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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Patrick - 2013-03-22
I've had a pet female raccoon for just over a year now. She was spade about 5 months ago. It is breeding season and she ran away 3 nights ago!  Will she come back? What can I do to try and get her back home? Thank you all, I miss her so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    So sorry to hear about your runaway. Hopefully she will stay in the area and return. Maybe you could try putting out a favorite food, or putting out food at the particular time she is used to being fed to coax her back. Good luck!
  • cindy - 2013-04-23
    Get a live animal trap and put her favorite food in it. She should return looking for food. As long as she has not been hurt. I am a breeder in Oklahoma and have been for nearly 15 years now.
elaine - 2013-03-18
We adopted 2 orphaned raccoons about 8 years ago. We got them when their eyes were still closed. About 1 month ago one of them passed the remaining one (Bertha) is grief stricken and will not eat, and is getting weaker and weaker. I have not been able to bring her out of it - the sisters had not ever spent one day apart. I tried some Ensure - she would have nothing to do with it - I have tried feeding her all her favorites...nothing. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    I am so so sorry to hear about your raccoon :( It sounds like she is just not responding to what she would typically respond to. Is there a wildlife vet or exotic pet vet in your area that you could consult? That would be my best suggestion at this point. I hope to hear she gets better.
Jackie - 2012-09-23
I Was Wondering , I Have 2 Coon's Their Going To Be Breeding , And I Wasnt Sure If I Need To Take My Male Away From Her And The Babie's ? If Anyone Knows Please Let Me Know ... Thank's

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-23
    Occuring naturally the male and female would only stay together during courtship and  mating.  The male would then leave prior to the babies being born leaving the female to have the babies and feed them and care for them.  I would not leave a male racoon in with the female after breeding has occured.  They are loners by nature - definitely not monogomous and they can be quite aggressive. 
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    yes as the male will kill the babbies or try to. it bis best to seperate them
april dillon - 2012-06-22
After having lived in the big city for many years,we moved to mo, where I've found that some people have no regard for the wild life we have steadily taking their natural homes from.  After a mother racoon was run over the baby was left laying on her dead mother. So as easily as I'm writing this I have also choose to give her a home. She is young and so far very sweet,but I always remind myself she is wild..but if she was left there she could never survive.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-22
    I am glad you did.  You care and that is a good thing and he/she is so very lucky to have found you.
  • Jim - 2012-07-06
    I wish there where more people like you. I'm tired of the 'just shoot it' redneck morons or the 'let nature take it's course' crowd. The car that ran over the mother wasn't nature... and who would you rather have as next door neighbors, a bunch of rednecks shooting everything that moves or a racoon?
  • Cheryl Macdonald - 2012-10-11
    Oh my God! You are so right!!! I am so glad that there are other people with a brain and a heart out there!!! Thanks.
Kim Morris - 2012-08-21
I was given a brother and sister baby raccoons when they were just two weeks old.I bottle fed and raised them in my home for 3 years.The male started acting strangely and attacked my husband viciously. I thought maybe he would calm down and go back to his normal self. A week later,the male then attacked me. We had no choice but to put him into the wild. I really miss him and wished that he didn't turn out like that. The female raccoon is so lovable and completely different from her brother.I just don't understand what happened to him.:(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-22
    It is called puberty --- 
  • Kim Morris - 2012-08-22
    Are all male raccoons that mean?
Helen Chavis - 2010-12-03
I have been raising a female raccoon for about 7 months now. I have had her since she was just a few days old. Keeping a raccoon is a 24/7 thing. I hand feed her but she refuses to eat meat. I've tried everything from bacon, tuna, chicken she won't eat any of it she eats dog food, some fruits, fruit snacks, cereal and french fries. I had a hard time getting info about certain problems I had with her so if you have any questions or comments email me

