Today around 1 Oclock in the after noon my Amazon parrot started flopping around in his cage saying bad, bad. His cage is in front of the picture window. I knew that he saw something outside that scared him. I thought he must of seen a hawk because he always will say bad when he see ones. I had taught him that by always saying it when we see a big bird flying overhead. I looked out the window but couldnt see anything. I went to look out of the front door and saw the big black tomcat huddled right up against the door. I caught movement to the right and saw a raccoon jump up on the step, run for the cat, and try to grab him. The cat jumped right up over the coon and got away. I didnt know a cat could jump that high. I couldnt believe that it tried to get the cat and that it came right up on my porch to get it. I turned to call my husband to get the gun. When I looked out again I couldnt see the raccoon or the cat. We went out but couldnt find it. The cat came from under a bush and look all right. The thing that scares me is I let my chickens free range. It was raining and luckily I had not let them out today. If the raccoon had tried to get a cat I am sure it would of got the chickens. I live in between two farms with a lot of wooded area around. Is it normal for a raccoon to be that close to a house in the afternoon? My chickens are in a well-built coop at night but after reading all the problems everyone has with raccoon I am worried. I will be afraid to let them out to free range anymore.