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One of the problems with finding a cute and fluffy
animal that has been orphaned by its mother is
that most people will actually want to help it,
and many will even consider raising it as a pet in
their home. When it comes to dealing with wild
animals, there are an awful lot of precautions
that you should be taking even to touch the
animal, so if you find a baby animal and think of
keeping it as a pet, then it is vital that you
really take time to understand all of the demands
that you will need to fulfill for the skunk.
Problems With Keeping Skunks As Pets
The natural instinct of the skunk is to create a
nest, and despite however much material that you
provide for the animal, you will still find
difficulty in training the skunk not to shred the
couch cover or the carpet to provide nesting
material. Skunks are also natural scavengers, so
even if you provide food in a pet's bowl, they
will still try to scavenge to find food as well.
Removal Of The Anal Glands
One of the most important steps that you will have
to take if you intend on keeping a skunk as a pet
is to remove the anal glands of the animal so they
won't spray your home with the foul smelling
liquid they produce. This is certainly not an easy
process for the animal, and you may struggle to
find a veterinarian who is willing or able to
carry out that work on your behalf.
Skunks Bred In Captivity
The breeding of wild animals in captivity to keep
as pets is a process that has long been a minority
interest in some parts of the country, and buying
a skunk from a dealer can give you a few
reassurances in terms of the diseases they carry
and the inoculations they will have received.
Nonetheless, it is still very difficult to train
these animals to be truly domesticated, and they
will usually have an element of a wild animal
throughout their lives.
Can You Domesticate A Skunk That You Have
This is something that really should not be
attempted, with even the most experienced pet
owners going to find this a task that is next to
impossible. Along with the challenges, there is
also no way to ascertain what diseases they carry
and in most cases they will never respond to you
with more than aggression and fear.
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