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Will Raccoons Interact With Pets?

Attacks of raccoons on pets can be rare, but they do happen. If raccoons don’t have food available to them, they could decide to prey on smaller animals, such as dogs and cats. It may be difficult for them to catch larger animals, but they can successfully prey on kittens. However, it’s also common to see raccoons eating side by side with dogs and cats, especially if they are fed by their owners outside. Feeding pets outside is the primary reason your pets may come in contact with raccoons. Dogs may attack raccoons, but cats will usually ignore them. It’s best to keep small animals inside, especially at night, to avoid any attacks.

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Raccoon Removal in Southern California

Raccoon behind LA fence

Raccoons can be one of the trickiest pests to remove. Yet they are also common all over North America, meaning that they consistently cause problems in homes in California as well as in every other state. They are fairly intelligent, know how to climb, can recognize traps, and they often want to nest in someone’s attic to have babies. Gardens, rooftops and underground plumbing are also areas that can be devastated by raccoons once the animals decide to visit regularly or reproduce nearby.

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Raccoons’ Behavior in the Winter vs. the Summer

Raccoons are adorable and fun-looking on TV, but not so much in real life. They have very sharp teeth and claws, and often carry the rabies virus — so often that virtually anyone bit by a raccoon must undergo painful rabies treatment if the offending animal is not caught and tested for rabies. The potential for rabies and other injuries from raccoons makes wildlife animal capture a vital resource.

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