What to feed baby squirrels?

What to feed baby squirrels?

Feeding baby squirrels requires special care and attention, as they have specific dietary needs that differ from adult squirrels. Here's how to properly feed baby squirrels:



The first step is to ensure the baby squirrel is hydrated. If the baby squirrel is dehydrated, it won't be able to properly digest food. You can use a small syringe or eyedropper to offer a hydration solution such as a homemade sugar or salt solution (1 teaspoon of salt and 3 teaspoons of sugar in a quart of warm water).


Do not give them cow's milk:

Baby squirrels need a specialized formula to grow healthily. Do not give them cow's milk, as it can be harmful. Instead, use a puppy milk replacement formula . Another option is Fox Valley 32/40 formula specifically designed for squirrels.


Feeding Schedule:


Newborns to 1 week old: Feed every 2-3 hours, including overnight.

1-2 weeks old: Feed every 3-4 hours, including overnight.

2-3 weeks old: Feed every 4 hours, including overnight.

3-4 weeks old: Feed every 4 hours, no need for overnight feedings.

4-6 weeks old: Feed every 4-5 hours.

6-8 weeks old: Start introducing solid foods like small pieces of fruits, veggies, and nuts while continuing formula feedings every 4-5 hours.


Around 8-10 weeks, baby squirrels will start to wean off the formula. Gradually decrease the amount of formula and increase the amount of solid food. Introduce rodent blocks, which are nutritionally balanced and can be found in pet stores.


Solid Foods:

As they transition to solid foods, offer them a variety of healthy options like:


Small pieces of apple, banana, and grapes

Carrot slices

Broccoli florets

Unsalted nuts in small quantities

Feeding Technique:


Use a small syringe (1cc to 5cc) for feeding.

Hold the squirrel upright or in a natural feeding position.

Feed slowly to avoid aspiration (inhaling the liquid), which can be fatal.

Important Tips:

Keep the baby squirrel warm, as they cannot regulate their body temperature.

Stimulate them to urinate and defecate by gently rubbing their genital area with a warm, damp cotton ball after feeding. 


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