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. 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 want to obey their leader, their owner, their alpha, and this is how he sees his owner. Dogs live to please its master. While foxes are intelligent, their core motivation is different than that of a dog. The dog wants to please you and make you happy but foxes want the treat.
Foxes have very strong odor. 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. Foxes are said to be impossibly shy to strangers and visitors but not to the family that has adopted him.
The dietary and exercise requirements of a fox are special and it is nothing like a dog’s. Foxes need loads of exercise everyday because they are very energetic. A large enclosure is what a fox needs for his exercise.
Even the most determine dog cannot beat a fox in getting out of an enclosure. 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.
People think that foxes can be kept as an indoor pet which can be left free to run around the house while they are away at work. There is no truth to this especially if you pet is a red fox. 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.