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We would never recommend having a wild animal as a pet, and this is most definitely the case with an animal such as skunks. These creatures are adorable to look at, admittedly, made all the more cuter by movies such as Disney’s Bambi, but on closer inspection you’ll learn they aren’t as adorable as you first thought they were. In fact, they can be quite the menace.
One of the problems that comes with having a pet skunk, is the spray the animal will omit if it feels threatened. You can have the glands that produce this oily, foul-smelling liquid removed, but that’s quite a cruel practice. That is the only real defense mechanism the skunk has against predators, and if the skunk ever gets out, or you release it back into the wild, it won’t have that anymore. It will likely die ... quite quickly.
There is a reason animals like skunks are not domesticated. It’s because they shouldn’t be. The feces and urine of these creatures can come with very serious disease threats that you WILL need to concern yourself with, and that’s before you get to the reality of trying to tame a wild animal to live in your home. Regardless of where you got the skunk from, or how tame it appears to be, it is still a wild animal. If those primal urges kick in, the skunk will do whatever it needs to do. If you try to cage it and take it to the vet, for example, it will squirt unless you opted for baby skunk scent gland removal. If your pet pooch gets overexcited about the new black and white little fella, the skunk might spray. And once that scent is in your home, it is going to be remarkably hard to get rid of it again.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:How much does skunk removal cost?
- get the lowdown on prices.How to get rid of skunks
- my main skunk removal info guide.