Do raccoons attack cats, dogs and other pets?
When raccoons don’t have other foods available to them , they may decide to prey on smaller animals such as cats , and dogs. Though they may find it difficult to catch lager cats but they successfully prey on kittens . Sometimes, raccoons can be seen eating side by side with cats and dogs, especially when such cats and dogs are fed by their owners outdoors. Feeding your pets outside is thus the primary reason you may find them in contact with raccoons.
While dogs can attack raccoons, cats on the other hand will ignore them, as a matter of fact; baby raccoons that are recently orphaned may be attacked by dogs. It is better to keep cats (especially the smaller kittens) indoor at night to avoid being attacked by raccoons. Most raccoons will kill cats for sports, even though larger cats have a good sense to steer clear of the raccoons, but the hunting skills of the raccoons make them so fast . In some instances, the raccoons will use its claws to scratch the eyes of a dog or cat, and then bite it with some ferocious speed. The raccoon then proceeds eviscerate its prey by biting the chest walls of the cat or dog, and then cause a terrible scalding that can result in kidney failure of its prey.
Raccoons are every intelligent animal, they might have been studying the movements of cats and dogs for a while before attacking them finally. Raccoons are generally Omnivores, thus they can consume backyard grapes and even leftovers from birds, and pets. They can move from one house to another, searching for foods in the gardens and parks but when they find none, then they attack other smaller animals, especially kittens and dogs. Aside from smaller cats and dogs, raccoons have been found to attack other animals such as birds, and even fishes in the pond. Their hunting skills made them ideal for hunting expeditions in countries like Russia and North America.
Raccoons do keep their predating personalities when cats and dogs are willing to share their food, however, when a raccoon meets an aggressive cat , then there may be a clash of personality. While bigger and aggressive dogs can be extremely hard for raccoons to attack, smaller kittens seem to be their major preys , even turkeys and chickens are not spared from raccoons. The best possible way to protect your pets from raccoons is to feed them indoors.
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