To keep your pet squirrel safe keep dogs and cats away from it it is difficult to predict a squirrels behaviour and even the most well trained pet may cause it harm in self defense squirrels are prone to biting and may also harm your other pets is cornered threatened or playing roughly. Can you have squirrels as pets this is a popular question often asked of veterinarians the short answer is no you should not try to capture and keep an adult squirrelthey are born in the wild and are extremely difficult to train for a domestic lifestyle. Although we think its a bad idea to keep squirrels or other wild animals as pets we know that some people need to feed the babies before its physically possible to get them to a wildlife rehabilitator and that others will keep them as pets anyway. Do squirrels make good pets squirrels are fun animals to watch whether they are playing chase or burying their latest foraging discovery one that visits my backyard regularly has a huge fluffy tail and is quite entertaining to watch as he hops around but he also climbs wood fences and trees with astounding ease. They can be challenging pets and many states make it illegal to take them from the wild to keep as a pet while any animal with teeth can bite grey squirrels are known to bite at least every once in a while
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