We have a significant number of feral cats and last year, I TNRed a few. I intend to do so again this year. I am also going to try to trap and socialize the kittens, that I recently discovered on my field camera, so that they can eventually be adopted. I have done this before with feral kittens.
The problem is that I am feeding the cats at night because that's when people aren't around. That's also when raccoons come out to find food. I'm worried that the kittens will be injured. I'm also concerned about rabies.
I've been told that raccoons aren't good climbers, so I could try making some sort of elevated feeding station but I would really rather just not have them around.
If I put traps out, I may catch raccoons but I'll most likely catch cats.
I cannot have animal control come out for the raccoons because we don't have a TNR program and if animal control ended up getting cats, they'd be euthanized.
Is there any kind of effective raccoon deterrent that won't harm or deter cats?
When I was growing up, my grandfather had a stuffed and mounted raccoon that he shot, as it was a nuisance. I couldn't understand why anybody would harm an animal. I would never kill a raccoon but now I understand why somebody else might.