One of the most favorite Pets for many people, of course, rodents. Many animal lovers give birth at home hamsters, rats, Guinea pigs and chinchillas. Did you know that there are even homemade squirrel?
Of course, much more common to see a squirrel in the woods or in a Park than in a city apartment. But still homemade squirrel has already managed to occupy its niche in the diversity of Pets. Take home a wild squirrel is not necessary – it is unlikely to survive in captivity, and may die from stress. Better to buy a home squirrel in the pet shop or kennel. An exception can be made for a wounded squirrel or a very small squirrel dropped from a nest - they can die if you do not save them.
Home proteins need a really big dwelling. Best of all, if it is a spacious cage or an enclosure made of a metal mesh measuring 120-150 cm on all sides. Inside the cage, you need to equip a nest house in which the protein can hide as needed. It can be replaced by a birdhouse. Dimensions of the house are 50-60 cm in each dimension. Proteins are very active animals, so there must be a wheel in the cage, because of the immobility of the protein, there may be a hemorrhage to the brain. But the home squirrel will not fit a wheel for a hamster, it will be too small. Also, the cage should have thick branches, sticks or perches so that the protein can grind off claws and teeth.
But home whites will not always be in a cage, so they must periodically release. Before you release the squirrel from her home, hide all the things that she can ruin everything that can cause harm to the animal. Close Windows and doors, clean out wires and sharp objects, hide away all valuables. The squirrel will move around the house at lightning speed and with her usual curiosity to interfere in your Affairs. To catch a squirrel and put it in a cage by force is impossible - you can hurt her, or she will bite you. When the protein is hungry, she will return to the cage herself.
Food protein pine and fir buds or buds, catkins of aspen and willow, young leaves. Squirrels also eat fungi, seeds, nuts, acorns, wild berries. Homemade proteins do not disdain fruit: pears, apples, bananas, and in winter – dried fruits. In nature, squirrels sometimes eat eggs and insects, therefore it is necessary from time to time to treat their quail eggs and mealworms. Order homemade protein was healthy, her diet should contain the vitamins and minerals. Source of calcium may serve as ground egg shell, fish or beef bones. In any case it is impossible to give the squirrel food from the table, especially sweet, fatty, salty or peppered. It is strictly forbidden to feed the domestic protein almonds – it is poisonous for them! Food protein twice a day and fresh water should be present in the cell constantly.
Homemade protein not to overfeed. In nature, they are constantly in motion, because they are looking for food. If you offer too much food to the squirrel, it stops moving and dies. Surplus food squirrels hide in his house, and if possible - buried. If someone noticed how the squirrel digs in the food, she will re-hide it. However, the protein returns to its stocks only in case of extreme hunger, so do not be afraid to throw it away.
Homemade protein – clean animals that do not require careful maintenance. The squirrel cleans the fur itself, and in the cage you have to clean up on average three times a week, including cleaning the stored food supplies. If the protein is still very dirty, do not bathe it under the tap. Lock the squirrel in a small cage and direct a thin stream of water to the animal. Of course, she will protest, but eventually will forget this incident. Twice a year the squirrels moult, so you have to remove the wool from the pet.
Two squirrels in the house is better not to keep. Not the fact that they like each other, even if animals of different sexes. Most likely, home two proteins in the same apartment will quarrel, to divide the territory and find out who's the boss, with the help of specific sounds.
Pets squirrels are very intelligent animals. but finally it is very difficult to tame the squirrel. She quickly remembers her name and starts to respond to it, but it's not immediately possible to take her in her arms. First, teach her to crawl into your arms with a treat, when she stops fearing you - you can try gently patting her on the back. But if the squirrel does not flatter itself to you, do not try to iron it or squeeze it - it can and bite, and it is very noticeable. Home squirrels usually go to the house without problems, if they are ordered, but they do not always come to the owner on the team: it depends on their mood. But if you have something delicious in your hand, the protein is more likely to listen to you.
With good care, home proteins live 10-12 years (for comparison: in the wild, the average life expectancy of proteins is about 3.5 years). Home proteins are funny and active pets, which are unlikely to leave you indifferent.