Do raccoons make good pets?
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Do raccoons make good pets?

Raccoons don’t make a good pet because despite its cuteness, they may pose to diseases and viruses.



The wild animals have lived in the wild and might eat foods from the garbages or wastes. Thus, this is the reason that it may not be a good pet especially when you find it as an adult raccoon. It is an amusing however, to see the animal because it is cute and fragile.

It is illegal to own raccoon as pet especially when you have no license to take care of it.

Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are trained to care for sick or injured raccoons until they can be returned to the wild. They are also trained to prevent young animals from becoming imprinted, or socialized to humans and domestic animals. It would be best to let the rehabilitator takes care since it may have injuries on its body. Wild animals are not the ones that can be kept as pets in homes. These are also not allowed to be entered in homes, attic, or any place where the human are to move about. This is just because of the threats and dangers which is caused by the wild animal’s presence.

It is a frequently asked question whether a person can take raccoon as pet; or whether they are allowed to keep it until the raccoon reach adult phase. As much as you are tempted to do so, it is best not to. Raccoons are wild animals and they don’t belong in cage or in you bedroom.

Their nature is in the wild instead of in captivity. Unlike dogs or cats, despite the generations; raccoon cannot be a good companion that you can train. Moreover, if the raccoon lives with other pets it may also hurt them too.

Raccoon has sharp teeth and keeping them as pets may cause it to bite your dogs or cats. People don’t realize what they are getting into when they deal with raccoons. They think it is cute but it is actually harmful.

Planning to keep raccoon as pet?

Hence, the next time you see a raccoon near your garden, put it in box and ship it to the nearest rehabilitator for animals. this is the place they can rather be.

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