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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Rena - 2008-07-06
I live in Tampa Florida and just got my permit for a pet raccoon. Now I am looking for a rehab in my area that I can volunteer at. I want to volunteer to find out what it takes to care for a forever pet raccoon. I have read and did lots of research, however reading isn't all I need... I need hands on. I feel I have what it takes to bring a baby raccoon in as a new family member, but think I can and really doing it are 2 seperate things. So if you know of anyone that rehabs raccoons or are a rehabber, please contact me @ subject it "Raccoon Rehab" please.

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  • ALINA - 2012-05-18
  • Dana Deck - 2015-04-07
    We recently took in 3 baby raccoons, two males and a female. We are thinking of keeping the female as a family member. We have contacted several agencies in Winter Haven, but no one has returned our calls. If you feel like you could handle having one of our babies, please email me at Their eyes are just starting to open. They are the sweetest little things I have ever come across!
  • Dana Deck - 2015-04-07
    Could you please tell me how to go about getting a permit to keep our babies?
  • renee - 2015-06-03
    Would love one for a playmate for my boy....please call if still have 706-507-9696 thank you
  • Kristi - 2015-09-22
    I have 4 month old raccoon that I have raised since she was a little thing. I live in the state of Alabama and can't find a vet here that will spay her. Does anyone know where or how I can get her spayed and seen by a vet?
mary wille - 2009-01-20
Temperament issues, girls verses boys in raccoons, you hit the nail on the head. This is one person's opinion, I have had boys and girls, girls are moodier especially around breeding time. Boys seem a little more able to adjust to new things and calmer. nakoosa

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  • brandon mcgrother - 2015-04-28
    So you would recommend getting a male raccoon over getting a female? I already had a female named roxy she recently passed away and im wanting another but I wanted to see which sex would be best tempered as a pet
Baily Gregory - 2015-04-21
I'm looking for a baby raccoon in the east tx area! I grew up with raccoons in the house and I would love to have my own.

Kimberly Creighbaum - 2014-01-09
I have a pet raccoon named baby. She was stranded by her momma last year. We waited two days for her mom to come back but she never did. So I called several rehabbers and no one wanted to take a raccoon. One person even told me to have a vet put her down. No way to that! I love animals.  Baby is a joy to have. Very affectionate and playful. She just has a look of pure joy on her face when she plays. We have a chihuahua and they are best buddies. I never thought a raccoon could be such a joy but Baby is really fun. They do keep you on your toes, you have to watch them all the time because they are faster then a two year old and love getting into things. Always exploring everything they can get into. Wouldn't trade her for the world though :) 

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  • Linda - 2014-07-29
    I found a baby raccoon about 4 weeks old that I'm caring for. Can you tell me what did you for de-worming or any input you can share. Thanks Linda
  • Linda stokes - 2014-12-02
    Great story, I love to hear about people like you who love animals like I do. I have a mama racoon who came to me and I started feeding her, in a month or so she came to me with two babies ,so they almost a year old. I have to hide the food dish because where I live you can't feed wild animals. Thank goodness it is at night. The little girl lets me scratch her neck.the little boy stays away.they are so gentle.the mama eats grapes out of my hand, she is so sweet she never grabs or try's to bite. I just love them all. Thanks for story.
  • Linda stokes - 2014-12-02
    Great story, I love to hear about people like you who love animals like I do. I have a mama racoon who came to me and I started feeding her, in a month or so she came to me with two babies ,so they almost a year old. I have to hide the food dish because where I live you can't feed wild animals. Thank goodness it is at night. The little girl lets me scratch her neck.the little boy stays away.they are so gentle.the mama eats grapes out of my hand, she is so sweet she never grabs or try's to bite. I just love them all. Thanks for story.
Herb Rowder - 2004-10-10
I once had a pet racoon named Renovie. I got him as a pup when a friend of mine found his dead mother by the side of a tree and 3 pups up in a nest. I also had a dog at the time, a cockapoo male, but they got along OK and even slept together. He would use a litter box like a cat, and would eat all kinds of things that people eat, and also what the dog ate. He liked to eat dry dog food by taking a piece in his paws and dipping it in the water bowl, letting it soak a while, and then eating it. He did not damage anything, but he could open any cabinet and would go in there and root around, and once in a while you would find him sleeping in a large speghetti pot. I only kept him for about a year though, because as he matured he really wanted to be outside all the time... he literally climbed the curtains. I would take him for walks with the dog, both on seperate leashes. The dog would visit the bottom of the trees and Renovie would climb them. I had people actually pull their cars over and ask me what kind of "dog" that was!

