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Old 08-07-2008, 05:18 AM
 
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Hello,
Raccoons are deadly vicious if cornered, kill fowl, and totally destroy crops, without even needing it for food. Worse, there is more and more findings of Rabid Raccoons in live trap checks. I would use a live trap, with the cat food as bait. Once the raccoon is caught, call your local animal control to deal with it. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL!! And since you have pets, MAKE SURE ALL ARE UP TO DATE ON RABIES SHOTS!!! These shots last 3 years, but are recommended every 2 years.
Bonnie Carr
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:58 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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Check with your local animal control. Ours won't help us with raccoon problems!! They are basically telling us we're on our own. We can call wildlife rescue but that requires a donation... I think it's $25 per raccoon!

I've had to start feeding my cats very small portions several times a day and ONLY during the day, due to the raccoon family that was eating it all and making a nasty mess out of their water bowl as well. My cats are "indoor/outdoor", well one of them won't come in at all... so I don't know what else to do as I can't pay $100 right now to get the raccoons carried off even if I did catch them and I cannot afford to feed them plus my cats plus the strays that also come up to eat.
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Kill one of the coons and nail it's hide up outside the house. They'll stay away then.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:59 PM
 
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I live in an area where it is common to see wild animals in the neighborhood.
You can keep the raccoons out and your cat food - and your cat - safe by keeping your cat indoors.

You can google "keeping cats indoors" to find the many benefits of keeping your cats indoors.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:20 AM
 
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I bought a Havahart trap several years ago and I'm sure glad I kept it around. Although I live in the city, I ended up with a HUGE coon in my attic the past few days. (Coincidentally, I just hung a bird feeder this week.) I baited the trap with some dry cat food and viola! I live in a municipality that took the critter to live with his country cousins. Although raccoons are part of the bear family, this one was suprising docile, perhaps because it was exhausted from trying to get out of the cage or just used to people being a city-coon. Take away the food supply and uninvited guests probably won't hang around.
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Old 10-09-2008, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Kingman, AZ
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Your cats don't need to be going outside anyway, it's not good for them due to the many diseases they can pick up. You could put a radio just inside the door and play some loud music. As the owner of a pet raccoon, I can tell you they don't like hearing strange noises coming from places outside of their comfort zones.

Call animal control, pickup a Havahart trap or keep your cats inside and lock that door because it's better for them.


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I would like to know if there is a safe way to get rid of a raccoon, that comes in the house and steal cat food.

Every year around this time, for now the 3rd year in a row, a big raccoon comes in the house through the cat door. I am surprise that thing can even fit through it. I don't know if it is the same one, cause the last one I really scare that one off, that i didn't see him around anymore after that, until now. The cats use the cat door to go out when i am not around, so I can't close it. I am not often around, cause I am a very busy person. So I am only home for only a few hours a day, to sleep or rest.

I don't want to put poison, cause i have cats and there are a number of pets in the neighborhood. Same reason for traps.

What I can I do? I live in an area where it is common to see wild animals in the neighborhood.
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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Raccoons are not dangerous. They are everywhere and we need to learn to share the world with the other animals that are out there.

Since raccoons are drawn to food, then the best solution is to either get rid of the cat door or only make the food available during the day when raccoons are not around.
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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I bought a Havahart trap several years ago and I'm sure glad I kept it around. Although I live in the city, I ended up with a HUGE coon in my attic the past few days. (Coincidentally, I just hung a bird feeder this week.) I baited the trap with some dry cat food and viola! I live in a municipality that took the critter to live with his country cousins. Although raccoons are part of the bear family, this one was suprising docile, perhaps because it was exhausted from trying to get out of the cage or just used to people being a city-coon. Take away the food supply and uninvited guests probably won't hang around.
Usually they put the animals down. Rarely do they relocate them. If you want to relocate an animal safely, best to do it yourself.
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Old 10-12-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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Check with your local animal control. Ours won't help us with raccoon problems!! They are basically telling us we're on our own. We can call wildlife rescue but that requires a donation... I think it's $25 per raccoon!

I've had to start feeding my cats very small portions several times a day and ONLY during the day, due to the raccoon family that was eating it all and making a nasty mess out of their water bowl as well. My cats are "indoor/outdoor", well one of them won't come in at all... so I don't know what else to do as I can't pay $100 right now to get the raccoons carried off even if I did catch them and I cannot afford to feed them plus my cats plus the strays that also come up to eat.
You feed the cats during the day. Do not leave the food out at night.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:13 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I would be sewing up a new coon tail hat so fast !
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