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    Got to get rid of raccoons!

    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.

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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    I saw a mom raccoon and her babies climb over my 6 foot fence... they are definitely good climbers.

    I'd put traps out and, if you catch raccoons, release them a few miles away or something.

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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    Why not feed the cats during the day and then pick up the food? If the cats are truly feral, they should be able to fend for themselves. And if not and they need the extra calories, I think they would choose some daytime meals rather than be strict creatures of the night and starve.
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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    Raccoons are excellent climbers, so anything you build to deter raccoons will likely also deter cats. Raccoons are better climbers than cats, really.

    Also, its probably illegal for you to relocate or try to do anything to the raccoons. They aren't technically disturbing YOU. If you're in the US, at least, you can typically only kill or mess with animals if they're killing your livestock or threatening you, or they're in hunting season (is there even a hunting season for raccoons, lol? Probably. Look it up for your area). It sounds like the raccoons are simply taking advantage of food you've put out in their habitat for feral cats (meaning, not yours), which doesn't count as a nuisance animal.

    So, really, there isn't much you can do without (probably illegally) killing or messing with wildlife. Try putting the food out in the daylight and picking it up at night. But other than that? Not really.

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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    Sorry for the out of the topic question or maybe a silly question. Can a racoon be a good pet to human? Like cat-dogs can well live together under one roof, but is that cat-racoon possible?

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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    Raccoons make terrible pets. They're not domesticated, so the best you can get is a "tamed" one. They are notorious biters. They get into everything with their little hands, and they make a mess washing their food. They can easily destroy your house if they get bored. They will poop everywhere. They're unpredictable around other pets. They would not be good with cats.

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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    Why are you feeding feral cats (unless the food is in a trap)? That's how you make more feral cats.

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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    The big issue as you note is rabies. The best thing you can do is stop feeding the Feral cats. The raccoons are a real threat.. and if you tame feral kittens and get bitten, you can contract rabies. Feeding the Feral cats actually encourages the colony and, even if you TNR all of them the colony will never vanish (like those who are proponents of TNR say). The colony continues and new members show up.. because people toss cats out like trash.

    It is all an awful thing, but to be rid of the public health risk (rabies), you need to stop feeding the cats. You CAN shoot the raccoons but often there is a season for raccoon (depends on your State laws). My experience with shooting them is that you shoot one and ten show up for the funeral.

    I had a raccoon issue in my barn when I had a farm. Raccoons get in the hay and pee and poop in it (Raccoons carry Lepto which causes spontaneous abortions in cows). They got in the grain bin and made a mess. I had a trapper come in and thin them out every year(I had cats too... all fixed and vaccinated so no colony and new cats that showed up were taken to the shelter where at least they got good food and care before being euthanized).

    The risk to you, as much as you do not want to hear this, is very real from having raccoons and cats at the same feeder. It also puts the cats at risk. Stop feeding them. Do not handle any kittens. Get help from Animal Control to get them out of there. Know that sometimes the answer that is right can feel pretty lousy.

    I do love cats. I do not love feral cats. I am afraid of rabies and everyone should be very afraid of rabies. Once a mammal is symptomatic for rabies they are dead.

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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    Any luck with the raccoons since?
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    Re: Got to get rid of raccoons!

    I live in a big city and I don’t have either raccoons or squirrels around. Therefore, it seems to me that they are very cute))) Although I have repeatedly heard complaints from homeowners.

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