July 29, 2012

Mom here...

Run free and happy and well again Cinders, dear girl.  There are many furriends who greeted you as you crossed the Bridge.  Love and kisses for your journey.



Mom here:  We had a bad night.  I (we) went to bed and the light was off by 10:45pm.  Katie had left the bed when the light went out and brought the first of her toys in.  Then moments later I heard her screaming and growling.  I leaped up out of bed, turned on the light and searched the house for her.

She was in the living room at the big window area under the vertical blinds hissing and growling and some screams.  I sprayed her with water to get her away from the window so I could look out.  My note to me is: try turning on the flood lights out there next time dummy, it's hard to see in the dark especially with a howling frantic cat.

I banged on the window with the spray bottle thinking it was the ginger.  I couldn't open the deck door or Katie would have gone out in search of the intruder.

I got her calmed and eventually tried bed again around midnight.  (she gets me up at 6 whether I like it or not).

I noticed because of ambient light in my room that there was more action at least on the ground because the  motion activated lights stayed on more than they were off.

Katie finally came in with me to the bedroom.  This morning when I got up,  I saw the hummingbird feeder was on the deck floor again, burst open and dry.  That has happened twice now in three days.  The cover and weight I had to keep the cover on has been taken off the bistro table and chairs too.  So, I am guessing a raccoon may be the culprit.

Here's the problem.  Katie is in an almost constant state of agitation these past few weeks.  First the ginger cat. Even with me there she won't really lay in the doorway to watch her TV any longer as she is too wary.  I can't feed my birds any more because it draws the ginger to the birds and he upsets Katie with his presence.

Now, a raccoon (I feel sure) has climbed up onto the deck.  It's high up- but they can do it.

What is a good deterrent for raccoons that you can think of?  I can't take this screaming in the night a whole lot of times.

Sorry to take over the blog. Getting "desperate".  Suggestions welcome.  Katie will be here tomorrow or later today.

39 comments:

  1. How upsetting. We have had raccoons on our deck when they were able to reach to the bird feeder from the deck railing. Mom says she thinks your only solution is to have nothing at all that could attract them. Pity if your hummingbird feeder has to be removed, but it would appear it does.

    Our Dad had no luck with attracting any hummingbirds to our feeder this summer until about 2 weeks ago. Now we seem to have one lady visiting.

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  2. Oh dear!! Poor mum and Katie Isabella!! I have no idea about raccoons!! Do they have busy periods where they are particularly active? Do they hibernate? I'm just wondering if the raccoon activities are a temporary seasonal thing so hopefully come winter all will be quieter? Also may they not be tempted with other food suffs further away from your garden? Good luck!!!! big big hugs from me and Charlie! Take care
    x

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  3. Oh no! We don't know what deters raccoons, but like Simba suggests, you'll probably want to remove anything that may attract them. As far as calming Katie, maybe plugging in a feliway diffuser somewhere near the window or door where she sees these introoders? Or trying some of Jackson Galaxy's Spirit Essences to help calm her? We don't know. We are purring that things calm down.

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  4. Well, you have had two good suggestions already. We had a raccoon problem several years ago and I was told to take down all the bird feeders and stop attracting them to my yard. I have several feeders so that was a pain in the butt, but I did it. Now several years later, we've had a raccoon visit again, but so far he isn't a pest so we've left the feeders up. It's such a pain when that happens.

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  5. Poor Katie and Mom. You need to outsmart the Raccoon.

    Is there some place far away from the windows that you can put the humming bird feeder, perhaps on a side with no view from inside? You might call your local county extension office and ask them how to chase off raccoons.

    You might also try one of these calming treats as a snack before bedtime: Calming Treats

    I am so sorry you two had a bad night.

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  6. I am so sorry you and mom had a bad night Miss Katie. It looks like mom has a lot of good suggestions here and I hope they work. xx

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  7. Have you considered that it might be an opossum? They are excellent climbers:

    "They cannot jump, but they are superb climbers. One should never hope to keep an opossum out of a yard with a mere fence. With their opposable thumbs and prehensile tail, they can scale practically any obstacle."

    http://opossum.craton.net/faqs.htm

    Is there a natural history museum or other nature organization in your area that might give you some advice about dealing with a raccoon or opossum?

