Animal Stories - Pet Racoon

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   Here is a raccoon up past his bedtime! This younster couldn't keep still, climbed all over everybody and was constantly "checking things out"!
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Kimberly Creighbaum - 2014-01-09
I have a pet raccoon named baby. She was stranded by her momma last year. We waited two days for her mom to come back but she never did. So I called several rehabbers and no one wanted to take a raccoon. One person even told me to have a vet put her down. No way to that! I love animals.  Baby is a joy to have. Very affectionate and playful. She just has a look of pure joy on her face when she plays. We have a chihuahua and they are best buddies. I never thought a raccoon could be such a joy but Baby is really fun. They do keep you on your toes, you have to watch them all the time because they are faster then a two year old and love getting into things. Always exploring everything they can get into. Wouldn't trade her for the world though :) 

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  • Linda - 2014-07-29
    I found a baby raccoon about 4 weeks old that I'm caring for. Can you tell me what did you for de-worming or any input you can share. Thanks Linda
Herb Rowder - 2004-10-10
I once had a pet racoon named Renovie. I got him as a pup when a friend of mine found his dead mother by the side of a tree and 3 pups up in a nest. I also had a dog at the time, a cockapoo male, but they got along OK and even slept together. He would use a litter box like a cat, and would eat all kinds of things that people eat, and also what the dog ate. He liked to eat dry dog food by taking a piece in his paws and dipping it in the water bowl, letting it soak a while, and then eating it. He did not damage anything, but he could open any cabinet and would go in there and root around, and once in a while you would find him sleeping in a large speghetti pot. I only kept him for about a year though, because as he matured he really wanted to be outside all the time... he literally climbed the curtains. I would take him for walks with the dog, both on seperate leashes. The dog would visit the bottom of the trees and Renovie would climb them. I had people actually pull their cars over and ask me what kind of "dog" that was!

After a year, I saw my friend again who had given him to me and he said that he would take Renovie to a farm he knew of where the people would feed him and let him run around in their protected wooded area. That seemed like the right solution so I had to let him go. I missed him though. He was a good pet. Perhaps a female would not have been so anxious to go out and roam, but I doubt it. They are after all, wild animals and that instinct is very strong in them.

In the year I had him, he went from about 2-3 pounds to a little over 25 pounds in weight so they grow very fast and are always kind of hungry. Having a pet racoon is like having an animal that is a cross between a cat and a monkey. They are very curious and intelligent animals. At least as smart as a very smart dog. They figure things out and can use their hands very effectively to solve problems and open things. They will reach into your pockets and pull stuff out to have a look. I used to keep some "snacks" in my shirt pocket so when Renovie would sit on my lap he would reach in there and get something to eat. If his little "stash" ran out he would complain about it and poke me in the nose with his nose and paw my pocket so I would put more stuff in there for him to pull out. He seemed to like the act of getting the snack out of my pocket as much as actually eating it. Like a dog, he knew his name and would come when you called him, making a little chittering sound like the cooing of a dove. Anyone who ever had one would have to say they were good pets and worthy of respect.

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  • Patience - 2014-06-26
    Hello I have a pet raccoon he is very sweet but I heard they seem to get mean when they get older is that true at all?
Kristin Goodrow - 2013-12-30
I recieved two baby raccoons b/c the mom was trapped and relocated and the people had no idea that the raccoon had babies in their attic. Swindle and Sway are their names. I wresteled with how I was going to release them after tons of studying because I was bonded to them. When they were old enough they would follow me around the back yard and swim in our pool. I sat under trees for many hours while they played. We let them out more and more until they chose they wanted to stay outside and we filled a bowl of food and water for them. Both became pregnant and they still came home for food and treats. Swindle still comes inside the house to say hello to the dogs and would bring her baby with her. Swindle imprinted on me and I had thought that I would never be able to release her but the slow release proved to me that raccoons instincts are strong. From a young age they dug in the ground for food. Sway is wild to the point I would no longer attempt to pick her up but Swindle chooses to climb in my lap and eat a cookie still and when she sees me in the yard at night and she's out in a tree somewhere she always comes to say hi to her mom! My husband and I are rabies vaccinated and know well that raccoons are unpredictable so we are cautious. However we have a special bond with our raccoons who are almost two now. We love them.

