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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Belinda - 2007-06-29
I have had Raccoons as "pets". I use the word pet loosely, because there were more like members of the family. I agree that 99% of people who want a pet raccoon will probably not be able to properly take care of them. They are so very precious when they are babies, but like everything else, they grow up. I kept my coonies inside and they had full run of the house. They were never caged and were allowed to go in and out at will. They chose to stay inside most of the time and I have never had one that went out and did not come back. They used a litter box that was filled with water instead of litter. I simply dumped out the dirty water once or twice a day and as long as the water was kept relatively clean, they never used the potty anywhere else except the box. They are extremely curious and those little "hands" are constantly feeling of everything around them. I get the biggest kick in the world out of them and would take in another in a NY second, but I know what to expect and know that I can handle it. They are as destructive and mischieveious as they are cute. They can get into anything, anywhere. I had childproof locks on EVERY SINGLE CABINET IN MY HOUSE! They can open medicine bottles, the refrigerator (nothing like coming downstairs in the middle of the night to see what the noise is only to find a raccoon sitting in the fridge, eating what looked good and tossing the rest onto the kitchen floor), they will unplug your clocks, tv's ect., break your trinkets and whatnots, hide your keys, chew the buttons off your cell phone, and yes...they DO and WILL BITE. They have very sharp claws and teeth and can inflict damage even when not meaning to. They (at least mine did) become very territorial towards their house and their family. You must put them behind closed doors before letting company inside. Mine would not tolerate the presence of anyone that did not live in the house. If a thief had ever broken into the house, he/she would have been easy to find later. If they managed to get out of the house, you could just check the local ER for a shredded person! So...if you are super patient, don't mind replacing material possessions, can take pain from bites and scratches, have adequate space, never go on vacation, have excellent homeowners insurance, rarely have company and if you have the proper paperwork/licenses to keep one, go ahead. But please please! Be sure you can take care of it FOREVER or provide for it in case you are unable to.

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  • Gunner\'s Mom - 2013-05-07
    You nailed it. I have had mine for two years. We bought him from a breeder, as a baby. He is fixed & vaccinated. He is my son. You are absolutely correct. I talk a lot of people out of the idea because it takes a rare, certain person to be a Forever Mom. If an owner were to decide they don't want the pet anymore, chances are this beautiful animal would wind up being put down at some point, as they don't like serious change. Therefore, one must make a life long commitment to this pet. I am fortunate Gunner has myself & his daddy, otherwise, there would be no vacation for me. Only one of us goes at a time..the other remains home with him. As far as his minor mood swings (like any person has), he has learned my stern voice, 'don't you bite me.' I do want to point out that tbe column above is incorrect, which I am sure you noticed too... For those unaware, DO NOT FEED RACCOONS CAT FOOD OR TABLE SCRAPS!!!!! A good quality DOG food & HEALTHY people food (as snacks). Nothing pertaining to tomatoes, onions, garlic, CHOCOLATE....cat food will eventually harm & kill internal organs, chocolate can kill immediately, & the other at the least will cause major tummy trouble. I feed mine Iams weight control dog food, celery, frozen green beans (awesome snack!), & fresh spinach leaves. Respect your baby, & he/she will show you respect & love in return :-)
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Patrick - 2013-03-22
I've had a pet female raccoon for just over a year now. She was spade about 5 months ago. It is breeding season and she ran away 3 nights ago!  Will she come back? What can I do to try and get her back home? Thank you all, I miss her so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    So sorry to hear about your runaway. Hopefully she will stay in the area and return. Maybe you could try putting out a favorite food, or putting out food at the particular time she is used to being fed to coax her back. Good luck!
  • cindy - 2013-04-23
    Get a live animal trap and put her favorite food in it. She should return looking for food. As long as she has not been hurt. I am a breeder in Oklahoma and have been for nearly 15 years now.
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elaine - 2013-03-18
We adopted 2 orphaned raccoons about 8 years ago. We got them when their eyes were still closed. About 1 month ago one of them passed away...now the remaining one (Bertha) is grief stricken and will not eat, and is getting weaker and weaker. I have not been able to bring her out of it - the sisters had not ever spent one day apart. I tried some Ensure - she would have nothing to do with it - I have tried feeding her all her favorites...nothing. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    I am so so sorry to hear about your raccoon :( It sounds like she is just not responding to what she would typically respond to. Is there a wildlife vet or exotic pet vet in your area that you could consult? That would be my best suggestion at this point. I hope to hear she gets better.
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Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
HELLO EVERYONE I HAVE A PET RACOON NAMED SABRINA WHO IS TURNING ONE YR OLD ON MARCH 31.  I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH RESCUE AND REHABILITATION RELEASE CENTERS AND HAD AQUIRED MINE WHEN SHE WAS FOUND ON HER MOM AT 5 WEEKS OLD. RACOONS ARE VERY SMART OPURTUNIST MEANING IF THEY SEE IT AND WANT SOMETHING THEY WILL GET IT.  WHEN FINDING BABBIES ESPECIALLY NEWBORNS REMEMBER THEY CANOT GO TO THE POTTY U MUST STIMULATE THEM TO GO POTTY THIS CAN BE DONE WITH A Q TIP AND THE BEST MILK IS PUPPY MILK.ESIBILAC AND KMR ARE GOOD NBRANDS TO USE. NO HOUSE MILK IT CAN CONSTAPATE AND KILL YOUR BABBIES.  ALSO STIMULATE BABBIES UNDER 3 WEEKS OLD TO GO EVERY 3 HOURS TO POTTY. IF NOT DONE THE BLADDER WILL RUPTURE.  RACOONS LOVE ATTENTION AND WHEN BABBIES CAN BE AN ATTENTION HOG. MINE WAS. I AM CURRENTLY WORKIG TO GET THE PERMITS NEC TO OPEN MY OWN REHAB AND RELEASE CENTER FOR ORPHANED AND INJ WILDLIFE. I LOVE MY JOB AND RESPONSABILITIES AND WILL ALWAYS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REG RACOON CARE OR ANY OTHER ???? PLEASE EMAIL ME AT HOPEFORDOLPHINS@YAHOO.COM