    I don't recommend tranquilizers, but perhaps your vet could give you advice about trying to keep Katie calm.

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  8. Oh dear. This is getting bad. I wish I could help but raccoons aren't something we find here. I hope our friends can come up with suggestions that might keep raccoons away. Are all the blinds down at night?

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  9. You will have to move your hummingbird feeder away from the deck. Consider hanging the feeder on a tree in the yard.

    I've heard rags soaked with peppermint oil or ammonia (anything strong) will deter the animals. Be careful on wooden decks, though.

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  10. We're sorry you both had a bad night but we don't have this problem as we can't feed the birds because Hannah and Lucy would just go mad trying to get out and catch them. Raccoons are not native here.
    Is there somewhere Katie could sleep where there isn't a accessable window?
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  11. How about a bird feeder that suction-cups to the window? Only a raccoon with wings could reach it! My folks have both seed feeders and hummer feeders of this type.

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  12. Gosh! That's one kind of critter we don't have around here so we don't have any good suggestions to throw your way.

    Purrs,
    The Chans

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  13. Speaking of hummingbirds... there was one by my window just now. Pretty. Anywho... The peep & I quite like the rockies but when the peep wants to keep 'em out of particular areas of my garden, she sprinkles those areas with chopped up garlic or crushed chili peppers. They don't like that stuff at all. Oh, and crushed (not ground) black peppercorns, too. She gets it at a bulk store.
    Now for the good stuff... you have just gotta check out my blog post today, Katie. Big news for me and for you. You won an award! Yoo-hoo! See you there! purrs

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  14. Gosh Katie and Carole, that sure does not sound like fun. You have lots of good suggestions. It is a pain not to have the bird feeders but it might settle Katie down. She must have lived outside at one time in her life. We are so sorry that you are having all this trouble. I really like the calming treats. I use them on two of my cats because they were trying to scratch themselves all the time. Hope tonight is better for you two.

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  15. No help from us, we're afraid. But we ARE crossing our paws you can find a good resolution. My goodness, Katie certainly is, uh, territorial, isn't she?!

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  16. Jackson Galaxy had something like that on one of his Cat From Hell shows. He had them install a motion activated sprinkler that kept away the intruder cat that was upsetting the indoor kitty. Someone also makes a thing that gives a burst of air to keep a kitty away from a certain place.
    Poor Katie!

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  17. I am sad to hear Katie is so upset with these rude visitors!

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  18. Isn't there some way to install a motion activated water spray so that it sprays in a direction that doesn't get the mailman wet, just four-legged intruders? It seems like there should be something that can help keep your home feeling safe for Katie. Because that is the whole thing - Katie doesn't feel safe and she is always agitated because she feels like she needs to protect her turf. I really wish I could send Jackson Galaxy your way - I am sure he would have a solution.

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  19. poor baby - we know she is just protecting her castle and her mommy, but it doesn't help much in the middle of the night. mom says sometimes she is glad we are the 2nd floor. we have heard about those air blower thingies too - maybe that rather than a sprinkler.

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  20. What a night! No rest for anybody! Was it the raccoon that had you so upset, Miss Katie? Try to catch a nap today if you can.

    Sorry! No help for you, Mom. We covered the cantaloupe in the garden with upside down flower pots at one time to keep the raccoons out of them, but have no secret ideas as they also like the corn.

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  21. Oh Mom Carole, we are so sorry to hear that the introoders are upsetting poor Katie so much. Brian's suggestion about contacting your local county extension is very good. Have you tried a calming collar on her? Moosey wears one, and it really seems to help.

    Big hugs to you both.

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  22. We're so sorry that Katie is feeling so agitated in her own home but with all those introoders we can understand. We like the Lounge's idea for the feeders so that the raccoon can't reach it. Also, the motion activated sprinklers away from the mailman and delivery guys sounds like a good idea too. Our neighbor has one and it went off when Mommy was out walking late one night and it scared the beejeezes out of her so we're sure it scares introoders too!

