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Old 11-25-2019, 06:33 PM
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I have a opossum that likes to come out on my back deck at night and eat the cat food. Is there any reason to take this thing out? Do they eat cats, cause property damage or should I just let the thing be?
Old 11-25-2019, 06:40 PM
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Leave it be. They don't eat cats. Geez.
I am surprised you don't have racoons from putting the cat food out
Old 11-25-2019, 06:48 PM
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Just don’t scare it and then try to pick it up! 😂
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
I have a opossum that likes to come out on my back deck at night and eat the cat food. Is there any reason to take this thing out?
As long as you're both single and consenting, I don't see a problem with it!
Old 11-25-2019, 06:55 PM
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They don’t really do anything
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Nah, they are ugly as all hell but mostly harmless and don't upset things. Leave them alone.
Old 11-25-2019, 06:59 PM
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Unless of course the opossum has rabies and bites a cat.
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Rabies in possums is supposedly a rarity .
Old 11-25-2019, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by R Days View Post
Unless of course the opossum has rabies and bites a cat.
Rabies is exceptionally rare in opossums and they are tick vacuums, let him be.
Old 11-25-2019, 07:04 PM
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Possums don't get rabies.
Possums do eat ticks that bear diseases and whatnot.
Possums look a bit like George Jones, but cannot carry a tune.

My favorite possum recollection is when my nieces' husband (from England) saw his first possum.
He said "Look at the size of that fookin rat!" Apparently, there are no possums in England.
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Originally Posted by hjorgan View Post
Possums don't get rabies.
Possums do eat ticks that bear diseases and whatnot.
Possums look a bit like George Jones, but cannot carry a tune.

My favorite possum recollection is when my nieces' husband (from England) saw his first possum.
He said "Look at the size of that fookin rat!" Apparently, there are no possums in England.

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Possums are marsupials and I think the only marsupials in North America. They raise the young in a pouch like a Kangaroo and Koala. Dang they are ugly and only dangerous when cornered.

Virginia opossums can vary considerably in size, with larger specimens found to the north of the opossum's range and smaller specimens in the tropics. They measure 13–37 in (35–94 cm) long from their snout to the base of the tail, with the tail adding another 8.5–19 in (21.6–47 cm). Weight for males ranges from 1.7 to 14 lb (0.8–6.4 kg) and for females from 11 ounces to 8.2 lb (0.3–3.7 kg).[9] They are one of the world's most variably sized mammals, since a large male from northern North America weighs about 20 times as much as a small female from the tropics. Their coats are a dull grayish brown, other than on their faces, which are white. Opossums have long, hairless, prehensile tails, which can be used to grab branches and carry small objects. They also have hairless ears and a long, flat nose. Opossums have 50 teeth, more than any other North American land mammal,[10] and opposable, clawless thumbs on their rear limbs. The dental formula of an opossum is 5134/4134.[11] No other mammal in North America has more than 6 upper incisors, but the Virginia opossum has 10.

Opossums have 13 nipples, arranged in a circle of 12 with one in the middle.[12][13]
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The opposable "thumb" on the back footPerhaps surprisingly for such a widespread and successful species, the Virginia opossum has one of the lowest encephalization quotients [this means they are theoretically pretty damn stupid but somehow have become very widespread and successful] of any marsupial.[14] Its brain is one-fifth the size of a raccoon's.[15]

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They’re wild animals with no vaccinations. Maybe little or no risk but I would not let my pets eat from the same container as wild animals.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
I have a opossum that likes to come out on my back deck at night and eat the cat food. Is there any reason to take this thing out??
Yes. The primary reason would be hunger. They do taste better than cat food but not much.
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I’ll let him be. I’ll just tell my wife to not leave food out after dark.
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Leave him be.
you might consider taking the cat food in at night.
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Free-Feeding pets outside is generally a bad idea. Typically leads to raccoons, coyotes, skunks, etc finding it. At first, homeowners think it’s neat, then the critters get into the crawl space, attic, damage the landscaping, attack a pet... then the pie-eyed homeowner gets pissed because of the problem they created and enhanced. That frequently ends in killing the vary critters they attracted. Bummer deal.

we say, “fed wildlife is dead wildlife”.
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Originally Posted by GulfC View Post
They’re wild animals with no vaccinations. Maybe little or no risk but I would not let my pets eat from the same container as wild animals.
They are naturally resistant to rabies due to their lower than typical body temperature.
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You could always catch it and enter it into the Possum Drop since its almost New Years.



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