But Tom and Lani Poynter say they make ideal pets.
They have two, a male and female, named Oreo and Snickers.
Lani Poynter says her skunks are very catlike and cute.
She adds they sleep in the bed with her and her husband.
But what about the skunk stink?
The Michigan couple tells The Daily Mining Gazette newspaper pet skunks' scent glands are surgically removed.
Poynter says her skunks are even paper trained.