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The article will be interesting and useful for those who intend to have a fox at home.

Let's say right away - the fox is not a pet, it will have to work hard to tame it, and spend a lot of money, patience and nerves for this, and you can spend them completely for nothing.

And the care of this animal has its own characteristics.

House in the apartment


When leaving for vacation, a cat or a dog can be temporarily attached to a special hotel for animals, or given to friends, acquaintances and relatives, where they will be provided with proper care, but this number is unlikely to go with a fox. There are not so many people who know how to properly maintain foxes in the city.

When you intend to have a red-headed creature at home, think about whether there are people in your circle of friends who can provide her with proper care and take such trouble and responsibility during your absence? Most likely, you need to be prepared for the fact that you have to travel together on vacation, or stay at home, whether you like it or not.

In addition, the fox, and especially the fox, will not sit still and quietly, waiting for you daily from work. They will actively break and steal your things, do what they like, and not you, in a word, they will begin to do harm, not out of harm, but out of curiosity and boredom. And at night you can’t sleep peacefully because foxes are nocturnal.

Some of these problems can be solved if you create the right conditions for her, arrange an aviary for the fox, and put it in a secluded corner - for example, on the balcony. If you keep a fox in an aviary on the balcony, she will not be able to damage your things, but barking and noise from her will be heard far outside your home, which is unlikely to please the neighbors. Their reviews about you and your fox will be the most unflattering.

Of course, a fox or an adult fox does not have to be locked up all the time. You can let it out from time to time, the animal so that it moves freely around the apartment, but at the same time you, or your family, must observe its behavior so that it does not harm either yourself or your things.

Imagine what happens if you freely walk around your home territory, a fox gnaws an electric cord, eats ink for a printer, shampoo in a bathroom, or does another “miracle”?

If, nevertheless, you decide to keep the fox at home, arrange for her a cozy and comfortable enclosure in which you can put a cage where the fox can hide "by mood". At the same time, remember that the fox will be tired of sitting locked up for days, and she will want to make a dig to break free - this possibility should be excluded in the conditions of the apartment. The floor and walls of the enclosure should be strong, and it is better to take the mesh with small cells so that the claws do not get stuck in them. The door to the aviary should also be strong and reliable, wood is hardly suitable for its manufacture.

Basic Fox Care Guidelines

Regardless of the housing or enclosure you have chosen, there are basic requirements to ensure proper care of the domestic fox:

Foxes are nocturnal animals, so you have to accustom your baby to daytime lifestyle. You need to constantly play, entertain, occupy the fox in the afternoon, so that by the evening he gets tired. If you work, then make sure that the pet has a lot of toys.

With the pet you have to walk every day for several hours. You can go on the first walk only after completing the vaccination course. Up to 3 months, the baby should be at home in semi-sterile conditions on quarantine. Carrying out to the street is allowed only on hand, do not take risks and put the fox on the ground until the end of the vaccination course. At the very beginning, a fox will have enough 30 minutes to walk. Then gradually increase the time spent in nature. With an adult, you need to walk at least 1.5-2 hours in the morning and in the evening. Before going to bed, it is better to walk the fox for about three hours, so that she does not have the strength to ruffle at night.

To make your walks safe, choose a quality harness with strong carabiners and rings, Ferplast Ergocomfort harness is good. The leash can be any, pay attention to its strength, it is worth considering tarpaulins, they are quite popular among foxes. Also, just in case you need to carry a muzzle.

It is recommended to feed the fox in the first six months of life with dry food, but only super-premium or holistic class. Such as Farmina, Barking Heads, Carnilove, GO, Origen, Grandorf. When feeding with natural feed, the main part of the diet should be meat (several times a week you need to give fodder rodents or chickens), also in natural feeding there should be offal, eggs and dairy products, sea fish (without bones), vegetables, fruits, cereals. All of the above products are fed only in raw form with the exception of eggs, they must be boiled and peeled.

Violet, and not only aroma

It is difficult to imagine how you can keep a fox in a city apartment, although according to reviews on the forums, some even like it. Keeping a fox is also difficult because of the smells that will spread not only throughout your apartment, but throughout the house. Foxes are not walking like dogs, in any case, it is much more difficult to teach them to do this, although it is also possible, especially if you start raising at an early age.

The fox will do its big and small “deeds” right in the apartment, because the need to mark the territory is inherent in it by nature itself. At the same time, the fox does not lick itself like a cat, she likes its smells, and you will have to penetrate them in a literal and figurative sense.

A fox goes to the toilet more often than a dog, she is not capable, and she does not want to endure and wait until you come home from work and take her for a walk. And to teach a fox to a tray at home is not at all simple - there are no trays in nature, and they are useless for a fox. And if you decide to keep her in captivity, this is your choice, and not hers - that means your concerns too.

