LIFE

Proof That Pet Raccoons Make Strange But Wonderful Pets

by Julia Lynn Rubin

While you may typically think of raccoons as wild woodland animals, they also can make for excellent pets!

They can make for fun and goofy albeit strange companions, although they are not pets in the same way that dogs and cats are, both of which have been bred for domestication for thousands of years.

Anyone interested in owning a raccoon as a pet must remember that they have a will of their own and will generally do as they please, and have a variety of special needs.

Currently a debate exists in the pet community as to whether or not people should be cohabitating with coons.

Some argue that keeping a pet raccoon is both illegal and unsafe, as they are not fully domesticated animals, can be very messy and may attack humans, while others worry that their coons will not survive if left to fend for themselves out in the wild. Raccoons are also known to carry illnesses such as distemper, rabies and giardia.

However, fans of coons say that they make for very fun pets so long as their pet parents are prepared to meet their needs and keep them well-supervised. Furthermore, forcing people who own a pet coon to give it up would be just as traumatic as forcing a family to give up their dog or cat.

For those mischievous critters who have settled into life with a human (and maybe some fellow animal) companions, they’ll certainly learned to love it!

Please SHARE these adorable pet raccoons who are strange but lovable pets!

1. "Oh good, the movie's back on! Quick, pass the popcorn..."

1. "Oh good, the movie's back on! Quick, pass the popcorn..."

2. "It's so soft...so bristly! I don't know what it is, but I shall love it forever."

2. "It's so soft...so bristly! I don't know what it is, but I shall love it forever."

3. "So wet, so cold, so wonderful!"

3. "So wet, so cold, so wonderful!"

4. "How's that feel, Mr. Snuffles?"

4. "How's that feel, Mr. Snuffles?"

5. "Muaha, victory is mine!"

5. "Muaha, victory is mine!"

6. "Pass the grapes, pretty please."

6. "Pass the grapes, pretty please."

7. "YESSS!"

7. "YESSS!"

8. "Rest your head on me, you poor soul."

8. "Rest your head on me, you poor soul."

9. "Someone needs a calm down cuddle..."

9. "Someone needs a calm down cuddle..."

10. "Let's be roly-poly together."

10. "Let's be roly-poly together."

11. "Gimme hugs! Gimme pets!"

11. "Gimme hugs! Gimme pets!"

12. "Mooom, no more pictures!"

12. "Mooom, no more pictures!"

13. "Who needs the forest when you've got an inside tree?"

13. "Who needs the forest when you've got an inside tree?"

14. "What ya hiding from me?"

14. "What ya hiding from me?"

15. "Just lyin' on your bed...taking over your room..."

15. "Just lyin' on your bed...taking over your room..."

16. "Your sweater matches mine, sir!"

16. "Your sweater matches mine, sir!"

17. "Miss, you are one FOXY lady!"

17. "Miss, you are one FOXY lady!"

18. "Come on buddy, give me some love!"

18. "Come on buddy, give me some love!"

19. "A treat for me? Why, this is most excellent..."

19. "A treat for me? Why, this is most excellent..."

20. "Your face tastes of peanut butter..."

20. "Your face tastes of peanut butter..."

21. "You WILL hand over the toy, dog!"

21. "You WILL hand over the toy, dog!"

Please SHARE these absolutely adorable pet raccoons just enjoying the domestic life!

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