Pet food outside or inside an open pet door will likely attract raccoons and other animals at night, happy to get an easy meal!
- Close pet door at night and bring in pet food at night is the easiest solution.
- Install a pet door that works like a garage door opener - opening when your pet's collar activates the door opener.
- Close the door for a few nights and leave a rolled up bath towel soaked with ammonia outside the pet door to break the pattern. Then re-open pet door at night being sure the pet food is put away in a smell proof container.
- Buy a bit of extra food and live with the occasional wild visitor eating the food in the bowl. (Cats, dogs and raccoons generally couldn't care less about each other)
- Raccoons can almost always get away if a dog chases them. They are agile athletes that can get over a fence quickly.
- Note: Occasionally a mother raccoon will risk coming to eat pet food in the daytime in late June when she is feeding herself + her babies. This will only last for a few days, so be patient.