These adorable nocturnal creatures are
hitting the pet trade. They come de-scented but require spaying (or
neutering) and de-worming by a veterinarian experienced with this species
and that can supply extensive reference material for raising them.
Skunks are susceptible to K9 Distemper
and Hepatitis as well as Feline Panleukopenia and must be vaccinated to
avoid disease. Fleas can also be a problem. A skunk is not a
puppy or a kitten and is not fed, handled, disciplined or treated as such,
or serious physical, medical and behavioral problems can result.
These are non domesticated, intelligent, mischievous & fun animals
that require a lot of time and T.L.C. to raise.
They are Insectivores/Omnivores and
require a special diet (not just cat food) that you must be willing to
prepare daily. Mazuri Omnivore Zoo Feed "A", fresh fruits
and vegetables, Nekton MSA and occasional crickets or King Mealworms which
they love dearly is one substantiated diet. "Raw" diets
are also in, but lab work has shown electrolyte imbalances and iron
deficiency anemia in some.
These animals are not for everyone, so do
your pre-purchase research!
The above is a reprint of an article
written by Jack Landess, D.V.M., as a public service. Reprint
permission was obtained from the Florida