Do Raccoons Kill Cats?

Yes, raccoons do sometimes kill domestic and feral cats. What I mean is that they sometimes kill small cat species which in this instance might mean an outside domestic cat. It doesn’t take long to realise this fact when doing research on the internet.

Raccoon and cats

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However, my research also indicates that raccoons can also mind their own business when in the vicinity of outside domestic and feral cats. It appears to depend upon the situation and circumstances.

If a domestic cat is interrupting a raccoon in a nesting area then perhaps a raccoon may attack the cat. There is a disturbing story on the internet in which a gang of raccoons marauded around a neighbourhood attacking cats. They killed 10 domestic cats in one area apparently.

Another story told a gruesome tale of the killing of a Siamese cat who defended his ground. He was attacked by two raccoons and dragged away. He has not been seen since. An attempt by the cat’s owner to scare the raccoons away failed.

Another report recounts the death of a 14-year-old cat whose name was Avro. The raccoons were hanging around and neighbours chased them away but they returned. The cat’s owners ran out to protect their cat but it was too late. Why did they let their cat outside at this time?

They say the attack was horrifying. A pack of raccoons simultaneously attacked their cat. The cat had no chance at all of surviving. They attacked him and ate him on the hoof. They backed away when the cat’s owners approached them with part of their cat in their mouths. A few tufts of fur were left behind and that’s about it.

Apparently, Avro had been attacked and injured. He tried to make it home but was unable to jump up onto the fence surrounding their backyard.

However, wildlife experts say that it is rare for raccoons to hunt down a large animal to eat. That said, raccoons can be considerably larger than domestic cats. They are, incidentally, omnivores.

During the breeding season there are many more raccoon nests which makes the animal more territorial than they would normally be at other times of the year. If a cat is outside and finds the nest he may be attacked.

Clearly, a potential attack on a cat by a raccoon, although rare on my understanding of these conflicts, is a good reason to keep a domestic cat indoors. It is one reason quite clearly why Americans will frequently keep their cats indoors full-time. There are no raccoon is in the UK and there are far fewer predators in the UK which might attack a domestic cat. In fact, at the moment, I cannot think of one except the human!

It would seem that suburban raccoons are becoming bolder in America which make them more of a hazard to the domestic cat. I would very much like to hear from cat owners as to whether they have had to deal with a potential attack by a raccoon on their cat.

P.S. It appears, though, that it is not all one-way traffic. Sometimes a domestic cat will kill a raccoon while defending himself. Raccoons can also attack people under certain rare circumstances. Coyotes are another real danger to outside cats.

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11 thoughts on “Do Raccoons Kill Cats?”

  1. My siamies cat was attacked I assume racoon because my roommates were wanting me toove so they kept leaving the door open so my frie no ds cat he just passed away in jan I huh a BB e been taking care of of her but a lot lady wants m to room and she he ad a ha me ster downstairs to go ey to look dr nothing about anyway th we door always look eft open by the it s women I cou kk dnt control we it so I seen ho we he appt the cat was by eing out there so I we NJ t along with it I cc out of dnt in as go in ew w he at was going to happen they he av we li be Ed here f it r many years t he e grass was grown taller to he lights in the back were off t he ey kept leaving blue berries everywhere on the p of rch and this is a big house in tacoma a pink big house salon Piccasso is the name well she was attacked I know she made it back home sering her so hurt just broke my heart these people are asian and don’t like the cat because this women’s hamster she said she wanted to killy cat so I called the police after I took the cat to the emergency I had to come up with 1200 dollers to help her I had to pay the office visit 130 the vet never said she was bitten she said she has arthritis? I don’t understand she gave her dog meds moloxydil and gamepenten and sent us home the vet wouldn’t even look at me when giving me the meds I was so glad she wasn’t dead I was the one who let her out I wouldn’t have never if I would have known this could happen I was trying to get her her shots one by one and seeing the vet they are so much money I can’t believe her now she’s so hurt so unhealthy so disturbed I could only blame the people who don’t like her for this happening in there country killing cats is good luck I had no idea where I have been living my poor kitty I wish she was okay again it was never stated a racoon hurt her I think these people hurt her and the vet is letting it be okay because there was no blood she had her leg ripped into but no blood her fur was like slashed and pike marks on her body and those 2 asian women are needle poking there yarn and going to casino I’m so hurt I don’t know what to do how to help my baby they would know all this will cost money to leave that door open I wanted her to be indoor and they wouldn’t stop till this day with the doors

