A very few of them make fun pets, but that's the exception and not the rule because they are wild animals. Do make sure you feed it well. Sharp claws, that's how they climb trees so readily. They DO NOT stink! Him? We have had a broad spectrum of animal companions in our life time from dogs and cats on the small side to thoroughbred race horses in training and racing. she freely roams my house 24 hrs a day and prefers to sleep with me. why yes their is a squirrel show on KOPB right now and don't forget Jan. 21st 2019 National Squirrel Day! I live 60 miles west of Las Vegas in the rural desert of Nevada. Kudos to everyone that opens their hearts, homes, and wallets. Do I try to find her a new home or can this be trained out of her? July 21, 2019 My cats have done Way more damage than this little squirrel ever thought of doing. Ok so I have a 4 year old male fox squirrel named Rocky. In college we rescued a baby squirrel from the road and raised it. 8540, Photo of Squirrell Bird Feeder The only aggressive cat I have is my indoor outdoor cat, who will hunt outside. If not? It helped we gave him full range of the apartment and lived on the ground floor so we could let him out to do his squirrel thing. But these squirrels have been used to humans since the late 1800s. They can bite through a lamp cord in a split second...fried squirrel....house fire....don't let your pet squirrel, pet rat, pet ferret or anything that is notorious for chewing, run loose unsupervised; it is a recipe for disaster. They can bite through a lamp cord in a split second...fried squirrel....house fire....don't let your pet squirrel, pet rat, pet ferret or anything that is notorious for chewing, run loose unsupervised; it is a recipe for disaster. I've never had one tear up carpet, chew furniture, or do any other damage to my home. For over 5 years I have visited her in the woods almost every day. They are the most interactive and most smart intelligent creature right in par with dog. Now I'm honestly afraid to hold her. When they arrived, it was 2 females, umbilical cords still intact, ears and eyes sealed shut. I have a pet squirrel and I have had for 4 years and he is wonderful.....you have to spend alot of time with THEM. I rescued a baby squirrel and had her for just over a month before I released her outside. The only visible symptoms is listlessness, bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose and limited ability to move properly, like the equilibrium is off. Wouldn't it make a great pet? I have no doubt a wild would lack any inhibition,  I wouldn't try it myself. TAM They had bigger fat heads and and large ears , but not fox squirrels. Its illegal to pet the native squirrels (three strips squirrel, or Indian palm squirrel). An adorable baby squirrel climbed on my son  and will not let go! They are animals such as we are. I see what you're saying. Owning a pet squirrel is not legal in all municipalities, while a permit might be required in others. Understand that he may choose not to stay around, or only return infrequently, but he is clearly unhappy. October 27, 2019 Each state has its own regulations regarding exotic pet ownership, and Maryland is no different. That IS what they are capable of. My girl is going on 7 years. She knew the infant would be crushed by the people behind her and there was no nest around. Came home for random visits occasionally, if only to tell me about the wife, and kids. May 3, 2014 You merely cut just the clear part. NO peanuts, treats or human food EVER! Very stressful, such a squirrel should be kept somewhere nice and quiet. Geary  October 24, 2018 Phyllis DeGioia  I thought about having him neutered as it seems this behavior started once his testicles dropped. But the aggression stems from the animal being unhappy, plain and simple. Yes their nails are sharp when they climb over you and leave marks, but for an animal lover it's really hard to consider that a problem, yes sometimes they will pee on you in the moment of playing, but for some reason all my squirrels somehow was trained a small tray we created for them to use as a bathroom, we used sawdust to keep the tray clean. I've never had one tear up carpet, chew furniture, or do any other damage to my home. I rehabed two boys and a girl once from two weeks old. He came to us for food for a while and then became scarcer and scarcer. Be careful not to let the formula mush crust on their fur. She loves us. One day in June we had the "Squirrel Wars" They were fighting and running around like wilde creatures lol. A point of major frustration for me coming from a country that does not have that problem (exceptions of course anywhere) Also I think 'Terri's husband should get an award. I wouldnt go hunting a squirrel for a pet but I would not feel negative about adopting and training one again. One thing I would say to the would-be squirrel rescuer. I think of them as my pets. metal guard. Good calcium sources include: broccoli, cabbage, puppy/kitten chow, canned dog/cat food, appropriate