Skunks

Skunks

Skunks are relatively commonly kept as pets. They tend to adapt well and can be easily trained to use a litter box and to walk on a harness. They are members of the Mustelidae family, a group of mammals which includes ferrets, badgers, mink and otters. The dietary requirement of skunks is very different from other members of the Mustelidae family. Incorrect diets are the cause of a significant percentage of their medical problems. Conflicting information from different sources and the absence of commercially available skunk diets conspire to make it more difficult for owners. The striped skunk is the most common species kept. The unique aspects of their anatomy, physiology and behaviour make providing health care for them very rewarding.

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