Since we have cat condos in the garage, I leave it open when the weather is nice, for airing out.
One night, after I closed the door, I noticed a huge “mother of all possums”, in the garage near the cat condos. Didn’t want to budge. I coaxed him, offered goodies, he just looked at me and sort-of hissed. Lots of sharp little teeth! I finally put a large trap in front of him, gingerly pushed him in with a snow shovel, and carried him/her out. From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lee Evans Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 11:27 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] RACCOON GETTING INTO CAT STATION The added benefit of possums is that since they are marsupials, they are not carriers of rabies! They are simply weird looking. I saw my first possum about 10 years ago. We mutually scared each other out of our skins. Then we tip-toed back around the corner of the house and stared at each other for a while. We both decided that the other was just strange looking but not dangerous and from then on they had a place at my backyard feeding station. _____ From: Marcia Baronda <marciabmar...@gmail.com> To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> Sent: Monday, June 4, 2012 8:48 AM Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] RACCOON GETTING INTO CAT STATION I love the possums too! They used to eat with my inside outers on my front porch, and would sit in the squirrel feeding box that I had in the front yard. I love em and the fact that they are marsupials make them all the more fascinating(-: Sent from my iPad that my most awesome kids surprised me with, Christmas 2010. On Jun 1, 2012, at 9:56 PM, MaiMaiPG <maima...@gmail.com> wrote: > Possums don't bother me but the coons do. I have trapped and relocated both > (not during baby season) because they were raiding my mother's house, > threatening her ferals and endangering themselves thanks to the problems they > were causing neighbors. They were relocated to a farm I own. I brought the > coons over immediately because they were vicious and very likely to hurt > themselves trying to escape (can't blame them). They get/carry a lot of > diseases including canine distemper which makes people think they are rabid > when they are not but they do carry rabies. As noted, they can easily kill > cats and dogs, even hunting (read fairly large dogs). They are extremely > messy and destructive and can get into about anything. I know, and knew, > from personal experience but was not willing to turn the captives over to > hunters or to locate them where there wasn't an appropriate environment. > > Possums will defend themselves if they have to but are fairly calm...again > from personal experience. They are wonderful at insect control and I have > watched them under the porch lights on the farm.......inhaling the insects. > > Just FYI: The coons are very cute and charming.....not so much with the > possums but they are actually darlings in my world. > On Jun 1, 2012, at 8:54 AM, Natalie wrote: > >> Whenever someone dumps a cat around here, I always see them eating together >> with possums - it's amazing. The first time I saw it, I was really >> terrified for the cat! >> >> -----Original Message----- >> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org >> [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of >> dlg...@windstream.net >> Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 12:22 AM >> To: firstname.lastname@example.org >> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] RACCOON GETTING INTO CAT STATION >> >> cats and possums getting along. That was one worry I had about feeding the >> birds, that the cats could be hurt by them. So far, all my cats have enough >> good sense to back off when they and the coons come up to eat. Somehow they >> seem to know they could not win a fight with either one of them. Coons can >> kill a full grown dog, especially if they get them in enough water to hold >> their head down until the drown them. >> ---- Dana Giordano <giordano.d...@gmail.com> wrote: >>> I feed mine on the ground inside a bin which I have cut out the sides of so >>> they can pass through. I lean boards up Against the sides. It's low >>> perfect for a cat and opossums but apparently too low and awkward for a >>> raccoon to get in there. I put a large deep square plastic food bin inside >>> and a piece of styrofoam on the floor inside to wedge the food bin into one >>> place. Opossums and cats get along fine so I let them share. My main issues >>> end up being ants and slugs which I use food grade diacetemous earth and >>> sandpaper to deter. I also have a rope light out there - dunno if that >>> deters so wanted to mention it. Hope that helps. >>>>> >>>>> Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter! www.Furkids.org >>>>> >>>>> “I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that >>>>> are profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts >>>>> upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is >>>>> to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – >>>>> Mark Twain >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Felvtalk mailing list >> Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org >> http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org
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