Anti Icky Poo never ceases to amaze us with its many inventive uses. It’s Spring and this time of year our skunk friends are very active, and animals and people can get sprayed. As FOS: Friends of Skunks – we want to help you get skunk spray out of cat fur, clothing, and make you understand and love skunks as much as we do who happen to have interesting commonalities with cats.
Removing Skunk musk with Anti Icky Poo to de-skunk cats, dogs, people, clothing and outdoor objects
The cat might not have actually been sprayed by the skunk because these two species tend to get along very well. Cats are usually too smart to provoke a skunk. Instead, kitty probably rubbed up against a plant or bush that the skunk sprayed during a mating ritual to appear sexy and to mark territory (sound familiar?).
- Soaking a cat or dog in tomato juice is outdated and it will not work… you’ll have a cat that smells of rotting tomatoes and skunk spray. Also, DO NOT PRE-RINSE THE CAT with water! Rinsing with water spreads the oily skunk spray deeper into fur. You need something to de-grease and that’s where Anti Icky Poo comes in.
- Drench/soak a large rag with Anti Icky Poo so that it’s very wet. Wipe down the cat (or dog) and allow to dry. Of you could take the cat’s brush which you’ve soaked in Anti Icky Poo then brush it through the fur. With either method you’ll re-apply in 2 hours. This should take care of it, if not, apply a third time. Rinse with another water-soaked rag or a fresh brush to finish the treatment. Discard the rags and brushes. Our unscented Anti Icky Poo is perfect because fragrance can be irritating to skin, lungs, and eyes.
- If it’s you who got skunked, soak your clothes in the washing machine with at least a ½ cup of Anti Icky Poo mixed with cold or warm water for a few hours or overnight. After you soak and rinse wash the clothes with clothe soap and ¼ cup more of Anti Icky Poo. Repeat if needed. You can wash your hair with Anti Icky Poo or add some to shampoo.
- If there is skunk scent on outdoor planters etc. spray the object every few hours over the course of a day. Repeat the next day as needed.
How do you know if you are about to be “skunked?”
The skunk will turn its back towards you and simultaneously turn his head to look over his shoulder so he can see you (for good aim!) You might see red anal scent glands depending upon how light it is. This is how they warn you and if the threat doesn’t halt immediately, with excellent aim and propulsion of up to 10 feet – BAM! – you’ve been skunked!
Cats and Skunks have a lot in common but also have some big differences
- Skunks are very shy and very passive. Like cats, they are curious.
- They don’t seek to spray anyone and only do so when provoked or frightened and as truly a last resort if they fear they will be killed. Heed their warning and back off.
- As solitary animals they prefer peacefully going about the business which is keeping your garden free of small rodents – some cats are like this.
- Baby skunks are called kits or kittens. Baby cats are called kittens.
- Both species give birth to 4 – 6 kittens.
- Both species are very curious.
- Both species have excellent hygiene.
- Skunks are most active at dusk and dawn. Is it coincidence that your cat wants to eat at dusk and dawn too and run around like a crazy person?
- Skunks are insectivores. Cats are carnivores. Skunks prefer insects but will eat small rodents.
- Both species can suffer from kidney failure from too much protein in the form of animal protein (don’t leave cat food outside!)
- Skunk fur feels like dog fur or of a few long-haired cats with dense fur.
- Cats have excellent vision. Skunks do not, they are near sighted. But both see better at night than we do.
- Skunks and cats get along well. They can often be seen sharing a food bowl. They are often spotted resting next to each other or roaming together.
- Mating season is February and March for both species. During those months skunks give off mate attracting scent and cats make a lot of noise!
- Skunk kits are born in Spring the same as feline kitten season.
- Skunks eat worms and grub worms in your soil they very same insects which eat your greens and vegetables.
- Skunks are a healthy garden’s friend who come out to visit and hunt at dawn and dusk.
- If you are lucky you might see a mama skunk with babies in Spring. After the kits are grown, they leave their mother to strike out on their own, again, as solitary animals establishing their own territory.
- If you are kind and well known to your neighborhood skunk you might be rewarded with her showing off to you her latest brood of kits in Spring! My neighborhood skunk, known as Skunkie, has introduced us to many generations of her babies. She has proudly come down our driveway or stood in front of the house and shown them to us!
This video shows us a mama skunk and her adorable kittens approaching a man who stopped his bicycle to watch and video them. He’s perfectly respectful and quiet therefore there is no spraying of skunk musk proving that skunks would rather not spray. Turn up the sound so you can hear their adorable squeaks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WINFNvPjbG4