Hi, I am confused about what I did and what I should have done, and I have many emotions inside of me turned on by this incident regarding my cat..
Here is what happened:
I was in my house, it was night time, I was making food at the table and then I saw something outside our backyard glass door. I thought it was my cat at first, because he goes out all the time. But then, I realized it was a racoon! And a big one too. I was shocked at first. My mouth was opened haha. Then, I felt fear because my cat was still outside: what if the racoon would do something? What if it would attack my cat? It's a wild animal, I can't trust it....
So, I then started to knock on the glass door to try to scare it away, realizing that I was scared of the racoon as welll...Even coming to the glass door was scary for me..
The racoon was just sniffing around our back porch, then he saw me, and heard me knocking, understood that I was persuasively trying to do something, and then he hid, and then looked at me from behind our barbecue stove on the porch. I said, "I'm sorry for scaring you, just leave"
But then, I saw my cat walking over closer to the racoon and looking at it curiously. That's when I had so much fear inside me, my head started hurting.
Then I opened the door a bit, and said, "shooo! Pusha( my cat) Don't touch him! leave him alone!" Somehow, my cat understood what I was saying, and stayed in his place, but there was more than one racoon. And there were some small ones too, so I'm guessing it was a family. Then, one of the racoons was coming closer to my cat, which I now think was because it wanted to assist the other racoon who was still hiding behind the barbecue stove. So, I made more noise, got more scared and eventually grabbed my cat, brought it home and closed the door. And yelled some more so the racoons would run away.
So, after this, i was shaking, my cat was a bit shocked...but ok. After some time, he wanted to go outside again, but I didn't let him. He asked for some time, then he got frustrated and angry, but in a painful kinfd of way. he started to claw the carpet which he does when he is frustrated. I don't know what to do. I don't know how to face this and assist my cat and create an environment for him without this irritation on his part, but still safe. Regarding my emotions as well, I don't know what to do or where to start forgiving, it was just so much in one moment. I am extremely overwhelmed.
If you can help, Thank you so much.