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Feb 12, 2007

"He only has a very faint skunk scent"—I'll bet

Sender-inner Karla's Friend's Aunt's Cousin took these pics. ;) Apparently, this lil' skunk was found on the side of the road, orphaned, it's mother roadkill. After bringing the skunk home, they placed him in the barn with a mother cat and kittens. Apparently, Lil' McSkunkersons is easy to pick up and pet, and "only has a very faint skunk scent".


Someone git the Lysol

One question: what will happen when the skunk gets a little older (and stinkier!?)

Whoever smelt it, dealt it

Check out this kitteh, he's all: "I can't even focus muh eyeballs much less deal with this OUTRAGEOUS McSkunkersons!"


Mom's all: "whuh?"

An adoptive McSkunkersons Mother's work is never done

Lovely work, Karla ;)

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Hmm...I don't think full grown skunks are too different in size from cats right? So I think it'll work out just fine! ^_^
Love the look on mom cat's face: Yes, these are my babies, what about it?

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:28 PM

one o' these things is not like the other!! *singsong*

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:28 PM

Cute! I'm so glad they gave the baby stinky a home. They can have him descented when he's older. Cute!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:29 PM

I bet this is how Pepe Le Pew got started. I wonder when Mr. McSkunky will get his French accent?

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:29 PM

Something is stinky around here!!!

I love the 2 different species combo!


 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:31 PM

Heh, Caitlin, that's exactly what I was thinking...

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:33 PM

So cute! I've heard skunks make nice pets.

tiny bubbles
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:33 PM

Veddy cute. Little Skunky here will have a lot more than a "faint" skunk scent when he gets older, though. Unless they have him descented.

I love mixing species. I'd love to try a skunk for a pet.

A thinker
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:34 PM

I think that McSkunkersons is giving that kitteh a tummy-snorgle...

tiny bubbles
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:35 PM

I love how that mother cat is so regal and haughty. "Yes? Is there something wrong?"

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:36 PM

Disappoving mama cat!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:38 PM

So cute!!!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:40 PM

That black and white one must have his good looks from his dad :)

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:41 PM

Cutest kittens! Cutest skunklet! I can die now!!!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:41 PM

OH! I think this explains Pepe Le Pue's facination with the cute kitty he's always chasing! LOL

Renee in Texas
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:45 PM

So cute. Animals take care of one another. Thanks for saving the baby skunk.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:46 PM

So smoochable. I just want to cuddle them all.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:49 PM

They can get the skunk's scent gland removed- I hope they will as I have heard they make wonderful pets if domesticated.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 01:56 PM

This story made me so happy! Sweet lil' baby skunk :)

Tracy M.
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:02 PM

Someday, when I get a place that allows it, I'll get a somewhat unusual pet of one kind or another. A de-scented (properly with a hyphen) skunk would be high on my list.

Deckard Canine
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:04 PM

I particularly like how the lil skunklet is making biscuits on mamacat's tummy...soooo happppeeeee.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:13 PM

Call the undertaker, 'cuz I am DED.

Lurrrve the kitteh/skunklet wrassling action. Dying for a COXCU of teeny skunkal pawsitude in Pic 4. And...Whisky Tango...? Interspecies Snorgling? Is that new? OMG!!!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:18 PM

When I was small and skunks were still legal as pets where I lived, we had a skunk. They tend to overeat and develop a shape like a striped avocado. She are very cute with how she trundled down the hallway. She liked to curl up on my chest. I miss my "Flower."

martha in mobile
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:33 PM

i bet it would be cool to have a pet skunk.... it would make an interesting pet. i just wanna pick him up and snorgle him!!!!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:34 PM

Baby skunks, I have always thought, are the epitome of cuteness. *le sigh*

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:39 PM

Mama Cat: [in haughty voice] Yes, if you must know. He is adopted.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:39 PM

So this is how they started that cartoon....PEPE LePew

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:42 PM

Wonderful story/photos!

LOVE the photo of baby skunk on kitty's tummy.

I'm of the opinion that unless a skunk sprays for protection or is (gulp)killed by a vehicle, they are generally "stink free".

