what do you feed your pet skunk? do they have skunk food? do they keep you home free from bugs? thanks. very interesting.
If this writer was a skunk, I'd write about all of the foods I'd WANT to eat, but not much about the foods I'd NEED to eat. Pet skunks have the same problem of overeating just as we do. Fortunately for the pet skunk, the owner is in control of the dietary choices, otherwise an overweight skunk risks dying an early death just like an overweight person.
Caring for a pet skunk requires providing a healthy, varied diet of a high-quality dry dog food, calcium-rich foods, healthy grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Add flax seed oil and taurine to a skunk's diet with information from a wildlife caregiver and rehabilitator in this free video on skunks.
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A skunk can be a costly pet, especially the first year. Skunk kits cost between $150 and $500, and spay or neuter can cost up to $250. Add to that the costs for food, cage(s), litter boxes, bed(s), toys, daily diet supplements, and other costs.Skunks are omnivores, and will eat almost anything. In the wild they eat mainly insects, worms, fruits, berries, nuts, and some plants. Skunks dig up ground-nesting bees and eat almost everything they find in the nest. Opportunistic hunters, the skunk will catch mice, snakes, toads, and other small amphibians and mammals they come across. Skunks also eat dead animals and remains left by foxes, coyotes, wolves, etc. Pet skunks can be very persistent in finding food; doors, drawers, or shelves won't stop a skunk from reaching a tasty morsel if the skunk really wants it.Wild skunks come out in the evening and early morning hours usually resting at night and sleeping during the day. In the winter and early spring skunks may be seen out of their dens at almost any time of day, especially before and after long periods of snow cover or prolonged cold weather. Skunks do not hibernate in winter; they do sleep more but will come out of the den to forage for food when they are not . Pet skunks can be easily trained to be up in the daytime and sleep at night; they usually retain some of the wild traits of sleeping heavy on cold snowy nights and roaming the house when it warms outside.Skunks will dig at corners, closed doors, or anywhere they smell food. They can be very persistant and will ruin carpet, wallpaper, painted surfaces, etc.Skunks spend most of their time outside the den foraging for food. They may frequent good feeding spots over their entire life and females may even train their offspring where these places are. Pet skunks should be very active at feeding times (the signs of a healthy skunk) and less active afterward (the sign that they are getting a proper diet). If a skunk regularly ignores mealtimes consider decreasing the amount of food given each day; if a skunk gobbles down everything at every meal and stays up for several hours looking for more you probably need to increase the amount or look at the balance of nutrients the skunk is getting.Correctly feeding pet skunks is usually the biggest problem for pet owners. Many people feed skunks cat food, but cat food is too fatty and contains too much protein. Skunks quickly become obese on . As such a top quality, grain free, is better (top quality dog foods will not contain BHA, BHT, by-products, corn gluten meal, or brewers rice).