Love Stinks!

Remedies to follow if your cat gets showered by its frenemy

Imagine if your child comes to you and admits falling in love with an alien. Such was the shock when I realized that my fur child Coco fell for a skunk.

As an experienced pet parent, I know for sure how a feline reacts to another animal lurking around his territory. There is a lot of hissing, growling, and clawing on both ends, even if the rivals are on different ends of a window or patio door.

But this time around was a different story. Coco, our Persian Himalayan cat, was around a year old (15 years in human years) when she fell head over heels for Nuke ( the skunk). At the time, she was intact (not neutered) and showing all signs of a raucous youth on puberty.

Our dinky little backyard has always been a party place for rodents, thanks to the husband for planting one fruit tree per cubic square foot; it is now more of an Amazon jungle. Squirrels, Skunks, and Possums frequently have nighttime siestas in the garden, blatantly munching on the fruits of my husband's labor.

One beautiful summer morning, I came to the kitchen to an extraordinary sight of Coco quietly sitting in front of the glass patio door, submerged in her thoughts. Sensing something different, as she was most affectionate and welcoming at breakfast time, I inched forward to check if she was unwell.

The scene on the other side of the vista was more surprising because standing in broad daylight, eyes transfixed on Coco, was a skunk. Strange as it was because my cat was not growling and the skunk was not budging. Shooing the rodent away was a risky business as there were not enough tomatoes in the world to mask the odor shower it would bestow upon me and the yard. Making a mental note to search Google for "Ways to repel skunks from your backyard," I pulled down the blinds.

Little did we know that it was the beginning of a new saga, and Nuke ( my daughter named him that ) became a frequent visitor or a suitor for our beautiful young Coco. She would silently look through the door at her handsome knight in black and white armor. But little did she know that in this case, 'Love was stinking blind.'

Despite our efforts to shun Nuke from the premises and stop Coco from dashing outside, the inevitable happened, and the cat somehow escaped to elope and start a new life. The amateur couple underestimated the divine power of instincts, and as she dashed to be in her lover's arms, he ran for safety, spraying poor Coco into unconsciousness.

The first time was a shock for us when my son found Coco lying unconscious, stinking, and nearly lifeless in the backyard. We submerged her in tomato juice right away, later rushing her to the Vet. By the third time, we became pros at taking care of the lovesick rag doll sprayed by her narcissistic lover.

Our family gained popularity around the neighborhood for having a Ph.D. on What to do? And Skunk-related topics.

After facing the consequences three times and doing some research, we realized to avoid some myths and taking a few measures to encounter a skunk situation.

The Biggest Myth, Tomato Juice

How to Remove Skunk Odor

Skunk Spray Treatment Recipe

  • 1000 ml (1 liter or quart) 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1–2 teaspoons liquid dish soap


  1. Use rubber gloves.
  2. Combine ingredients and use them immediately.
  3. It can be applied to people, pets, and fabric.
  4. If treating a dog, you can wet their fur first and then apply the mixture, soaking for at least five minutes.
  5. Avoid applying mixture near eyes.

6. Thoroughly wash afterward.

Generously apply this solution right after the spray attack. Be cautious of any cuts on the surface where the potion is being used because it might sting.

Calm down the sprayed animal

Most animals get flustered after the attack, and some get unconscious, and some vicious. Calm down the agitated cat or dog by ensuring that they are in safe hands.

Isolate your pet

The skunk's spray is oily, which can penetrate the furniture and fabrics around the house. De skunking your home could prove to be a tedious and nasty task at hand.

Use paper towels

Before applying the solution mentioned above, use paper towels to soak up as much skunk oil from the animal's fur as possible. After cleaning your pet dry, make its fur wet with warm water.


After soaking up your pet in the de skunk potion, leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing it out with lukewarm water. Repeat the action if the smell persists.

Eyes, ears, mouth, and nose

Inspect your animal's facial organs and clean them thoroughly. Pay a visit to the Vet if the redness or any other abnormality persists.

De skunk the premises

Take measures to keep the yard clean. Try putting your pet's food indoors if your yard resembles the Amazon, tone it down a little bit.

Restraining order

Cant shackle the critters but can put tinsel around the yard. This trick can also scare the rodents away.

Cat petrol

It is better to have an indoor cat to save you from various hassles, skunks being one of them. Keep an eye and sometimes both your eyes on your pet.

Coco learned her lesson the hard way, and whenever she sees a new suitor in black and white lurking in the backyard, she wails like a banshee instead of passing sidelong glances as she once did to Nuke.

Now she understands that love stinks!



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