Bottle feeding a baby raccoon

What Do Baby Raccoons Eat?

So you finally have your pet raccoon. You are now ready to start your adventure of raising a baby raccoon. So as you arrive home with your new pet, eager to take care of him, this is the first question you need to answer: What do baby raccoons eat?

If you wanted a head start on your relationship, you probably bought a raccoon that is still on the bottle, which means a very young raccoon. Purchasing a raccoon that is still on the bottle is necessary for the bonding process. But taking care of these critters is in itself a challenging and demanding task. You need to establish a friendly relationship with the animal from an early age. Such an approach will prove beneficial in the long run and you will experience fewer problems with your pet.

What To Feed Baby Raccoons

This is your first encounter with the demanding task of having a pet raccoon. The question, “what do baby raccoons eat”, is quite simple: powdered milk with high fat content. Just keep in mind this important information — never feed your little raccoon whole milk.

If the food your new pet requires is quite simple, the how and when of feeding are a different story.

For about the first seven weeks of life, you need to feed the baby raccoon up to five times a day. To feed him at regular intervals, you will even need to wake up during the night and respond to his pleas for food.

How much food do baby raccoons eat? While they are nursing, they may easily overfeed. You must give your raccoon just enough to feel that his belly is full. Do not wait until he starts to refuse the milk because this is a sign that he has already had too much.

After each feeding you should burp the raccoon, and at the same time, using a cotton ball soaked in warm water, massage the genital area to help him relieve himself.

The first few weeks will definitely be an amazingly busy time for you and your new pet raccoon. But after the first few weeks, the baby raccoon will be ready to get into some solid foods.

What Do Baby Raccoons Eat After Bottle-Breaking?

Weaning a raccoon is not difficult, though some individuals may be harder to bottle-break than others.

When you see that your pet is big enough, usually around the seventh or eighth week, you can start to introduce some of the foods raccoons will eat as an adult.

After the bottle, your raccoon will begin to show his omnivorous side, and he can start to eat almost any kind of food. Even so, you should introduce the food gradually. You might, for instance, add baby cereal to the milk or give him a soft food like fruit that he is able to chew.

What Do Baby Raccoons Eat After Weaning

After your baby raccoon has been weaned, the task of feeding the animal will still be demanding. It may be easier than bottle-feeding, but controlling your pet’s diet will always be your responsibility.

Raccoons living in the wild can eat practically anything, and their diets are pretty variable. The wild raccoon diet depends on the animal’s personal instincts and the different seasons and habitats he is dealing with. In contrast, a pet raccoon cannot make his own decisions about food. He is completely dependent on you.

You cannot treat your raccoon like a dog or a cat; it is not that simple. These common pets can survive on canned food, but not your pet raccoon. He may love cat or dog food in the can, but feeding him only that is not healthy for the animal. Make sure to give your pet a variety of food items daily and to choose the healthiest ones.

Should I ever feed a baby raccoon?

You’re going through a stroll in the woods and you find a baby raccoon alone at daytime, it could be for a ton of reasons; as the mother sleeps during the day, usually the litter strays from the mother because raccoons become nocturnal after a year and the mother will usually pick up the baby after more or less than eight hours. But, it should be looked after as it is a baby and will be susceptible to attacks from larger animals. Please make sure to wear gloves when coming in contact with the baby. Make sure the baby isn’t cold, covered with fleas, attacked by a wild animal or a cat or a dog, injured, breathing with difficulty, holding its head straight, and bleeding. If you say yes to any of these things, make sure you take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

The very first thing to do, before you try and feed them, is to make sure they are heated as baby raccoons cannot make their own body heat if they are younger than 5 weeks. You will need a heating pad set on low, a towel which you will fold and put atop the heating pad, then on top of that you will put a box in which you can put inside any type of soft cloth and place the babies there, for gradual heat distribution. Never, ever feed a baby that is cold, because it will result in death. Make sure they are at 101-103°F before attempting to feed them. Baby raccoons can also be dehydrated, mix 1 teaspoon of sugar in a pint of distilled or boiled water then add 1/3 teaspoons of salt. There are also other remedies, but this is the easiest.

Before feeding, make sure the baby is calm, hydrated and if not, is taking the solution in a good manner, start it on kitten replacement milk, it is in a power so it will need filtered water and not straight from the tap. The babies should be fed properly or otherwise they might die painfully. Do NOT feed them honey, milk and raw eggs. The kitten formula should be heated at their body temperature before feeding, if they can’t suck through the animal nursing bottle, use a syringe through which the baby will lick the formula form the tip. Feed it five times in a day for the first month.