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  • Andrea - 2010-12-15
    Ive had a male raccoon since he was a day old and he recently started getting out, he would come back in the earlie morning and would get in my attic and sleep. He got out sunday night and never came back. Do raccoons hybernate, or u think he found a female and isnt coming back? Everyone in my neighborhood knows i have him and i dont think they set a trap and the pound come and took him. Being raised in doors and with dogs makes me worried. thanks Andrea
  • Jeanie - 2011-07-06
    Good morning ! Do you still have your raccoon ?
    I have been taking care of a female approx. 2.5 weeks old that was given to me to try and save. ( last weekend )
    She is drinking Similac off my finger and is certainly getting better than that first day !!
    Any advice ?
  • Jim - 2012-07-06
    House raised racoons don't hibernate but wild racoons have been know to 'sleep' for a month at a time in harsh winter weather.
  • kristy - 2012-08-20
    I have had my raccoonie for two and a half years now, he has been neutered and sleeps with us every night, a real sweetie! My husband loves ours so much, I no longer get the first kiss when he gets home. He uses the litter box great and has never made a mess on the floor, he does tend to make messes, but hasn't ruined much of anything in our house, and yes he has the run of the house for the most part. He weighs 35 lbs and gives us lots of kisses! Totally love the little guy to peices, I have had many animals including four sheltis that I have now also, ( and yes they get along) I have never had a greater pet!!!
saxon - 2004-03-05
I have a racoon we raised from when it was a baby. we let it go out side it climbs a tree and sleeps in our attic then comes down and we feed and play with it. it hasnt started getting mean yet and its a year and a half.

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  • Jim - 2012-07-06
    Racoons don't get 'mean' but they can become aggressive when they become sexually mature, during mating season (like all wild animals). Many racoons also become 'independent' as they age and don't like to be held and cuddled like they used to. This is typically squirming to get down, not any kind of attack.
Tina - 2010-06-06
Hi, I recently found a baby raccoon under my carport. We have lots of raccoons around our place. We see the tracts in the fields. I very carefully boxed this little fellow up and took him back into the woods behind us. The very next day, here he comes, heads directly into my chicken pen and goes straight for the waters in the chicken pen. I put him in an xlarge dog carrier pen. (wire type) I put a bowl of water, a hanging bottle of water, dog food and peanut butter, dried asst. fruit. I do not want to make a pet out of the little one. It was just so weak and very skinny. It has since really started eating good, becoming less aggressive towards us. I just want to make sure the items I am feeding the little guy won't hurt it. I just want it to get it's strength up and a little age. Then I am going to take it back on the 90 acres around us and let it go.
Is the food I am feeding the little one, ok?
How old should the little one be, before I let it go?
Thank you for your website, very,very helpful.

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  • Jim - 2012-07-06
    Everything you're feeding him sounds good. Raccoons eat just about anything. Don't feed them cow's milk. His age and size for release depend upon the climate in your area. In the north where I live you can usually release a healthy kit in the early fall (born in April or May) and put food/water out for him into the winter. If he's skinny or a runt he'll need help through to a release next Spring. Before releaseing your baby fatten him up to increase his chances of survival!
krisy - 2012-01-01
we have a male raccoon for a year now, we purchased him from a breeder and had him neutered and his have him up to date on all shots. he lives in our house with us, sleeps with us, goes to work in an office with me, and gets along with our shelties great! he is affectionate and loving, but does have his bad moments. he gets into things but mostly is nosey. i have known many people who have had raccoons for several years. this little guy is so fun and sweet. they require a lot of attention, but so him to peices

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  • Mary L. Damm - 2012-03-27
    I have a female raccoon which we have raised from an infant and she is now 2 years old. Where can I get her fixed? I am currently having a problem with her my 12 year old male pomeranian that weighs 17 lbs was like a surrogate parent to her. She currently is double my dogs size and she is now starting to attack him and I am quite concerned. Have you had any issues?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-27
    I would be concerned about the racoon going after your pup. I would at a minimum separate them - completely. I don't know if neutering is the answer - possibly but not sure. I would speak to a rehabilitator.
  • penny strong - 2012-07-03
    Krissy, Your home sounds wonderful for Scarlett... Would you consider our baby raccoon. Penny
Kendra - 2005-09-11
Love and nurture the baby you have found, and after giving life, give the greatest gift of all - the freedom to enjoy that life. The first time you watch your baby scamper up a tree you will feel the rightness of it, you will see its unbounded joy. You will profit from one additional aspect of freeing your baby and that is a feeling of participation in the natural world by giving back to Mother Earth one of her own. Squirrel Tales.

"You become responsible forever, for what you have tamed"-Antoine de Saint-Exup

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