How to Keep Cats Away from Skunks

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Cats are naturally curious little beings, which is one of the reasons domestic cats should be indoors pretty much at all times. You never know what is lurking outside, especially when it is dark. If you live in an area where skunks run rampant, be careful – they just might harm your cat if they come into contact with each other. It is neither pleasant for you or your kitty to get sprayed with their signature skunk scent!

Here are five ways to keep your cats away from skunks:

1. Make sure your cat stays indoors at all times. This is a surefire way to keep your feline protected from skunks. ¬†While cats can escape, it’s best that you consciously make sure your cat remains inside. Since skunks usually ¬†come out at night, if you must let your cat outside, be sure to keep your cat inside from sunset to sunrise to be on the safe side.

2. Close off any access to any area under your house. Skunks tend to shack up under areas like a house porch or deck – anywhere with extra space. Be sure to close off any holes and openings where skunks may be able to get through. You wouldn’t want them sneak attacking your kitty from underneath the house – or anywhere for that matter!

3. Keep your yard clean. Even if you keep your cat inside most of the time, it’s still possible that a skunk may reside around your home – maybe even in your yard! To prevent the likelihood of that happening, it’s important to keep your yard as tidy as possible. Skunks like to take up shelter in things like cement rubble, piles of wooden logs, and lumber. Be sure to clean up after every construction project to ward off those black and white pests.

4. Make cat food unreachable. Skunks are scavengers, and if they see cat food – or any kind of food – lying around, they will eat it. If you feed your cat outside, either have them eat outside and then bring it indoors right after they finish, or place the food somewhere high that they can’t easily get to. Unlike cats, skunks can’t jump up to high elevations or climb there.

5. Install lights in your yard. Skunks are nocturnal, which is why they mainly come out at night. With lights on, they are more likely to avoid that area – and thus avoid your cat!

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