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Re: Re: Raccoons

Besides, we already know that Sugar is one smart cat. Certainly not "a
brick shy of a load". Heck, she sounds like she might even throw one of
her extra bricks at you if you tried anything!


-------------- Original message -------------- 

> LOL - Sugar knows when to retreat and does so at light speed - tail at 
> full fluff. She'll knock you down if you're between her and the door 
> (which I leave open about 3 to 6" just for such an emergency). 
> Pam Evans 
> Kemp, TX 
> zone 8A 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Marge Talt 
> Sent: 12/8/2004 12:05:41 AM 
> To: gardenchat@hort.net 
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Raccoons 
> Not Pam, but FWIW, having raccoons + cats, have observed that most 
> cats ignore them - they realize (or should) that they are no match 
> for a raccoon...who, despite being one of the more charming members 
> of the local wildlife crew, are quite formidable when accosted. Even 
> large dogs can come out of an encounter with a raccoon with 
> considerable damage. 
> Have found (at least with my cats) that cats generally ignore 
> anything larger than they are - except for watching it closely or 
> leaving the area - but will go after anything that moves and is 
> smaller or looks like it might be edible (hunters only....non-hunters 
> will go after small moving critters if they feel like playing). 
> Highly territorial cats who are a brick shy of a load will go after 
> critters too large for them to handle, and those cats can get into 
> big trouble. 
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland 
> mtalt@hort.net 
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> > From: Cathy Carpenter 
> > 
> > Went out on the deck to let Jason the cat in and as he was 
> entering, I 
> > saw a large raccoon on the railing near my peanut bird feeder. 
> > Naturally I chased him off, but was surprised at Jason's "live and 
> let 
> > live" attitude. Not that I expected that he would go after a 
> raccoon as 
> > big as he is, but that he was so calm about its proximity. Pam - 
> has 
> > Sugar ever gone after a raccoon? What does she do when one 
> encroaches 
> > on her territory? 
> > Cathy 
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