Learning The “Secrets” of Animals
Guide to Foxes as Pets
Having a fox for a pet has enchanted a lot of people. 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. For your dog, you are the alpha, the leader and it is build in them that they have to obey the leader. Dogs live to please its master. Foxes are intelligent but their core motivation is different from 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.
The odor of foxes are very strong. Round the clock there is never a time that a fox will smell good, unlike a dog that smells good unless he has not taken a bath for weeks. The strong, musky odor cannot be entirely eliminated but it can be lessened if the fox is neutered.
A lot of people imagine a fox to be an awesome pet 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.
Outside of a dog, foxes have special dietary and exercise requirement. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. 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. It is truly amazing what foxes can do like leaping as high as six feet in the air, climbing fences, clinging upside down to climb along a chain link ceiling for short distances. If you mean to keep a fox in an enclosure then it must not only be large, but it must be impossible to dig out of and have a full roof.
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. 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.
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