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Raccoon Steals Cat Food

Hits: 3656 | Rating: (2.8) | Category: Misc. | Added by: piperfawn
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NNoamfer
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1192 Posts
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:44:23 AM
@Twinklestein, From this video I could see that they are quite intelligent.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25858 Posts
Sunday, July 21, 2013 11:33:13 PM
Not only is she used to the cats, but to the human standing there too!

And the cats seem really (comparatively) calm; they look like they're used to this little bandit swiping their food

RobSwindol
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2454 Posts
Sunday, July 21, 2013 9:30:55 AM
Yes and no. It's a nursing female. Look close as she approaches the bowl and you'll see her teets. But she does look thin. Maybe just come out of cold winter so her fat's gone? or she's just not good at foraging.


Another reason to think it was born in captivity. An escaped (or released) raccoon probably would be the best at foraging. Also, she seems quite comfortable with these cats. I agree, she could drat them up, but most wild raccoons don't like being so close to other animals. That will usually run off the cats before eating, or wait until the cats aren't there.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Sunday, July 21, 2013 6:40:22 AM

"lucky this is an adolescent. a full grown coon would gut the cats then eat their food. they don't much like competition."

Yes and no. It's a nursing female. Look close as she approaches the bowl and you'll see her teets. But she does look thin. Maybe just come out of cold winter so her fat's gone? or she's just not good at foraging. Every species had at least one stupid member.

And yes, she could tear them up if she wanted to.

RobSwindol
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2454 Posts
Sunday, July 21, 2013 4:55:03 AM
"Coons don't have a lot of saliva so they dunk their food in water. My pet coons did this with everything, even wet foods like apple and orange pieces."
Not true about the saliva, Gerry. This is a common myth.

In the wild, Raccoon will often hunt for food in shallow water, like streams and ponds. This is known as "Dabbling". Raccoons enjoy this because the water moistens their front paws, making them more sensitive to touch. In captivity, Raccoons have no need to dabble, yet they still feel the instinctive urge to wet their hands while eating, so they often dunk their food in water (which is called "dousing") in order to recreate the dabbling that they do in nature.

@Cartunze, please read the above explanation and you will understand that what wild raccoons are doing and what captive raccoons are doing are two different things. Only captive raccoons douse their food.

SnoopyBG
Male, 18-29, Europe
 648 Posts
Sunday, July 21, 2013 12:39:57 AM
What a bunch of pussies!

slut_etta
Female, 50-59, Southern US
 3384 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 11:17:48 PM
lucky this is an adolescent. a full grown coon would gut the cats then eat their food. they don't much like competition.

Twinklestein
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 387 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 11:10:42 PM
We had one living in our attic a few years ago. It would come down through a small access panel above a closet and steal the cat's food. For about a week we couldn't figure out why the cat's food was disappearing so fast and the tap in the same room was on just a little bit every morning. Then I saw it sneaking back up to the attic one early Saturday morning.
We managed to catch it in a live trap and drove it out into the country. It refused to leave the trap and when it finally did, it kept trying to follow us back to the car. They are smarter than we give them credit.

SarahofBorg
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 3573 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 9:41:17 PM
My indoor cat once saw a raccoon outside the window in the yard from the second story window and he was so terrified he was shaking. He was no small kitty either, he weighed about 15 pounds.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25858 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 9:21:47 PM
@NNoamfer: What @Gerry1 said. It's just something raccoons like to do!

@RobSwindol: That's not what I've read. But I do agree this raccoon is WAY to friendly to be "wild". If it wasn't someone's pet? It certainly has been "tamed" by humans. Bold as brass!

Those poor kitties! lolz!

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6406 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 8:58:25 PM
I could just see all the little "WTF?s" above the cats' heads! X-D

Cartunze
Male, 60-69, Western US
 834 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 8:09:35 PM
RobSwindol, they all do it when water is available.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 7:13:47 PM

"Why do they douse their food in water?

Coons don't have a lot of saliva so they dunk their food in water. My pet coons did this with everything, even wet foods like apple and orange pieces.

NNoamfer
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1192 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 6:17:43 PM
Why do they douse their food in water?

RobSwindol
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2454 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 5:18:12 PM
This raccoon was obviously a pet at one point. Only Raccoons raised in captivity douse their food with water like that.

RoboPatton
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2429 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 4:48:52 PM
Fun way to get your cats rabies!

McThstlpnts
Female, 18-29, Southern US
 1494 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 3:38:07 PM
"My how lovely to have water right here to wash my food! Oh...a human...well, I'll just take some of this. *grabs handful and runs* Thanks!"

That is hilarious the way it runs away on its hind legs! I've never seen that before >^.^<

WorldOfJames
Male, 18-29, Europe
 934 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 3:32:28 PM
lmfao like a BOSS!

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 3:26:20 PM

Coons are wonderful little thieves.



turdburglar
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3713 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 3:12:12 PM

I have coons around my house that steal the cats food. They are gluttons. What my cat eats in a week, a coon will eat every night.

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5248 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 2:32:44 PM
The raccoon grabbing a handful of food before running away makes the video.

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3890 Posts
Saturday, July 20, 2013 2:24:00 PM
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