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Perhaps someone can help me out...<br><br>
For the past week or so a baby raccoon (6 months?) has been frequenting my yard. I saw him early one morning and startled him a little...he sauntered into the driveway and I realized that he seemed to have some issue walking, like he couldn't quite control his back end very well. (I would use the term 'drunk walking' but it was really limited to his hindquarters.)<br><br>
The past few evenings he has been eating out of the cat dish I keep for my indoor/outdoor cat - and I've gotten a closer look at his legs - they both appear to be fine to the eye...but obviously I haven't been able to get too close.<br><br>
I'm concerned because someone told me that 'drunk walking' like this could be a sign of rabies.<br><br>
I'm afraid that a call to animal control will result in termination of the animal before there is any attempt to identify what the real cause is, but obviously I'm concerned about my cat (and me as well - since I'm often out in the yard at night.) And of course I wouldn't want the poor guy to suffer - so I don't really know what to do. I have a humane trap - but what do I do with him when I catch him?<br><br>
Anyone have any advice?
 

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Well, I'd say keep your cat inside for the time being. And it's possible that if you catch it a vet might be able to test it for rabies (you'd probably get the bill though)
 

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Don't they have to cut off the animal's head to test it for rabies? It's not going to matter at that point what the test comes back as...which is what I'm trying to avoid.
 

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<a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHSFtKrZRfw&feature=related</a><br><br>
The raccoon walks pretty much exactly like this cat.<br><br>
I'm beginning to wonder if they can contract cerebellar hypoplasia?
 

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If s/he isn't aggressive, try to catch the raccoon and take him to an exotic animal vet (people do have pet raccoons, so it won't be weird). They'll be able to tell if he has rabies. Of course, you'll have to pay the bill, and if he is rabid the most humane thing to do is to have him put down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> But if he's just got a funny wobble, you should be able to just release him.<br><br>
But only do this if it is safe to do so! If the raccoon tries to bite, leave him alone.<br><br>
Also, feed your cat inside. It will deter him from coming around.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sequoia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2973435"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If s/he isn't aggressive, try to catch the raccoon and take him to an exotic animal vet (people do have pet raccoons, so it won't be weird). They'll be able to tell if he has rabies. Of course, you'll have to pay the bill, and if he is rabid the most humane thing to do is to have him put down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> But if he's just got a funny wobble, you should be able to just release him.<br><br>
But only do this if it is safe to do so! If the raccoon tries to bite, leave him alone.<br><br>
Also, feed your cat inside. It will deter him from coming around.</div>
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and here i thought this was a thread for you to announce that you're pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>papayamon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2973773"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
and here i thought this was a thread for you to announce that you're pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.</div>
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and here i thought this was a thread for you to announce that you're pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.</div>
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You can also see if you have an animal shelter nearby. My sister works at one, and they take in racoons all the time. Definitely take the cat inside, coons don't typically attack them, but the cat might attack it, and things could get nasty fast.
 

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I used to love the raccoons on my property, then they decided to move into my attic.<br>
Took some time to finally have them trapped and removed (no idea where they went, but the were out of the attic)<br>
I then had to have the attic professionally decontaminated. It Involved removing all of the insulation, sterilizing the attic, fixing two wires that they had chewed on, having all surfaces spray sealed, then new insulation put back in. Total cost was close to 10,000 from start to finish.<br><br>
Raccoons are no longer welcome around here.
 

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This weekend I set up the trap that I borrowed. Though it's perfectly humane - it is a ghastly looking thing, (like some medieval torture device) designed specifically for catching raccoons. I had it baited with fresh fruit - an apple and some blueberries so as not to attract cats. (My own cat was not fooled by the contraption. She took one sniff and avoided even walking near it, smart thang.) Anyway, Friday and Saturday night - it seemed the trap was undisturbed. The apples were not touched - but the blueberries were gone. So possibly something really light could have gone in and out without setting it off. (The door closes when weight is put on a plate inside the cage.)<br><br>
Last night I put a whole handful of berries on the plate, and not long after dark - I had caught the little guy. I then sat next to the cage for the over an hour, tossing him more berries and observing. He was not at all aggressive. He fetched every berry I tossed his way and chomped it down. When I got too close (I put a water dish inside and filled it up) - he gave me a kind of suppressed growl under his breath, but for the most part he was shy and backed away in the corner of the cage opposite the side I was sitting on. (My cat strolled by and looked on amusingly - and then went on her way.) I didn't observe any ill condition of him physically. Other than his wobbling backside, he seemed to have all his wits about him. And indeed he did - because when I went outside this morning - he was gone. Escaped!<br><br>
The door to the trap is weighted and the weight itself is blocked from access on the inside of the cage by a strip of wood. The strip of wood was pulled back and pushed free of the door, so I imagine the savvy creature eventually lifted the weight and pushed himself out the door - though not without a great deal of work/struggle on his part. I thought it was pretty impressive of him to escape from a trap designed to foil raccoons.<br><br>
At this point I'm resigned to simply keeping the area completely free of food so he will wander elsewhere. I feel as though I've already stressed / traumatized him enough. I don't really have confidence in animal control / rescue giving him a fair chance. (I spoke to two organizations on Friday and both indicated that if they suspect there is even a <i>chance</i> of rabies or distemper then they will put the animal down.) If it was obvious to me that he had some ailment other then a funny walk, I may consider turning him over to someone, but I just don't feel right about that.<br><br>
I have a few other calls out to animal rehab centers - but have not heard back yet.<br><br>
Am I doing what's best?
 

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Raccoons are no longer welcome around here.</div>
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Well, since he wasn't aggressive, I'd say he probably doesn't have rabies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> He may have gotten hit by a car or something, and now he walks a little funny.<br><br>
I think he'll be ok.
 

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Well, since he wasn't aggressive, I'd say he probably doesn't have rabies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> He may have gotten hit by a car or something, and now he walks a little funny.<br><br>
I think he'll be ok.</div>
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I think so too. It'll be hard not to leave some food out for him though. Poor little bugger.<br><br>
Thanks Sequoia.
 

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Sure thing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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