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  23. Oh! I’m so sorry Katie’s having so much stress (and you as collateral damage!!) I hope some of the suggestions work. We’re a bit light on raccoons here! xox

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  24. Unfortunately you'll probably have to remove the bird feeders. Not that this would be a problem for you, but we do have bears in our area, we were told by authorities that bird feeders draw in the bears so remove them. So we've had to do that. Poor Katie. Poor you. I know this is upsetting, but she is only protecting her territory.

    purrs
    >^,,^<
    ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

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  25. I forgot earlier to say that all this must be very upsetting for both of you, and especially for Katie who doesn't really understand what is going on. My apologies.

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  26. Poor Katie! You will have to bring in your bird feeders every night for a couple weeks, and anything else they might eat out there. Probably some moth balls around the doors or where Katie can see them wouldn't hurt.

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  27. I would contact the local agency that deals with native wildlife... they maybe able to set a humane trap, so the racoon could be released into a more appropriate area of woods.

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  28. Poor Katie (and Mom). That's what this blog is for, advice and support, as well as sharing. We live in the country, and can't have anything out (feeders, etc.) If you're in town, have the authorities bring round a humane trap. (be sure to find out if they rehome it far away)

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  29. It looks as though you have got some good suggestions Katie (and Mom) - we can't help as we don't have these animals here.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  30. If it is dry in your area, the raccoon is coming for liquid. There is not much that will keep them away.

    You can look in yellow pages for Pest Removal....most companies bring a Hav-A-Heart trap, bait it and them come take them away to another area. In my state, you are not allowed to do that yourself - you have to have a licensed person do that - so that rabies cannot spread around. No animals harmed - just moved off to State Park or National Forest. Of course you will always have raccoons - they are pretty prolific - but if you remove bird seed AND water - even bird baths it will help.

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  31. It sounds as though you will need to keep the hummingbird feeders in for a few weeks so the raccoon (s) realize they won't be able to routinely get a drink from them! Maybe a calming collar for Katie would be a good idea since it would be directly on her rather than a calming plug-in diffuser.
    We are sorry you had a bad night and that Katie gets so upset. It sounds as though she has had some experieces with marauding cats and raccoons in the past!Hopefully things will be better tonight :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  32. This is so distressing to hear that Katie getting so upset at Orange Cat and now raccoons. It might be time for local animal control for suggestions on what to do about raccoons and safe removal to another location so Katie won't be so upset.

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  33. Oh no so sorry to hear that...it sure sounds bad night :-(
    We had racoon visited our deck as well. At that time, we had bird seeds on a tray so he came for that. Since we cleaned the tray, we haven't seen him. As suggested above, bringing bird feeder in the house in the night time might work.
    I hope Katie San and you can have a peaceful night.

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  34. We used to have possum and the occasional raccoon at the house but they seemed to live harmoniously with the strays outside. The peep has tried giving me Rescue Remedy which you can buy if you have a Whole Foods or at a good drugstore. Just buy the one for Pets w/o the alcohol. Poor Katie is really territorial. xoxo

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  35. I haven't a clue what to do. My hubby used to trap them. I hope you and Katie get to sleep tonight.
    Kassey

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  36. We agree with Andrea & Sparkle - something to scare away those intruders so Katie can stay calm! Not much fun for her right now having to protect the homestead from all sorts of evil interlopers, for sure!

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  37. Mom wants to know how to get those pretty stars on my blog.
    Tanks
    Kassey

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  38. TKMom here.
    The best solutions you have done already. (Remove the food.)

    The problem for the racoons this year is that it has been so dry that a lot of the veg/fruit parts of their diets have been significantly reduced. Racoons don't hibernate, as such, but they do winter where they are. (They don't migrate.) So they are likely trying to supplement their diets to fatten up before the cold.
    Racoons are very very good climbers! Even metal poles can often be scaled by the little minxes.

    We have racoons. This year, due to dietary loss, we have been feeding them in a specific place, very near their den. This keeps them from scavenging in ares that may get them into trouble. (Like the neighbors' trash can.)

    As for the bird feeder, we got one of those squirrel resident weight feeders. (When something heavier than x gets on the feeder, it snaps shut.) That has also foiled the racoons and the starlings and the jays...
    I wish you both a peaceful nights sleep!

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