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. Many people make a mistake of buying a pet fox thinking that is it just going to be like a dog but foxes can be a great pet for someone who has the time and resources to care for 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. Every dogs has only the pleasure of his master in mind. While foxes are intelligent, their core motivation is different than 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.
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 would like to think the best of foxes as pets, something 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.
The dietary and exercise requirements of a fox are special and it is nothing like a dog’s. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. 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. 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. They will steal and hide anything small enough for them to carry, and shred just about everything they can get their teeth into. If you have tried training your fox not to do this, you will find that it is impossible to do so. The difference of foxes with dogs is that dogs can be trained not to chew things but foxes will not chew things only if you are there and watching.