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#298601 - 09/13/08 05:13 AM Indoor raccoon
Peter Jones Offline
I get used to local cats visiting my house for a free meal and in most cases I don't mind, so when I heard munching a few minutes ago I didn't think much of it. Imagine my surprise when I looked out of my study door and saw a baby raccoon at the dog's food bowl. For it to get here it came up a flight of stairs, across a balcony past my dog, and across my kitchen to where the pets' food is kept. I never realised they were so bold.

I heard the munching stop and saw the raccoon had left, so I followed where it had gone. I saw it curled up at the top of the steps with one of the cats sitting calmly by watching it, with no obvious animosity. Is this normal? I'm very wary of raccoons, as I know they can be vicious.

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#298642 - 09/13/08 04:00 PM Re: Indoor raccoon [Re: Peter Jones]
papashine Offline
Its pretty normal at my house, over the years there have been many raccoons sharing the dogs dish, beware of the bigger ones they can give you a nasty bite, but the baby ones are pretty tame, he just learned how to freeload at a younger age. If he isn't afraid of you, he may be someones pet and is used to humans. Don't let him inside your house though, they are very mischievous, and will decimate your house.
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#298653 - 09/13/08 04:23 PM Re: Indoor raccoon [Re: papashine]
Amanda Syme Offline
Look up racoon in house videos!!! Not a good idea.

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#298690 - 09/13/08 09:08 PM Re: Indoor raccoon [Re: Amanda Syme]
Chloe Offline
I had a houseguest last night, large tarantula!!!!! yikes!
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#298729 - 09/14/08 01:31 AM Re: Indoor raccoon [Re: Chloe]
natalie p Offline
Tarantulas love my house for some reason.I see them frquently, usually on the verandah but a couple of times inside. One lives under my washing machine. They don't worry me, so I don't worry them.

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#298730 - 09/14/08 01:40 AM Re: Indoor raccoon [Re: natalie p]
Chloe Offline
Thanks Natalie, I'll try to relax.
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#298770 - 09/14/08 12:08 PM Re: Indoor raccoon [Re: Chloe]
natalie p Offline
When my daughter or anyone else visits who get freaked out when they see one, my husband puts a plastic container over it, slides the top in under, and takes him outside and places him in the yard.
As for racoons, they are pesky.I don't leave pet food anywhere they could get to it.My cat has been attacked by racoons ,outside, several times. She has had some nasty bites.One got into my bodega and tore up everything in it.

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#298773 - 09/14/08 12:46 PM Re: Indoor raccoon [Re: natalie p]
Chachacoconut Offline
Years ago when I lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I heard of a pet Racoon that the owners had for a while. They came in one day and found the apartment torn up badly, and would not allow the ownwers to touch it. It went crazy. If that would have happen to me I would have a nice Raccoon hat.....A la Davie Crockett laugh
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#298786 - 09/14/08 04:17 PM Re: Indoor raccoon [Re: Chachacoconut]
Northern Canuck Offline
Don't forget about 'Raccoon roundworm' infection (from the feces)that can be lethal.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/baylisascaris/factsht_baylisascaris.htm



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