Do you smell that? Could it be your neighbor's pet? Michigan is one of only 17 states in the country that allow skunks as legal pets.

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Skunks: A Good Pet or a Smelly Mess?

For more than 60 years, skunks have undergone domestication to be the fun-loving,  mischief-makers that enthusiasts are welcoming into their homes. Skunks like to dig into things and they should be provided with a special play area. They like to play and cuddle. They can live with other animals.

Skunks are foodies too. They have a great appetite and eat foods like vegetables, fruits, dairy, yogurt,  and eggs. They also eat insects, fish, and poultry. Skunks require constant access to a dish of fresh water.

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What Regulations Are Required For A Pet Skunk In Michigan?

You cannot import the skunks outside the state. You would also need to get the requisite permit to own a skunk as a pet in Michigan. Having a veterinarian that is knowledgeable about skunks is required. They need annual check-ups.

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Photo by Elisa Stone on Unsplash
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Why Do Skunks Spray?

Skunks spray as a form of protection against predators such as coyotes, wolves, badgers, and any other natural predator. Sometimes humans can be perceived as predators and a skunk will spray their musky odor in an attempt to deter a person. Baby skunks are de-scented at an early age. Male skunks are de-scented at 3-4 months old, and females at 4-6 months old. It is a simple procedure much like spaying or neutering.

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Photo by Bryan Padron on Unsplash
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What Other States Allow Pet Skunks?

New Jersey, New Mexico, West Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Kentucky, Idaho, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio, Indiana, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, & Wyoming.

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