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Raccoons Eating my Cats Food

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I hear about it all the time, the phone rings with a customer telling me how a Raccoon has been stealing there cats food from the porch. Fact is, that when the food is outside, its everyone’s food that lives in the outdoors. And even though you may live in the city, the same rules apply as do in the wild.

Survival of the fittest: Sad but true, only the fittest or fastest get to eat in the wild. It doesn’t mean that your kitty has to starve though because there are options, and you hold the key to resolving this issue. Raccoon’s are nocturnal animals, the sunlight on a bright day will actually hurt there eyes, because they are adapted to low light conditions. Your cat may go toe to toe with a Raccoon over a bowl of food, but she may get seriously hurt, or killed! Raccoon’s have been known to kill dogs twice there size when threatened.

Feed in the Day Time: Its alright to feed a cat outdoors, just don’t do it when the Raccoon’s are active. Seeing as the Raccoon’s come out of hiding right around dusk, that’s when the food bowls should come inside.

How to tell: How do you know if a raccoon has been eating your cats? I have an answer for everything, All you need to do is put a pie pan full of water near the food. Raccoon’s can’t resist putting food and there hands in in the water. In the morning if the water in the pan is muddy… that’s a Raccoon eating your cats food!

Is it alright if they share?: Well, no… its not. Like I said before, Raccoon’s are armed to fight pretty well. There’s no need to find out if your cat will win in a fight with a raccoon. And there are other dangers that a Raccoon in the area will pose to your cat. Rabies, distemper, and parasites which could all be transmitted to your cat, could have lethal results. You wouldn’t park your car in a tow zone, and you wouldn’t touch something if there were a WET PAINT sign would you? Well sometimes the sign isn’t spelled out so plainly, but if you know you have Raccoon’s eating your cats food, do something about it right away. If you feed outside, be sure to wash the cat bowls out with bleach every day before filling the bowl again.

Trapping Raccoon’s: In a situation where the Raccoon must be removed, be sure to call a professional trapper. There are several reasons for this, and I’ll go into it a little here. The Raccoon here on the porch could be a mother raccoon with young waiting for her to return. If you can see the nipples on a Raccoon, she has babies which will surely starve without her. Although we feel invaded with her eating our cats food, its just a Raccoon doing what Raccoon’s do.

Raccoon’s Entering Cat Doors: Well, your cat learned how to use the doors, and now, so did the Raccoon’s. There is a cat door out there called a PET SAFE DOOR. It stays locked until the cat is close to it with a transmitter on its collar. Then it locks again when the cat passes threw it. Wonderful idea for cat owners who let there cats outside. I have had calls from people who would get Raccoon’s raiding there kitchens at night! They cause one heck of a mess, and to be honest with you, that is a dangerous situation.