In addition, the fox, and especially the fox, in a stressful situation can make a bunch or a puddle - this is also one of the physiological features of the red beast. And stress for her can be both your departure to work and loneliness.

Imagine how people will squint at you in public transport, at work or in a store if the aroma of fox excrement comes from you and your clothes!

Walking with a fox is necessary and possible not only for the sending of natural needs, but also for its socialization. The animal should get used to the world around it, and not be afraid of it. The fox should get acquainted with other animals - both cats and dogs, he should not be afraid of cars, equipment and the sounds emanating from them. According to the reviews of "foxes", the earlier the process of socialization begins, the greater the chance that it will be successful.

Do not forget that on the tail of the fox there is a violet gland, the secretions of which it also needs in order to mark territory, to attract partners during the rut, and also to scare away more powerful enemies. Therefore, do not scare and do not punish the fox, otherwise you will have to enjoy not violet aromas at all. Moreover, this smell is stronger in representatives of males than in females. Especially active iron works during the breeding season - in early spring. So, at this time you will have another problem - the problem of finding a sexual partner for a pet, and finding it in the city is not so simple.

In a veterinary clinic, gland can be removed, another way to get rid of an unpleasant odor, or to minimize it, is to castrate the animal.

Foxes run once a year, in winter or early spring. Do not wait for peace at this time, there will be everything - the activity of the violet glands, night cries and barking, nervousness and aggressiveness. To get rid of these problems, the animal can be sterilized.

If these arguments do not convince you, and you are determined to keep the fox at home, buy a fox up to 3 months old, when it still lends itself to at least some taming and training. Older animals are unlikely to want to obey you, and you will have many problems with bites and scratches.

Feeding Tips:

  • The bowl with the half-eaten food needs to be removed. the fox loves to do nest egg, mark food and turn over bowls,
  • make sure that the pet does not overeat - it is better to give food more often, but in small portions (as a rule, foxes are not prone to overeating, but there are exceptions, if the pet eats a lot, then it may feel bad),
  • provide the fox with access to clean water; it should be updated at least once a day.

Appearance.

How often to wash a fox? The fox should be washed as it gets dirty, often you can’t wash it. Dry with a hairdryer carefully, without scaring the animal. If the fox is very nervous, then you should refuse to blow dry. Stress training does not always work with foxes. Be careful, do not create a negative animal associations with washing. After bathing procedures, you must praise the animal and treat it with goodies.

Caring for a domestic fox also includes clipping, combing hair during molting, and bathing (babies 2-3 times a month, adult foxes no more than 1 time per month).
During molting, it is necessary to comb the fox in a timely manner to avoid the appearance of warlocks. Accustom to all of the above procedures is necessary from puppyhood.

What to feed?

The fox living at home is omnivorous. Her diet resembles the diet of dogs, while it can be supplemented with vegetables, fruits and berries.

Do not give the fox raw fish and bones - it may have digestive problems.

Buy for her offal of poultry and pets, kefir, cottage cheese and sour milk.

In addition, for the chanterelle, which is contained at home, you can cook porridge from millet, wheat and barley groats with the addition of small fish.

Small fox can also be given milk and dairy products.

Enemies and friends

The fox belongs to the canine family, therefore, it can coexist perfectly with dogs in the same territory, but it is unlikely that relations with cats will work out as you need, keeping them in the same room will not be easy. And, most likely, the fault of the latter.

Cats are generally jealous of the appearance of new inhabitants on their territory, and do not hide their emotions and their relationships, begin to hiss, wave their paws, and even attack the uninvited guest.

If dogs are patient with the antics of their eternal opponents, then the fox can simply catch up and strangle the snapper or snapper, or at least ask them a bashing.

However, the relationship between domestic animals depends on their individual characters.

Fox as a pet: what to expect?

As you know, foxes belong to the canine family and, it would seem, in life should more resemble the usual domestic animals - dogs. However, it is not. Their behavior is more reminiscent of the behavior of "murok" - they are independent on their own mind. If you decide to have a fox at home, you should not expect dog loyalty and gratitude from her for caring for and feeding her. In order to teach the fox something, you will have to spend a lot of time and effort, show enormous patience and perseverance. If you once had a dog, and you did not manage to instill in it the rules of decency, then the fox is definitely not your pet!

Whatever fox you decide to have - an elegant Fenech or a descendant of a red or black-brown fox, this animal requires special conditions of care and maintenance. According to many, a fox should be about the same as a dog in life: follow commands, rush to the owner with all his might at the first call, and peacefully snooze on the rug during rest hours. But very soon the unprepared owner is disappointed - a cute fluffy creature was not at all so cute.