After the baby grows out of the syringe, you will have to train it for a bottle. Place it on its stomach, put your hand over the muzzle and rub the back for it to start sucking. Don’t feed it too much, as they’ll start to sneeze and it can result in death after too many times. Put it on its back and let it stop sneezing, wipe the formula from the sneeze after every sneeze. It is best to stop feeding before the tummy is full and it stops sucking and searching for more. Wash the face with a damp cloth after feeding.

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Last night by carefully pulling out the wood stove fireplace and peering behind it we discovered that there were at least 2 adolescent raccoons. In reading the article it says the mother can climb down the chimney? Since there is no cap on the chimney what is the best way to retrieve the adolescent raccoons from the bottom and catch the mother somehow? Should we put a cap on the chimney now or after trying a trap at the top? Any info is greatly appreciated. Dave

My response: As stated on my website, grab the babies by hand with thick gloves, and use them as bait to trap the mother. If this is too hard, hire a trapper.

Thank you very much for replying back. Grabbing the 4 adolescent raccoons by hand is what my brother in law ended up doing the next day. I wouldn't want to so I'm glad they did it! They put a cap on the chimney so all should be safe and sound. Thanks again, Dave

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How to feed a raccoon puppy | House of the Raccoon


So, the long-awaited baby is home! What's next? How to feed a raccoon puppy ? What else is needed for him to survive and grow up healthy and cheerful? In short, the following is required: 1) Determine the approximate age of puppy and, more importantly, its development. 2) Feed correctly 3) Do massages 4) Provide a comfortable temperature and a safe place

Only puppies older than 2 weeks can be kept like this during feeding! NOTE!


All these moments are very important for the survival and rearing of the baby raccoon . None of them can be passed over as less significant. Let's take a look at each of these points in order and in as much detail as possible. So definition of age and development. Everything else depends on this. The age of a raccoon and its development are two different factors. In dogs and cats, most often the specific age of the puppy implies a specific development. In raccoons the situation is much more complicated. For example: Last year, one owner had two females at about the same time brought raccoon puppies . The conditions of keeping, feeding and care for both female raccoons were the same. Only the age of females and males-fathers of raccoon puppies differed. At the age of 3 weeks, the puppies of both females were about the same size, weight and behavior. But by 5 weeks, weight and behavior began to differ significantly. The babies of the first female at 5 weeks old began to open their eyes and actively crawl around the den. The second mother's children began to open their eyes only at 8 weeks. And active crawling out of the lair began at 9weeks. The babies of the first female at that time already saw perfectly well, kept well on their paws and began to try food from their mother's bowl. They were painlessly transferred to soaked dry food for small puppies under the mother at 7 weeks. The babies of the second mother, up to 12 weeks, had to be bottle-fed with a milk-banana mixture, and only by 16 weeks they began to eat solid food and firmly stood on their paws. This is the difference I have in mind when I talk about development. So, we examine our baby: 1) how confidently does he hold on to his paws, does he completely raise the body above the ground or do the paws spread and only sometimes does the baby collect them under him? Until the baby fully confidently stands on its paws, it will have to be fed from a bottle with a banana-milk mixture. Not to be confused with braiding the paws while moving! For a long time, the baby will learn to control them, especially when cornering, but he must confidently keep his body on them. 2) Eyes. Only if the baby has clean, without blue lanyards, completely open, meaningfully looking eyes, can he be fed “in an adult way”. If there is an infantile languor (blueness) on the eyes, if the gaze is wandering and inattentive, your food is in the bottle. So, we have formed two types of baby's age: for a bottle and for soaked food. And you can’t confuse them, ruin the baby! While the baby is feeding from a bottle, your obligatory worries are added: 1) Sterilization of the bottle 2) Massage of the tummy and anus until the result. 3) Temperature control

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DO NOT hold the baby during feeding!!!!

4) Sucking reflex compensation (finger). At this age, babies are not yet able to regulate their body temperature. Easy to catch cold and overheat. This issue is best solved by placing the raccoon in a rather large cardboard box with high walls. We cover the box with terry towels. In one of the corners we put plastic one and a half liter bottles with warm water. When the baby is cold, he will climb into this corner. Bottles can be replaced with heating pads. But do not forget, firstly, to change the water more often as it cools down, and secondly, make sure that the baby has somewhere to crawl if it gets hot. These recommendations do not apply to babies who do not actively crawl themselves. How to deal with them, I will tell separately. Feeding babies : So, very young babies, before opening their eyes, you can try to feed them with cat's milk replacer. NEVER FEED MILK!! This applies to all types of milk: cow's, goat's, lactose-free... There were cases of successful nursing in Russia, but there were also sad stories. Therefore, I decided to clarify this issue with foreign colleagues from the Forest Infant Rehabilitation Center in Canada. Their advice can be read here. Not every mixture is suitable - a milk replacer. In Russia, it is desirable to find one. If there are discrepancies in the articles, please clarify in the comments: now we are closely studying this issue.

