My cat’s late-night guests!
My cat’s late-night guests! . Spike, my cat, is the definition of a chill guy. Because he is a lover and not a fighter, I was taken aback when I saw two scratches on his nose one morning when I was giving him his usual portion of cat food. He is not a combative person. Instead of eating a few pieces of the food and then walking away to think about the predicament, he devoured it as though he had no appetite at all. In the usual course of events, he would then proceed to return to his bowl and resume eating. At the time, I was unaware that raccoons were devouring his food in the middle of the night.
Spike uses the garage as his bedroom. Because he has a cat door leading to the backyard, he is free to come and go as he pleases. Only on the evenings that are the coldest possible throughout the winter does he sleep in the home. Otherwise, he much prefers the seclusion of his own realm, where there is always stillness after dark. One evening, a few of hours after supper, his peaceful period was interrupted by noise. In the garage, there was a noise that sounded like something was falling off of a shelf. I heard it. When I opened the entrance to the garage, I observed a huge raccon running from the cat’s bowl to the opening in the pet door. I was surprised to see it. He slid through the door to the outside, turned around, and put his head back through the door while glaring at me as if I need to apologise for disturbing his supper.
After seeing the level of damage caused to my outer door the next day and realising that the raccoon had scraped and ripped at the pet door in order to gain access to the garage, I decided to conduct some research on the topic of raccoon removal. I discovered that they are nocturnal creatures, meaning that they sleep during the day and only feed and move about at night. I also discovered that there are alternatives to shooting raccoons that may be used to get rid of them. The following are some of them:
Take away their source of nourishment! I thought this was such a clever plan that I put it into action. I carried the dish that the cat uses inside the house. The raccoon was completely unfazed by this information. Because he was unable to see the food, he chewed the lids off of the five gallon containers that contained the cat food, so releasing the food into the garage and dispersing it. This did a little bit to damper my spirits, but it just made me more determined to banish him from our home for good!
Turn up the volume on the radio in the rooms that the raccoon has taken over. They will believe that someone is talking to them and retreat! I turned up the volume on the radio in the garage after tuning it to a station that played rap music continuously throughout the night. I reasoned that if it didn’t work, nothing else would solve the problem. It didn’t work! I don’t know how he did it, but he managed to scale a bookshelf and land on top of the refrigerator where I had hidden the cat food. He pushed it off onto the floor, and the dry cat food bounced on the concrete like raindrops on a roof as it fell to the ground.
Set up a trap for the animals. When I contacted the city’s animal control department, they sent someone to bring me a trap. This was a large cage that would safely capture the raccoon without causing it any harm. The idea is that the raccoons will get into the trap and tread on the mechanism that will trip the door as they are eating the bait, which is cat food. This will cause the door to open. The raccoons would be captured, and after that, the city would relocate the animal to a secure location several miles away from where I live. After that, there would once again be peace in the neighbourhood. Wrong! Spike, my cat, was the only thing I managed to secure. Twice!
I found out that the traps are effective; however, raccoons are incredibly perceptive animals. You will need to surround the edges of the trap with concrete blocks or some other form of barrier to prevent the animals from reaching their paws inside the enclosure and taking the food without setting off the trap. Raccoons have paws that seem like they have fingers on them, which allows them to grip food and shove it into their mouths.
At this point, I had come to the conclusion that I was living with a raccoon family. At this point, I had seen a total of five, including two adults and three children. While they were eating Spike’s cat food, the youngsters were kind enough to allow me capture their photographs. I thank them by giving them a prize for letting me do a picture session. The elder ones are being very patient as they stand by the entrance and wait for me to finish photographing. When I get back inside the home, they will have finished eating by then. The cat, Spike, is lazily stretched out in an old chair, and he is yawning at the raccoons.
My wife believes that I must be completely insane to have let myself be enchanted by the little raccoons. Because one of the baby raccoons attempts to enter the home each time the door is opened, the Maybe I am, but they are a lot of fun. I have placed an order for a raccoon repellent that I am confident will be effective. It is the urine of a coyote. It will drive the raccoons away if you sprinkle it about the area where they visit the most. They are terrified of coyotes because raccoons have natural enemies, and coyotes are one of their enemies. In the event that this does not work, I will place an order for wolf urine.