you buy a skunk , we advise you to think about the impact it will
have on your life! You have to adjust your routine in a way that
your skunk will fit in. The skunk cannot help that YOU have chosen
IT for a pet, so you have to take good care of it!
keep a skunk as a pet is not so easy as it seems! You will need
a great deal of perseverance, patience and above all, unconditional
love! Not only do you have to adapt to the skunk, but also the
skunk will have to adapt itself to you. This can take some time.
You have to skunk proof your house to prevent accidents. Keep
your doors and windows closed, so your skunk will not manage to
escape. You may finally notice after hours that your skunk is
gone. If the skunk has found a little hole to go into under a
kitchen cabinet, or a place to hide in a closet, you do not need
to worry because he will eventually come out to eat. However,
if he has gone outside into the world, the chances are greater
than not that he will never find his way back home by himself.
careful when you have visitors, especially children. They can
lift a door open and your skunk will be gone when you are paying
little attention. Your skunk could become the victim of a car
accident, or a dog could bite it, or kill it. Maybe some person
who is not familiar with skunks will think it is a rat or other
vermin and cause it great harm.
you have the time and inclination to clean up the mess it may
make in your house, or to clean litter boxes several times a day
you want to clean up the mess he will make when he takes enjoyment
in digging out your plants, or digging in your cupboard that you
did not have closed securely? A mess can include tearing up a
newspaper, dragging clothes all over, or even opening the refrigerator!
you wake up in the morning and you are in a hurry and your skunk
did make a mess all over the place. Will you still be happy that
you have a skunk in the house, and see the humor in its antics?
a skunk will choose only you or your partner to take care of him
and to feed and cuddle him. He will not allow someone else that
pleasure and may even bite other persons if given that chance.
Will you still be happy with your skunk?
he still will not use the litter box after months, what will happen
then ? He may find a favorite place in a closet or cupboard to
use as his bathroom. You need to put a litter box wherever that
may be and move it around to the locations HE chooses! If you
cannot direct him to the litter box, then you must take the litter
box to him!
you like your skunk so much and love it as much as is possible,
but your wife or your husband hates the animal in the house. What
will happen to it then? It would be a very good idea if owning
a skunk is a family decision!
you realize that you will not only have the cost when you buy
a skunk, but you have to visit a vet regularly that can become
expensive. There are the costs of vaccinations, neutering or spaying.
You may want to have a microchip which can be read by a computer
inserted under the skunk's skin for identification purposes if
he becomes lost.
skunk owners who already have had skunks for a long time, this
all sounds too familiar! They did persist and they do deserve
a compliment because they did survive it all, and they do still
love their skunks! They did not give up and did not become disenchanted
with their babies who developed into wonderful, loving pets. More
and more often we find enthusiastic new skunk owners who, after
a time, want to get rid of their skunk when they discover it is
not what they expected. You must research skunk care and find
out just what to expect!
are not things like a pair of shoes that you can dispose of easily!
They grow to love their homes and owners. When they have to move,
it can be very stressful for them, and it will take much time
before it will be settled in again and be comfortable at a new
location. Don't let your skunk be the victim of YOUR bad judgment!
When you are not sure of yourself, and cannot commit yourself
to look after an innocent animal for the next 10 or 12 years,
then please, do
not buy a skunk for a pet.