oh I am in distress. LOL. I just went out and can't see it. I shut the bedroom doors. At first I was hysterical inside. All I could think of was the smell. I grabbed my cat and came into the office. What am I to do?
Tom is coming home. He is not happy. He doesn't seem to get it will ruin the house. He wants it out. I just know he will confront it and get it upset.
What if it is under my bed? Oh this is so bad. Tom said they are nocturnal. I wonder if it has been asleep in here and I woke it up. What if it has rabies and is confused.
What if it lets go, we will have to move. Oh I am not happy. There are 1000 places for it to tuck into. Do you think one of my cats will find it? Should I get them all inside and let them lose to find it? Or will that upset it?
are you sure it is a skunk? also, I just googled and it said they're attracted to trash. did he come thru your kitchen and is your trashcan nearby. If yes, then it could be assumed he's hungry, in which case, Tom can lure him out with some smelly cat food. Place just outside entrance to lure him out.
Oh this is not funny. this is one of my fears as creatures roam in my area and I don't all shut the door tight.
noises could be he's scared of strange environment and hissing like a cat.
Well I just wet my pants. Geez. I opened the office door to come back in or maybe I was going back out. I can't remember and my cat ran out of room and she immediately knew that it was in the house. She slunk down in posture like stalking and walked out along couch. So I let go a huge scream, why I have no clue, and wet my pants. It is so hard being me. By the time I came out of the bathroom, it is missing again and Gabcat is sitting in dining room where the sliding glass doors are where it came in. Do you think I scared it outside by the scream or by being grossed out by my way of dealing with getting upset? Should I try to catch my cat? Should I change my clothes? LOL
I will wait for Tom before I call animal control, but great idea.
Oh Nery, there is cat food on floor in kitchen. I will try to go get those bowls and move them.
I am feeling a bit better, Nery. If it didn't let go its smell when I screamed it does not have so easy a startle reflex as I thought. I know when I heard me scream, it sure scared me! It really did. I really screamed.
I need to catch Gabby because she will go eat the food if I put it out. She is being weird and won't come to me. She is crouched by back door. I think it may have gone out. But I am afraid to close door in case it didn't. I stomped all around now that I know it holds its smell when startled. I hope that will make it go outside.
Tom is going to be so told you so when he gets home. He is forever telling me not to leave the back door open and I am forever leaving it open. Shoot.
You know unless I actually see it go outside I will think it inside hiding for days. For some reason I am afraid it will bite my ankle.
Tom walked around hitting a pot. No sign of him. All 3 cats are inside now and acting normally except looking for their food where it used to be. I think screaming made it run out the door. I sure hope so. I will keep all the doors shut for a few days.
Thank you all for holding my hand. We all know now that in an emergency I am not too swift. I make a post first on a gardening site (why I would think of that first, I have no clue) and then scream loud and pee in my pants. Well actually the scream might have saved me. LOL The only reason I thought to tell my husband is he happened to IM me to tell me about new dinner reservations and I broke in saying there is a skunk in the house. HELP! He didn't believe me at first. LOL.
And Tom has not chastised me at all. As usual he is perfect.
I do have one question, skunks do not go for your throat do they?
Too tell the truth I am still a bit shakey. LOL. I was out watering and came in and my husband had opened up all the doors. So now I will be so creeped out thinking that thing is under my bed just waiting for me to fall asleep to jump up and suck my blood out.
My husband said I am acting like a mountain lion was in here. I said a moutnain lion does not stink. Dorothy, you so understand! He is not as nice as I thought he was. LOL
JasperDale, I would not live through that! Did she turn it on and run?
DH said that if you had a house alarm, you could play it for a few minutes and he would fer sure leave w/o spraying, simply because it would be an intolerable environment. He would spray if he saw you, Tom or the cats coming close to him but not because of noise.
I am laughing now about your concern about them going for your throat. No matter what people tell me, I always have fantasies of snakes lunging at my and going for my throad. I know they don't do that, but still, I have this very clear image in my crazy head about them doing this.
shall we have a contest to see quien es mas neurotico?
And here I thought any noise would startle it and it would spray, Nery. I had a lower pot cabinet door open and when I stooped down to close it I had the worst feeling it was in there and was waiting to jump up and grab me by my throat. What a thought.
