They Don’t Eat Cheap However, as the pests' natural habitat decreases and they spend more time around people, this fear can fade. That means any legal pet raccoon must come from a licensed exotic animal breeder. Even after several generations of captive breeding, raccoons remain wild and willful. They also can catch it from your unvaccinated cat and spread it to other raccoons or other cats. Say goodbye to your clean kitchen, because raccoons are messy eaters who like to dunk their food in water before they eat it. When the descendants decided to sell the house, they didn't bring their furry friends after they moved out. Domestic animals, regardless of size, that survive a serious altercation with an adult raccoon without suffering major injuries are fortunate…some end up maimed, blinded, or dead…. Baby Sitters are Even Rarer When June the raccoon was just a little baby, she fell out of her tree in the backyard of a woman named Bethany. There are thousands of homeless domestic pets who would love to come home with you. Raccoons can get into basements and other areas of your home through open windows and cracks. Police are warning dog owners in the suburb of Riverside to be on the lookout for 'zombie raccoons' infected with the canine distemper virus. Bethany then cared for the orphaned raccoon and raised up till she was old enough to live on her own. If pet raccoons are legal in your state, and you have your heart set on one, be sure to adopt one from an established breeder. Since bigger and stronger animals like dogs are very hard for raccoons to attack or prey on, they tend to find smaller prey such as rabbits or kittens that are let outside into the backyards of homes or public parks. Keep food indoors. Cats have also been known to nurse baby raccoons (see nursing video below). Call Arrow today and keep your love for trash pandas confined to your Instagram feed. © 2000–2020 The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood. A friend does have live traps and the raccoons are used to the free meals of cat food so I probably could get them in a cage, but hunting around for babies is my limit. But Waffles was more than happy to introduce himself very enthusiastically, and he ended up winning over the raccoon instantaneously. Pumpkin, the most famous trash panda, has 1.5 million followers on Instagram. If you find yourself with an uninvited raccoon guest, you need a professional who can relocate your furry friend. Clever and mischievous, raccoons will get into lots of trouble if they are left unsupervised. All rights reserved. #weeklyfluff #bestfriend #pumpkintheraccoon #baby #raccoon #photos4ellen #photooftheday #instagood #instadaily #instalike #friends #potcake #dogsofinstagram #dog. Nope They sure are cute, but there’s a reason they’re called trash pandas. © Arrow Exterminators 2020. And they’ll have accidents and destroy things if they are bored or want to punish you. Amazingly, each raccoon seems to wait their turn to be handed a hotdog by Mr Blackwood who hands them out to his furry friends one by one until they are all busy eating. A post shared by June & Waffles (@juneandwaffles) on Aug 30, 2020 at 6:38am PDT. There’s nothing more important than having friends you can rely on. But mating between wild coons and female cats also occurs. Wake up Toffee it's playtime! Raccoons and dogs don't mix. On nights one and two we camped on a friends’ lawn. Scariest of all, raccoons are a rabies vector. ️ Tag your best friend below! Raccoons are adorable little creatures whose curbside antics are best left outdoors. All Rights Reserved. Still, having a big dog is not always a perfect deterrent for raccoons. Raccoons and big dogs will never be best friends. Good luck finding someone to care for your wily critter when you’re away. I live in a rural area…in a lakeside community where raccoons are abundant…. Without space, exercise and enrichment, they’ll get destructive in a hurry. Since raccoons could be extremely dangerous and life-threatening for your pet, it is best to feed and keep them indoors and protected. Rescue Raccoon And Dog Become The Unlikeliest Of Friends. These dumpster divers are smarter than dogs, and their antics can be endlessly entertaining, but like all Instagram celebrities, looks can be deceiving. Mosquitoes can spread multiple diseases. A raccoon can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. With adorable little hands and inquisitive expressions, pet raccoons have become trendy. In a recent viral video, a man took eight pounds of Hot Dogs outside and fed dozens of hungry Raccoons at once. Before adopting a pet raccoon or kit, ensure you know and educate yourself about pet possession and legal boundaries concerning raccoons. Arrow Exterminators Announces the Strategic Acquisition of DC Scientific Pest Control in Central Alabama, Three New Locations in Central Alabama Brings Exciting Opportunities, 'Tis The Season to Give Thanks for Beneficial Bugs, Arrow Exterminators Lists Insects We Should All Appreciate, Home Protection and Seasonal Pest Prevention Tips. Raccoons and Dogs: A Very Real Threat. Bethany discovered June after she followed the little raccoon’s cries out to the yard, where she found her covered in ants and tree bark. This heartwarming video shows a rescued raccoon who found his forever home and is now best friends with the family dog. There's raccoons in my neighborhood because a family (that used to live on the block) used to breed them and keep them as pets. It’s not just mink: Foxes and raccoon dogs on fur farms ‘may infect humans with coronaviruses’, scientists warn | The Independent It’s not just mink: Foxes and raccoon dogs on fur farms ‘may infect humans with coronaviruses’, scientists warn Exclusive: The whole industry has the potential to act as a virus factory, say animal-welfare activists… They may destroy your furniture, trash cans, drywall, moldings and even attack your other pets. Due to their wily ways, raccoons cannot roam your home unattended. A post shared by June & Waffles (@juneandwaffles). Unfortunately for these star-crossed animal buddies, raccoons and cats can share diseases as easily as they share food. Having a raccoon is like having a puppy for 10 to 15-years. Her initial plan was to rehabilitate the raccoon and release her back into the wild. In many states, it’s illegal to own a pet raccoon. Apparently, what sealed the deal for June to leave her wildness behind was her unrestricted access to the sweet, sweet air conditioning. They’ll destroy houseplants, pull buttons from clothes, flip water bowls, dump bookcases, strip bedding, steal shiny objects and relocate your stuff. Raccoons are about as big as small dogs. Use these tips to lower your families risk. She went and got Waffles, who she was a little apprehensive about bringing into the fold, unsure of how June would react. Many vets have never cared for a raccoon, so you’ll have a hard time finding help when your raccoon is sick. Through sunny filters, fans get a glimpse of Pumpkin’s high-class lifestyle — lounging poolside, massaging his dog companions and savoring tasty bowls of edamame. While you may typically think of raccoons as wild woodland animals, they also can make for excellent pets! Owned and operated by, LLC. See how we’re making a difference for People, Pets, and the Planet and how you can get involved! Read on to find out why the risks of having a pet raccoon can often outweigh the rewards. And since these eight to 20-pound fur balls are too busy to be crated, they require their own room full of bedding, toys and climbing perches. Raccoons are Forever Under such circumstances, the baby coons would probably become imprintedon cat… Life got even better for the little raccoon when she ended up getting her new best friend. They grow to about 23 to 37 inches (60 to 95 centimeters) and weigh 4 to 23 lbs. Since unsupervised adult raccoons can’t be trusted, they are a medical and insurance liability. If you come across an injured or abandoned baby raccoon, call a local wildlife center that is trained in caring for injured wild animals. Raccoons are a lot like people, but their adorably humanlike traits also make them difficult pets.