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Guide to Foxes as Pets
Many people are enchanted by the idea of owning a pet fox. 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. 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.
A strong pack mentality is within a dog when they are born. Dogs sees their owners as their alpha and they are hard-wired to want to obey the leader. The pleasure of its master is ingrained in a dog’s mind. Foxes and dogs are both intelligent but they have different things that motivate them. 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. Dogs stink after a few weeks without a bath, but foxes stink all the time. You can somewhat lessen the strong, stinky smell of a fox is you neuter it, otherwise, the smell cannot be entirely eliminated.
People think that foxes as pets can be shown off to friends and neighbors. IN reality, there is no truth to this thinking. Foxes are said to be impossibly shy to strangers and visitors but not to the family that has adopted him.
Outside of a dog, foxes have special dietary and exercise requirement. 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. 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. If you pet is a red fox you will soon realize your mistaken impression about foxes being a good indoor pet. What foxes do when you are away is to get small things and hide them and shred anything that they can get their teeth into. Even if your train foxes, it is difficult to break this behavior. 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.