Oh JD, I never thought of animal control either. Not even when I calmed down some. I was just thinking about the smell, renting a new place and how I was going to water if we were at a distance. Always plants first! LOL I will watch for the depends.
Well shoot JD, stop tossing his ball under your china cabinet and I bet he won't be going under there!
We have those around here too. I was sitting out on my porch one night years ago and one came up on the porch. I yelled to Tom that a fox was on the porch. Then he turned and I saw the tail and thought it was huge rat. LOL Gee, I just thought they could come in here too.
BJ, I will think it is funny too soon esp if it really is gone!
I discovered it by accident. I hadn't been in the living room or dining room for several days...then I rented a dvd to watch, and when I walked in there the cats started making this bizarre noise.
They were craning their necks trying to look under there, but keeping a distance. At first I couldn't see anything until I got the flashlight, then I saw it. It bared it's teeth at me, but wouldn't come out.
I shooed it out and it went into the kitchen, where it proceeded to take it's sweet time and eat the cat food...so like a fool, I waited for it to eat !
It finally meandered out and down the hall and out the back door.
The next day I found little possum droppings in several places, so I had the carpet cleaned. For weeks, the cat's wouldn't go in those rooms.
Kell, I feel so bad for you getting upset. But that's the best laugh I've had in a long time and I almost wet my pants telling DH about it. We have to deal with nutria up here, nasty looking things but really stupid. You should see my DH laugh when I go flying out the back door to chase them out of the vegetable garden. Before we put a fence up they actually took off flying with a tomato tucked under their arm like a football when they heard the back door open because they knew 'That Mad Woman' was coming with the broom.
Oh Gees Kell! What a nightmare! I'm so sorry that you had to deal with that. Unfortunately i couldn't help but laugh as well because I know that it's all over now and that I probably would've done the same thing in your situation. that was a cute opossum Dale, you were very polite to it!
Yep, I agree! I've seen many a nutria around here as well, but thank goodness I've never had one try to come in the house and thank goodness I don't have a vegetable garden for them to steal from... we'd both have the title of mad woman.
Ahhhhh... I knew you'd figure it out! I don't actually live in Eugene either, but one of my jobs is there and I spend almost all spare time there. If you've been in pleasant hill long at all then you know where abouts that I live. About 15 mi. up above Oakridge. So, I likely drive past your place regularly! fun meeting you here! Strangely enough at this time of night (when I have time to be on computer) many of the Northeast folks are getting up and so I spend quite a bit of time on that forum when it's this late, then switch back to PNWest forums later on. You'll have fun with it all!
I have a Yankee friend who, when he saw his first nutria down here by the bayou, asked, "what happened to that beaver's tail?"
Kell, I'm so glad you survived this, and didn't get sprayed and have to move and get yelled at and all that stuff, but I haven't laughed so hard in a long time as I did when you asked if skunks go for the throat. You must have had a really strange experience in a former life, bless your heart!
OOOOHhhh geez I wish I had seen this thread last night instead of while I was eating lunch, now I have to explain to my boss why I need a new desk chair and why there's marinara sauce on the monitor, Better yet how do I explain why I have to go home and change clothes... ROFLMAO it's a shame there wasn't somebody there with a camera AFV pays good money for those "candid" shots
Well they say laughter is good for the soul. I helped a lot of souls today. Kell I feel bad getting enjoyment out of your ordeal and I really wouldn't have been able to enjoy it if it hadn't turned out so well.
Yes, nutria are nasty critters and I've heard they're good eating. Here they're just a nuisance, they tunnel and raid gardens, and they can get really nasty if they get cornered or a dog goes after them. Besides they're supposed to be big rabies carriers. That's why I use a broom or the hose to get rid of them. Who's that strange man on the travel channel that eats all the weird stuff? He ate some not long ago and said it was quite tasty, I'll take his word for it. So there's the lesson on nutria. To me they look like BIG rats with beaver teeth.
Nutria were brought over from South America for the fur trade if I remember correctly. They look like mini capybara to me!
I'm so glad your experience with the skunk was uneventful, Kell! Maybe you'll remember to keep the door closed from now on! Lol. Keeping the door closed would probably be cemented in my mind after all that.
Did you know that some people even keep them as pets? They get their scent glands removed of course.
This is probably a stupid question but are there bears and mountain lions in North Cali?
