Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cute Little Stinker

There are several feral kitties that depend on me for food and water. Two main ones and some that come by occassionally. Therefore, there is usually kitten chow and water on my front porch. One of the drawbacks to this is that I end up feeding animals I did not intend to feed. Like possums. And skunks. Currently, a family of skunks.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a commontion (with lots of squeaking) on the front porch. I went to the door to see what was going on. There was mama skunk and two young skunks. The youngsters seemed to be bickering over the kitten chow.

If you turn on the porch light and open the door, the skunks (and possums) usually leave quickly with no problem. This night, however, mama and skunklet #1 left right away. Number 2 had a different idea and came over to me. Stopping about 18 inches away, just staring up at me. The cheeky little thing finallly left after a few Shoo!s and a couple of you-need-to-leave-nows.

I think tonight's visitor to the cat bowls was that little stinker. S/he showed very little fear when I came out on the porch and snapped a picture or two. It may become necessary to hire someone to relocate this brazen little fella since s/he is learning not to be afraid of humans.

And because s/he can wipe out two bowls of kitten chow in one sitting!


Kttycat said...

I think skunks are so cute! I'd love to have one as a pet. Just take there stinker out and it might work...LOL

Melissa said...

Yes, skunks will eat as long as there is food and will even make themselves sick gorging on food. Time relocate! I actually researched these as pets but it was too complicated and expensive. In FL you had to have a permit and a vet that knew how to treat them and then finding ones bred for pets were up in $500dollar range. Plus their little hands can work cage doors so they can get out easily.