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They caught the raccoon. I guess Julie's squirrel guys came out yesterday, because we got a mail today inviting us to take a look at it before the trappers took it away to (they claim) release it somewhere on Long Island. I'm a little skeptical about this, but it makes me happy to believe that it will have a new life somewhere rural. Where, as someone commented at breakfast, it'll be all culture-shocked by how shops close early, people vote Republican, and there's nowhere to get good espresso. Sorry for the exile, raccoon. (Or sorry for how you just became a hat. Either way.)

The obvious question here is this: are we sure it's the same raccoon? Do they travel in families? We're being paranoid and keeping the cat door locked up for the next few nights.

I'll have more in my life than raccoons soon, I promise. Bear with me.

Cat flaps

Date: 2012-11-05 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metalrabbit.livejournal.com
Glad the fugitive has been caught - just on the cat flap thing we have something like this

http://www.amazon.com/SureFlap-Microchip-Cat-Door--White/dp/B003EGIM3O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352111736&sr=8-1&keywords=Microchip+cat+flap

It reads the microchip in your cats neck and let only them in - we got it to prevent strays. It probably won't stop a super violent raccoon who wants in but will stop casual B&E

http://www.amazon.com/SureFlap-Microchip-Cat-Door--White/dp/B003EGIM3O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352111736&sr=8-1&keywords=Microchip+cat+flap

This is the model we use but they don't seem to have it in the US
With four cats I think we're on our 2nd one in 4 years so expensive and won't last forever. Also hours of fun as the cats adapt to it as they have to wait for the chip reader to read their chip and let them in - there may be "twok" sound initially as the go face first into the door :)

Re: Cat flaps

Date: 2012-11-07 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cartographer.livejournal.com
This is brilliant. Thanks very much; we'll definitely investigate these. It'd be nice if it happened to be exactly the same size as the existing one and we could just snap it in. Fingers crossed!

Date: 2012-11-05 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nickipedia.livejournal.com
Bear? Now that *would* be a challenge.

(I almost didn't bother. Maybe I shouldn't have.)

BTW the "I'll just use this while she's still in the womb" name has stuck in the past. My niece is Samantha on her birth cert, but Pinn to everyone else (as in the size of a pin head).

Poppy is a bona-fide name, at least :)

Date: 2012-11-06 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cartographer.livejournal.com
Raccoons are related to bears, maybe, according to less reputable parts of the internet.

The kid's got a bunch of post from Joel's mom addressed to "Poppyseed Reilly Votaw", so she's probably got enough name evidence to open a bank account or whatever.

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