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Take the collars off raccoons

By: Nautica Leon

Yes, you heard right. People are keeping raccoons as pets! Obviously, these raccoons take regular shots and are purchased legally from a licensed exotic pet breeder, but are they tamed? Raccoons are cute and all, but let’s face it, looks can be deceiving. As babies, they are sweet and cuddly animals, but as adults, their attitudes towards the owner can change. Some raccoon owners have been bitten by their pets.  When the animal feels threatened or is angered, it will attack on instinct.

Raccoons are wild animals and are not domesticated enough to be removed from their habitat. They need a lot of room to run around and play; otherwise, they can become destructive.  The raccoons can break into unimaginable places. They are very smart and sneaky and should not be underestimated.

According to Dr. Becker from healthypets.mercola.com, raccoons are known for holding grudges and will purposely use your house as a little box.  In captivity, raccoons can live up to 10 to 15 years of age and will need vet care. But good luck trying to find a veterinarian that will treat your pet raccoon – those vets are hard to find, and prepare your pocketbook. It can get costly.

Take it from someone who owns a pet rat.  A simple checkup can run you about $100.00.  You probably do not want to imagine what the bill would be if you owned a raccoon. These animals especially need to be up-to-date with their rabies shots and canine distemper.

Instead of owning a raccoon, why not consider adopting another pet from your local shelter? There are hundreds of homeless animals that can have a better life because you.  You’ll be changing, not only their lives, but yours as well.

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