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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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The wife and I are on our 3rd adventure with these amazing creatures. We have shared countless memories that can not compare to any other pet that we have had. Our current one has been with us for over a year. Her name is Brat. And oh does she live up to her name. She will get into thing she knows are not allowed just to get our attention. She like a lot of others loves to scavenge just about anything in our house. Her favorites though are change and lighters. I never knew a lighter had that many pieces or could be taken apart that much. (chuckle) She is very loving to our son (6) and wants to be with him more than either of us. She adores kids in general. They can do way more with her than we can. One thing that I have found is even though they love to play a lot, do not play rough with them. Its nice and fine while they are young but once they get older they try to play the same way but they are stronger and their bites are not as weak. I have countless scars to prove this, but I still would not trade her for the world. They also have mood swings just like we do, and they can tell when you are depressed or happy like most animals. All in all the ones that I have had are the best pets I have ever had. They all have taken a piece of my heart for their own and will always be cherished.
Raccoons are the most glorious animals on earth! As you can tell, I absolutely love them. I have rehabbed babies for release and have kept one as part of our family.
She has been the grandest blessing since our children. Yes, she does occasionally bite and she does scratch, but we knew what to expect and besides, a little spilled blood is nothing compared to the joy she has brought into our lives. BUT, it takes a special kind of person or family to truely care for a raccoon as a pet.
She was raised as one would raise a house cat. She goes to the bathroom in her "water" box, which is just a litter box filled with a couple inches of water. We tried litter first, then sand and dirt, but a couple inches of water did the trick. It is also easy to clean, just flush down the toilet and rinse out the box and refill with water. She can and does reach anywhere she so desires, so our entire house is "raccoon" proofed. Still, broken trinkets and some minor destruction are all just part of the game. She is not spayed, but shows no interest in being outside. When she does go out, she will sniff around and play awhile, but she wants to go back inside before very long. Her heat cycles can be "interesting" at times, but she has yet to become mean or restless when in heat.
We do have to be careful of friends or family while visiting. We must contain her in one room while company is about, as she does not take kindly to visitors in HER house. I have seen more than one rather large manly man, who(on their first visit)insisted that there was no need to secure the raccoon, scream like a little girl and hop on top of my furniture trying to get away from my snarling snorting furball. Second visit, they stay outside until they are sure the coon is safetly locked away.
All in all, I would not trade my raccoon for any other pet in the world.
I too have recently become a raccoon mommy and so far so good! I love him.. he is only 5/6 weeks old (exact age undetermined) but he is so wonderful! I have been bottle feeding him for about 3 weeks now. I have heard many urban legend horror stories about raccoons killing cats ( i have three) and dogs. I may be proved wrong in the future but right now everybody seems to be getting along fine. I enjoy this website because it allows me to hear the positive side of being a raccoon owner. I contacted the Dept of wildlife resources to apply for his permit and of course they want to seize him and rehabilitate him into the wild... wrong! I can't imagine the thought of him not being part of my life and I look forward to many years of raccoon/kittycat playtime!!!
Well, I certainly don't know if this is typical play behavior but I have a story to share. Perhaps someone with more 'coon experience can kinda explain it.
We live out in a very rural area. I feed all manner of animals that come up looking for a meal - I have a small band of raccoons who have come to me for quite some time. They eat the kibble I put out and that's fine by me. One night I heard this awful commotion and I stepped outside to see what was the cause. It was the "youth gang." They had obviously sated their appetites and they were throwing uneaten kibble at each other, running up and down the deck and railings. I thought it was a fight so I promptly went back into the house.
The next night, the same thing. Food fight. After nearly a week of this insanity I figured that if I just stood there where they could see me, the fighting would stop. Uh, no. They all started throwing kibble at me. So I, being an idiot, threw it back instinctively. This "Animal House" scene in the cafeteria only the students have four furry legs, not two. We do this a couple times a week.
There is absolutely no aggression being displayed, it's like it's a game and I'm a player.