  2. It’s hard for me to believe a full grown cat, especially a feral cat, with all it’s hardware being killed in such fashion by anything but a dog,coyote coyote etc.. in a rural neighborhood. All the cat’s I have owned must have come from gladiatorial stock cause non of them put up with jack when it came to getting into it, raccoon, possum, other cats. I used to feed & occasionally, when she wished, let a feral cat stay in my apartment. One time I saw her get attacked by a dog & like a lioness she bit down down on the dogs rib cage & with her hind paws started digging out ward on the dogs belly. She had visible cuts & a puncture wound on her leg, but she ruined the day for an aggressive dog, who outweighed her by 30-40 lbs. easy. I realize that the outcome I witnessed is probably not in favor of the cat most times. I just can’t imagine an animal that is basically the same size, little bigger, doing the damage I’m reading about without being found dead or gravely injured not to far away. There are too many instances for them to be made up or greatly exaggerated though. Please, I meant no offense to anyone who shared their story of loss.

  3. I find nothing cute about them,in fact I wish they were all eradicated from the planet,last summer a coon got into my outside cat colony enclosure by ripping the screen open and it disemboweled 3 of my 3 week old kittens,they were alive as that bastard tore their stomachs open,tore their limbs off their tiny bodies so the next night I sat in my car waiting for the coon and it didn’t disappoint me,I set a trap and caught it and took it out to the country and destroyed it and will do it again if another shows up this coming Spring.

  4. There is a very large raccoon that our neighbor has seen sparring with cats and eviscerating bunnies. If I had known that I would have made her come in instead of letting her go when she didn’t want to come in that night. I found her body eviscerated the next day in the backyard. She was not a small cat but not so large as a tom cat. I knew there were dangers to letting her be out there to begin with but with 2 big dogs I thought they’d at least hear something, alert me if something was amiss. The pointer alerts us to every animal within earshot. Never thought of a raccoon this way. The way she was gutted, the size of the teeth marks on her face, barely eaten, etc tells us it was a raccoon. I just hope she wasn’t still alive when it started feasting on her.

  5. I’m sad to hear of these cases, but I also have had twenty years experience with cats and raccoons in my yard and adjoining green belt area. Often has been the time that (early on) when I’ve tried to lure strays or street cats to bring them in, I’d found them and raccoons eating side by side, even sharing a food bowl. I’m home all the time and have only heard raccoons fighting with dogs (who first went after them) or each other, and that was only twice and once. The raccoons here have been rascals but haven’t attacked any cats. I’ve read they might fight over food but I stopped putting food outside about 15 years ago, unless in a humane trap or I’m watching it. Everyone else’s mileage may vary as to when or if to let their cat outside. I’ve let my cats exercise free will to decide where they feel safe and secure, and they choose to stay by me indoors even though they’re free to venture outside, and even then they stay in our yard or within earshot. I’ve seen that confining them makes them resentful and wanting to go out, wanting to have the option. One way to test that is to close any door no matter where it goes and they want to get to the other side… leave it open and they relax and take a nap.

  6. ive ALWAYS felt that ALL cats SHOULD remain INDOORS unless their owners r RIGHT THERE, preferably within an enclosed area, for their protection. this is ESPECIALLY true when u have predators around AND humans that THINK its ok(or just good sport)to harm neighborhood cats. like as has been said, ‘it only takes a moment’ for the worst to happen, & once it does u can NEVER take it back. id rather b SAFE than SORRY. thats why MY cats r INDOORS ONLY. i couldnt bear the thought of something happening to them when i could have prevented it.

  7. So true. And wild animals will attack and kill if they don’t have their regular food source to depend on any longer. Packs of different species will also play follow the leader -unfortunately-for the unsuspecting prey.

    And our cats are Never allowed outdoors without myself and my husband watching out for their safety. Tragedy only takes a minute to occur. Eva-we know as two of our cats [no longer here] were viciously attacked by a pack of wolf [inbred] German Shepherds years ago. It happened in the blink of an eye and they had to have been stalking before they were seen. We also have coyotes near our property.

  8. They’ll not only take down a cat they’ll kill your dog too. And if they attack and don’t kill you’re likely to have some major medical bills. Fully grown they can be 25-40lbs of pure insanity.

  9. YES, YES, YES!!! Especially kittens. Many have killed here, leaving only intestines and the skull. I’m aware that folks think they are docile; but, they aren’t.

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