Here it is important not to overfeed the baby, but also not to starve. After feeding, the raccoon puppy should calmly sleep sweetly for 3-4 hours. If he wakes up earlier, you are underfeeding; if he sleeps further, you are overfeeding. Daily weighing is not unimportant! Weight must always increase! Let just a little, but grow. Therefore, you will definitely need electronic scales. Also during this period, massage of the tummy and perineum is especially important. Enetenok himself can neither write nor poop. Massage of the tummy is performed immediately after feeding and in the interval between feedings. The massage is performed as follows: with soft circular movements clockwise we stroke the tummy, slightly pressing. After two or three minutes of massage, lift the ponytail almost perpendicular to the back and slap the anus with gentle movements, lifting the ass with an upward movement. In case of constipation, first lubricate the ass with plenty of Vaseline. Next, we put the raccoon on the palm, so that the index finger is on the raccoon's pussy, and pat it until urination. Ideally, the chair should be after each feeding. And if this does not happen, we repeat the massage every 40-50 minutes until the result. The main thing is that the tummy is soft and painless. In case something worries you, read "first aid for a baby: tummy hurts." If the baby drinks 40 ml of milk, eagerly, without releasing the bottle, but sleeps for only an hour and wakes up again, there is a reason to increase the nutritional value of milk. In each feeding, we begin to add a slice of banana to milk, we start with a piece of banana 1 cm thick. The next feeding is already 3 cm and if diarrhea does not appear, in the next feeding we already make a mixture of half a banana and 100 ml of milk. If the baby is weakened, leave the banana share small and add 1 tablespoon of rice water. Banana + milk - the main mixture for feeding a baby raccoon of the first period of development. When loose stools appear, a spoonful of rice broth or a spoonful of oak bark decoction is added to the mixture. If mucus appears in the stool, an admixture of blood, or it has acquired a green color or a fetid odor, these are good reasons to see a doctor. The ways of feeding the baby of the first period of development are varied and are selected from the preferences of the baby. Someone successfully learns to suck a nipple on a bottle, someone can be fed only from a syringe without a needle and kutya, someone begins to lap from a saucer, getting into it with all four paws. In Canada, feeding through a wheat straw or a cocktail tube directly from the owner's mouth is popular. Raccoons are stubborn and stubborn. And that's how they are born. And no hunger will make a youngster suck a pacifier if he doesn't like it. The first attempts in any case will take place with a fight and squeals. But if you are attentive and patient, you will quickly feel for yourself exactly how, in what way your baby agrees to eat. I wish you success.

feeding raccoon puppies

Age (weeks)

Feeding formula


Special care

Birth to 1 week

60-140 grams

Eyes and ears closed

muzzle mask and tail rings barely visible

scanty fluff of fur on the back and sides, no fur on the belly

Serving 3 - 7 ml. nutrition (this is approximately 5% of body weight) 7-8 times a day every 2.5 - 3 hours, including night feedings. An example of a feeding schedule for 8 times a day: 7:00,9:30, at 12 :00, 14:30, 17:00, 19:30, 22:00, plus once during the night.

Example of a feeding schedule for 7 times a day: 7:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, 22:00, plus one during the night.

Feeding formula should be warmer than body temperature as it cools quickly as it passes through the nipple or feeding syringe, so keep the feeding bottle in a larger cup of warm water while feeding.

Keep baby warm in a pet carrier or small closed box with breathing holes. Protect them from drafts, and create a cozy nest with several layers of soft fabric. Change bedding twice a day, and wash them without using rinse aid because the smell is bad for babies' respiratory system. Provide outside warmth by putting a heating pad or a bottle of warm water wrapped in a soft cloth. Make sure it doesn't leak and isn't too hot for the baby to cuddle up with. Change before next feeding or when cool. Keep baby warm at all feeding times by wrapping in a warm cloth, cage or box at all times with a heating pad or hot water bottle. Feed him in a quiet, warm environment with no distractions. Try to provide extra sucking time by wearing latex gloves over light cotton gloves and letting them suck your fingers for 10 or 15 minutes after each feed.

Stimulate him at every feed by gently stroking the genital area with a wet finger or Q-tip or soft damp cloth until he has finished urinating and/or defecation.