Let me say this, I have haven a caregiver of feral animals for almost all of my 50 years. We moved here to this house 9 years ago and 'coons were always a part of my "family." I know what trust is and I feel they trust me. So, are these little furballs doing illicit critter drugs? Or am I just "one of the gang?"
from my experience i have realized they are hard to get socialized, so dont force them to.
I have a racoon named Missy. She is 16 years old. I believe she is the oldest living racoon. She is a little arthritic,but still gets around good. She is very friendly, and gets along with all other
animals. It is a full time job taking care of a racoon. Please do not consider raising one unless you are devoted to the animal.
i have placed at least 75 racoons back in the wild, i can only describe it as what it must feel like to give up a child, it is heart wrenching. i recently was able to acquire 40acres of thick woods, before i was taking them to a state park where traffic is slow and there are no hunters. i would go back and call them out and even with the last visits being 6 months they always come to me. when someone brought me a baby i always started them out on baby ceral and 2% milk, they were alot bigger than the pictures you are posting here at that age. i have built a huge den for the three i released here in july and they still come every night to the buffet i leave for them. they have brought in 14 wild coons. only my lucy will let me pick her now, my husband said she closes her eyes when she lays her head on my shoulder. It is perhaps sinful that i love them so much, but they are truly a blessing from God. luvracoons
I have 2 beautiful raccoons. One I have raised since she was 3 weeks old, she is now 16 months. The other was 3 months and was too friendly to be released and made a great playmate for the other one. They are the sweetest girls I have ever had. I was never expecting to keep them but I don't think they would be afraid of things, they like my dogs and love people. I do feed the others that are released. They come in and eat in my back yard feeder when their food supply is low. I never would suggest anyone keeping them as they really belong in the outdoors free, but I will never turn my back to help any animal in distress. I hope more would help these sweet intelligent animals. Over-development is taking away their food supply as well as other wild animals. They are hungry and are destructive since their land is disappearing. Help them out.
We are just so fascinated by our nightly racoons. They are so fun to watch, they are histerical. We have had and at times still do have anywhere from 8 to 10 racoons visit us at a time, but for the most part 5 to 6. 3 of them are babies just a few months old or so: Snikers, Ollie and Coony. We have one we call Bobber, he has no tail, but one heck of a large tail end. He is a big racoon. We also have one we call Rocky. He is another big boy and Daisy the one we believe is the mama to the wee ones. We feed them dog food, they love it. We also give them healthy treats. Rocky has been coming around for a year now. He was the first of the coon brigade. We have a relationship, but not the kind that I can touch. Bobber and Daisy are the same. They started coming around 6 months ago. We get close to each other but they keep there distance somewhat. The babes have been hanging aroung since Oct. Now the babies are completely different. They walk all over me! They come around about the same time every night so we pretty much know when to except them. When we see them we open the back door and in they come. It's like the kids "mom! where's our dinner!" Did I mention we live in a rural area that kinda sorta backs up to a wooded area. They are so much like dogs. They just dominate the backyard for hours every night. There really is so much I can say about them, but I have stop sometime. I write like I talk. On and on and on. One thing we really are enjoying is watching the babies grow and change. We also have 2 possums that come and we have 3 cats. They are all one big happy family. They eat together, drink together and share their love, affection, and infatuation just as we do with them.
We have had the opportunity to be parents to three raccoons thus far. The first two were twin boys, Rick and Rock...Rick went off on his own, and Rock, well he stayed with us until he was about one and half years old. He ended up being tailess, as he came home one night with his tail injured. We have discovered, that since Rock went out on his own, he is currently living about 2 miles from our home, and is now a proud papa. He continues to have human friends, and behaves well while in their company.
Our last addition, Polly Wolly Doodle, our only female, has unfortunately passed away 2 months ago. It is assumed that she contracted feline distemper. However, our 'Hoodle Doodle' brought us extreme happiness, and will always be in our hearts. God Bless You, my baby girl!
Having a raccoon is like having 10 3-year olds in your house and each going in their own direction. Madness yet entertaining..let em make the mess, it is only what is expected. But if you get stressed at your stuff being shredded, trampled etc, a raccoon may not be the pet you want!