A baby raccoon, or kit, is still a wild animal, with emphasis on”wild”. They are not meant to be domesticated like dogs and cats. It took thousands of years to achieve the healthy domestication of family pets which we commonly see today. With this said, there are still ways to domesticate a raccoon if you really need to, but it is strongly advised to consult an expert on raccoons before attempting to care for a kit on your own. Read on to learn about the serious disadvantages of trying to domesticate a wild raccoon, or any other wild animal for that matter.
They have to be un-caged and free to roam to be able to live healthy lives, and this causes issues within a individual’s home. By way of instance, they like to dig nests for themselves and float beneath them. This means your bed or couch would be the ideal hole digging paradise for them. A raccoon would essentially need its living room with its own furnishings to be safe and relaxed as they could be, indoors; differently, you can kiss your mattresses, couches, recliners, and sofas goodbye.
They’re also skilled climbers and as said before, very curious. They can and will get into everything and anything, such as trash cans, cabinets, drawers, potted plants, laundry baskets, and more. Your entire home would basically need to be proofed and especially constructed to replicate their natural environment and to accommodate them in your home.
Although cute and irresistible appearing, raccoons are carriers of several viral diseases including rabies, distemper, canine hepatitis, and more. They’re also known to possibly spread roundworms and more serious variations of the infection. This is a huge red flag for anybody wanting to adopt and domesticate a baby raccoon they have found in the wild. Even if taken to a vet, the raccoon may have irreversible harm or have already infected your home. Health issues are important to think about if you are still thinking about making a wild raccoon your pet.
In most states, having a raccoon is illegal anyway. It’s a risk to take in a stray raccoon or other wild animal as it may result in a load of fines and even loss of animal ownership rights. Other states require a license to own an exotic animal, in which a raccoon is categorized under. Raccoons bite and this threat is taken seriously among many regional governments. This is just another reason to reconsider domesticating a baby raccoon, however cute and helpless it may be.
There are lots of organizations and resources that will take in a stray exotic animals and relocate them to a safer and secure habitat.