Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Dem Raccoons

 Automobiles from another era:

Ford XXI concept 1962....  That clear top would be tough in the sun!  I also cannot figure the 4 front tires.

For today:

We are in town here, it is amazing how much wildlife exists.  Just the other day a big doe was walking by. That isn’t unusual. I can handle the coons in the back yard but not in the basement.

I had a fool proof system….. I thought. With a ladder inside and one on the other side in the shed, with the window in between open a couple inches for mama cat to squeeze in and out at night when she needed it.  It wasn’t long until I realized the coons were doing the same.

It is easy to tell a coon has been inside and into the cat’s food. The water bowl is next to the food. When the water is nasty in the mornings, I know coons have visited.

I have closed the entrance and have litter boxes for the cats. So that is not a problem. BUT teaching the cats to all get in the basement before curfew 9PM, has become a problem. Tonight, momma and the ‘Duece’ (female kitty) would not come in, so the little Tom’s (Ace & Trey) are inside.

I will have a talk with them in the morning, “All in or All out.”  The outside cats can always get into the ‘Cat House’ thru ‘their door’, but the coons can also.  They can also climb up on the rear engine of the Motor Home.  That bothers me most, because the coons can too.  Squirrels cost my BIL about a thousand dollars in damages on the generator system on his motor home by chewing up wires and tubes..

Being the BOSS(?) of feral cats, makes things  tough, ! LOL


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Victor S E Moubarak said...

It is a problem when you have wildlife visiting. Sometimes, not often, we have a fox visiting. Or if we're lucky a hedgehog. Not much else apart from pigeons.

God bless.

Lisa said...

Yep them cats and coons can be trouble. Cats multiply and they are just too darn cute to shew off. But they are little pest.
We have a raccoon family that wants to get into our trash can out side and have a picnic in the yard. We now clip the lid closed and they moved on to the neighbors house. Don’t get me started on squirrels.

Off to work

Chatty Crone said...

You are right Jack - you have a little problem there. I had squirrel issues for years!

betty said...

Well if the cats won't respect curfew got to discipline them like we did our kids. So maybe a night out in the "cold" will be a good lesson for the wayward kitties!


Mevely317 said...

Oh my word ... I had no idea! I was reading this (about the wiring) to Tom and he just nodded and said something about they're after the salt.
I know there are raccoons everywhere around her; opposums, too. Thankfully, I've not seen them on our property. Our silly pups would probably try and take them on.

You hadn't said -- and I hate to the be one to ask -- but what will become of them when y'all leave for Pennsylvania?

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Oh no, Coons rare terrible pests and seem to love cat food. I used to hate it when they got into the garden and ate up the fresh corn on the cob before I got to have any. They always seem to know when it was ripe. I don't know how you can fix it for both. Teaching those cats to get in before dark would be nice, but not probable. Good luck and hope you can come up with an answer to the problem.

Susan Kane said...

Having lived in the country, coons are voracious animals. The community holds a "coon hunt", which is pretty common in the country. Nasty animals.

Dar said...

I agree with Susan. Coons are nasty animals. They spread all sorts of nasty diseases and it one goes rabid, then you really have a problem. They may be cute with their masks and ringed tails but they are worth calling your local animal control dept. to get rid of them by catching and relocating or hunting. They really ARE nasty. Yes, the predators do like chewing on your wiring. Good luck my friend but do get rid of them somehow.
loven'hugs from up north where we just had a short shower, barely enough to water the gardens. Maybe next time.