Thoroughly wash face, neck and chin after each feeding.

After the baby has digested the food, the stool should be formed and golden brown. Maintain proper hygiene, as raccoon feces can contain parasites.

2 weeks190-225 grams

slightly pubescent

no belly fur

Eyes and ears closed

Serving 9.5 - 11.3 ml nutrition (that's about 5% of body weight) 6 times a day every 3 hours
Example of a feeding schedule for 6 times a day: 7:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, 22:0

Same as

Same as

3 weeks 320-400 gr.

full fur

Eyes open at about 3 weeks (18 to 24 days of age)

Serving 16 - 20 ml nutrition (that's about 5% of body weight) 6 times a day every 3 hours

Same as

The same

Since babies become more inquisitive after opening their eyes, it is important to continue feeding them in a quiet room without any distractions.

Babies can already suck from a bottle on their own. If you have several babies, you can secure several bottles on a wooden base with rubber rings.

4 weeks450-550 grams

Serving 22.5 - 27.5 ml nutrition (5% of body weight)


Serving 31.5 - 38.5 ml (7% of body weight) 5 times a day every 3.5 hours

Example of a feeding schedule for 5 times a day: 7:00, 10:30, 14:00, 17:30, 21:00

Same as Same as
5 weeks600-700 grams Serving 30-35 ml nutrition (5% of body weight) OR

Serving 42 - 49 ml (7% of body weight) 4 times a day every 4 hours

Example of a feeding schedule for 4 times a day: 7:00, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00

Same as After a week or two of babies have opened their eyes, they can urinate on their own, you can start to teach them to go to the toilet on paper towels. You can encourage them to urinate so they know where to go. Constantly monitor the cleanliness in the cage, change paper towels in a timely manner.
6 weeks750-820 grams Serving 37.5 - 41ml nutrition (5% of body weight) OR

Serving 52.3 - 55.4 ml (7% of body weight) 4 times a day every 4 hours

Example of a feeding schedule for 4 times a day: 7:00, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00

Solid foods, good quality puppy food and cut fruit (grapes and bananas are preferred) may be introduced. Soak puppy food with nutrition first or mix banana puree with nutrition. Heat in the microwave until the granules are completely dissolved.

Provide a source of clean drinking water, wash a cup of water several times a day and change the water.

You can use sand or kitten litter for potty training. The cage and tray should be cleaned and washed frequently, and the bedding should be changed daily. Provide toys - natural ones are best - acorns, cones, small twigs, bark, limestone chunks, shells, rocks/pebbles, flower seeds, etc., but hard dog toys, cat toys, children's toys are fine too.

7 weeks900-1000 grams Serving 45 - 5 0ml nutrition (5% of body weight) OR

Portion 63 - 70 ml (7% of body weight) 4 times a day every 4 hours

Example of a feeding schedule for 4 times a day: 7:00, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00

After they eat puppy food, stop soaking it and increase the amount of solid food.

Same as Same as
8 - 10 weeks 1000-1450 g Serving 50 - 72.5ml nutrition (5% of body weight) OR

Serving up to 80 ml per feeding 3 times a day every 5 hours

Example of a feeding schedule for 3 times a day: 8:00, 13:00, 18:00
Weaning: when the baby eats more solid food, reduce the frequency of feedings to 2 times a day, and then to once - in order to completely wean them from nutrition to 10 weeks of age.

Same as Weaning Note: Do not increase feed volume above 80 ml, feed more solid food, and if the raccoons are not fed, they will be forced to eat solid food.
10 - 16 weeks Raccoons born in the spring (March - May) should weigh about 6-7 kg by August-September at 16-18 weeks. Feeding puppy food (about 2/3 of the diet) and fresh fruits and vegetables (about 1/3 of the diet). Adult dog food does not meet all the needs of a growing animal. In the cage, make hammocks from hard fabric and ropes, various climbing frames, hang swings from tires.

You can read more about keeping raccoons at home in the book "Poloskun Raccoon"

What do raccoons eat in a domestic or wild environment, what to feed a raccoon

Content of the article:

  • 1 Feeding infants
  • 2 What do adult raccoons eat?
    • 2. 1 Dependence of appetite on the season of the year
      • 2.1.1 What should be done in parallel with feeding?
    • 2.2 A bit about wild raccoons

The raccoon family belongs to the genus of mammalian predators. These animals gravitate towards hunting and forceful conflict resolution. In order to adequately join the food chain of the Earth's biosphere, nature endowed raccoons with a "bad" character, sharp claws and fangs. Having acquired a cute and charming rogue in a mask, a lot of questions arise, the first of which is how to feed a domestic raccoon. I propose to talk about this topic, and also touch on the question of what you need to know about raccoons, in general.

