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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"lady" - 2008-11-11
I have a real sweetheart. Coonie has been with us since a bottle fed baby two and a half years ago. I feel so blessed to have found a vet that gives him rabies/distemper shots, (& most importantly I think) nuetered him before he was six months old. He lives in a ferret nation cage (2 stories high), and comes out for regular playtimes. He is a real people person coon, so to speak. His cage is in the foyer, and he loves lady to open the cage and let friends pet him and shake paws. I can only humanize it that he figures if you're cool with mom and dad, you're cool with him. He has won the hearts of many. When he is let out for playtime he doesn't usually come over to snuggle. He has a different personality for playing with each of the different animals. One he is very chatty with, and they often have to be told to quiet down and calm down. Another dog he climbs on top of, they tossle about, and usually end up grooming each other for hours on end. Now that cat he just wishes he could get close to. His favorite "toys" would be ice cubes, the dogs water bowl and anything he can dunk in and out of the water. Like a 2 year old, you put it in, then you take it out, in and out, in and out.
And now as his owner and mom, I'm a little beside myself. I found out today that he has cancer. The vet says that we can put him on prednisone to try and slow it down, but I am concerned about side affects,and possibly a change in his attitude. Right now it only seems to be in his glands on his neck. it started in one gland and within a month it was in the next. The good news is it hasn't gone to any other glands, AND his temperment has not changed, it doesn't seem to be causing any pain. I have noticed he has more frequent coughing fits though.
I know this has been wordy, but thank you for letting me share. I have always felt that Coonie has a mission in life - to change peoples fears and melt their hearts. I hope he can continue to do so.

Anonymous - 2008-11-05
Hi gang, Mary here. Quickly, did anyone else see cnn news when they were giong thru pets in the white house, some first lady way back when it was in black and white had a pet raccoon in the white house. Gees I would loved to know her. Mary. p.s. cooooool!

Anonymous - 2008-11-04
Congradulation mr./mrs.colemen. Your little guy will love you forever. You saved him and that will make a big impact on your relationship with him. My name is Mary and I have posted here before, so I am sure you can tell how I feel about release. Everyone has an opinion, but what I wanted to say is your gonna see just how loveable these creatures are. Shoot, half the humans I've met are not as loving as theses guys. He will grab your finger and cry for you, it's awesome. I have a raccoon named rocky. Well I said someday I would tell the story on how we came upon each other. Well it was late january in wisco. Our home had just burned to the ground, lost my orphan raccoon in the fire. I don't want go into details because I will cry, it was an electrical fire in a 1813 farm house. The lights went out and I couldnt find him in the dark, the smoke, anyways. It was aweful, meeka was his name. Well, we had to stay at ma's until we had a roof over our head again. About 2 weeks after it happen I was sipping a cup of coffee looking out my ma's patio window and I saw a blop in the middle of the driveway. My ma lived on a 42 acre farm road a mile back in the woods. So it was cold but I went to go see what it was. It was a raccoon, no ears, no tail and I did not think it was possible to see ribs on a coon. It had more gray from age then brown or black. I put a blanket over him, then a sleeping bag, then a down blanket, then a cage and hay, then a heater. Well this went on for 2 days. I put food out but he wasn't eating. Finally I wrapped him up in some of this stuff and picked him up, he was so light, and brought him in. I think my ma was gonna kill me. My husband understood, tough guy cried as hard as I do when we think of meeka. Well I gave rocky some penicillin in the butt and wormed him with a syringe in the mouth. Not even a snarl, he knew we were trying to help. Gave him some ensure (vitamin drink), he guzzled it. He had no teeth, he couldn't eat anything hard, that was 3 years ago. Rocky is still here with us. He lets us know when he's gotta go potty, goes out and comes right back in, he hates the outside. Why, I can only image why, he has no tail or ears and all that he has seen in the wild. He is so old, gees I don't know an age. My point is they know when you save them. Meeka was an orphan, he was with us for 3 years before tha fire. He stuck by us like glue. Rocky is so sweet, kittens lie on his back, he sleeps next to the dog and half the time he's upside down with all four limbs in the air snoring. He's a "wild" raccoon, not bought. Now Nakoosa is a purchased raccoon. We built her an outside kennel plus the house. She just came home after running the countryside for 1 month, she's gonna learn the hard way. Rocky and meeka already knew the hard way and wanted nothing more to do with it. Each of them have their own personalities, and I hope if you have the patience, mr/mrs colemen, you are about to enjoy the best companion you will ever have. Mary

Coleman - 2008-11-02
Hey everyone,
I appreciate all of the positive comments on raising raccoons. I was recently at work and found an orphaned coon less than a week old. His two siblings were already dead, but this one has survived the loss of his mother, hypothermia, dehydration, and two days' worth of uninformed mishandling, but is now getting much stronger and doing quite well. While looking up how to properly care for this animal I found many articles saying that I needed to take any baby coon to a professional wildlife rehabilitator, but I've gotten pretty attached to the little guy and now look forward to raising him-maybe to have as a companion and maybe to release when he is capable of surviving on his own, we'll have to see.

