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Keeping a Fox as a Pet

By Joshua Simms TEXT SIZE Minus Plus

When people think of the fox, the first thing that comes to mind is the animal where men armed with guns and accompanied by dogs go on a hunt. This event, which is quite popular in many parts of Europe and in the United States, still happens today.

The fox is closely related to dogs, wolves and jackals. The pointed nose, bushy tail and at times long ears make this distinction. This animal travels alone and is very wary of humans. Given these facts, can such a creature be brought home and cared for as an exotic pet?

It is possible. The Russians were able to domesticate the Silver Fox after 45 years of hard work. Another example is the Fennec Fox, which is commonly found in North Africa.

Both species are known to be very social and require a lot of attention. To make sure the pet doesn't destroy the household or the surrounding areas, the fox can be tied up or secured in a kennel.

These animals need a lot of exercise. The owner can walk it around the neighborhood on a leash but make sure it doesn't get loose because the creature can run fast and will take some time to catch.

Foxes need to be toilet trained. This can be done by providing a litter box and giving a reward after seeing the pet do it in the assigned spot. Scolding or punishing the animal won't work since this just makes the pet wilder so it should be avoided.

The fox is prone to the same diseases and problems that dogs encounter. Bringing it to the vet for a regular checkup and vaccinations can prevent this from happening. The diet of this creature can be vegetables or meat and even a mixture of both.

The average life span of a fox in the wild is from two to three years. Being cared for in captivity, this can go from ten to twelve. If the owner decides to breed, adequate shelter and ground to burrow the new born pups must be provided since this is where it will happen.

You shouldn't disturb the fox during this time and just wait till the pups come out because the threat from outsiders has prompted some mothers to kill their young. Studies have shown pups taken away from the mother after whelping are friendlier so this should be monitored.

The fox can be an exotic pet. Doing some research will surely make this a great experience.

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