Feeding babies

The sooner you start accustoming a raccoon to your company, the more affectionate and kind this slicker will be when he becomes an adult. Of course, in everything you need to know the measure. For example, bailing a recently born baby, there is almost a 100% chance that the baby will die. There is a raccoon, there is no raccoon.

If the owner of the raccoon is experienced and knows how to feed the raccoon at home and how to care for him, then you can try to take a baby 1 month old. Caring for such small raccoons is fraught with many difficulties. Next to the crumbs you need to be inseparable, he wakes up every few hours and requires feeding and care.

The best option for a little raccoon is a 1.5-month-old rogue. His body is already considered to be more or less strong and he is able to master the man-made food for the raccoon.

What do little raccoons eat? - Milk mixtures. Food is poured into a baby bottle with a nipple (sold in any pharmacy). If a monthly raccoon is nursed, then it is better to feed the baby with an ordinary pipette.

Cow or goat milk is used as milk mixtures. The product is diluted with a small amount of warm water. You can sweeten the mixture with sugar. In addition, high-quality condensed milk (condensed milk must be diluted) or dairy products for feeding cats can be used.

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From the age of 1.5 months, the baby raccoon begins to taste solid food. Grated banana, cottage cheese and quail egg are added to the milk mixture.

At the age of 2.5 months, a little raccoon can already eat from a bowl. From the age of 3 months, he himself begins to understand what domestic raccoons eat, what is good for him and what is not.

What do adult raccoons eat?

Adult raccoons are omnivores. Having reached puberty, the raccoon begins to show its true essence, the essence of a carnivorous hunter.

It is obligatory and absolutely necessary to include in the diet of a raccoon:

  • Poultry
  • Meat (beef/pork)
  • Fish (any other than red fillets)

Food of animal origin is of particular interest to raccoons in spring and summer. They can eat rarely if the food is rich in fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

What else to feed a raccoon besides meat products? – In addition to food of animal origin, raccoons lean on berries, fruits, vegetables and nuts:

  • Apples/pears/plums/apricots
  • Strawberry/gooseberry/mulberry/grape
  • Pumpkin/zucchini/melons
  • Hazelnut/almond/walnut/pistachio
  • Various cereals (buckwheat, rice, etc.)

If you have a raccoon gargle, what to feed this slicker questions should not arise.

In order not to spend money on fruits during the winter, you can prepare dried fruits according to the season. Raccoons love prunes, dried apricots and raisins. That is, you can get a dryer for fruit and prepare the necessary amount of feed during the harvest. Dried fruits are vacuumized and transferred to the refrigerator for storage. If you are faced with the question of how to feed a domestic raccoon, you can prepare 15-20 (kg) dried fruits without straining during the period of summer and autumn, which will be enough for raccoons for the whole winter and spring.

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Dependence of appetite on the season of the year

Taste preferences of raccoons directly depend on the period of the year. As practice shows, during the warm period of the year (especially in summer), raccoons have a weak appetite. Many raccoons seriously lose weight. If you notice that the pet is very thin, then do not be afraid. Appetite comes to raccoons from early autumn. From this period, raccoons rapidly gain weight. It is from autumn that you need to seriously think about how to feed a raccoon at home.

As a rule, in the autumn raccoons lean on vegetables and nuts, alternating a vegetarian meal with food of animal origin. For example, wild raccoons like to seriously trim the rodent population. By the way, check out the article how, when and how much raccoons eat mice .

By winter, the raccoon becomes well-fed. Its rounded forms begin to shine and shimmer in the Sun with shining fur.

What should be done in parallel with feeding?

Little raccoons need to massage the belly area. There are cases when raccoons are not able to go to the potty. The raccoon's tummy can swell, which is why many crumbs die. That is, massage stimulates the passage of undigested waste through the intestines.

A bit about wild raccoons

The life of savages is fundamentally different from that of domesticated raccoons. Wild raccoons are real opportunists. They are ready to crush, break and kill anyone who can be chewed by their fangs. Feed includes:

  1. Birds
  2. Snakes
  3. Turtles
  4. Insects
  5. Fish
  6. Rodents

Raccoons are accused of the complete extermination of the population of many species of insects. Raccoons are good at cleaning the area from poisonous spiders and snakes. That is why raccoons are artificially introduced in many parts of the world.

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What else do you need to know about raccoons? - Savages go hunting at night, and during the day they sleep off.

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