Today it is fashionable to keep unusual animals at home. One of the bottoms is squirrel. Despite the fact that this animal is a forest dweller, it adapts well to home content. When purchasing such a rodent, you need to know how to properly care for it and keep it at home so that it can live a long and happy life and please its owners.
Squirrel living conditions at home
Proteins easily get used to humans, but this does not always happen. Each animal has its own individual character.
This forest animal, unlike many other rodents, is awake during the day, which is very good for keeping it at home. Another feature of a protein is its activity. She is constantly busy with something, is in motion. Therefore, it is pleasant to watch her, you will not get bored with such an animal. In addition, she is curious and trusting, which is also positive for domestic animals.
When organizing a squirrel's habitat, you need to remember about its features. So that she does not get bored, she feels comfortable, choose a cage for her that is spacious and light, inside which be sure to make a "hollow", where the animal can rest and retire if necessary. The most optimal cage for one animal will be 120x120x120 in size, while its hollow house can occupy about a third of the entire space. The frame of her cage must be metal, otherwise she can gnaw through it and escape. To entertain the rodent, put a wheel in which it can run around to its fullest. In addition, you need to put a thick branch in the squirrel's house, on which the animal will sharpen its teeth and claws, which grow in it throughout its life. It is advisable to make many different levels in the cage, on which it can jump and spend its enormous energy.
Remember to clean up the animal's cage regularly. If he is brought up with you, then you can sometimes let him out for a walk around the house, only under supervision. Otherwise, this rodent can spoil your furniture. Such walks will add variety to the squirrel's life, improve her mood, satisfy curiosity and allow her to throw out her energy.
Squirrel care and feeding
Never overfeed the squirrel, it is harmful to its health and can lead to the death of the animal.
The diet of these rodents must necessarily contain nuts, fruits, vegetables, seeds, berries, mushrooms, shoots and even buds. Sometimes they can be enjoyed with hard-boiled bird eggs and insects. The latter can be replaced with mealworms, beef and fish bone powder. Squirrels can be given dried fruits, unopened spruce and pine cones, acorns, sunflower seeds, cereals, pumpkin or flax seeds, dried mushrooms, white bread or crackers. Sometimes it will be useful for her to drink milk, eat cottage cheese or cheese. Do not forget to pour her fresh water every day, which should be available around the clock. In no case feed the animal with almonds, as well as salty, smoked, sweet and fried foods. Such food is harmful to the rodent and can kill it.
Protein is unpretentious in leaving. She does not need to be bathed or sheared. She looks after her own skin. You can only brush it occasionally during shedding periods to facilitate and speed up the process. Remember to clean the cage about 2-3 times a week. Especially you need to monitor the stored protein reserves so that they do not deteriorate, remove them.
The key to a healthy squirrel is moderate nutrition and vigorous exercise. Every day she should receive 45-50 grams. varied feed. In nature, they live for about 3-4 years. In good home conditions, she can live up to 10, and in rare cases even up to 15 years.