I've finally figured out why I keep imagining my raccoons acting like little people.
As people, our way of life is based on our using our hands. We use them to touch, pick up things, eat, communicate -- everything.
Raccoons use their mouths. They'll use their hands in order to help them eat, of course, but most of their touching is done with the face, and they primarily fight with their teeth, not their claws.
I've noticed I've had a hard time when a raccoon has to point at something. My first impulse is to have them point with a finger instead of pointing with their head. The same thing happens when touch is shared. I keep imagining one raccoon patting another on the shoulder. No, all four feet would be on the ground.
I've been having a hard time visualizing my characters lately and I think this is part of the problem.
Not sure what the other part of the problem is. Though I did look at my MC's character sketch today and wasn't satisfied with it. I'm missing something that's pretty big. I wish I knew what it was.