Something different. Meet my new baby Skunk

Something different. Meet my new baby Skunk

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condor

8,767 posts

215 months

Sunday 23rd May
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Can you describe the smell Gretchen? as I've no idea what a skunk smells like.

NMNeil

2,142 posts

17 months

Sunday 23rd May
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Digger said:
Why tomato juice? pure guess is its alkaline, but just a guess! smile
No idea, but skunks are everywhere here, and one of the locals suggested it the first time one of my cats got sprayed. Tried it and it worked, never questioned why or how.

ali_kat

31,775 posts

188 months

Sunday 23rd May
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Gretchen said:
It’s a bit of a myth regarding Tomato Juice.

This little one just emitted a stink on me. To be honest I actually liked it! Weird as that sounds. I suffer migraines and can tell pretty much immediately if a scent will trigger one. His smell almost relaxed me. Maybe I’ve found the cute idea

Same! Scent is a huge trigger for me
scratchchin

Gretchen

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17,575 posts

183 months

Monday 24th May
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ali_kat said:
Same! Scent is a huge trigger for me
scratchchin
I did joke that I’d make billions if I’d found the cure for migraines. Imagine the pitch on Dragon’s Den rofl

We’ve been building our new pen over the weekend. Made good progress with just the left side to put up now, get the roofing on and sort electrics. Then I’m moving in. I’m already furnishing it hehe The removable Perspex sliding screens are brilliant. Will keep winds out and nice and warm in winter. This will also be used for foster cats/ferals through my continued work with CPL.

Reception area



If anyone wants to come for afternoon tea



We need to cut in to the Laurel Hedge slightly so waiting for a dry evening to get the right side pen up but so far so good.



ali_kat

31,775 posts

188 months

Wednesday 26th May
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You would & omfg yes!!!!

dudleybloke

16,608 posts

153 months

Wednesday 26th May
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How long till their eyes open?

Gretchen

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17,575 posts

183 months

Wednesday 26th May
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We finished the pen build tonight after cutting out part of the hedge. Unfortunately too dark to take photos. Need to get electrics wired in and some roofing on but it’s up and we are very happy with it.

dudleybloke said:
How long till their eyes open?
Should be any day now. Will update with pics. They’re growing fast and fluffing up nicely.

Wiccan of Darkness

1,712 posts

50 months

Wednesday 26th May
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Bloody hell, only just discovered this thread, Gretchen you're a legend!!!

Firstly, welcome to the weird animal owners club. Luckily, you don't need a DWA licence for skunks.

Skunk smell is from a type of chemical known as a mercaptan (biological) or a thiol (chemistry) which is the same as an alcohol group -OH but the oxygen is replaced with a sulphur, so it's R-SH (organic group, sulphur and hydrogen)

They are easily oxidised, so any oxidising agent will get rid of the smell. That's bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or potassium permanganate, the peroxide and permanganate you can buy from a chemists.

You mentioned the skunk spray and migraines, have you had the same effect with other thiol compounds? These include (but not limited to) natural gas (methanethiol (previously called methyl mercaptan) is the agent used to give natural gas its smell) rotten onions and garlic. Other stuff gives off thiols as part of combustion, including burning hair and vulcanised rubber. The sulphur compounds in cabbages also decompose to thiols, and rotten cabbage is worse than rotten onions.

Skunk is a sort of merry mix of gas, rotten onions, manky cabbage, wet, burning hair and a bit of acrid burning tyre.

The good news is a direct hit from a skunk is so easy to manage, a warm bath with some potassium permanganate will get rid of the smell in a few minutes. The downside is it stains the skin bright purple, so you'll look like a bruise for a few weeks. It's a good conversation starter.

Personally, I'd go for the peroxide. Bright purple skin doesn't suit me.

dudleybloke

16,608 posts

153 months

Wednesday 26th May
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I would love one if I had the room and more importantly, time for one.
I handled the de-scented one at West mids safari park a few years back and it was very friendly and calm and loved attention.

Oilchange

7,150 posts

227 months

Wednesday 26th May
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What do they eat?

Gretchen

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17,575 posts

183 months

Thursday 27th May
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Wiccan of Darkness said:
Bloody hell, only just discovered this thread, Gretchen you're a legend!!!

Firstly, welcome to the weird animal owners club. Luckily, you don't need a DWA licence for skunks.

Skunk smell is from a type of chemical known as a mercaptan (biological) or a thiol (chemistry) which is the same as an alcohol group -OH but the oxygen is replaced with a sulphur, so it's R-SH (organic group, sulphur and hydrogen)

They are easily oxidised, so any oxidising agent will get rid of the smell. That's bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or potassium permanganate, the peroxide and permanganate you can buy from a chemists.

