Should you get a doggy door?

Paradoxically, I truly did think that adding a doggy-door to get my back yard would be the best present I could give to my small dog. Well, I don’t think that way anymore. It turns out that our city-raised raccoon neighbours now know how to use these doors.
Many a homeowner has come home only to find a raccoon has entered their home and they’re not sure how it got in, and… more importantly, how to get it outside again. If this has happened to you, and you have a doggy-door, or even a cat flap installed in an outer door, than you now know the problem.
Raccoons have very dexterous front paws that allow them to open bins, doors, and even cupboards almost as easily as a human does. Cute? Not so much if this little invader enters and destroys your home, and I guarantee you a raccoon will make short work of any dwelling if given half the opportunity. Raccoons have been known to eat live, caged birds they get access to so if you have a pet bird, this issue is much more important to understand.Dog, Bitch, Dog Christmas Blue
However, you can easily learn to live in harmony with raccoons (and other forms of wildlife for that matter) by remembering simple things such as; NEVER feed your pets outdoors, keep garbage indoors until your collection day, and use compost containers that deter wildlife while allowing for ventilation.
TIP : I found that hanging my big green bin (for kitchen compost) in my fence by the handle so that it dangles, tilting in toward the fence at the bottom, works flawlessly. Even opossums cannot get to it anymore.
Keeping your home in good repair is another easy method of discouraging raccoons and other critters from moving in. Squirrels, raccoons, as well as starlings are famous for moving in rather fast to pristine and failed buildings.
To-date there are no known repellents for raccoons, so please understand; it is significantly simpler to take the necessary steps in discouraging their even thinking of invading your property, than to fix the damages caused after they’ve been removed. Keeping your pets indoors overnight will lessen the likelihood of their ever coming into contact with a raccoon.

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