After a year, I saw my friend again who had given him to me and he said that he would take Renovie to a farm he knew of where the people would feed him and let him run around in their protected wooded area. That seemed like the right solution so I had to let him go. I missed him though. He was a good pet. Perhaps a female would not have been so anxious to go out and roam, but I doubt it. They are after all, wild animals and that instinct is very strong in them.

In the year I had him, he went from about 2-3 pounds to a little over 25 pounds in weight so they grow very fast and are always kind of hungry. Having a pet racoon is like having an animal that is a cross between a cat and a monkey. They are very curious and intelligent animals. At least as smart as a very smart dog. They figure things out and can use their hands very effectively to solve problems and open things. They will reach into your pockets and pull stuff out to have a look. I used to keep some "snacks" in my shirt pocket so when Renovie would sit on my lap he would reach in there and get something to eat. If his little "stash" ran out he would complain about it and poke me in the nose with his nose and paw my pocket so I would put more stuff in there for him to pull out. He seemed to like the act of getting the snack out of my pocket as much as actually eating it. Like a dog, he knew his name and would come when you called him, making a little chittering sound like the cooing of a dove. Anyone who ever had one would have to say they were good pets and worthy of respect.

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  • Patience - 2014-06-26
    Hello I have a pet raccoon he is very sweet but I heard they seem to get mean when they get older is that true at all?
Kristin Goodrow - 2013-12-30
I recieved two baby raccoons b/c the mom was trapped and relocated and the people had no idea that the raccoon had babies in their attic. Swindle and Sway are their names. I wresteled with how I was going to release them after tons of studying because I was bonded to them. When they were old enough they would follow me around the back yard and swim in our pool. I sat under trees for many hours while they played. We let them out more and more until they chose they wanted to stay outside and we filled a bowl of food and water for them. Both became pregnant and they still came home for food and treats. Swindle still comes inside the house to say hello to the dogs and would bring her baby with her. Swindle imprinted on me and I had thought that I would never be able to release her but the slow release proved to me that raccoons instincts are strong. From a young age they dug in the ground for food. Sway is wild to the point I would no longer attempt to pick her up but Swindle chooses to climb in my lap and eat a cookie still and when she sees me in the yard at night and she's out in a tree somewhere she always comes to say hi to her mom! My husband and I are rabies vaccinated and know well that raccoons are unpredictable so we are cautious. However we have a special bond with our raccoons who are almost two now. We love them.

pet poor mom - 2009-11-05
I've just recently gotten a baby raccoon that I have hand raised from a bottle. I want to have him neutered and was curious about the procedure, is it done like a cat or dog neuter. He is the sweetest like guy.

