Feeding the raccoon
If you decided to adopt a raccoon as a pet it is very important that you know everything that is related to your care, especially your food.
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The raccoon is an omnivorous mammal, meaning that he eats meat as much as fruit and vegetables. It is important that you know how to calculate the doses of each meal, whether it is a puppy or an adult, because the raccoon tends to develop obesity in some cases.
Continue reading this article from Animal Expert to know all about feeding the raccoon , also known as Hand-Peeled.
Caring for a disoriented racoon baby
Did you find a racoon baby?
If found a young racoon or baby may have happened for several reasons:
- The hand is gone and will not come back.
- Your burrow was destroyed.
- The burrow is too hot and they left
- The hand is moving all the cubs to another place
- Predators appear
- His pet appeared with a racoon baby
Faced with any of these situations it is convenient to wait for the mother to return for some time, keeping a safe distance. If it does not appear and come to you that the baby has eyes open we recommend that you immediately call the responsible forest agents in your area of residence.
On the other hand if the racoon baby has his eyes closed probably is dehydrated and hungry, in this situation should look for some food to ensure their survival until the rescue services arrive.
Raccoons depend on their mother for 3 or 5 months, while their growth and learning period lasts. They stand out at 12 weeks of age although they stay with their mother until they are one year old. They usually open their eyes at 8 weeks of age.
How should I care for a disoriented racoon baby?
Take a soft cloth to pick up the baby. It is important that you wear gloves to handle it (at 4 weeks of age already have teeth) and do not be scared, it will certainly growl and shake with fear.
Wrap the baby in a cloth to give it some warmth. Try to keep the temperature at 36ºC.
Confirm that you have no injuries of any kind by observing your whole body. If you find any wound wash it with soap and warm water. apply everything with a cloth, just as you would your mother.
Look for external parasites like fleas and ticks and remove them as soon as possible. If you find a lot of insects it can mean that the abandonment or loss of your mother is real.
Go to the vet as soon as possible to make sure you are well.
Feeding a racoon baby
Then we offer you information on quantities and care of the feeding of a racoon child according to his age. Remember that you should use a bottle:
- Newborn racoon , one week old. It will weigh between 60 and 140 grams and your eyes are still closed. You can use olite for kittens , available at any pet store. You need to get between 3 and 7 centiliters of food (5% of your weight) 7 or 8 times a day (every 3 hours) including at night. The milk should be warm, being slightly higher than your body temperature. At the end of the meal you should apply a moist handkerchief to your genitals to urinate, just as your mother would.
- At two weeks the little raccoon should weigh between 190 and 225 grams. She still has her eyes closed and she has no hair on her belly yet she has hair all over her body. At this time you should increase the dose to 9.5 to 11.3 centiliters of milk, also every 3 hours although you can reduce your daily meals to 6 times a day.
- At three weeks of life the raccoon will weigh between 320 and 400 grams, will begin to open the eyes progressively and the hair eventually develops. Increase the dose by 16 to 20 centiliters.
- During the fourth and fifth weeks continue increasing the dose depending on your weight. Always taking into account the ratio of 5% of your body weight.
- At six weeks it should already be between 750 and 820 grams in weight. Start reducing milk intake by giving between 52 and 55 milliliters of milk four times a day and stop giving food at night.
- Between seven and eight weeks, you can eat more.
- From the 8 weeks you can start to offer him solid food that will gradually accept. You can buy food for dogs or puppy cats. At first it will cost but little by little it is getting used. At this stage it is very important not to increase the dose of milk.
- Between 10 and 16 weeks the raccoon should weigh two kilograms. The raccoon at this stage should already be accustomed to eating solid food and for this reason should withdraw the milk from their diet. Buy food for high quality puppies that will be 2/3 of your diet, the remaining 1/3 should consist of fresh fruits and vegetables. At this stage let him eat in abundance since it is a period of growth. Divide your meals into two shots a day. Must have fresh and clean portable water every day, plus you can make a small pool to cool off.
- At the time of weaning the raccoon can stay in a large cage that has a small nest of wood, for example. Clean the cage regularly and protect it from the cold.
- A from 16 weeks the raccoon is already fully independent. If you are thinking of releasing it this is the time, leave the cage open (no food inside) and it will begin to investigate. You may come back a few times before you finally leave home.
Feeding an adult raccoon
Raccoons eat anything, since they are omnivorous animals. Here is a list of foods you can give:
- Cat food
- Damp food for cats
- Fish in general
- Corn mascarpone
As you can see there are different types of food that can give an adult raccoon. It is important that you vary the type of food so you do not get bored. Try to find out what your favorite foods are. Remember to never give red meat and check your weight from 16 weeks to make sure you maintain a stable weight (are likely to gain weight).
The elderly raccoon will continue to eat the variety of foods we described earlier, however, we should decrease the amount as it decreases physical activity.