Skunk Care

Skunks breed once a year and we begin taking deposits in September for babies that will be born the following spring. The skunks have their scent glands removed at a young age so they cannot spray. Below is information about keeping a skunk as a pet to help understand whether this unique experience is right for you. 



We sometimes lovingly refer to skunks as nature's garbage disposal because of their scavenging habits when it comes to food. As omnivores they require a diverse diet and because obesity is common problem with pet skunks, it is important that a healthy diet is offered. About 60-70% of the skunk's diet should be protein- eggs, chicken, fish, cheese, raw nuts and feeder insects are healthy options. Vegetables should make up the remaining 30-40% of a skunk's diet but potatoes should be offered in limited quantities. Fruit is a great treat, especially berries, but because of sugar content they are not ideal for daily feedings. 

Skunks do not drink a great deal of water but a clean source of drinking water should always be available to your skunk.


Skunks are often very docile pets and most owners choose to keep them as inside pets. With patience and lots of training, skunks are capable of learning to use a litter box. A skunk will enjoy freely roaming your home, but while unattended it's important that a skunk has a safe place to do so. They often like to use their long claws to open cabinet doors or dig into something that may interest them, "skunk proofing" your house may become necessary.  A "den" area is important for your skunk, you'll want to provide a cozy bed or blanket that only belongs to the skunk.

Unlike a cat or dog, skunks have really poor homing skills and letting them out of your sight outdoors could mean they would be gone forever. Many owners choose to harness train their skunks from a young age for safe outdoor adventures.



Veterinary Care

It is important to establish veterinary care for your skunk before it even comes into your home. Skunks need to be dewormed and receive a rabies and distemper vaccinations. Finding a vet comfortable with treating your skunk will insure that you can help keep your skunk healthy and have knowledgeable care if an emergency situation should ever arise. 


There are limited states in which it is legal to own a pet skunk and some of those states have laws regarding where the skunk originates. Before even considering a pet skunk, contacting your state veterinarian's office is the most effective way to get answers about whether or not you can legally own one. A 2017 list of state veterinarian’s offices can be found here.