Gilbert ~ Saturday ~ 11/18 ~ 2:30 a.m. ~ outside with Gracie in carrier.
Not sure what happened after 2:30. Saw a large dark animal eating food from Gilbert's dish and Gracie sitting on the front steps. No Gilbert. I got a broom and guided the large raccoon away from the carrier which was trying to get away from me by going halfway in the carrier. Fearing Gilbert was in the carrier I had to hit the side of the carrier to get the raccoon who was halfway in out if it. The raccoon slipped into my front yard and had to open the gate and from the steps, guide the raccoon with the broom out of the yard & kept guided it away from my house going from patio to patio until the raccoon went under someone's grill. When I looked into the carrier, Gilbert was frozen with fear until he saw me and ran out of it. Gracie & Gilbert sat on the steps but Gracie ran away. Gilbert stayed a bit but when I looked out again, he was gone. I'm not sure if he's in the carrier or not. If I go outside again, he'll run. When Gracie is nearby, Gilbert won't come into the house.