I can’t do it anymore

Nope. I can’t.

Because I’m a suck.

When we find the skunks in the kibble house, we have been chasing them away with the hose. Today, I went out to do the watering and saw a couple of skunks. One immediately ran off and I saw it head under the storage house. The bigger one kept on eating. When I sprayed it with the hose, it disappeared behind the cat shelter, so I went around the kibble house to spray it away.

Instead, I saw her run off, but something looked very different. She had something in her mouth, and… a second tail?

It was her babies. She ran off, carrying one in her mouth, while a second one stayed close beside her.

I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t chase off hungry babies!

They’re not hurting the cats, nor being aggressive. They’re digging up the yard for grubs, but that doesn’t bother me. The only real issue is that kibble is bad for them, but not nutritionally. It’s about how their jaws are hinged. But we have hungry mamas that feel safe enough to bring their hungry babies to the kibble house! How can I possible keep chasing them away?

I am such a suck.

The Re-Farmer

8 thoughts on “I can’t do it anymore

  1. Hate to be the stick in the mid here, but remember we’re essentially talking misplaced compassion here. Chasing them off prevents them from becoming dependent upon humans to eat, and as you said the kibble isn’t healthy for them either. Then there’s just the reality that they might be carrying some disease that you don’t want the cats exposed to.

    I certainly wouldn’t advocate blasting them with a firehose, but a little spritz of water to shoo them away is probably the best thing for all concerned, even if they are adorable looking.

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  2. As much as I understand your compassion (because I’ve been know to feed a mama skunk or two in passing, and bebe skunks are seriously cute!!), keep in mind, skunks are the main rabies carriers here.
    So chasing them off is probably the best plan.

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