This is even more so if the squirrel has been around other pets like cats and dogs
Similarly, active squirrels that leap onto your lap may inadvertently leave scratches or even cuts that need to be cleaned and disinfected. Again, be careful allowing other pets or young children around squirrels, as the small animals do not refrain from using teeth and claws as they deem fit. Some owners wear mitt-like gloves when handling their pets while others suit up in protective gear to keep from getting scratched.
Squirrels are wild animals – They are not domesticated animals like dogs and pets. Wild animals will be happiest when they are free in the wild, not confined to a cage or your home. Many people would say it is unethical to keep a wild animal as a pet.
Are Sugar Gliders Better Pets Than Flying Squirrels
Sugar gliders and flying squirrels are similar in size
Sugar Bears - Small "pocket pets" that hail from countries such as australia, indonesia, and tasmania. They look kind of like a small squirrel with big eyes. They grow to be 5 - 6 inches long, weigh 4 - 6 ounces, and easily fit in the palm of your hand. they quickly bond to their owners and become lifelong companions (and can live 12 - 15 years!). They also have the ability to glide (like a flying squirrel) up to 150 feet. Very cuddly and adorableWhen it comes to owning pets, people who live in cities are at a disadvantage. If you’re lucky enough to find a place that allows dogs, it will probably be expensive. Cats can be cuddly company, but litter boxes tend to stink up a room. How about something a little more exotic, but still apartment-friendly? Why not…let’s say, a sugar glider? What’s that you say? You don’t know what a sugar glider is? Essentially, sugar gliders (also known as sugar bears) are gliding possums originally from Australia. Gliding possums are similar to flying squirrels. They’re extremely tiny creatures with long tails, adorable bug eyes and wing-like flaps.By my count, there are at least two dozen pet squirrels on Instagram, and in this world of domesticated cats and dogs, they represent a new frontier in cuteness while embodying a kind of forbidden love. To see these little guys twitching their tails and sniffing acorns while scrolling through your otherwise hum-drum Instagram feed is to covet their affection, and to picture what life would be like if owning squirrels as pets were normal instead of weird.Experts in wild squirrel care advise not to feed avocadoes, cashews, corn, dried fruit or vegetables, figs, garlic, onions, palm hearts, pine nuts, persimmons, plums, potatoes, prunes, raisins, sprouts, sunflower seeds and sweet potatoes. Seed mixes should not make up the majority of your squirrel's diet because they're too high in fat. Any form of processed human food, like pasta, bread, cookies, pretzels or breakfast cereal contain ingredients not suitable for squirrels, as do any foods with added salt or sugar. Squirrels shouldn't eat beans, including kidney beans, lentils, soybeans and so on, but green beans and sugar snap peas are okay. As is true for all pets, artificial sweeteners are not safe for squirrels.