4 years ago#1
pragerr
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...has ANYone come up with some ingenious (actually I think it would probably have to be downright supernatural) way to let the cats get at the food you put out for them, but keep raccoons OUT of it?

It's not that I would begrudge the raccoons the food

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4 years ago#2
DuaneW
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Michelle- I'm not at all certain raccoons pose that much of a threat. Though they can be much larger than cats, cats are far quicker. We used to feed strays, raccoons, and even an oppossum who lived under our house, and all from the same bowl. The 'possum came later in the evening, but the cats and raccoons seemed to be on cordial terms, waiting at a safe distance until the one at the bowl was finished. I think a sick or threatened raccoon could be a danger, but they would be whether you fed them or not.

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4 years ago#3
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I don't know where you are, but the racoons here seem more interested in going after bird feeders than catfood put outside. Last summer I was feeding 2 cats (mother and about 5 month old kitten) on my porch, the racoons here never bothered about the food, perhaps it was also because I would stay close and only put out what they could eat in one feeding at a time. I was also lucky that after a week of feeding these cats, their owner happened to drive by and notice them outside the front of my house! She put them in her car and took them home In general the wanderers here don't stick around long....

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4 years ago#4
Meta-Meme
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Where abouts are you that you get racoons?

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4 years ago#5
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There are three racoons that occasionally take advantage of my feeding stations. They come up from the creekbed. I used to just harrass them with my flashlight a bit to convince them to leave the food alone but they never really went very far and they probably just waited till I left the area to come back an feed themselves. After watching the young raccoon hanging around and trying to avoid being chased off one night by climbing up a very tall chain link fence and waiting for me to leave I had a change of heart.

It seems faster now to just let them eat what they will. The cats hang back from the feeding stations while they're there and move in once they've gone back to the creekbed.

Raccoon proof shelters for the cat food would be nice but I'm afraid it would make my feeding stations more visible and less welcome in the current locations so we'll just have to live with the raccoons for now.

Jan

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: ...has ANYone come up with some ingenious (actually I think it would : probably have to be downright supernatural) way to let the cats get at the : food you put out for them, but keep raccoons OUT of it?

: It's not that I would begrudge the raccoons the food

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4 years ago#6
nude-woman
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I'm in Northern California.

Jan

: Where abouts are you that you get racoons? : :> There are three racoons that occasionally take advantage of my feeding :> stations. They come up from the creekbed. I used to just harrass them :> with my flashlight a bit to convince them to leave the food alone but :> they never really went very far and they probably just waited till I :> left the area to come back an feed themselves. After watching the :> young raccoon hanging around and trying to avoid being chased off one :> night by climbing up a very tall chain link fence and waiting for me :> to leave I had a change of heart. :> :> It seems faster now to just let them eat what they will. The cats :> hang back from the feeding stations while they're there and move in :> once they've gone back to the creekbed. :> :> Raccoon proof shelters for the cat food would be nice but I'm afraid :> it would make my feeding stations more visible and less welcome in :> the current locations so we'll just have to live with the raccoons :> for now. :> :> Jan :>

:> : (Note: this message is crossposted to four different cat groups. If you :> : prefer to respond to it in *this* group only without crossposting to the :> : other three groups, trim the other groups out of your 'newsgroups:' :> : header) :> :> : ...has ANYone come up with some ingenious (actually I think it would :> : probably have to be downright supernatural) way to let the cats get at :> : the food you put out for them, but keep raccoons OUT of it? :> :> : It's not that I would begrudge the raccoons the food

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4 years ago#7
Sharron
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My sister fed a small stray cat and a huge band of raccoons for several years.. (kitty eventually passed away, she's still feeding *****) but the mother ***** with babies by their side wounld eat side by side with the cat.. the big male raccoons were skillfully handled by the mommas.... ya just don't mess with a momma *****...

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4 years ago#8
dfstevens
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I'm in south florida. And it seems they're becoming less and less nocturnal.

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4 years ago#9
Alfgrs
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Count your lucky stars! I'm in the Pacific Northwest. We feed the birds also (sunflower hearts, no less!) but the raccoons are *definitely* very interested in the catfood, lemme tell you! But then, our bird feeder is about 10-12 feet up a totally vertical side of the house, so raccoons couldn't get to it anyway.

Unfortunately that's not an option for us, because the cats we're feeding are truly feral. The raccoons are *waaaaay* more willing to chow down with us nearby than the feral cats are!

We're in a rural area, so our feral cats mostly really *are* feral. And of course the occasional tame dumpee, poor things.

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4 years ago#10
mingpowman
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I'm in the Pacific Northwest. And they don't seem too terribly nocturnal *here* anymore, either. Also they're bold as brass.

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4 years ago#11
quickcup
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Man, I wish the raccoons around here were this mellow! I really wouldn't mind feeding them at all

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