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    • Thanks. We know that raccoons kill cats but they don’t automatically attack cats. There is a degree of acceptance until something occurs which might lead a raccoon attacking a cat.

      • Wherever the balance tips between the survival of the raccoon and its offspring and a cat, the cat dies. Should the raccoon in your article photo feel hungry and doesn’t find any other food source, goodbye cuddled-cat. It’s just being “protected” by the raccoon as a backup food plan. The same as happens in any photo presented where a cat is nestling with any bird. Should the cat be hungry enough, or any movement of the bird trigger the cat’s kill instinct at the right time, the bird, no matter how long a lifetime companion of the cat, will be killed by the cat.

        And yes, some raccoons automatically hunt down and kill all cats. (Use that google search string to find instances where dozens of cats were purposely hunted-down by raccoons.) If their previous generations have perceived cats as a competition to their own food-sources and the survival of their own offspring, then any roaming cat is perceived as a threat to the survival of their lineage. Raccoons are far more intelligent than any cat (and most any other native animal, including human-created dogs) and pass-on knowledge to their offspring from generations ago.

        Should there be some global disaster and all humans are wiped from the face of the earth, I strongly believe that raccoons could become the next evolutionary intellectually-superior mammalian life-form in the Americas. I’ve witnessed them figuring-out things that would even puzzle most humans.

        • I disagree with one or two points that you make. If different species of animal are very well socialised with each other and if one of them is a predator of the other then I believe that the predator will never attack the other animal. We’ve seen this many times before. Also, the evidence shows that raccoons pretty much ignore cats a lot of the time and are not out to hunt down cats all the time as you suggest.

  1. I’ve encountered raccoons in my yard (usually at night) as it is connected to a green belt. They usually roam about in groups, and I don’t know whether they’re related but probably are. I’m on the west coast in Calif. and they tend to be big – around 30 lbs I’d say. They can be quite vicious and have gotten into horrific fights with local dogs, one of whom developed sepsis. The other was a pit bull. I had to split those two off by firing a hand gun and the raccoon ran right at and past me. Another time two ‘coons were fighting in a tree, and when I went out to take pictures, one fell from the tree and chased me! I snapped this shot as I ran backwards (that was close!). I’ve never seen them attack a cat, but have seen them share a bowl of milk (lactose- free).

    • Wow, they are indeed vicious. Let’s say they can ne vicious because I don’t think they’re vicious all the time. And 30 lbs is big. A step up from the average domestic cat.

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