Skunks have always had something of a bad press, with them being regarded as smelly and not very practical pets. But this is not true. In recent years, they have grown in popularity with many skunks now being a much-loved family pet. Below, we explore why we think skunks make great family pets:
How do skunks behave?
Skunks are incredibly curious and active animals that will get up to all kinds of mischief if you let them! They do need company and affection, so if you want to fully engage with your pet, the skunk is a great choice. They are also incredibly affectionate, loyal, and entertaining. Just be sure to give them lots of safe outdoor space, as they will not tolerate being placed in a cage all day.
Litter training your skunk
Skunks can be kept indoors for potty training purposes, but you do need to have ample space for them to roam, which is also safe and skunk-proof. Litter training is similar to training a cat. You just need to have a lot of patience and be prepared for some accidents.
Your pet skunk and diet
Skunks are omnivores and have an incredibly varied diet that is easy for you to prepare. They need a diet that is rich in protein. Good choices of protein include chicken, fish, cottage cheese and eggs. They also need vegetables, fruit and vitamin supplements to stay healthy.
Skunks and health care
It is important that your skunk is neutered or spayed while young, as well as being fully vaccinated. Find a vet who is experienced in treating and handling skunks, and you won’t have any trouble.
Loyal and caring
Skunks are incredibly caring and allow you to form a strong bond with them for life. They also get on incredibly well with other animals, such as cats and dogs, and really do become a part of the family.
They are therapeutic
Skunks have such soft and squishy fur that just makes you want to stroke them. As well as being visibly attractive, they are very tactile animals, and affectionate. This is a wonderful combination that makes them perfect as therapeutic pets for individuals with special needs.