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Squirrels don’t digest sugars the way people do so sugary fruits should be offered in moderation; as well as, those foods that have been marked with an asterisk (*). These items may be offered to your squirrel, but they may contain compounds that are unhealthy if eaten to excess. For example, fresh corn is very, very high in phosphorus which can exacerbate problems with metabolic bone disease in individuals with a diet already low in calcium. Always ensure food is thoroughly washed, free of pesticides and fresh. If its unfit for your consumption, its not going to be appetizing to your squirrel either.
Variety is Key!
The trick with squirrels is to keep the diet varied. Constantly changing these supplemental foods keeps your squirrel interested and entertained. Squirrels tire quickly of the same foods and may decide tomorrow they dislike a food they seem to love today. At squirrel refuge, we switch supplemental foods daily, not repeating the same foods for at least three days. This helps keep the squirrels interested and ensures a variety of vitamins and minerals are present in the diet.
Foods to Avoid
All dried fruits and vegetables including corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds or other standard ‘critter mixes.’ Its ok to give these to your squirrels on a rare occasion in moderation, but know that they are equivalent to a diet of candy and cannot sustain a captive squirrel long term.
Please discuss diet with a knowledgeable resource or your veterinarian.
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The ideal ratio is 1:1 Ca to in foods.
Learn more about this avoidable nutritional disorder that plagues captive wildlife fed an improper diet .
In addition to rodent block, squirrels need a variety of fruits and vegetables. The rodent block will be balanced to provide the right amount of calcium to ward of Metabolic Bone Disease, a nutritional disorder that can cripple and kill captive wildlife. Select fresh foods rich in calcium with a calcium to phosphorus ration of 2:1 or 1:1. Foods with a less than ideal ratio can still be provided, just offered in moderation. See the Metabolic Bone Disease for more information.