Cat and raccoon court by the light of the moon (with noms)

This video, showing a cat and a raccoon (Procyon lotor) arriving for daily noms, comes from Cat Lovers Community and was made by Ray Tamasovich. According to the description, both are feral (I don’t know if they’re always together in the wild) and the cat always lets the raccoon eat first. I’m not so sure that’s altruism so much as self preservation!

Have a gander:




  1. mudskipper
    Posted May 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    It looks to me as if the cat has learned that the best time to rub up against the raccoon is when it’s engaged in eating. It’s the same reason that a lot of human cat owners find that they are the object of their cat’s attention when they’re sitting on the toilet.

  2. Alan GE
    Posted May 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Also, as a carnivore why would the cat even be interested in peanuts? Rerun altruism experiment using some Whiskas!

    • mudskipper
      Posted May 28, 2016 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      If you watch to the end of the video, you’ll discover there’s kibble waiting for the cat.

  3. ChrisB
    Posted May 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Cat: Welcome to my territory. I shall mark you as my very own.

    Raccoon: Whatever, dude, I’m trying to eat here, ok?

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted May 28, 2016 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

      Cats mark
      Raccoons snark

      I think we all went for the marking behavior.

  4. Diane G.
    Posted May 29, 2016 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Delightful vid of what one might think would be two competitors coexisting with tolerance and affection.

    Several years ago I was watching a few deer in the backyard when a doe walked over to the fence by the barn and reached up to touch noses with the barn cat who was sitting on the top rail. There was a little mutual sniffing session before the doe went back to grazing.

    Animals can surprise the heck out of you.

  5. Andrea Kenner
    Posted May 29, 2016 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    That cat needs to be neutered!

  6. Ian Clark
    Posted May 29, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    This just happened last night, and our cat and the racoon both were very calm about the meeting:

  7. Posted May 29, 2016 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Cats need affection, especially when they’re young and especially from a parent figure. This looks like a nearly grown kitten who’s latched onto a full grown raccoon. The kitten needs enough luvins, before it can eat, and since the raccoon isn’t giving him any, he’s giving the raccoon even more to compensate.

    I suspect the kitten isn’t really feral but tame and raised as a stray. It would socialize well, based on my cat-rescue experience.

  8. Doug
    Posted May 30, 2016 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I see a Disney movie in the future. Who should do the voices?

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