Guide to Foxes as Pets
It would be a wonderful thing to have a fox for a pet. 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.
All dogs 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. 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 has a strong smell from their bodies. Dogs stink after a few weeks without a bath, but foxes stink all the time. 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. 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. It is a must to build your fox a large, carefully-built enclosure outdoors.
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. 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.
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. 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. Even if your train foxes, it is difficult to break this behavior. 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.