That's just it, I think most often cats and raccoons co-exist quite well. If not, there would be reports like this daily, considering there are outdoor cats and raccoons all across North America. The article even states "Wildlife experts in B.C. have said fights between the two species do happen from time to time, but that instances of raccoons hunting and attacking cats are rare."I set up my night vision camera a few weeks ago because there were signs a raccoon was conducting a midnight raid. One of the photos that was recorded showed a smallish raccoon eating side by side with my male cat TJ.
That was too close for comfort, though they apparently tolerated each other. That bad boy was quickly trapped and re-located.
A number of years ago I came across a mother raccoon and four younger ones (call them teens) in my garden. I wanted them out and started throwing stones. The mother made some sort of signal and the younger ones ran while she challenged me until they'd gone. Their claws are very sharp and they are reputed to carry serious infective microbes.I would do more than throw things at those raccoons if they had one of my babies. Good on her for saving her kitty though.