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    Responsible Squirrel Ownership means being the best owner/caregiver to your squirrel that you can be. Much more than "food, water, and shelter", Responsible Squirrel Ownership is the obligation squirrel owners have to incorporate their squirrels into their homes and providing for the needs of their squirrels, however varied those needs may be.

    Responsible Squirrel Ownership Means:

    Realizing that a squirrel is for LIFE and dedicating yourself to the life of your squirrel

    Putting the effort into proper care of your squirrel (proper veterinary care when needed, proper feeding, housing and exercise time)

    Learning all you can about proper feeding, making healthy choices

    Investing in proper health care throughout your squirrel's life

    Realizing that squirrels are basically wild animals that cannot be trained like a dog. Accepting them on their terms, not yours.

    Teaching your children to respect animals and not abuse squirrels through play (this is also Responsible Parenting)

    Coming to terms with the fact that not everybody likes squirrels, and asking yourself, what can you do to ensure that your squirrel is likable, even to them? Practicing the answer

    Teaching other humans how to interact with your squirrel

    Providing your squirrel with a family and a home, not just food and shelter. Squirrels are very social and isolation from the family will result in an unhappy and ultimately, unhealthy squirrel

    Holding yourself, as the squirrel owner, liable for whatever damage your squirrel does, and taking steps to rectify it.
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    WORDS OF WISDOM!!!

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    Squirrel ownership is definitely different than other pets - you just can't leave them with anyone. It was one of the greatest joys I have ever known.

    Excellent post muffinsquirrel

    It is a gift from God to love and be loved by a squirrel.


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    Thanks Muff, well said and so needed to be printed here.

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    FANTASTIC POST!! They are such a unique animal in my opinion, and the squirrelly owned owner has to be 110% committed .

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    Perfect! Everyone that is even considering owning a squirrel should read this!

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    hello could someone please call me i don't know how to use this i don't even know where my message goes and where to check for replys sorry i don't know much about internet,if someone could call me and help me get this started,well i'd be so greatfull. number is xxxxxxxxFLORIDA,THANKS
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    i'll call
    may not be much help
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    on with her now!
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    I didnt want to own a squirrel I was old school. let nature take its course. My story is like many.

    One day the little kids across the street came to my house with my 11 year old daughter and they were freaking out cause the rain the night before destroyed a squirrel nest. Two babyies lay wet and motionless on the ground but were breathing. The mom was in the tree chattering.

    I told the little kids to go in the house and let Nature work... told them the mom would come get the babyies and it would be ok.

    20 minutes later the kids were screaming and crying... a tom cat snatched a baby and ran off with it and the mom disappeared. i had no choice but to pick the little thing up and save it from being cat food. I couldn't help it.

    I had to call all my animal rescue friends and turn to the internet and educate myself instantly. I did the esbilac and the middle of the night feedings and it went everywhere with me work and dance class cause it had to be fed.

    What I didnt learn was how to keep it in such a way I could release it. My 11 year old would feed it and lay with the dogs and cats and they all loved each other and still do.. But now he can never be released cause he thinks cats are family.

    sigh... I love him. It was such a unique and difficult learning experience... As an adult he roams free in the house and has a large cage, he got fat and had to go on a diet. We buy fresh shelled nuts to make sure his teeth are not growing and he is doing fantastic almost three years later. He like computer keys and if hes out all lap tops have to be closed. We are all missing a few keys... lol (F7 and Comma).

    But this board would have been a huge help had I found it back then.

    Now I get to do it all again starting last night. I hope to do it better this time and release him.

    SO I will be on this board like a squirrel on a nut looking for tips and help.

    PS no rehad in our area. I fear i might become one.

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    Many of us understand, believe me.

    Why don't you start a new thread in The Nursery? If you write in your thread almost like a diary, putting up pics and asking questions, it will not only be a lovely record when the little one is back in the trees, right now it will be read by lots of very experienced eyes who can help you - sometimes when you don't even know you need it. You would be surprised how many little lives have been saved here because a sharp eyed person saw something said offhand in the thread. And the things that happen to you will be read by people for years, and they can often learn things from it.

    As to your big keyboard eating squirrel (mine really prefers the TV remote), now I have to ask. What is his daily diet? Let's KEEP him healthy for many years to come. I bet we can help you there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by supergirldee View Post
    PS no rehad in our area. I fear i might become one.
    If you care to share you general area we might have members close by that could be valuable resources?

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    Our 9 week old just went on a weekend vacation with us and had a blast! We went to a hotel and made sure the beds had that thing under them that she could not crawl under and then watched her like a hawk when she was not on our shoulders or arms playing or in her cage. My husband and I like to stand arms length and closer apart and let her jump from one arm to the other! She goes up and down us like trees and jumps back and forth and loved going up and down the big round pillow bolster. I would love to be able to release her in the spring but my husband wants to keep her so we are planning to build a cage in one of the rooms that goes floor to ceiling and across the front of the window on both sides of the window so she can run and jump and play while we are away from home and then when we get home let her out so she can run around in the room if she wants while we are there. My fear is her "wilding up" as I have read in some of the posts. This scares me a bit and I know she is a wild animal but I sure do hope she stays somewhat kind to us all. I have a question if anyone has any experience with mixing a squirrel and a sugar glider. I want her to have company while we are at work but am not sure if this is a good idea or not. What do others do to keep their family member as happy as can be while inside? We also plan on trying to build a cage for her to be able to go outside while we are out there come spring time so she gets fresh air and some sunshine. Any ideas on how to make her the happiest/healthiest baby we can make? I already am feeding the Fox Valley formula, rodent blocks, mineral licks, and have my list of veggies and fruits from the food pyramid. Any and all suggestions on this would be great as this is the first time and I am really wanting her to be as happy as can be while with us since my husband won't see it any other way.....

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