Perhaps you have a barn cat. Or just a pet cat that knows exactly where home is, but wanders around outside exploring as they please. Regardless of your cat situation, if they are an outdoor pet, is it likely that you have seen them catch a few mice or frogs before.
Maybe this pattern has led you to believe that your outdoor cat will also fend off other nuisance pests and wildlife. And although cats can scare away squirrels and rabbits, there are some things in nature cats are not meant to take on, and raccoons are one of them.
Continue reading to learn what you need to know about outdoor cats and wild raccoons.
Raccoons are dangerous to pets and people. Cats should never be allowed to attack or fend off raccoons under any circumstances. If you know there is raccoon activity around your property, do not let your cat (or dog) outdoors unsupervised after the sun goes down. Here are the primary dangers of raccoons:
Raccoons are known carriers of several infectious and highly-contagious diseases. Among these various illnesses, one of the scariest is Rabies. Rabies is a virus that, once infected, is fatal 100% of the time. Other diseases and illnesses include Roundworm, Distemper, Leptospirosis, lice, mites, ticks, fleas, and more. Not only can these diseases and pests be transferred to another animal, such as your pet cat, they can also be transmitted to humans.
Cats and dogs are common victims of raccoon attacks because they are usually curious and like to sniff. As a result, thousands of pets have contracted Rabies and other infectious diseases from raccoons and other wild animal species. For this reason, it is vital to have your pet (cat or dog) vaccinated annually against Rabies and more. Read our recent blog, “What You Need to Know About Rabies Vaccinations” to learn more.
Louisville Raccoon Control
If you have a raccoon problem around you property and a pet that likes to be outdoors, you need prompt and professional raccoon abatement that works. Call 502-553-7622 for DNR licensed Louisville raccoon control services that are both safe and humane. We also provide cleanup services and minor attic restorations from raccoon damages. Request a free estimate, today.