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  • Kayla - 2010-04-28
    Can somebody please help me?! I found a baby coon, maybe 3 weeks old? His eyes are open. I need ideas on feeding him, ect.
  • James - 2010-05-01
    I just got a baby raccoon he eats good but I don't know if he has used the bathroom. Is that normal?
  • chasidee perry - 2010-06-06
    "Me and my boyfriend found a baby raccoon and the mother was dead we plan on keeping it because it was just sitting on the side of the road. Do you have any information for me on how to take care it.
  • Michelle - 2010-08-15
    If you plan on keeping a raccoon as a pet he/she will need to be spayed by a qualfied vet. You may wish to seek out a vet with exotic animal experience, go to one of the many raccoon chat rooms for advice as to a good vet in your area. Depending on the laws of your state you may need to provide documentation to prove that the raccoon was not taken from the wild but purchased from a licensed dealers. Some states require permits. If you live in NE FL I know of a great vet. Worming and vaccinations are a must do too.
  • Dorothy - 2012-08-16
    Michelle, I need that vets name... Vaccinated myself and wormed but need neutering. I'd appreciate it so much. I've been afraid to ask anyone!
  • Schuyler - 2012-09-22
    Hello, I was hoping someone could help... Is it legal to have raccoons in NC as a pet? Their mother died, and 2 babies were left at birth ... there was no way they could survive on their own. People took them in, and bottle fed, and now they can no longer keep them due to kids, so we are wanting to take them in. We have called local vet to find out about having 1 of them fixed, along with shots/worming etc. I have searched high and low all over internet on NC law but I keep finding conflicting information on this. Any help would greatly be appreciated. BTW they are now 15 weeks old, and hand tame, so they wouldnt be able to be released back into the wild..have been bottle fed, and well taken care of since birth. Anyone we ask....cant give us a straight answer. Thank you for your time, I hope to hear back from you. I reside South East of Charlotte,NC.
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    i have worked with many racoons yes it is similar to a dog or cat getting fixed. make sure you pick an apropriate animal hospital especially ones that already deal with wildlife
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  • Julie Ballard - 2013-05-09
    How do I find a raccoon chat room? I googled it and found nothing. I need help from people who truly LOVE these animals and more importantly care about the people who have devoted their lives to them.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    Julie... I don't know whre you can find a chat room, but there are several great people that check in here and offer great help. Sign in with your facebook, and then you will get notified whenever someone posts.
  • Julie Ballard - 2013-07-12
    Thanks so much for responding. I have two girls who are my life right now. I am concerned about one of them though and I'm not sure I can find a vet who could help due to so little studies done on raccoons. Sables hair is thinning and her tail is not bushy. I am aware that females pull their hair out to make nest in early spring and she was very territorial this spring even though she didn't have the babies. I have spent many hours wondering why they evolved with the rings around their tails and I truly believe it's for their young to follow because their vision is very poor. I'm wondering if her tail shrank because of this. It's not got bald patches its just not bushy. She eats and seems content. Does anybody have a clue?
  • mary hicks - 2013-12-28
    Yes you need to get a vet that will do it and you would be charged for the fee of a small animal. He needs shots too they have real problems with respiratory problems so need the distemper and rabies mostly. Worm him for round worms every three months and use the puppy type.
Richard Rodgers - 2013-08-01
I have a three year old male, I have had him since he was a baby. I would like to find him a happier home, he lives in the house and is very lovable. If you are interested text me at 440-328-9699 or call if you would like to.

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  • felicia b - 2013-09-18
    You have a male ring tail cat for sale?
  • lolo - 2013-10-12
    He/she is lovely ...... ps I want one.
courtney davis - 2013-06-21
I have two little ones hefty and chance. I recieved them when their mother was shot going into a barn. They had their eyes and ears shut so only a week old. Hefty has become very loving and affectionate, he uses the litter box and loves to sit on my shoulder and play with my hair. However chance is very mean,he bites hisses and claws. I'm planning on releasing chance as he has a wild mentality, but to release hefty would be certain death as he wouldnt know what to do. I am currently working on getting my rehabilitators license and becoming a rehabilitator. I agree with everyone, DO NOT take on a raccoon if you cannot handle it. They may be cute as babies but will grow fast and become unpredictable!

Dawn - 2013-05-26
Hello, well I am sorry to say, about 2 weeks ago we were clearing land we bought. My husband cut down a dead tree and there was a mama Raccoon with 3 babies in it. The mama ran off so we left the babies alone and hoped mama would come back for them..She came back for 2 but not the little girl.. I brought her home and it has been 2 weeks her eyes are now open and she is doing great. I am a dog breeder so I know about keeping them warm and stimulating them so they can go the bathroom and I just started worming her. I am not sure if I can let her go when she is old enough, I cry just at the thought of her being all alone in the world. Please, if anyone can help with in any information the do's and dont's of raccoon care I really need help. Thank you, Dawn

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-27
    Sounds like you're doing great with your little Raccoon:) Read all the comments here, cuz there's some great info on their care and behaviors, and good luck to you both!