Guide to Foxes as Pets
Many people are enchanted by the idea of owning a pet fox. Foxes are charming and intelligent animals and if you have them as a pet then you will be proud to be one of the few who owns something that not many people have. Foxes can make a decent pet for someone who has the time and resources to take care for them but a lot of people think that taking care of foxes is just like taking care of a dog, which is really a mistake.
When dogs are born, they have a very strong pack mentality. For your dog, you are the alpha, the leader and it is build in them that they have to obey the leader. The pleasure of its master is ingrained in a dog’s mind. While foxes are intelligent, their core motivation is different than that of a dog. The pleasure of his master is what the dog is after but for a fox it is the pleasure of getting the treat.
Foxes has a strong smell from their bodies. After a few weeks without a bath, dogs stink, but foxes smell 24/7. The strong, musky odor cannot be entirely eliminated but it can be lessened if the fox is neutered.
People think that foxes as pets can be shown off to friends and neighbors. The reality, however, falls short of this. While foxes can get really attached to the family they are staying with, they are impossibly shy around visitors and strangers.
Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. They need a large, carefully-built outdoor enclosure.
Foxes are very proficient at getting out of enclosures than even the most determined dog. What foxes can do is lead as high as six feet in the air, climb fences, cling upside down to climb along a chain links ceiling for short distances. The enclosure for your fox should be with a roof, it must be large and it must be impossible for a fox to dig out of it.
The mistaken impression of people is that foxes can be kept as an indoor pet, left inside the house while they go to work. Nothing could be farther from the truth especially with the larger species like red foxes. Foxes steal things, and they hide things that are small enough to carry, and they love destroying or shredding things with their teeth. This behavior is nearly impossible to break even if you have tried training your fox. The difference of foxes with dogs is that dogs can be trained not to chew things but foxes will not chew things only if you are there and watching.