Captmicha... it's definitely not a stupid question. yes, there are bears and mountain lions in Northern california, most of the time they stick to the woods though! I'm pretty sure that northern california is like oregon in the respect that most of the bears that they have are black bears. Are you always up at 4 am??!
(Seriously, I wonder if it is a cousin of the capybara.)
But I do know I wouldn't eat one. I just find it hard to bring myself to eat something that eats whatever it can get. Ever notice that? Animals that are vegetarian are acceptable to eat for most of us, but we don't eat animals that eat meat.
Yes there are mountain lions all over in Northern California. They even come into established neighborhoods with lots of houses. Every so often you will see on the news a big mountain lion sitting in a tree looking down at a sidewalk. So far no bears reported though in the burbs. You have to go further out for them.
At first I thought nutria were made up but then I googled them. Definitely cuter than their name.
I have recovered fully. It is hard keeping the back door shut though. I am pretty sure it is living under my porch. I was thinking we could get a cage from Animal Control but I am afriad it would spray if caught. I am not sure what to do. I am sure I will be seeing him again. I just hope he doesn't have any friends.
kell, you could place the trap as far as possible so that when it sprays (and I believe it would) at least it wouldn't get all over your patio furniture, etc. The smelliest cat food is such an excellent lure. Having said that, if your houses are close together, it is possible he went on to the next house where they don't have screaming women, lol.
seriously, i would borrow the trap from animal control and put it at the farthest end of your prop. you'd likely catch it in 48 hrs max.
Well I almost wet my pants laughing at this one but I would have done worse than that if the skunk was in my house. So glad he didn't spray your home.
One of the grand dogs got sprayed years ago and it was a real ordeal getting that dog decent again. Our son Will and his vet went through gallons of tomato juice, baking soda, cider vinegar and peroxide. The stuff was oily and very hard to get rid of.
we've had our 2 dogs sprayed by skunks and had no choice but to ride in a truck with them stinking dogs. It was absolutely revolting! We washed them 2-3 times and nothing. It was gone it about a week, though.
kell, if he'd sprayed your interior, you'd been done for and it would have been furniture shopping time.
I just have to share a cute story about Aunt Eltie, since we're talking about skunks.
Aunt Eltie was one of the old maids of the family. She and Aunt Grace lived in the old family homestead after everyone else had moved off and gotten married.
Aunt Eltie was a big prankster, while Aunt Grace was pretty prim and proper. Aunt Eltie used to pull all kinds of pranks on Aunt Grace just because Aunt Grace was so predictible.
Well, Aunt Eltie had pet skunks that Aunt Grace just couldn't stand. Aunt Grace would complain about them all the time. I was too young to appreciate how she did it, but some how some way, Aunt Eltie took a Noxema Jar that was empty and managed to get the skunk smell into it. She took it to Aunt Grace and knowing Aunt Grace smelled everything that she had any doubts about, said, Grace, what's in this jar? Aunt Grace opened the lid and put her nose up to the jar. Aunt Eltie just laughed and laughed and laughed.
Just saw this thread. So glad all turned out okay, Kell, but you provided an instant CLASSIC!! The real-time reporting, about both the skunk and your functions, is precious! This is my favorite thread of the year - for next year too.
I was weeding a couple of years ago and while on my hands and knees, saw some movement. I look up to see a skunk's a** backing into my face! My fluids managed to stay inside - not sure how - but I moved very quickly. He did not spray. Funny, he or she was almost totally white - and very cute.
That is what the vet recommended my son use and it took quite a few washings.
We think the spray burned too because right after it happened the dog immediately ran into a mountain stream and lay in the cold water. He often played in the stream but this time he just stayed submerged and didn't want to come out.
Any mountain streams nearby Kell? You might want to identify one in case your visitor returns, LOL
I wouldn't be surprised if it did burn - it's supposed to scare away predators, isn't it? (asking here, but I think that's its purpose) - and the smell alone probably wouldn't do it for some animals. Never thought of that, having been fortunate enough so far to avoid contact.
My brother and I were sleeping outside on cots at the Colorado River once and a whole family of skunks went under our cots. We could feel the tails. Luckily, he had heard them and whispered to me to stay still. Then we sat up and watched them walk away - mother and several kittens. Close enough for me.
And debilu, I do laugh a lot. I am a constant source of amusement to myself. Not so much to my husband though. He got bent out of shape because I had the back door open yet again today.
