Hi Peanutbutter...thanks for posting about the raccoons. I am aware of the dangers from any wild animals,
and appreciate input. I've seen dogs fighting with raccoons.
My experience has been that my outside cats are not afraid of raccoons, but I try to discourage them.
I don't put food out after dark.
As for the three kittens that were killed, the mother is very young herself, and gave birth on my deck under
a winter shelter I had built for cats. The nest was in a very precarious position, and the other cats did
go out of their way to help her guard the kittens. The little ones were out of the nest crawling around
before they could walk, and I was very much afraid that they would be stepped on. I tried moving them
to a safer location, but the kittens would have none of that once they got a taste of freedom.
We have four inside cats by the way, all rescues.
I always work on the assumption that wild animals are dangerous, and that big critters are dangerous
to little ones. However, THIS raccoon did not deliberately kill THESE kittens. They were in a small
pile, and there was no sign of trauma or blood, or any signs of foul play.
I went out of my way to examine the little carcasses, and I personally put them in a plastic bag
and buried them in an animal graveyard at the rear of our farm property. I even say a few words
about them, as although I am not a religious person I do respect all forms of life and their general
contribution to the world.
Incidentally...feral cats are a BIG problem here in this part of Ohio. I have taken two females to be
spayed so far, and will take more. This was and is at my own expense, although fortunately there
are low-cost services available.
I know I am under no obligation to explain the raccoon-kitten incident to anyone, but I also would have
been devastated to hear the simple details too...in fact I cried for three days and still tear over when
I think about it.