What Dangers Do Raccoons Pose to Cats?Cats are stealthier creatures than dogs. They move quickly, sometimes very quietly. Cats usually don’t pose a threat to raccoons. Raccoons will eat cat food, though. You’ve seen the memes on social media about raccoons knocking on the patio door because the cat food was empty. Although this seems sweet, would you want an interloper stealing your food? Raccoons can transmit rabies to your cat (and dog). Raccoons can also have distemper, both the feline and canine variety. This is a big threat to your cat. Raccoon’s feces are also hazardous. Your cat may not actively go after raccoon poop, but they can inadvertently walk through it and carry it to their bed or in your home. Finally, raccoons do attack cats when threatened. Mother raccoons are highly aggressive in protecting their young. If a raccoon and cat came in contact with each other, a fight is almost a given. Cats are very territorial, and they will fight to protect their space. Unfortunately, a raccoon is larger than most cats. With its size and speed, the raccoon has the upper hand. Raccoons also eat small animals, rodents and gophers, for example. A raccoon might eat a small kitten.
Protect Your Cat From RaccoonsIdeally, keep your cats inside to keep them protected against raccoons. If you have outside cats, you will want to raccoon-proof your yard.
- Don’t leave cat or dog food outside except when you are feeding your pets.
- Keep your pets’ vaccinations up to date.
- Don’t let your cat outside unless you are supervising.
- Don’t leave trash cans outside unless they’re secure.
- Make sure raccoons can’t get into your basement or attic by securing windows and cracks.
- Get a good fencing system.