I was reading on the California Forum about a pit of many rattlesnakes near a member's home. The picture was disgusting. And then Dick's mountain lion ready to ponce and I must say perhaps a skunk smelling up my house is not all that terrible. Definitely not a fatal event unless my husband can catch me.
I called my mom this morning and she told me my sister had regaled her - amidst gales of laughter - with the story. Mom still remembers playing with those skunk kittens nearly 80 years ago - she says they were very sweet.
My first introduction to geckos was in Acapulco babysitting for friends...they were all over the ceiling and I was convinced they would fall on me and eat me! Didn't sleep for 3 nights... it was awful!!!
Life is never dull for you is it? I'll have to whip the silly grin off my face or someone will think I've totally lost my mind.
My boss who is a very particular kind of person, had a dog that got skunked a couple of years ago. Bossman never realized that we could smell it for days on his clothes. He would just die if he knew that he had walked around smelling like skunk.
You are so lucky that the skunk didn't spray in your house as that smell obvious lingers a long time AND absorbs into everything in the house.
The mosquitos are so bad here that no one would ever leave their doors open for long. I have had issues with varmits in the garage though...DH fusses at me for leaving it open while I garden.
Knell that without a doubt is one of the best laughs I have had in awhile. Only because it was you not I. I am so guilty of leaving doors open and DH warning me. We live in the country and i could surely wind up with anything. Think i will say lesson learned and keep my doors closed. When i need a good laugh i will just come back here.
I had to come back and see this thread again today. I'm surprised that people are still posting to it. But I agree... Kell's experience was really funny to most of us.
I had a similar (but not nearly horrific) experience this morning.
I live on a lake, and have ducks come to my front yard on a regular basis for me to feed them bread. I've been throwing bread out to them for years. This morning, I was in and out of the house a lot, and we had a cool breeze, so I left the front door open for a while. As I was walking from the kitchen into my living room, I saw something move... and low and behold two of those ducks came right into the house. I scared the pshaw out of them, and they almost flew out the front door. I had to think of poor Kell, and got tickled over it all over again.
this thread is linked from another for a giggle -
Kell, I love it - you admitted to peeing your pants; a woman after my own heart - a honesty before decorum...lol
Years ago in western CO I was working nights baking for a restaurant and usually got home around 7 am. One morning I came in and there was a snake (nope, don't know what kind, but I am so afraid of snakes) curled around my chair. Hmmm...I was so tired, stll screamed and started to bolt, but being home alone, I got a shovel and tried to get it but it crawled under the bookshelves and I couldn't reach it. So, I gathered all the dogs (about 7) and took them to bed with me, blocking the space under the door with something , and went to sleep.
Few hours later I woke up and forgot about the snake, so did the usual thing - headed off to the bathroom after letting the dogs out. That big snake was on the vanity behind the door, waist height. Oh my! I was outta there in a flash - peed in the field. (younger then, a little more control...lol).
You know, I don't know how that snake ended up leaving the house or if it did for sure. A few days later, there was a big snake draped across my steps and over time ( found many sloughed skins. I think that is when I started reacting less violently to them - they were eating mice, after all, and I couldn't kill them. Still, when I see a snake, I need my generic "depends" but I don't run any more - or hardly scream...
Kell, how close are you to me? Strever is close - he's getting a visit this summer :-); I leave my doors open all the time, it's a bad habit more because of bugs-and I've managed to put a door to the outside into every room except the bathroom (which was a mistake; that's the room that really needs a door outside!). Fortunately my house yard is fenced (2/3 acre) and the bear doesn't come over it, but the fox does-he/she talks to me when I sleep outside and she always leaves her calling card near my car outside the fence. :-)
Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
I have a little story to tell you. My family from New Jersey was visiting me here in Arizona during the summer months. My young nephew Adam loved to run around my yard chasing and catching the little lizards. One day I notice his head is soaked but the rest of his clothing is dry so I asked him what happened and he told me that he had soaked his head in the toilet because it was so hot in Arizona. He just got married last month and lives here now with his new wife and till the day he dies his name will always be Adam Pee Hurley.
Yep, she read it. And Paul Bunyan fits. I always have to check this thread, everyone has stories to add. I keep my doors shut and lately my entertainment has been watching a raccoon bring her very young ones to my fountain at night. They're like little balls of fur and so funny! Some of my neighbors don't care for them much, they can be a bit pesty, but I love most all critters.