How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs
It would be a wonderful thing to have a fox for a pet. Not many people have a fox for a pet and so there is a lot of appeal in owning one besides foxes being charming and intelligent animals. 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. 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. Foxes are intelligent but their core motivation is different from 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. You can somewhat lessen the strong, stinky smell of a fox is you neuter it, otherwise, the smell cannot be entirely eliminated.
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. 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. 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. The enclosure for your fox should be with a roof, it must be large and it must be impossible for a fox to dig out of it.
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. 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. This behavior is nearly impossible to break even if you have tried training your fox. A dog can be taught not to chew things, but a fox can be taught not to chew things only when you are watching.
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