You may think it’s charming or cute if a raccoon starts frequenting your pet’s dish, but images like this are terrifying. Outdoor-roaming cats typically live short and often brutal lives, partially because they will often have encounters like these. In general, a wild raccoon poses little threat to a cat or dog, but— like any animal— raccoons may become aggressive if a pet corners them or takes away “their” food, or if they associate pets with food sources. Raccoons can seriously injure cats and vice versa: a tussle between these two could lead to death for both. Raccoons and cats also share many of the same diseases and may transmit them through shared dishes. Please keep your cats indoors and do not feed wildlife from pet dishes.