Cat meets raccoon

Cat and raccoon

A few days ago, in an attempt to get you all to click-through to our gardening blog, I linked to this photo. But not too many of you did, so here it is. Joey The Cat meets Rocky Raccoon on our back patio.

Shortly after this was taken, they got up close and personal and hissed at each other. I grabbed Joey. He chases intruder cats, including much larger ones, out of the yard with little trouble and has an ear-splitting banshee howl when he spots them. But he’s no match for a raccoon, animals that my sister who lives nearby refers to as “gangsters.” They look cute, but are extremely smart, unafraid of humans, and have a well-deserved reputation for viciousness.