If you’re a regular visitor of the app TikTok or Instagram, you have probably seen the viral videos of people playing with their pet raccoons. A raccoon is most commonly seen as vermin, but when you see one in a cute party hat, you start to think, “Could I really own a raccoon?” Well, plenty of people around the country have tried this out, so you do not have to guess. This video outlines a few things you should know before seriously considering bringing a raccoon into your family.
First of all, do not go about taking a raccoon off the street. Wild raccoons are an issue for pest control to handle, not you. A raccoon fit for living in a house is fairly impossible, considering that raccoons are burrowing, climbing, and ransacking animals.
They are nocturnal, so be ready to sacrifice your sleep schedule for the sake of your new furry companion. If you aren’t deterred by the intense temperature regulation required to keep a raccoon healthy, then look into adopting from raccoon experts. Many breeders require a downpayment on a raccoon kit, but this way you can raise them to be at least a sort-of good roommate.