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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Coleman - 2008-11-02
Hey everyone,
I appreciate all of the positive comments on raising raccoons. I was recently at work and found an orphaned coon less than a week old. His two siblings were already dead, but this one has survived the loss of his mother, hypothermia, dehydration, and two days' worth of uninformed mishandling, but is now getting much stronger and doing quite well. While looking up how to properly care for this animal I found many articles saying that I needed to take any baby coon to a professional wildlife rehabilitator, but I've gotten pretty attached to the little guy and now look forward to raising him-maybe to have as a companion and maybe to release when he is capable of surviving on his own, we'll have to see.

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mary wille - 2008-10-20
Hi raccoon companions. I think I posted on the wrong page before so here are some things I have learned throughout the years of caring for these creatures. Never never hit a raccoon. We would shake our finger at nakoosa when she was a baby and she would cover her eyes with her paws, gees how cute is that. We have a much older guy raccoon, some day I will tell you guys the story on how we acquired him, it is awesome. But he started to have seizures. He came from the wild so the worst was going through my mind, rabies. Took him to a vet, no rabies, But there was some sort of toxin in his blood. Turned out it was the kitty litter, it has all kinds of crap in it. Raccoons in the wild will sit in shallow creek beds and eat the silt, it contains shells, shrimp, and all kinds of stuff. Now we got natural stuff no more siezures. Litter boxing is great, but get all natural stuff. Babies are a blast but their fingers can and will open everything. If you have to bottle feed, I watched nakoosa's previous owner do it. You need to gently hold their heads until they get use to grabbing that fake nipple. Once they get it they will do it on there own. My guys loved pudding, ensure the nutrition drink, ice cream, and glazed pecans. One mistake I made, one time nakoosa got into potatoe chips as a baby. She started choking seriously. I was showering and she was next to the tub, I literally got water down her throat and shook her upside down. Why she almost choked I am not clear on, but she did. Oh and another thing, get a tub or old baby wash bin, they love shallow water. We went to the local bait shop got some minnows, boy she had a blast. If you choose to walk your raccoon using a leash, never put it around the neck. Put it around the back of their front legs. Choose trees with little branches, and don't let them go to high that they can get hung up on your leash and you can't get them. And one other thing I can remember for now, never give any animal advil or tylenol, it is poison literally to any other creature but us. Hope this helps some people. Oh if you have a sick raccoon, the pink stuff from the vet for cats, penicillin,will not hurt your little guy. Use it the same way you would your cat, it goes by there weight. Oh and natural garlic is good if they will eat it. Mary

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mary wille - 2008-10-17
Hi again. I think it is just wonderful to see all the people who take the time out of their lives to be a companion to a raccoon. Now if we could just convince our local d.n.r people and vets, that in the right place theses guys make "great pets". I would like to take the time to thank the women from this animal-world web site, for her info about my companion, and to help clear up what's going on at brighton farms. Hopefully she got all her creatures back in their proper homes. I have been down there, the sugar creek floods very quickly. Melody was always so kind to me, so I knew something like that had to be the issue. Gees, she has been in business for at least 8 years, a good person. Getting back to our critters, that man with the beautiful home for his little friend, send some pictures. Love to see it. And just to explain my point a little clearer, if your critter is hanging around just outside, with no encloser bad things tend to happen to them. Thats when I believe we need to step in. Cars will hit them, predatores will kill them, and they don't know this. Thats why I said about living in the backyard, I truly believe if a raccoon has identified you as their parent or soul mate, it doesn't matter what you look like. All they know is they feel safe and comfortable with you. You don't have to look like a raccoon for that. So I dont believe they're better off "un" setting them free after establishing a strong bond with you. they're better off with you. You're not going to run over them or break their back to kill them for your food, but coyotes will and dogs will. Yes in many states their hide is still sold for money, so setting them free is not always the best route. Easier on you, yes. Easier on your raccoon, no. Mary

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rachel hatton - 2008-10-17
I found a baby racoon covered in cooking oil at my job last nite and I don't wanna see him die. What can I do for him? I have him in a box with a blanket trying to get some of the oil off him, but I don't know if it's gonna work. I think he needs a bath but he is wild and I don't wanna get bit. So what do I do? Please help.

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ray - 2008-10-16
I love my raccoon (Bandit). He has his very own 160 sq foot home with vaulted ceilings, with a concrete floor and drain, stairs going up to his master bed room. He has his own soft rocking chair that he loves, and a sliding class door 4 big pella windows. He has 3 14ft and 1 16 foot trees in his house to climb and a big slide. He is a very good pet. I, my wife, and kids just love him so very much. He is 7 mounths old and we hope to have him for a very long time to come.

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cbbb2n2 - 2008-10-16
My wfe was walking this morning and came across a baby racoon. She brought it home. I am not sure of its age or what to do with it as far as caring for it goes. Its eyes are not opened, it is completely covered with fur, from its nose to its eyes are black, and you can just make out the rings on its tail. What do we do to care for it?

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Editor - 2008-10-11
Hey everyone! We have been getting a lot of comments from people who want to help with home placement, or provide other racoon help. Those comments are all listed in the Community Forum. So check for those post in the forums under: Small animal topics > Small Animal Types,
Thanks!

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mary wille - 2008-10-09
Hi, I notice the women in Missouri looking for a home for a boy raccoon, I could help her with her situation. Sorry, not very computer literate. Anyways if your willing give me a call 16084740236, my email address is wrong and we don't know how to fix it. The women with the little boy raccoon, if not me there are hundreds of caring people out there who would love to have him as a friend anyone who has had raccoons knows what i am talking about. Oh the women thinking of getting rid of another one, don't let her live around outside if you can. I have noticed females will get more moody during breeding time also they are more moody in general. But that's because they have the seroius job of having kids and defending them from preditors. Boys, well you know, that's why they're less moody.

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mary wille - 2008-10-09
Hi, my name is mary. I have had the honor of having such a loyal friend as a pet raccoon. All you people that have one and take care of it the way it needs to be, you are wonderful. They are as much work as a child, they really are. So those of you that say iI need to set them free, how free would your child be if you left them in the woods all by themselves. Or for all you folks that will say they're animals, ok if not your child your dog. Would that be humane to take your dog out and leave him in the woods, it's illegal. So when people wake up and see that and have the honor of enjoying one of the creatures and see that all of them have a soul, they cry when they're hungry or scared, they wrap their little fingers around yours and they all look at you for comfort when there in danger. Anyone who thinks its ok to "un" set them free, are you really or just getting rid of something to you that takes a lot of time to care for. If you truly know these creatures, you know in the right envirement they will be happier with you! By the way, the women looking for a good home for her little one: 16084740236. I have noticed girls are a little more moody around breeding time, just moodier in general, and do take a little more patience. I believe it's because they have more to handle in the wild then the boys do. Oh, anyone who tries to respond, my email is wrong right now, a general response would be interesting.

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Marie - 2008-09-26
I need someone around Springfield MO who wants a raccoon. Someone dumped him on us and he's so loveable it breaks my heart to just throw him out in the woods. He's small and loves my son, but I'm just not equipped to care for one. So someone please help. Thanks, Marie

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