Sorry I haven't replied to everyone yet! I've been swamped with show preparations.
Scarlette, yes, they are similar to owning cats. But, they are also similar to owning dogs. Confusing, I know. You cannot, under any circumstances, keep them caged. When I'm not home, they usually sleep anyway, plus you would have your home skunk proofed. As babies, we do use a "safe room", usually a bathroom. After they master the litter box, we introduce them to one room at a time. This assures that they know where the litter boxes are (yes, you would need more than one), and that they aren't overwhelmed with their surroundings. Skunks can bite. Some are just nippy, but these are usually the ones that are rescues and/or the ones that were not taught properly as babies. You just have to know how to nip it in the bud when it starts.
I'm in Florida too! Very easy to get them here. In Michigan you would get a permit from your Fish and Wildlife Department. But, you would also need to get one from a breeder within the state, and he doesn't have breeding stock right now. But he should within the next couple of years.
Tyguy, he's something else, isn't he?? Yes, he'll eventually be back to his normal weight and color, but it is going to be a very long road. And, his health will be forever compromised.
Ok, back to the grind. Only 12 days left until show time!!!