If you are the owner of an outdoor pet, one of your main concerns should be wildlife control for animals that access your property. Raccoons are particularly troublesome as they are fairly intelligent, have opposable thumbs to manipulate locks and handles, and carry various diseases such as roundworm and rabies. Cats are particularly vulnerable to raccoon attacks because raccoons are often larger than them and travel in groups. If you have a raccoon regularly visiting your property, it is important to call a wildlife control expert to safely remove the animal. If you do not have a resident raccoon yet, here are five ways you can make sure your cat is protected from any potential raccoon visitors.
Check Regularly for Raccoon Droppings
Raccoons will often defecate in the same place multiple times, similar to the way your cat would use their litter box. In fact, if a raccoon has access to your cat's litter box, they may also think it is a great place to defecate. You should regularly check your yard and home for raccoon feces. Occasional animal droppings in your yard can be removed yourself while wearing glove and a mask. However, if you find a raccoon latrine with a buildup of feces and urine, you should not handle it yourself. Raccoon feces may contain several diseases that can affect humans and animals. Instead, call a professional to remove the raccoon latrine and discuss your options for capturing and removing the animal.
Limit Food and Water Sources for Raccoons
The best way to keep raccoons from returning to your yard night after night is to not attract them in the first place. You should put enough food out for your pet during feedings and avoid letting food sit outside unattended. You should bring your cat's food and water dishes inside at night when raccoons are most active. You should also keep your trash in a container with a tight seal. You also might want to rethink installing water sources, such as fountains, in your backyard.
Give Your Cat a Companion and Claws
Raccoons have sharp claws and teeth. They tend to travel in small groups, and they are used to getting in fights. A domesticated cat is often declawed, often living on its own, and taught to not be aggressive. It can also weigh significantly less than an adult raccoon.
To make sure your cat can survive a fight with a raccoon, you should skip declawing it. You should also consider raising cats in pairs to allow them to protect each other. If your cat is already declawed, you should make sure it is locked inside your home at night, especially if you suspect raccoons in the area.
Secure Your Cat Door From the Inside
Raccoons are known to enter homes to scavenge for food. The easiest way for a raccoon to enter your home is through a pet door. You should make sure your cat is inside for the night and then secure the cat door from the inside. While you are securing your pet door, you should be sure to lock your regular doors, as raccoons have been known to turn door handles to enter homes.
Vaccinate Your Pet Regularly
In case your cat has a run in with a raccoon, you want them as protected as possible. This means keeping them up to date with their vaccines and having the emergency phone number of a veterinarian in case an altercation does happen.
The best way to protect your cat and other pets is to be aware of the dangers associated with raccoons and mitigate as much risk as possible. If you think you have a raccoon in your area, call a professional to have it relocated.Share
12 May 2015
My name is Joyce Williams. Thanks for stopping by my website. I hope to provide you with some valuable information about gardening. I live with my family on an acre of land just outside of the city. While not huge, an acre provides me with plenty of room to do what I love: gardening. I have several different gardens on our property. There’s my rose garden, wildflower garden, vegetable garden, and dessert garden. We have lots of trees and shrubbery; there’s even a small pond complete with koi fish on our property. As long as the weather allows, I spend time every day outside in the yard. It doesn't matter what time of year, there’s always something to be done. I’m going to share some tips and information on keeping a garden alive and fresh. Enjoy!