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Guide to Foxes as Pets

Having a fox for a pet has enchanted a lot of people. Foxes are charming, intelligent animals and if you have them as a pet then there is a lot of appeal in having a special animal as a pet than 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. 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 are intelligent but their core motivation is different from that of a dog. While dogs are happy to please their master, foxes are happy to get a treat from their master.

Foxes have very strong odor. After a few weeks without a bath, dogs stink, but foxes smell 24/7. You can somewhat lessen the strong, stinky smell of a fox is you neuter it, otherwise, the smell cannot be entirely eliminated.

People would like to think the best of foxes as pets, something that they can show off to their friends and neighbors. IN reality, there is no truth to this thinking. 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. It is a must to build your fox a large, carefully-built enclosure outdoors.

Foxes have great proficiency at getting out of enclosures and they can beat a dog on that. They can leap as high as six feet in the air, climb up fences, and even cling upside down to climb along a chain link ceiling for short distances. Foxes need a special enclosure if you don’t want him to escape and this enclosure should not only be large but it must be impossible for the fox to dig out of it or to jump out of it so it must also have a full roof.

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. If you have tried training your fox not to do this, you will find that it is impossible to do so. A dog can be taught not to chew things, but a fox can be taught not to chew things only when you are watching.