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Welcome to Sybil's Den.  This site is intended for information purposes on raising  pet exotic animals based on my experience.  Included are care sheets for black bears, foxes, raccoons, emus, farm animals and domestic animals.   Also please find a very informative message board with a lot of great members. If you are looking for Animal Care information along with other helpful resources, There is extensive information on the message board and this site..


GEORGE  ALLEN  the  Raccoon

George was bogeorge the raccoonrn June 26, 2011.  I bought him July 13, 2011. This is the first time I bought an animal with their eyes closed.  With the help of  some of the members from Sybils Message Board, I did fine with him.  If you are not familiar with
bottle feeding an animal, I do not recommend getting a raccoon at this age. 

At that age, George slept and ate. When raccoons are that young, they need special care. He was fed KMR kitten formula. I would mix a little syrup or honey in his milk. Raccoons have a sweet tooth. I didn't mix syrup or honey in his formula for several weeks.
They must be stimulated to defecate and urinate (I stimulate George prior to eating).  George was constipated a few times. Mixing Karo syrup in his formula helped. 

At that age, it is obvious this is too young to litter train. I used those blue towels on a roll.
(I buy then in bulk at sams club) When I fed or held him, I would keep one wrapped on his bottom, so, if he did defecate or urinate, it would go on the towel and not on me.  At that age, I kept him in a cat carrier and would keep a couple blue towel on top of his blanket. George also had a stuffed animal in his carrier.

After his eyes opened, (at age 2-1/2 weeks of age) I kept a blue towel near the door of the cat carrier. He did seem to understand that is where he does his business. When he was big enough and more stable on his feet, I put him in a large dog cage.  I put a litter pan in there, along with a blue towel.  Eventually, I was able to eliminate the blue towel.

george the raccoonI have two female coonhounds, that absolutely love George.  They helped me take care of him.
They clean George and protect him.  They still are protective of him. George naps with my coonhounds.
It is really cute to see how much George loves them.

Now that George is older my coonhounds play with him. Sometimes, George play bites and gets a little rough, but, my dogs do correct him.  So my dogs are a big help raising George.

Overall, George is pretty good for a raccoon.  He plays all day long without getting into much trouble.
He has a lot of toys and the dogs to keep him busy.  It is strange that he is awake from early morning to evening. He sleeps through the night. He loves marbles to play with, sometimes he will roll them around for hours.  He seems to know not to put them in his mouth, he uses his little hands to roll them.

For more information on raccoons, please join my message board. There is a lot of good information there and you can post if you have any questions.   (scroll down to "Little Critters")