Kim Pringle - 2013-07-11
I had a lil raccoon, and she is the sweetest thing on earth, her mom was shot and I took her in and raised her, then my husband built her a big house outside so she could play and have her own place when she no longer wanted to stay in the house. One day three days ago, I was cleaning her outside house and did not lock the back door, when I went out to check on her like always, she had got out the door and has not returned home. My question is will she come home and will she be ok out there? She is 15 months old. Please give me some good news. I have cried so much my eyes are swollen:(

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-12
    I would think that your raccoon will be just fine on its own, they are wild by nature. I'm sure you are sad though, I'm so sorry :( Keep an eye out for her because she may turn up, especially because she feels comfortable in the home she grew up in.
  • mary hicks - 2013-12-28
    she may come back and may not but she should be ok.
pet poor mom - 2009-11-05
I've just recently gotten a baby raccoon that I have hand raised from a bottle. I want to have him neutered and was curious about the procedure, is it done like a cat or dog neuter. He is the sweetest like guy.

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  • Kayla - 2010-04-28
    Can somebody please help me?! I found a baby coon, maybe 3 weeks old? His eyes are open. I need ideas on feeding him, ect.
  • James - 2010-05-01
    I just got a baby raccoon he eats good but I don't know if he has used the bathroom. Is that normal?
  • chasidee perry - 2010-06-06
    "Me and my boyfriend found a baby raccoon and the mother was dead we plan on keeping it because it was just sitting on the side of the road. Do you have any information for me on how to take care it.
  • Michelle - 2010-08-15
    If you plan on keeping a raccoon as a pet he/she will need to be spayed by a qualfied vet. You may wish to seek out a vet with exotic animal experience, go to one of the many raccoon chat rooms for advice as to a good vet in your area. Depending on the laws of your state you may need to provide documentation to prove that the raccoon was not taken from the wild but purchased from a licensed dealers. Some states require permits. If you live in NE FL I know of a great vet. Worming and vaccinations are a must do too.
  • Dorothy - 2012-08-16
    Michelle, I need that vets name... Vaccinated myself and wormed but need neutering. I'd appreciate it so much. I've been afraid to ask anyone!
  • Schuyler - 2012-09-22
    Hello, I was hoping someone could help... Is it legal to have raccoons in NC as a pet? Their mother died, and 2 babies were left at birth ... there was no way they could survive on their own. People took them in, and bottle fed, and now they can no longer keep them due to kids, so we are wanting to take them in. We have called local vet to find out about having 1 of them fixed, along with shots/worming etc. I have searched high and low all over internet on NC law but I keep finding conflicting information on this. Any help would greatly be appreciated. BTW they are now 15 weeks old, and hand tame, so they wouldnt be able to be released back into the wild..have been bottle fed, and well taken care of since birth. Anyone we ask....cant give us a straight answer. Thank you for your time, I hope to hear back from you. I reside South East of Charlotte,NC.
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    i have worked with many racoons yes it is similar to a dog or cat getting fixed. make sure you pick an apropriate animal hospital especially ones that already deal with wildlife
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  • Julie Ballard - 2013-05-09
    How do I find a raccoon chat room? I googled it and found nothing. I need help from people who truly LOVE these animals and more importantly care about the people who have devoted their lives to them.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    Julie... I don't know whre you can find a chat room, but there are several great people that check in here and offer great help. Sign in with your facebook, and then you will get notified whenever someone posts.
  • Julie Ballard - 2013-07-12
    Thanks so much for responding. I have two girls who are my life right now. I am concerned about one of them though and I'm not sure I can find a vet who could help due to so little studies done on raccoons. Sables hair is thinning and her tail is not bushy. I am aware that females pull their hair out to make nest in early spring and she was very territorial this spring even though she didn't have the babies. I have spent many hours wondering why they evolved with the rings around their tails and I truly believe it's for their young to follow because their vision is very poor. I'm wondering if her tail shrank because of this. It's not got bald patches its just not bushy. She eats and seems content. Does anybody have a clue?
  • mary hicks - 2013-12-28
    Yes you need to get a vet that will do it and you would be charged for the fee of a small animal. He needs shots too they have real problems with respiratory problems so need the distemper and rabies mostly. Worm him for round worms every three months and use the puppy type.
Richard Rodgers - 2013-08-01
I have a three year old male, I have had him since he was a baby. I would like to find him a happier home, he lives in the house and is very lovable. If you are interested text me at 440-328-9699 or call if you would like to.

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  • felicia b - 2013-09-18
    You have a male ring tail cat for sale?
  • lolo - 2013-10-12
    He/she is lovely ...... ps I want one.
courtney davis - 2013-06-21
I have two little ones hefty and chance. I recieved them when their mother was shot going into a barn. They had their eyes and ears shut so only a week old. Hefty has become very loving and affectionate, he uses the litter box and loves to sit on my shoulder and play with my hair. However chance is very mean,he bites hisses and claws. I'm planning on releasing chance as he has a wild mentality, but to release hefty would be certain death as he wouldnt know what to do. I am currently working on getting my rehabilitators license and becoming a rehabilitator. I agree with everyone, DO NOT take on a raccoon if you cannot handle it. They may be cute as babies but will grow fast and become unpredictable!