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penny strong - 2012-07-03
I have a baby raccoon that was found alone under a car 6 weeks ago. She is about 7 weeks old..She lives in our house but with many dogs that think she is like a squeek toy.. I do not have a safe place to release her and we do love her sooo much.. She is however very lonely as my time is divided in so many ways.. Does anyone have a great place were she can be homed forever or a soft release.. We need help soon... Thanks Penny

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  • Anonymous - 2012-07-03
    Also about this baby (Scarlett) She lives only in our home and is so sweet. My worry about setting her back to the wild is that she does not know she is a raccoon. She does still drink from her bottle but only because she loves it. She also eats most anything we offer... I am willing to travel to get her to a home were someone understands and loves her. It is agaist the law her to own one so I worry about this as much as my careful eye with our dogs who on the most part are good with her. I just dont trust them 100%.. Please please can any one home her. My phone is 802-888-2662 Penny
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    if you wher located in tampa i could take her i hope you find an apropriate place
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Jackie - 2012-09-23
I Was Wondering , I Have 2 Coon's Their Going To Be Breeding , And I Wasnt Sure If I Need To Take My Male Away From Her And The Babie's ? If Anyone Knows Please Let Me Know ... Thank's

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-23
    Occuring naturally the male and female would only stay together during courtship and  mating.  The male would then leave prior to the babies being born leaving the female to have the babies and feed them and care for them.  I would not leave a male racoon in with the female after breeding has occured.  They are loners by nature - definitely not monogomous and they can be quite aggressive. 
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    yes as the male will kill the babbies or try to. it bis best to seperate them
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Nicki - 2012-11-11
I am looking for a good home for a wonderful little raccoon. She is completely tamed and loves dogs and people. My friend who has raised her has recipe toy had a special needs child and would like to re home the raccon to where she can get more attention. Any info anyone could give me would be very appreciated.

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  • bell city girl - 2012-11-26
    i might be interested in your raccoon if it is still available.I have had a raccoon in the past i just love them. My old raccoon Bandit we let go last summer.please let me know if you still have him.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-26
    You'll need to put some contact information in your post...
  • Melissa Immel - 2012-12-08
    I have a 5 month old male and I love him so much. He stays in the house with a cat & 3 dogs. They play all the time. The dogs go out in the daytime and he goes too when I go out with him. I would love to have a female too so he can have a companion.
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april dillon - 2012-06-22
After having lived in the big city for many years,we moved to mo, where I've found that some people have no regard for the wild life we have steadily taking their natural homes from.  After a mother racoon was run over the baby was left laying on her dead mother. So as easily as I'm writing this I have also choose to give her a home. She is young and so far very sweet,but I always remind myself she is wild..but if she was left there she could never survive.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-22
    I am glad you did.  You care and that is a good thing and he/she is so very lucky to have found you.
  • Jim - 2012-07-06
    I wish there where more people like you. I'm tired of the 'just shoot it' redneck morons or the 'let nature take it's course' crowd. The car that ran over the mother wasn't nature... and who would you rather have as next door neighbors, a bunch of rednecks shooting everything that moves or a racoon?
  • Cheryl Macdonald - 2012-10-11
    Oh my God! You are so right!!! I am so glad that there are other people with a brain and a heart out there!!! Thanks.
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Danna - 2012-09-09
If anyone needs a home for a raccoon i would love to offer a home. We have raised them before. We live on 3 acres in eastern nc on the water. I have rehabbed deer, squirrel and raccoons. Email dczesak@gmail.com or text 9102645900

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  • ABW - 2012-09-18
    I have a friend with a young female raccoon that she saved. It's beautiful and has been given the utmost of respect in quality care. If interested, please email me and I will pass along your info to her.
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Kim Morris - 2012-08-21
I was given a brother and sister baby raccoons when they were just two weeks old.I bottle fed and raised them in my home for 3 years.The male started acting strangely and attacked my husband viciously. I thought maybe he would calm down and go back to his normal self. A week later,the male then attacked me. We had no choice but to put him into the wild. I really miss him and wished that he didn't turn out like that. The female raccoon is so lovable and completely different from her brother.I just don't understand what happened to him.:(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-22
    It is called puberty --- 
  • Kim Morris - 2012-08-22
    Are all male raccoons that mean?
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