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Old 08-24-2010, 07:57 AM   #21
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Because of the possibility of spreading diseases like rabies I guess. Plus, when you think about it, it is kinda rude to add to another community's nuisance wildlife population.
Mostly because they caught the raccoon on one island and drove across 3 bridges to dump the 'coon out near our house on another island! But I like the way you think, NW.
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This here is what you need. Motion sensor sets off a water spray. Harmless to the cat, but sends the message.

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There is a video (I think i saw it on YouTube) a guy took of a raccoon eating and ripping its way out of his attic and into his kitchen through the ceiling.
This egghead shows how not to handle the situation:




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Guy really and truly is eggheaded! Kept waiting for the coon to have an up close and personal discussion with him regarding opening the door. Imagine my disappointment.

Oh - and thread title? What do do? Cat do do.
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Good reason to get your eyesight checked....

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Great ad - we are visited by Momma rocket and her annual brood of rocketeers, dumb opposums, and random skunks day and night. A week or so ago the gal went out on the back porch at night and was all set to pet one of the kitties when her brain kicked in and she realized that our cats don't have tails quite that fluffy. It was Flower, black and white and reminiscent of spaghetti sauce in eau de skunkiness.
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Good reason to get your eyesight checked....

I love this commercial. I often let my little dog out into the fenced yard at night and wait for him to come back to the door and bark to be let in. At least my vision is not so bad that I would let a raccoon in instead. A couple of years ago I heard my dog barking his head off in the dark and I rushed outside to investigate. I found he had treed a possum...quite possibly one who had designs on moving in. Anyone else but this near-blind woman and myself talk baby talk to their little sweeties?
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That commercial is awesome. One of our favorite stories about a dear friend who lived with us on and off at the beach was when he accidentally closed a raccoon up in the house thinking it was one of our cats. It was the middle of the night and had some major hijinks trying to get it back outside.
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Though I have not encountered them, I know raccoons are bad news. Nothing cute like some people imagine...

What's worse than a raccoon? A whole pack of them... They have been known to gang up on house cats to hunt and eat them...

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What's worse than a raccoon? A whole pack of them... They have been known to gang up on house cats to hunt and eat them...

OMG - bbbamI, where's that "freaking out" thingy
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Though I have not encountered them, I know raccoons are bad news. Nothing cute like some people imagine...

What's worse than a raccoon? A whole pack of them... They have been known to gang up on house cats to hunt and eat them...

I don't live in the country but there is a wooded area out back bordering a public golf course. I will have to be on my toes when the pooch goes out.
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Funny. I was just reading about how raccoons prey on egrets and other large birds.
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There are a number of products available in big pet stores that are animal repellents, some for indoor use and some for outdoor. I'd spray that on the perimeter of your gravel area (reapply after rain) and like tooFrugal says, spray him/her with the hose if you see the cat squatting.
I think ammonia will kill the odor, mix it in a sprayer with water and hose down the area. There is a pricier product, called Nature's Miracle, that I've treated fabrics with good result.
No, no, no not ammonia. Urine contains ammonia so it will only make it worse. Ammonia smells like a litter box to cats.

Lots of Vinegar might help enough outdoors. The Nature's Miracle and the like use enzymes and they need to stay wet on urine for hours to work so it is probably a waste of money in that area.

Is the gravel rounded? Pea gravel is essentially like litter. Sharp stuff tends to deter cats. Fairly large stones would be more of a deterrent than small stones. Mouse traps are good to scare them off. The motion sensor sprinkler is good. Deterrence is the best strategy.
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moth ball crystals work on most animals since their sense of smell is so much stronger than ours
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Though I have not encountered them, I know raccoons are bad news. Nothing cute like some people imagine...

What's worse than a raccoon? A whole pack of them... They have been known to gang up on house cats to hunt and eat them...
I couldn't figure out how raccoons were getting into my bird feeder, past the baffle plate around the base pole. One night the motion sensor light flipped on and I saw momma boosting her babies over the baffle and then them tossing down the seed.

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I have read that raccoons are smart creatures. Their dexterity allows them to operate door knobs and latches. Someone even suggests that it is not fair that they didn't get picked as human pets, like dogs and cats. Well, there's rabies, and the parasites in their feces... Raccoons as pets, anyone?
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Our friends who lived on a ranch called them mini grizzly bears. We had one try to rip through our tent when we were camping and asleep inside in our sleeping bags.
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DW had the same problem in her garden. She started to spread hot red pepper powder (bought at the Korean store in bulk) and it worked. However after a few days of heavy rain she discovered that the cat came back and she had to do it again. However, now the cat is 'gone' or has found another litter box.
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I have read that raccoons are smart creatures. Their dexterity allows them to operate door knobs and latches. Someone even suggests that it is not fair that they didn't get picked as human pets, like dogs and cats. Well, there's rabies, and the parasites in their feces... Raccoons as pets, anyone?
Dogs and cats get rabies and have parasites. That's why we vaccinate and worm them. Can do the same for raccoons.

Don't know if raccons can be bred into domestication like dogs & cats were. Domestication changes temperment into a more docile animall.
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