it had adapted to live
near humans easily. They can feed on scraps,
seeds, fruits and nuts. They nest in trees
within their branches which are strong enough to
support their nests or they can live in trees
that have hollow entries.
Squirrels are active during winter since it is
the start of their mating season. Baby squirrels
look too adorable and they can be hard to resist
having them like pets but the looks in this case
should not deceive you.
In six months of their lives, squirrels will be
used to humans, they will be showing the
affection and they can be dependent to humans to
get their food. After 6 months, they teeth and
claws are sharper, stronger and longer and it is
easy to inflict harm on people, furniture or
pets unintentionally. There are cases where
children were bitten on the fingers and it
reached on the bone.
During mating season, squirrel can exhibit
harmful and aggressive behavior. The animal do
not understand their strength and mostly they do
not mean any harm, however, they are not
designed to be safe around the home and they are
better in the wild. During this time, many
owners of squirrels choose to take the squirrels
into the wild but this means a sure death.
Squirrels are not able to survive since they did
not develop the right skills that are needed for
surviving in the wild like keeping away from the
predators or finding their food. However, it is
good to know how to change their behavior.
If you have raised a baby squirrel and at 6
months, you think that it should be set free to
go back into the wild, then you should train it
on how to survive in the wild and to develop the
instincts that it is needed for wild survival.
You can learn how to do it on your own or you
can find a licensed rehabber to do it.
There are types of squirrels like flying
squirrels which may be domesticated but they
require enough time for them to get used to
humans. However the process may not be effective
and if there is a mistake, it may make the
animal to make some serious injury as it grows
up. This is why it is not recommended to keep
squirrels like pets. There are states or
countries where people are not allowed to keep
squirrels like pets so if you have decided to do
it, ensure that it is legal in your areas to
adopt or to buy a squirrel to keep in your home.
Baby squirrels are born without hair and teeth
and they are blind until they are eight weeks.
Male tree squirrels are cleaner and they do take
twice the time of cleaning and grooming
themselves compared to females.
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