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Should You Adopt a Raccoon?

December 15, 2020

Have you ever wondered about adopting a raccoon? Those masked faces are adorable! While racoons can be fun, cuddly, and lovable, they do need a lot of care. A Greater Cincinnati vet discusses racoon care below. 

Basics

Racoons are, of course, super cute, which is enough to make people want to keep them as pets. They’re smart, playful, and curious, and can make loving animal companions. They can form close bonds with people, especially with those who raise them. They can also learn basic commands, like Sit and Shake. However, Rocky can be a handful. Raccoons need lots of space to play, climb, and explore. They can also be quite destructive. Do plenty of research before adopting one. 

Housing

Although you can keep Rocky in a big dog crate when you’re out, this really isn’t much fun for him. Raccoons are very active, and don’t do well in cages. Your best bet is to do some racoonproofing. This means removing or securing things like wires, cords, toxic plants, and medicine, and childproofing your cabinets. Another option is to give Rocky an outdoor enclosure. This, of course, will need to be insulated, clean, and safe. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Food and Water

Raccoons eat both meat and produce. Rocky will need a variety of foods, such as dog food, fish, eggs, insects, and safe produce. This can be expensive! As for treats, nuts are a favorite. Ask your vet for specific advice. (It’s worth noting that raccoons like to dunk their food in water to clean it … which can make a mess.)

Legality

Racoons aren’t legal everywhere. Check local ordinances before adopting one. This means looking into state, county, and city laws, as well as HOA and/or rental agreements. This is also something to keep in mind if you may later move to another area.

Adoption

If you do decide to adopt a racoon, go through a reputable breeder. Be wary of internet scams! We recommend meeting your potential pet before paying anything. 

Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, raccoons need proper care to stay healthy. Look for a good vet that has experience in caring for raccoons. You’ll want to ask for lots of advice, including diet, housing, and care tips. 

As your Greater Cincinnati veterinary clinic, we’re dedicated to keeping your pet raccoon happy and healthy. Call us anytime!


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