J - 2006-09-26
I am a licensed rehabber in Calif. Raccoons are by far my favorites. They are cute, affectionate & very endearing. I would love to keep them all but I know that isn't the best for them. I have been trying to get permission for an educational raccoon for our group so have done a great deal of homework & have decided I will be chosing another mammal. Raccoons are social, they bond quickly to the caregiver (they miss "mom"). They are insecure as babies, but as they age, they become more independent. With that, the adorable playfulness & curiosity becomes more aggressive & destructive (this is their nature & what they need for surviving in the wild). Their teeth are sharp & so are those claws! I wear shabby Levis just for them climbimg my legs - which is "painfully cute" when they are little. I watch in fascination & photograph them for hours. At around two they become unpredictable in their behavior. They do like things on their terms afterall, & have displayed aggressive behavior when least expected so most rehab facilities will not use raccoons due to liability. If one bites, it is destroyed to check that it is free of rabies. This has happened to people who just had them as pets & family or friends have been bitten. To have a pet euthanized due to old age or infirmity is heartwrenching enough - it would be unbearable to have an animal I took out of its elements destroyed in its prime when it wasn't necessary. Neutering does not stop all aggression, males are normally less agressive than the females in captivity. Things I am personally aware of have been: 1) pet raccoons will kill other small pets up to small bunnies, including birds, 2) help themselves to fish in tanks & koi ponds, 3) jump on the back of a dog & ride it when really angry, act out against their caregivers, etc. & 4) can demolish & destroy the inside of a home in no time. There are exceptions, of course. Caging or tethering them would break their spirit - they are nature's clowns who never stop exploring...besides, they only get meaner. I am grateful to ALL who try & save them. They do need special formula & diets that aid in their development. People food is not what they get in the wild as babies. Like any species, they need the proper nutrients just for them. If you are going to keep one, at least contact a rehabber who will help you out & get you the right information. Rehab centers are full of adult raccoons that people have tried to raise & don't want anymore & they can't be placed. When weaned, my raccoons go to another rehabber with a state regulated cage to grow bigger & "wild up" before being released. I cry while driving them there, I cry when I leave & when it comes time to release them I will be crying again. I know it's best but they really get into your heart - any hand raised orphan will be imprinted & it is very important that if they are going to be released they go to a rehabber that can try & get them back to the wild in a way that they will have a chance to survive & live their lives out as they were put on this earth to do.

SunChaserWildlife - 2010-01-17
The debate on whether to have a pet raccoon has been surpassed by the need of your voice for all urban wildlife. State Wildlife agencies are responsible for the welfare of ALL wildlife, not just the animals selling hunting tags. Wildlife is owned by the citizens and is to be managed by the state agency under the terms of a Public Trust Doctrine.

Yet, over-stated risks and lack of proper education and reporting is leading our society to malign intelligent, beneficial urban animals such as skunks, raccoons, foxes...There is NO perspective anymore! Always use caution with wild animals, but do not act in fear. Research the animals that live in your backyards and learn the truths.

And please, speak up for these animals and defend their rights to not be banned from rescue and rehab. States like NC order all these animals be killed, denying qualified rehabilitators (citizens who own the wildlife equally) the right to rescue & rehab them. Such state killing programs are becoming the "norm" because the public does not speak up against this.

Rabies testing is a billion dollar business - millions of healthy animals are killed and their heads sent to labs for testing. Oral rabies vaccine baits can eradicate this disease - but people have to care enough to demand it be done by their local and state gov't.

Raccoons intelligence has been proven second only to higher monkeys. Raccoons kill venomous snakes, and as with skunks are the best mousers you can find!

Dawn - 2013-05-26
Hello, well I am sorry to say, about 2 weeks ago we were clearing land we bought. My husband cut down a dead tree and there was a mama Raccoon with 3 babies in it. The mama ran off so we left the babies alone and hoped mama would come back for them..She came back for 2 but not the little girl.. I brought her home and it has been 2 weeks her eyes are now open and she is doing great. I am a dog breeder so I know about keeping them warm and stimulating them so they can go the bathroom and I just started worming her. I am not sure if I can let her go when she is old enough, I cry just at the thought of her being all alone in the world. Please, if anyone can help with in any information the do's and dont's of raccoon care I really need help. Thank you, Dawn

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-27
    Sounds like you're doing great with your little Raccoon:) Read all the comments here, cuz there's some great info on their care and behaviors, and good luck to you both!