Skunks don’t usually kill cats, but they can be injured if they interact.
Skunks try to avoid fights and will only defend themselves if they feel threatened. They will spray a strong smelling liquid to protect themselves. Skunk spray can cause discomfort and irritation, and can even temporarily blind a cat. In rare cases, a skunk may bite or scratch if it feels trapped or frightened.
Skunks have sharp claws and teeth that can injure a cat. It’s best to keep cats away from skunks to prevent problems. If you see a skunk or your cat encounters one, it’s a good idea to keep your cat inside until the skunk is gone.