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Gods_girl22

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Hi. I recently took ownership of Maybell. Her previous owner passed away with cancer. I had absolutely no experience or knowledge on how to raise a skunk, although I am an avid animal lover. She has been with me about 2 weeks now and I am trying to do my best to research and get any and all information on how to take care of this precious baby. It has been a slow go so far. Maybell is getting more comfortable with me but still will not allow me to pick her up. She has started coming to me and trying to crawl on me. She is also playing with me now.
I got very limited information when I took ownership on her as far as age, care etc., I do know she is descented, litter box trained and I was given certain vitamins to give her each night. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Maria

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Maybell is a beauty! Welcome to the forum and don't worry you can learn what you need to take very good care of her. Do you know much about her life before you got her? Not all skunks like to be picked up or held. We have had many who react poorly to being picked up but they will get up on the couch to hang out or get into bed and sleep with us. If she is trying to crawl into your lap, she may be that type of skunk or she may just need more time to bond with you. Skunks don't like major life changes and if she was happy with her prior life, this would be a difficult adjustment for her. Try sitting near her and use tiny bits of food to lure her closer. Put the food where she has to climb on your lap to get to it. She will soon make the connection that it pays to be near you. 
She looks young to me. I would guess maybe 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years old. It helps to see the teeth and actually observe the skunk. It is a good sign if she is already playing with you which also makes think she is younger. Skunks are practical little creatures and if she had a bond with her last human, she will want to bond with you too.

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Gods_girl22

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Thank you so much for your response. Unfortunately, I know very little of her prior home life. I know that he had Maybell since she was a baby. He had left her in a will to a relative, whom was going to release her back into wild... Which is how I ended up with her. I knew very little about skunks, but knew she would not survive since she had been de-scented and left without any defense to predators.
The last few days, Maybell has been crawling on my lap and digging at bottom of my shirt. I think she may be wanting to crawl under my shirt. Is this something that skunks do? I am also curious about introduction to other pets. I have a cat and 2 older Chiuiahias. I have kept them separate, but would like to eventually all live as one.
One last question.. The few sites I have found have much conflicting information on diet. What is the best thing to be feeding her? And other thencat food and chocolate, are there any absolute no-no foods?
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Cindyrads

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Welcome to the forum and thank you for taking her. She may want to get under your shirt or she may just be digging at you because she smells food.

Skunks need about 70 percent of their diet to be insects. Superworms, crickets, mealworms etc. We take ours out to bug in the yard during the warm seasons. Some other good foods are chicken necks, mice, eggs, sardines, cheese, nuts. We let's ours eat berries seasonally. Fruits and vegetables are not good for skunks, especially in large quantities. The best thing is to try and emulate their natural diet as much as possible.
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Letting a domestic skunk out in the wild is never a good idea.  
The best way to introduce them is through a baby gate. They can see and smell each other and if there are no signs of hostility, you can try supervised visits without the gate. Many skunks get along with cats and dogs when raised together so take your time doing the introductions to make sure it is safe for all. 

She may have slept with her previous owner, also some skunks feel comforted by laying on their human's chest. I think they like the feel of the heart beating.

Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in skunks. Most things on the list to NOT feed a dog or cat, should not be fed to a skunk. 
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chris

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I'm happy to hear you saved her! Great advice from Cindy and Maria. Try to keep her diet as natural as possible. It may take some time to convince her that insects and other natural foods are good for her if she was fed dog food and vegetables.
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