Because raccoons are cute, smart and nearly everywhere these days, people often wonder if they would be good pets. The answer is no, for several reasons.
- It’s illegal: In Canada it is illegal to keep raccoons as pets, as they are on the ‘prohibited animals list, alongside several other exotic species.
- It’s unethical: Raccoons are wild animals. It’s unethical and illegal to capture a healthy wild animal and force it live out the rest of its life in confinement. Wild animals should be in their natural environment.
- Raccoons are notorious biters: They will bite family members, family pets, and visitors and their pets. When they sexually mature at 6 months of age, they can suddenly become very aggressive, and attack.
- Raccoons can also carry zoonotic parasites and infectious diseases (including rabies) that pose a threat to you, your family, and other pets. The droppings of raccoons can contain raccoon roundworm. This parasitic worm can and does infect humans. The egg spores in the raccoon droppings are light and can become airborne, and people can breathe them in and become infected. Infection of humans can lead to larval parasite migration to the central nervous system. These egg spores can live for years as dry pods. This is a very dangerous to humans, especially children. Hamilton, ON residents, as well as those in the Niagara area will be aware that the raccoon rabies virus has made resurgence in these areas this fall, putting homeowners and pets at risk for rabies.
- They can be messy: When raccoons eat they wash and “massage” the food first. They love to use their five flexible fingers to open doors, jars, and latches and make off with anything they find interesting. If they find small holes in your home, they will make them bigger and cause more damage.
- When you go on vacation you have to find someone who will take care of your pet. Keep in mind there is no raccoon boarding facilities like they have for dogs and cats.
- Raccoons are nearly impossible to house train. It could take months to train a raccoon to use a litter box.
- They’re faster and larger than you’d think—reaching over two feet long, weighing up to two dozen pounds, and running at speeds of about 15 miles per hour.
- Not a lot of veterinarians deal with raccoons, so if you’re pet raccoon gets sick, finding it care and treatment may be difficult, as well as expensive.
- If your pet raccoon escapes the house, it may scare your neighbors, their pets and their children. Also, if the raccoon does escape and break free into the wild, as a result of being domesticated, it will not have the necessary survival skills to survive in the wild, making its chances for survival slim.Here at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we get calls from homeowners trying to get raccoons out of their homes, due to the damage they cause. Damaged and contaminated insulation, holes in walls, roof vents and roofs, etc.
Here at Skeaddle, we believe in keeping homeowners safe and secure in their homes, and wildlife thriving- outside in nature. That’s why we use humane removal techniques when removing raccoons, always reunite the mother and babies after removal from homes, and never trap and relocate.
If you think you have a raccoon problem, call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today. 1-888-592-0387.
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