Yes, that's a rational, common sense attitude that I wholly concur with and the Cat got operated on anyway. And you got me. It actually was a 10.5 inch barreled auto rifle using a can and a ,22 unit with spit nosed bullets.Gotta call BS on that one. I've read that an AK is the choice of lames, stupes, and ignorant peasants. No way it's adequate for the mighty raccoon.
On the topic of AK's, I actually took my old Mak-90 to the gunshop to put on consignment this morning. The gun, six steel 30-round magazines and 240 rounds of russian Wolf HP ammo, they recommended a price of around $1300; I told them to put it at $1239. (They already have one used Mak-90 on the shelf at $1279.) I only paid (iirc) $159 for the stupid thing 27-28 years ago.
Oy. As much as I love our cats, just no. My wife & kids, sure. Other people, some yes & some no. Our animals, no. I know people that do that stuff, but I don't think it'll ever be me. That same $9000 could feed a whole lot of hurricane refugees for a month; I can't see trading them for a cat.