You mentioned the skunk spray and migraines, have you had the same effect with other thiol compounds? These include (but not limited to) natural gas (methanethiol (previously called methyl mercaptan) is the agent used to give natural gas its smell) rotten onions and garlic. Other stuff gives off thiols as part of combustion, including burning hair and vulcanised rubber. The sulphur compounds in cabbages also decompose to thiols, and rotten cabbage is worse than rotten onions.

Skunk is a sort of merry mix of gas, rotten onions, manky cabbage, wet, burning hair and a bit of acrid burning tyre.

The good news is a direct hit from a skunk is so easy to manage, a warm bath with some potassium permanganate will get rid of the smell in a few minutes. The downside is it stains the skin bright purple, so you'll look like a bruise for a few weeks. It's a good conversation starter.

Personally, I'd go for the peroxide. Bright purple skin doesn't suit me.
bounce I’ve always been a weird animal owner wink

Or do you mean weird animals? That too. Have I told you about the time I had Crabs at 8 years old?

Thank you for this information. I’ve never had an issue with any of the scents you mention. Triggers have been more often from compressed gasses in particular manufactured air fresheners and some perfumes.

Do you or have you ever had Skunks? It would be great to hear more ‘tails’ smile


Took a quick pic of the pen this morning.


Gretchen

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17,575 posts

183 months

Thursday 27th May
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Oilchange said:
What do they eat?
They’ll eat anything they can get their claws into!! But they shouldn’t. Tinks loves Sugar Snap Peas, most veg (Carrots, Broccoli, Cauli, red peppers etc etc) Nuts, grain free dog meat, meat, also added calcium powder etc etc. She gets Locusts, Crickets, Morio Worms usually put in a dig box for enrichment. When they move in to the outdoor pen (will still live in house free roaming supervised when we are home) they will have logs and bark and other natural things where we can hide insects. They need to eat frequently (not like a cat or dog who could be left to skip a meal) else they can suffer seizures from low blood sugar levels/lack of nutrients/vitamins.

Would love more input from WoD if you have anything to add? Can’t have too much advice or information especially when they aren’t exactly a common place household pet.

I’d love a Coatimundi, a Racoon Dog and maybe an Armadillo but unfortunately more animals are being added to the invasive species list. And although you no longer or don’t need a DWA to own them it’s now illegal to breed in the U.K. so unless there’s a current owner who needs to find a home it’s doubtful I’ll ever have one. Plus Armadillos tend to have one baby and aren’t easy to breed! frown


Oilchange

7,150 posts

227 months

Thursday 27th May
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Interesting. Wonder how my cat would react to sharing a food bowl with one...

Gretchen

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17,575 posts

183 months

Thursday 27th May
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Oilchange said:
Interesting. Wonder how my cat would react to sharing a food bowl with one...
One will probably prevail over the other but it’s not unknown. We don’t feed cat food however. I had been planning on changing my cats to a raw diet but haven’t just yet so maybe one day...

Here’s Mum tonight and a few of Kits - my baby girl did a stink leak on me and I couldn’t stop smelling my hand. Other half was disgusted hehe





My baby girl






NMNeil

2,142 posts

17 months

Thursday 27th May
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Oilchange said:
What do they eat?
Unfortunately for them, they have a habit of raiding beehives.

Gretchen

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17,575 posts

183 months

Monday 31st May
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Had a busy weekend working on other half’s boat and visited an Exotic Pet Refuge where I fell in love with a Coati named Gareth. I’ve always loved these but alas due to a ban on breeding I’ll never have a Gareth of my own.





In the meantime back in the den one of the boys is the first to open his eyes. He’s very very chilled (as are the other two boys), my little madam is still practising her stomping. Typical.





Other half has been suggesting a male from another litter (even on a swap basis) but I was reluctant. The logistics of living on a boat, seven cats, a tortoise, a dog... etc. I am tempted though so will see if there are any late litters or if someone pulls out of a current reservation. Maybe.


Gretchen

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17,575 posts

183 months

Monday 7th June
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Eyes open and tails fluffed up now. They’re starting to venture out of the next box independently too.






ali_kat

31,775 posts

188 months

Tuesday 8th June
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love

BadBull

1,924 posts

39 months

Friday 11th June
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Fantastic.

Gretchen

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17,575 posts

183 months

Sunday 13th June
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Babies love toes