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andrew ross

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So we are just wondering if our pooters is over weight!! Lol he has fat rolls!!,😂😂😂 and idk if skunks are always this big but pooty is quite large lol...

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Maria

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Yes, he is overweight. What a shame, he looks like such a sweet boy! Are you near south or central Florida? Maybe there are experienced skunk owners near you who could help you with his diet? With skunks, it has to be both the right food and the right portion or obesity is the result. It is actually hard to overfeed a young skunk because they grow so fast in the first year so I am guessing he is getting too much of inappropriate foods (carbs) for a skunk. It is much easier to overfeed an adult skunk because their portions are almost unbelievably small.

He doesn't look like a large skunk, just fat. An average male puts on about a lb a month until they are 8 lbs then it slows down. Less for a small male. I am guessing he is at least 10 lbs. FYI, brown males have health challenges the black and whites don't so you want to get him back on track.

Have the read the posts on the Mephitis Advocate? I can answer any diet questions you may have.
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andrew ross

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Hello maria, we are in need of help, we have tried to get pooty to lose weight and he has lost a little bit after getting more active this spring but he is still huge, we really need help with his diet, well specifically getting my wife to realize the importance of feeding him right for his own health and well being, what I need is for someone respected like you, maria, to give us a feeding schedule, everything I have tried she still gives him surgery treats and just fills his bowl when it's low, she won't listen to me when I tell her how we need to feed him and how much and when and what foods... it is very frustrating to see pooty so huge, I have more questions, he is getting feisty, some days he won't even let me touch him he stomps and will bite if i try to pick him up or pet him, most days he is his normal lovey dovey self he loves to b picked up and cuddle an b scratched and he sleeps with me some nights for several hours until he wakes an has to pee an wakes me up to let him down to the floor....he is not fixed...the days when he is mean to me he is the opposite with my wife but if i stay around them he will eventually try to bite her as well...is this because he is not fixed and is maturing? Is the feistyness towards me because I'm male? Or the lack of towards her because she supplies the sugar? I do my best to keep her from The treat giving but she claims he withdrawals from the sugar and she feels bad... and I think he does... he is up and around more without I think he searches for sugar...anyhow I could really use your advice Maria I need someone respected in the skunk world to tell my wife how to feed our pooty he is way to fat and she refuses to listen to me when I tell her how he needs to b fed she gets pissed and thinks it won't hurt him and that its just fine to feed him until he is 20 pound skunk....which I am afraid he is, I haven't weighed him, and I also read that a vet won't fix him until he is at a healthy weight. We give him taste of the wild dog food or an equivilant grain/dye free dogfood...also dried and live mealworms as close to 50% as I can get also livecrickets i feed my chameleons and frogs and geckos crickets so I order them by the 10,000...ihe also likes almonds and cashews and peanuts so I get to give them as treats along with canalope and watermelon, he likes blueberry and sometimes raspberrys and we kno to never give him grapes .. he likes pineapple also.. we also give him hemp oil everyday and cbd oil occasionally which he likes and licks right up....he was born may 9, 2018. So he is almost a year old...
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You can't exercise a skunk down to normal size as the adults usually sleep 20 or more hours per day.  You have to feed the correct diet (species appropriate) at the right portion and the weight will come off. There is no right portion for the wrong food. If she believes she is showing affection by fattening the skunk up, she is very wrong. It is animal abuse to do that. If you cannot prevent it then she should not be allowed to feed him or any other animal.  I can promise you any skunk who is obese this young has damaged bones. The rear legs become bowed by the excessive weight while the skunk was still growing. This cannot be corrected ever!  You won't see the damage unless he loses the weight or on x-rays. I can promise you if he makes it to his senior years he will suffer from bone and joint issues. You will have the option of medicating him or watching him suffer.

Please read my posts on Brody and see what someone did to him in the name of love. He is a trim, happy fellow now but no one can fix the damage to his body.  Same with our Suki who came to us at age 1 so grossly obese it took over a year to get her down to normal.  

Regarding the personality issues, un-neutered males can be aggressive around mating season. You really never see the true personality of a fat skunk until the weight comes off. 

Reread all posts on the Mephitis Advocate regarding diet and portion sizes, then do the following:

1)  Throw out whatever bowl he is being fed in and buy 6" paper plates or a tiny ferret bowl.
2)  Feed 2 meals per day and no snacks.  One meal will be feeder insects (2 TBS) the other will be approximately 1.5 oz of freeze dried raw food.
3)  Do not feed any processed food ever. If humans wish to poison themselves on garbage, it is their choice and they will pay the consequences. Pets deserve appropriate portions of nutrient dense foods that meet their nutritional needs.
4)  Weigh the skunk weekly and keep a written log. If he loses too fast, increase the portion slightly. If he is not losing,  decrease slightly.  Between a pound and 1.5 pounds per month is a safe weight loss for the skunk.
5)  No excuses! This has never failed to work.  Not only does it work, the skunk is not starving as they eat nutrient dense food. Yes, he may be cranky for a few days while he adjusts.  He will quickly feel much better as the pounds come off. 
6)  After 2 months of confirmed weight loss, you can introduce a wider variety of species appropriate foods at the right portions.
7)  Continue to keep a log of his weight monthly for life. If he starts to gain, you will be the first to know and can make an adjustment.

This is as simplified as I can make it. You have to do the rest or he is doomed. I can't tell you how bad you both will feel if you lose him early and have to live knowing it was totally preventable. It really hurts when they die! Even when they are old and you know it is time to let them go. I can't imagine how hard it would be to live with a death caused by overfeeding.


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andrew ross

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Thank you Maria this is exactly what we needed, I am curious about the freeze dried food tho, I tried several brands of the freeze dried meat foods at the local specialty pet stores and pooty flat out refused them every time, how can i get him to like it without starving him? I tried for a few days each time and this was after cutting him off of treats as much as possible (I can only police what he eats when I am home with him) and yes Maria I tell her all about how he will suffer as a result of miss-feeding and I get blown off or bitched at I am not sure why she gets offended all I am trying to do is help pooty get healthy I would think if she loves him she would only want that as well.
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Stella and Chewys or Primal are good choices. It is not uncommon for a skunk to go on a hunger strike when switched to a proper diet. An obese skunk should not go more than a day and a half without any food. You can syringe one meal a day of Carnivore Care or do 2 insect meals for the first week or so. He won't starve.
Sometimes dropping to 1 larger meal works best as it gets them up and moving.
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