milk replacer formulas, spinach, Timothy hay, hard boiled eggs, cooked chicken necks, green beans, carrots, mealworms, kale or mustard greens. During seizures she never bit me but was more calm in my hands than laying in her blanket. I remembered why there are very few new mothers on the down side of 40. I give them plenty of things to chew on. Helping to rehab a couple orphan girls. He has is well taken care of and has a big cage with lots of food and even a tree and is SPOILED!!! PLEASE HELPPP! It is legal to own a pet duck in Maryland - HOWEVER, you need to check with your local zoning board to find out if you can keep one on your property. January 26, 2016 I had up to 6 in my house at once, but only a couple would come to me. I jump startled, and it will scurry to the door, but will come right back, especially when I talk to it. I have had a pet squirrel for 4 years now. Also, Squirrels can’t shoot their poop out of the cage, this is ridiculous. We have a pecan tree and there are plenty of pecans for my pet squirrels to enjoy. However, comparison with the healthy baby squirrels in the bottom right shows that these squirrels are actually starving. The squirrel chewed a hole through its regular caging, and since my brother is pretty busy, he put it in a cage that the squirrel could easily climb through while he left for work. I disagree that they smell. I would not try to capture it and keep it restrained. Not sure, check with your state. October 15, 2019 I have bad allergies and itch twenty four seven, I kill my skin myself already itching it to death and my dogs wake me up hungry bighting my arm, so the squirrel can just add on in to the mix. I am patient and have no problem with most things. My squirrels were wonderful experience. Ken Missouri. And I buy her Henry's Picky blocks to supplement her diet, just to make sure she gets her nutrients. Unfortunately, he is not likely to figure out he shouldn't bite his favorite person (the hand that feeds him). One survived to become to most loved pet we had. Some may become used to your visits, wait for your arrival with treats and may even approach you while keeping a distance. September 26, 2015 I've thought that I should take her in as a pet but figure that as sad as it is....it's not my place to interfere with the animal kingdom. You did not mention two very impotant things. The arsenal of weapons for controlling an onslaught of squirrels is If not? Sis Baker  We have a very large cage for him but he rarely uses it because he does just fine wandering around the house with 2 cats, 2 male yellow labs, a female pit bull and a beagle. I have read up on it myself, and plan to get one, and suit it by giving the proper requirements. I plan on being his dad untill one of us passes on. Maryland: Yes, ferrets are legal in Maryland. Squirrels which have entered attics can often be chased out with a September 26, 2016 Phyllis DeGioia He would tire himself out and stretch out on my leg like a cat. My squirrel Maple is about 4 months old. Episode of banana and yogurt,  with resulting full bath. Any advice? I loved all of my furry babies. We are with her all the time almost thru out the day so that helps with the sweet personality. Too bad you haven't had better experiences with yours. I have to admit my house gets pretty messy and needs to be cleaned every 3 hours or so because of her. Are not giving away formula. What the article does not mention is that a squirrel on the attack will jump in your face and can easily destroy one or both our eyes with its razor sharp claws. I do believe one day in the trees is better than a lifetime in a cage for any wild animal unless it's special needs. This is simply appalling. Taking in an injured or orphaned squirrel is one thing. In the 18th and 19th century, squirrels were the most popular type of pets. (even a ferret) I guess it's all in how you raise them. Louisiana. Aluminum siding and smooth, painted surfaces are not so easily scaled. General Small Game Hunting Rules Daily small game shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. I also let him out of his room for about an hour or so each day. Ever since I got him he has always been attached to only me while my boyfriend always gets attacked by him. I'm 12, I found this baby squirrel in front of my house two days ago and he was cold and we couldn't find his mom, I should have called a rehabilitator, He survived for 2 days but had a stroke this morning, and died, I've been crying so much today, because even though I had only had him for 2 days I got so attached to him, I'm crying as I write this, because I'm remembering his little paws climbing on me, and I remember giving him pedialyte out of a little bottle, we buried him this morning, I'm typing this because I'm looking into adopting a baby squirrel, a healthy one this time, so I can have something to care for, if anybody knows of an organization that can help me with this I would really appreciate it, thank you. He's very friendly and loves to