Pet Skunk Small Animal ProfileCommon Name: 
Scientific Name: 
Mephitis mephitis
Skunks need about 30% vegetables and 70% meats every day. They enjoy a variety of foods, including cooked grains, chicken, turkey, fruit, and yogurt.
Life Span: 
8 – 12 years
15.6 – 37 inches (40 – 94cm)
A skunk’s temperament depends on how they are raised. Some are lap pets, while others would rather be on the floor next to you. No matter what, a skunk is very curious creature. This requires them to be watched closely when roaming around your home.  Skunks love to climb and are very curious.
Skunks need to go to the vet only if something is wrong or if you want to get them spayed or neutered, which is highly recommended to ward of health and behavior problems.  Skunks should be spayed or neutered between 4 and 6 months.  Unless you enjoy the pungent aroma of skunk spray, you should also have pet skunks descented. A qualified veterinarian can perform the procedure.

Declawing is not recommended because skunks use their claws to handle food. They have “digging” claws similar to a dog rather than “ripping” claws like a cat.  Skunks do need to have their nails trimmed on a regular basis.

Vaccinations are recommended for pet skunks.  Generally they should get Schering-Plough Galaxy D, DA2PPv, or DA2PPvL+CV (for dogs) or Eclipse 4 (for cats).  Currently there are no approved rabies vaccinations for skunks.

Cage & Bedding: 
Skunks need a cage for when you can’t watch them closely, similar to a dog that is crated when unsupervised. They will use a litter pan and like to roam around the house while supervised. The litter pan should be cleaned at least twice a week or on an as needed basis.
* Verify that it is legal to own a pet skunk where you live.  Several states have restrictions on keeping skunks as pets.

For more information on Skunk care, please visit our Owning A Pet Skunk article.