I've encountered skunks in my yard, the wood pile, literally standing next to my dog while he sniffed a bush, yet have never "smelled" them in those instances.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:43 PM

I dunno, I've always thought most minty and catnippy plants smell like skunk, so maybe mama kitty thinks it's a nice smell. :)

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:44 PM

Skunk still smell (a little) after the operation but they make wonderful pet just like cats, so this could make up for it!
My mom had one when i was a kid so i know for sure :)

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:45 PM

Somebody already beat me to the Pepe le Pew reference, but anyway skunks are pretty cool little thingys and I understand they are gentle and friendly by nature.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:54 PM

Aiiiieeee!!! (head asplodes)Love the markings on the skunklet - and mama cat rocks for taking him in!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 02:57 PM

I wonder if cat milk has the proper nutrients for a baby skunk. Cute anyways. :)

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 03:04 PM



(almost as much as I love CapsLock!!)

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 03:07 PM

Gawd, that is too funny! Maybe that's why Pepe LePew imprinted on kittehs!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 03:23 PM

That mom cat is a milf (if I were a cat).

she's a hottie.

P. Erasmus
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 03:33 PM

What a lovely family. Bebeh skunk got lucky!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 03:39 PM

When I was younger (like 15) I worked at a science for kids museum over a summer. We had a pet skunk and she was AMAZING. Super friendly, very snorgly and snugglable. She ate mealworms and veggies, and the kids loved her. She had her scent sacs removed surgically, and the oils basically oozed out of her...she always smells *faintly* skunk-like and if it got strong we just bathed her. She LOVED baths.

Most fun I ever had at a job in my life. It's been all downhill from there.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 03:42 PM

Skunks can be de-scented and make really nice pets. Check out Hobkin, the little brown house-skunk:


 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 03:46 PM

I just finished a week of taking care of a friend's cats, including putting food out for two ferals who won't come within 50' of anybody. Sometimes yesterday's food dish smelled pretty darn funky. Skunks may be hibernating now, so maybe it's a fox; I know there are gray foxes in the area. And I really hope little orphan Pepe doesn't get scared by something, or he could suddenly be a less than pleasant houseguest. But a very cute one.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 03:54 PM

After the polar bear's "Ehn! Ehn! Ehn!", this mother cat's "Whuh?" is second funniest AE = Animal Exclamation. lol

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 04:15 PM

I wish skunks were legal to own in Texas...*sigh* I've always wanted a skunkie of my verra own!


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 04:22 PM

Awww, that is just the cutest little skunker!!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 04:27 PM

A skunk can be "descented"! My brother had a skunk named Fremont many years ago in San Antonio. It liked quiet dark places and lived in a closet. It sat on his shoulder and followed him and his son around. It lived for many years... but.... it was still a wild animal and bit people.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 04:37 PM

That's a great story all around, and an excellent way to build up to the InterSnorg!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 04:41 PM

Mom's face:"Its a living!"

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 05:03 PM

Brava, Mama Kitty, for taking in that little orphink! I want all of them to come live with me. . . PS--Please spay mama and the babies for their own goods. . .

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 05:04 PM

I love skunk smell. Reminds me of my childhood driving all over North and South Dakota visitng my brothers at their Boy Scout Jamborees.
Last summer I saw a skunk in the wild for the first time. We locked eyes. It was cool. My hubby said it was my spirit animal.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 05:10 PM

Skunks DO make great pets, I've had several and even raised a couple of litters. (with cats & Great Danes). They are usually taken from their Moms a little early (can be descented within days of birth) because she will teach them to be wild..they ARE NOT domesticated animals. Water gun good, hand bad.

They do bond quickly with their families and other animals but don't do well if re-adopted out. Anyone thinking of getting one should do the research and be sure they want one.

They are playful and intelligent and very affectionate. They also clean themselves like cats and wabbits

They do well on cat food and if given several small meals a day they can become daytimers and won't gain too much weight. Great link Sheenanana, Hobkin is too Qte. They do need protein. Grubs and grasshoppers are part of their natural diet ...take them gardening in the spring. They'll love the digging and finding grub gold.

Mine also loved cucumbers and peas.

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 05:33 PM

This is incredible. A skunkie and kittie breastfed by the same mommy...

This stuff should go on National Geographics!

Great Work!

 |  Feb 12, 2007 at 06:08 PM

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