SK: Loss of appetite in pet skunk

Steve Wuerch sewuerch at
Wed Jan 23 13:46:26 PST 2013

Thanks for you encouragement.  The very cold weather in the Willamette 
Valley has finally ended and Bradley ate a good breakfast this morning.  
Neither Milton nor Parker ever stopped eating completely as did 
Bradley.  In fact, the only other time I had a skunk stop eating when 
when he was sick and he died a couple days later.   My skunks slow down 
their eating in the winter, but I have never had a healthy skunk stop 
eating completely.  This, along with information given on a certain 
website which indicates that pet skunks should eat everyday regardless, 
my concern was quite high.  Your encouragement along with many others is 
really greatly appreciated.

Steve Wuerch

On 1/23/2013 11:13 AM, Debbie Seaman wrote:
> Every winter my skunks really slow down on their food consumption. I'm sure you'll notice a return of the ravenous appetite when the weather warms up. Get him some super or meal worms if you're concerned with his protein, these are never turned down at my house.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 19, 2013, at 6:49 PM, Steve Wuerch <sewuerch at> wrote:
>> Hi Linda,
>> Thank you so much for your input.  Bradley (and Parker) was born last April and so is less than a year old.  All three skunks are neutered male skunks obtained from Ruby Fur Farm in New Sharon, Iowa.  Bradley is getting some protein in the lamb and rice formula but he is not eating his vegetables, even with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray as recommended by SkunkHaven.   I will try cheese for dinner tonight.  I will also check his teeth, but it seems that vegetables would be easier to eat than what he is eating.
>> You mentioned that you give the cheese when your skunks do not feel like eating much.  This is very reassuring to me such you have apparently faced this problem before.  Bradley IS eating, but not very much.  You mentioned also the use of a vitamin B injection.  Is there a certain type of vitamin B (e.g., B6, B12, ...) that I could recommend to Dr. Paradis if I feel that this becomes necessary?
>> Thanks again.  By the way, how many skunks do you have?
>> Steve Wuerch
>> On 1/19/2013 3:50 PM, LITTLEDARLIN713 at wrote:
>>> Steve, you didn't say how old Bradley is.  I'm not a vet and would be
>>> worried if my skunk decided not to eat.  Does he have a favorite food,  other
>>> than cookies?  He needs protein with other good food.  Cheese is  loved by my
>>> skunkies when they don't feel like eating much.
>>>   Skunks can hide their illnesses very well, sometimes to the point of being
>>> to late to help them.
>>>   Have you, can you, look at his teeth?   He might have a problem  in his
>>> mouth that you can't see.
>>>   If he doesn't eat soon, I would take him to the vet.  A shot of  vitamin B
>>> helps start the appetite again.  You don't want him to get  dehydrated, or
>>> fatty liver from not eating.
>>> I'm sorry I'm not much help but maybe others on this list can help  you.
>>>   Linda
>>>             In a message dated 1/19/2013 4:36:35 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>>>             sewuerch at writes:
>>> I have  three pet skunks -- Milton, Bradley, and Parker -- that are very
>>> important  to me.  During the past week Bradley has not had much of an
>>> appetite.  All three sleep in my bedroom with current locations of  under
>>> my bed (Parker), in one of my closets (Bradley), and with me in bed
>>> (Milton).  When I get up in the morning, Milton climbs down the  "doggy
>>> stair case" next to be bed and the other come out  from their  sleeping
>>> places.  It has been quite cold here (Salem, Oregon) for the  past week
>>> and, unlike the rest of my house, I do not heat my  bedroom.  All three
>>> skunks run to the kitchen where I prepare their  breakfasts.  However,
>>> even though Bradley is perfectly healthy and  stomps and runs a lot and
>>> even comes to the kitchen for breakfast, he  simply runs away when I put
>>> his food bowl in front of him.  This has  been going on for several days
>>> now. According to SkunkHaven, I need to  make sure that he eats every
>>> day.  I am able to get him to eat a 2-3  Nilla Vanilla Wafers each day
>>> and some Purina Lamb and Rice Formula which  is enough to supply his
>>> caloric needs but not necessarily his nutritional  needs.  I am convinced
>>> that he is not sick since he is active and  plays with both me and the
>>> other skunks.  He is just not interested  in eating (which as we know is
>>> unusual for a skunk).
>>> I would like  some one to comment on this situation.  Is there a problem
>>> or will he  just grow out of it?  Could it be a result of the cold
>>> bedroom even  though he has blankets?   I would take Bradley to Dr.
>>> Paradis  (his vet) but he is not a skunk specialist and I am certain that
>>> he could  give me no advice on a skunk that acts perfectly-healthy.  I
>>> would  really appreciate any advice that I could get on this matter.
>>> Steve  Wuerch
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