play. After a bunch of around the clock feedings. August 4, 2014 short circuits and sometimes fires. I can tickle his belly, with him laying back on my other hand while he "bites" my finger tips as well as the webs between my fingers & 99.8% of the time I barely feel his teeth there. Shirley  Have you spoken to the veterinarian who neutered him about the change? Brian Surrey Cut saplings, tied them together and he learned to run and jump. I don't agree with ALL your theories. REALLY, CLOSE THE TOILET LID!!! Toll-free in Maryland: 1-877-620-8DNR, Ext. Even though he still insists on his face being cleaned thoroughly after meals. The males tore her up with no warning at all. He stayed in the same tree and just before night time, I went out to check on him and jumped on my shoulder and I walked back in the house with him(I guess he the warmth inside). Below is an overview of 10 exotic animals that can be legally owned as pets in Canada. it would be very hard for him to climb or escape a dog ect. The only reservation I'm having at this point, is imprinting. Use clean containers each time you mix formula. First she bit my step dad (which at first I just wondered if it I was because he's not around much). I could pick him out of a Crowd! August 21, 2015 Became a Squirrel. They are not traded in the conventional pet market and it may not be legal in your municipality. I'd imagine we were just lucky though, I'm not recommending wild animals as pets. They find flower gardens very attractive, and they eat both Often hand wrestled with me and constantly play bit(never vaguely painful). Most people don't even handle/train their domestic cats and dogs. October 9, 2016 Hi Lucy, I checked with a small mammal specialist who said: Well first off, a wild squirrel being rehabbed should be nowhere near the domestic pets and the rest of the family in the main part of the house. Ryan Keith Worsham She had to be stitched up almost top to bottom. I raised her since birth; she sleeps in bed with me at night. That is just ridiculous! They were friendly to a point, loved to climb, and seemed to enjoy chasing my small daughters in the yard. I highly disagree with this article. I have 2 keepers squirrels and wish I didn't! Sootica and Tomas did pretty well. My heart is with you. Jack  Cynthia Farmier We used to take him to campus so we could climb the trees and he always came back when he was ready. I have been warning people about keeping a squirrel for well over a dozen years  now. I do understand that a squirrels love climbing trees jumping limb to limb, but this little guy didn't have a good enough start in life to be able to do that so we have made our home his home and it's not nearly as bad as people make it sound. The squirrel will bite her as many times as he can before being pried off her by my brother. They are now in a huge cage my husband 7 I made and are very content. I really get upset when I see children in squirrel households. Cleaner too. So, he's a family member. Virginia. They’ll taste everything, including electrical cords. At this point, it's much easier to change your brother's behavior than the squirrel's. Everybody’s experience is different, bc no two squirrels are the same. July 17, 2012 This entire article is COMPLETELY UNTRUE! All that written I concur it takes a special love and incredible amount of time and effort to have these angels in ones life. I have been really interested in reading all the comments in this site. The only visible symptoms is listlessness, bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose and limited ability to move properly, like the equilibrium is off. November 4, 2019 rare. For eyes open squirrels (over 4 weeks of age), use Fox Valley 20/50 formula. She could care less. OMG, if you are going to take on the HUGE responsibility of raising a wild animal than for the love of God, PLEASE do the research and BE RESPONSIBLE!! June19, 2017 scratches come naturally when you own a pet that loves to climb. Being in florida in August  20 min. So we were Pretty Much always in Close Proximity. Small Pet Foxes that can Live Indoors. I've monitored it every hour or more and if it survives the next 24 hours I'd like to give it more food to what their diet requires. September 12, 2015 October 5, 2016 A chipmunk I rescued , who is WAY lighter than a squirrel, decided to launch itself at me and grab my eyeball, with all ten claws. Michael Whitely He had chewed quite a few things at first but when we figured out how to divert his attention to something OK to chew, which is nuts, deer antler, peach pits, sticks, it really took alot of stress away from him and us. They love it and it helps them from chewing on other things you'd rather them not chew. she'd get in my shirt pocket. I suppose we could let them go but what is the survival rate of babies being let go? she'd come to say good bye. A bowl of kale, dandelion greens, butternut squash, chayote squash, carrots, mushrooms, cucumber a day. 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