mary wille - 2008-10-20
Hi raccoon companions. I think I posted on the wrong page before so here are some things I have learned throughout the years of caring for these creatures. Never never hit a raccoon. We would shake our finger at nakoosa when she was a baby and she would cover her eyes with her paws, gees how cute is that. We have a much older guy raccoon, some day I will tell you guys the story on how we acquired him, it is awesome. But he started to have seizures. He came from the wild so the worst was going through my mind, rabies. Took him to a vet, no rabies, But there was some sort of toxin in his blood. Turned out it was the kitty litter, it has all kinds of crap in it. Raccoons in the wild will sit in shallow creek beds and eat the silt, it contains shells, shrimp, and all kinds of stuff. Now we got natural stuff no more siezures. Litter boxing is great, but get all natural stuff. Babies are a blast but their fingers can and will open everything. If you have to bottle feed, I watched nakoosa's previous owner do it. You need to gently hold their heads until they get use to grabbing that fake nipple. Once they get it they will do it on there own. My guys loved pudding, ensure the nutrition drink, ice cream, and glazed pecans. One mistake I made, one time nakoosa got into potatoe chips as a baby. She started choking seriously. I was showering and she was next to the tub, I literally got water down her throat and shook her upside down. Why she almost choked I am not clear on, but she did. Oh and another thing, get a tub or old baby wash bin, they love shallow water. We went to the local bait shop got some minnows, boy she had a blast. If you choose to walk your raccoon using a leash, never put it around the neck. Put it around the back of their front legs. Choose trees with little branches, and don't let them go to high that they can get hung up on your leash and you can't get them. And one other thing I can remember for now, never give any animal advil or tylenol, it is poison literally to any other creature but us. Hope this helps some people. Oh if you have a sick raccoon, the pink stuff from the vet for cats, penicillin,will not hurt your little guy. Use it the same way you would your cat, it goes by there weight. Oh and natural garlic is good if they will eat it. Mary

rachel hatton - 2008-10-17
I found a baby racoon covered in cooking oil at my job last nite and I don't wanna see him die. What can I do for him? I have him in a box with a blanket trying to get some of the oil off him, but I don't know if it's gonna work. I think he needs a bath but he is wild and I don't wanna get bit. So what do I do? Please help.

mary wille - 2008-10-17
Hi again. I think it is just wonderful to see all the people who take the time out of their lives to be a companion to a raccoon. Now if we could just convince our local d.n.r people and vets, that in the right place theses guys make "great pets". I would like to take the time to thank the women from this animal-world web site, for her info about my companion, and to help clear up what's going on at brighton farms. Hopefully she got all her creatures back in their proper homes. I have been down there, the sugar creek floods very quickly. Melody was always so kind to me, so I knew something like that had to be the issue. Gees, she has been in business for at least 8 years, a good person. Getting back to our critters, that man with the beautiful home for his little friend, send some pictures. Love to see it. And just to explain my point a little clearer, if your critter is hanging around just outside, with no encloser bad things tend to happen to them. Thats when I believe we need to step in. Cars will hit them, predatores will kill them, and they don't know this. Thats why I said about living in the backyard, I truly believe if a raccoon has identified you as their parent or soul mate, it doesn't matter what you look like. All they know is they feel safe and comfortable with you. You don't have to look like a raccoon for that. So I dont believe they're better off "un" setting them free after establishing a strong bond with you. they're better off with you. You're not going to run over them or break their back to kill them for your food, but coyotes will and dogs will. Yes in many states their hide is still sold for money, so setting them free is not always the best route. Easier on you, yes. Easier on your raccoon, no. Mary

ray - 2008-10-16
I love my raccoon (Bandit). He has his very own 160 sq foot home with vaulted ceilings, with a concrete floor and drain, stairs going up to his master bed room. He has his own soft rocking chair that he loves, and a sliding class door 4 big pella windows. He has 3 14ft and 1 16 foot trees in his house to climb and a big slide. He is a very good pet. I, my wife, and kids just love him so very much. He is 7 mounths old and we hope to have him for a very long time to come.

cbbb2n2 - 2008-10-16
My wfe was walking this morning and came across a baby racoon. She brought it home. I am not sure of its age or what to do with it as far as caring for it goes. Its eyes are not opened, it is completely covered with fur, from its nose to its eyes are black, and you can just make out the rings on its tail. What do we do to care for it?

Editor - 2008-10-11
Hey everyone! We have been getting a lot of comments from people who want to help with home placement, or provide other racoon help. Those comments are all listed in the Community Forum. So check for those post in the forums under: Small animal topics > Small Animal Types,