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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Guess who's coming to dinner...


Dear George,

You might remember the famous movie by the same name but my story is a bit different. We’ve recently moved in this posh neighbourhood where everything it’s nicer and greener! It was a nice, warm, late summer night and I was having dinner in the garden with my humans. I was watching my daddy turning the juicy steaks on the grill when we got unexpected guests! Guess… who? Of course, I’d be glad to share my dinner with Sidney Poitier or Katharine Hepburn but that wasn’t the case. Who was coming to my dinner? A family of racoons – mother, father and kids! All up on the fence. No excuse and no shame! As I was ready to charge towards them my mommy grabbed me and run into the house! And that ruined everything as I couldn’t protect my territory! Why would she do this? Now, how am I going to claim my territory back? I lost my appetite as you can see in the photo attached! George, how do get rid of unwanted guests?
By the way, it’s Thanksgiving in Canada! How am I going to enjoy it now ….knowing that these predators are nearby? Or maybe….in the spirit of thanksgiving I should feed them?
Happy Thanksgiving to all

Lenny

Dear Lenny,  
Patrol. Get to know your territory purrfectly. Every single morning I walk round to see who has visited in the night. There are various dangerous areas - the hedge near the old piggery, the box shrub in the garden, and any cars parked nearby. I spray urine on them all, to tell any visitors I have been there and also to post a marker to remind myself that this is a worrying area. And I sniff carefully to know who has visited.
There is the occasional fox (very frightening), the feral tom from the local barn (ear tipped so probably neutered), rabbits (yum yum), rats (a bit scary if they are large ones) and sometimes the cat from across the road who is visiting in search of rabbits. Luckily we don't get racoons in the UK.
A racoon - not a good neigbour
Don't even think of feeding these racoons. Make sure no cat food is left out by mistake. You don't want them getting too tame - maybe even coming in the house.  Racoons sometimes attack kittens and they can pass on diseases like rabies. Tell your humans to shoo them away from your territory. 
Keep safe is my message for Thanksgiving.
George.

7 comments:

  1. Ugh! Racoons are terrible! They visit my backyard occasionally ...because our neighbour is feeding them in her backyard. My human talked to this old lady but she's too old to understand what she's doing! As a result... I can't no longer go outside unless I'm "supervised" by my human! Phew!
    Mouse

    PS. Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to all

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    1. We have the same trouble with people feeding foxes, who get too tame.

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  2. I don't think we have racoons in Europe! At least I've never seen one! But, it looks cute...the latest trend in eye make-up :-)
    Thea

    PS. Happy Thanksgiving to all in Canada

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  3. Carla, the tuxedo catOctober 10, 2015

    Lenny, you don't look like you lost your appetite! You look adorable :-)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your humans.
    Carla, the tuxedo cat

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  4. We have never seen any racoons except in pictures.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  5. We are all insiders but our Angel Big Head Stinker (He was 20 pounds of tomcat who was not neutered until he was 10. Yes he had a BIG HEAD, MOL!) tells us in our dreams about his patrol around the house. He would stop by the garage and wait for Dad to finish any welding or that type work and then come in, check behind the tool boxes, go into the pump/heater room and then get a head pet from Dad before he finished his patrol around the property. You gave Excellent directions George. Well done my furend
    Timmy

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