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. You don’t treat a pet fox like a pet dog because they are different and foxes are ideal pets for someone with time and resources to take care of them.
When dogs are born, they have a very strong pack mentality. Dogs sees their owners as their alpha and they are hard-wired to want to obey the leader. Dogs live to please its master. Foxes and dogs are both intelligent but they have different things that motivate them. The dog wants to please you and make you happy but foxes want the treat.
Foxes have very strong odor. Dogs stink after a few weeks without a bath, but foxes stink all the time. The strong, musky odor of the fox cannot be entirely eliminated but it a fox is neutered is can somewhat be lessened.
A lot of people imagine a fox to be an awesome pet that they can show off to their friends and neighbors. The sad reality is that this is not true. While foxes become very attached and affectionate with their families, they are impossibly shy around visitors and strangers.
Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. Foxes need loads of exercise everyday because they are very energetic. They need a large, carefully-built outdoor enclosure.
Foxes have great proficiency at getting out of enclosures and they can beat a dog on that. 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.
One thing that people are mistaken with is to think that foxes can be good indoor pets that can be left alone in the house while they are away at work. There is no truth to this especially if you pet is a red fox. Foxes steal things, and they hide things that are small enough to carry, and they love destroying or shredding things with their teeth. If you have tried training your fox not to do this, you will find that it is impossible to do so. You can train your dog not to chew things and he will learn but a fox will not chew only if you are there are and watching, otherwise, he will chew things.