Cat-Killing Raccoons

An eye-opening news article on the threat raccoons can pose towards outdoor cats. Sadly it’s not the first time–here’s an article from June about raccoons in California.

Raccoons killed many of the box turtles in my parents’ backyard and left one turtle missing a leg. And I know of two cases where raccoons attacked and/or killed cats–in one instance drowning them off the the side of a house boat.

If you have trouble with raccoons, we found marshmallows to be the best bait for trapping them instead of trapping neighborhood cats. Many baits (tuna, bacon, meat fat) suggested by pest control specialists are just as likely to lure cats.

7 thoughts on “Cat-Killing Raccoons

  1. CAT LOVES SHOULD KEEP THEIR PETS INDOORS. OTHERWISE, IT SEEMS THAT YOUR CATS ARE DISPOSABLE. RACCOON FECES, WHICH CAN BE ANYWHERE OUTSIDE, CARRIES A SUBSTANCE WHICH WILL 100 PERCENT KILL YOUR CAT. RACCOONS BELONG OUTSIDE AND YOUR CAT SHOULD STAY INDOORS WITH LOTS OF CAT PLAY THINGS AND CAT SCRATCH CONDOS AND POSTS.

  2. Keeping cats indoors is just not an option for me and since i live in a fenced in suburban house, it should have been no problem. What I didn’t count on was Raccoons climbing into my yard and killing a my eighteen year old cat as well as my sons kitten. From now on I shoot any medium to large Raccoons on sight, gleefully.

  3. I am terrified of raccoons ever since I found my male siamese cat diseased with his belly ripped open by a raccoon.I was devistated,as I had my cat “Simon” for 6 years.He was a very friendly but very strong cat…and I am sure he put up a great fight.I never even thought something like that would happen.A year later, I heard a cat screaming outside my window at about 3 in the morning.I frantically looked out the window,wanting to help but too scared.I heard thumping in the garage and the cat screams continued,about 10 minutes later,5 raccons came out of the garage,leaving a dead cat behind.Please,keep your beloved cats indoors during the nights!

  4. I never thought raccoons were as vicious as they were until I looked in my dad’s backyard shed this morning. My father had two runt hens that he kept, generally as a pet and for the occasional egg, and he also has a female cat who had a litter of 4 kittens in a cozy secure spot in the shed.

    I was told that a few weeks ago, a raccoon literally broke into the shed and devoured one of the hens. There was nothing left except the head, the two feet, and feathers. This morning they were back. They broke into the shed Again after my father worked to secure every possible spot that could be breached, and practically massacred the last hen, and the four two-week-old kittens. I couldn’t believe it. They didn’t even eat the chicken, nor the kittens. If raccoons are illegal to kill, then there must be a free raccoon-removing service. They can be terrible vicious creatures.

  5. Having lived out in the boonies for a lot of years, I have had my share of run-ins with raccoons. The trick really (since they are actually really smart) is to make the area you are trying to keep them out of unappealing in any way possible. Locking animals in at night is of course the safest option, but if it is not possible, at the very least don’t leave pet foods in the area you are keeping them in outside. Keep foods picked up at night. Also, because raccoons are naturally frightened by humans, leaving a radio going at night in the building helps too. We would leave one on in the hay shed we kept the cats in at night, and we never had a raccoon get in there. Something else that helps is to keep a light on around the building (if not in it), because they tend to avoid well lit areas.

  6. We live by a canal.Right now it has about a foot of water in it.I heard these horrific cries from my cat,went out there and saw what looked like a racoon running away.It was dark and hard to tell.Then I came back in and found my cat absolutely drenched.Would a racoon try to drown a cat?

  7. A neighbor’s cat in Wisconsin lake country found a racoon den and killed some raccoon kits. The mother raccoon subsequently dragged and drowned the cat in the lake. This seems almost like premeditation. “I’m gonna drag this cat over there and drown it”. Juist how smart are these things? And why do they drown their ENEMIES?

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