How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs
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.
A strong pack mentality is within a dog when they are born. 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 and dogs are both intelligent but they have different things that motivate them. The dog wants to please you and make you happy but foxes want the treat.
Foxes has a strong smell from their bodies. After a few weeks without a bath, dogs stink, but foxes smell 24/7. The strong, musky odor of the fox cannot be entirely eliminated but it a fox is neutered is can somewhat be lessened.
A lot of people imagine a fox to be an awesome pet that they can show off to their friends and neighbors. The reality, however, falls short of this. While foxes can get really attached to the family they are staying with, they are impossibly shy around visitors and strangers.
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.
Foxes have great proficiency at getting out of enclosures and they can beat a dog on that. What foxes can do is lead as high as six feet in the air, climb fences, cling upside down to climb along a chain links 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.
The mistaken impression of people is that foxes can be kept as an indoor pet, left inside the house while they go to work. If you pet is a red fox you will soon realize your mistaken impression about foxes being a good indoor pet. Foxes steal things, and they hide things that are small enough to carry, and they love destroying or shredding things with their teeth. This behavior is nearly impossible to break even if you have tried training your fox. 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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