To begin with, the definition of "home" does not guarantee the owner a peaceful coexistence with his pet in his own apartment. Though domestic, but still a beast, with all its bestial instincts and habits. For example, most ordinary people know that in the wild foxes live in holes, and they need to dig a hole. And this instinct of digging holes, even when kept in a city apartment, will not go anywhere! So, your favorite will try to dig in the apartment, and in a country house, and on a personal plot. Nora, dug in the sofa, is certainly great for the beast, but not for the owner of a new sofa! The foxes are active and inquisitive, which means that your Patrikeevna will enthusiastically examine the environment and test the surrounding objects for strength (i.e., simply gnaw and tear).

With accustoming to the toilet is also not easy, not every beast can be trained to relieve the natural need for a tray, and the pet is not always able to endure until the time of walking. What if the desire to have a domestic fox is irresistible? First you need to think carefully and soberly assess your strengths.

Overhead

Today on the Internet you can buy anything you like - a fox and a crocodile. When choosing what you need, do not skimp on quality products, contact sellers on Skype to have an idea of ​​the conditions in which your future pet is being kept. Look at his parents, find out what fed him all this time, so as not to change the diet.

In order to keep a fox at home, you need to draw up documents for it, legalize it by making a passport, be sure to bring it to a veterinarian. And then to equip her home, and prepare her own, stock up on feed and toys.

You need to buy a fox at a fur farm, from breeders, or from hunters. But in all these cases there is no guarantee that you will come across a healthy animal with good heredity. Think again - is it worth keeping a fox in the apartment, and can you provide her with normal care and upbringing?

Captive fox conditions

Think about whether you can provide your Patrickevna with comfortable living conditions in your house or apartment. Fenechs live in captivity until 10–13, and ordinary foxes up to 15–20 years. And it should be life, not a sad existence in the cell!

For living an ordinary fox, a country house with a plot on which you can equip a spacious aviary with a house is suitable. Do not forget about the instinct of digging - the walls of the enclosure must be buried in the ground by at least 1 m 20 cm.

Living in a warm house or apartment for an ordinary fox will not be comfortable - in the winter it will be hot, various problems may begin due to inappropriate temperatures. In the apartment you can equip an aviary on an unheated balcony or loggia, be sure to install a house with a thick floor in the aviary. But if the balcony faces the south, then in the summer the fox, tossing around in the sun all day, can earn a heat stroke.

For a small eared robber - Fenech, a street aviary is suitable only in the summer, because these crumbs come from African deserts. The rest of the time, he needs a dry and warm room without drafts, the temperature in which will not fall below 20 ° C. In late autumn, winter and early spring, it is better not to let Fenech out onto the street. When keeping a small fox in a house or apartment, an aviary is also desirable, and even better a separate room. It would be very opportune to install a deep and durable container with sand in the enclosure - the pet will be happy to dig.

Fenech leads a nocturnal lifestyle, and not everyone will like to sleep in the same room with him. By the way, the phoenixes have a very subtle and sensitive hearing, this should not be forgotten when keeping the fox in urban conditions, where the noise background leaves much to be desired. A sharp or loud unusual sound can bring the animal to acoustic shock.

Foxes love to play, and so that improvised and non-game items do not go to waste, supply your pet with enough toys. Dog and cat toys made of molded rubber, wooden sticks are suitable. You should not offer plush toys to the chanterelle - it will deal with them pretty quickly.

Walking with a domestic fox

You can try to solve the toilet problem by accustoming the beast to the tray, but unfortunately, not everyone succeeds. And the smell of fox feces is far from the scent of lilies of the valley! You can accustom to coping with the natural needs of a walk. It is better to walk a fox on a harness: firstly, your pet can simply twist out of the collar, and secondly, a sharp jerk of the leash fastened to the collar can lead to injury to the larynx and cervical spine. When walking, be extremely careful! Not all the dogs you meet will begin to graciously familiarize themselves with a domestic, but still a beast. The case may end in bloodshed. Going out for an evening walk is advisable as late as possible - evening activity coincides with the natural biorhythm of foxes. It is very important to wean the redhead to grab all sorts of food waste on the street, this can result in serious poisoning. And do not forget that you can walk with Fenech only in the warm season.

You should know that foxes, like dogs, can become infected with pyroplasmosis through a tick bite. And fleas are not the most pleasant thing! Therefore, they need antiparasitic treatments. For this, antiparasitic drops for dogs are suitable (for example, Front Line Spot On, Advantix, Bars, etc.). With antiparasitic collars, you need to be careful - in Fenechs, skin irritation very often occurs in places where the collar fits. Treatments should be repeated in accordance with the instructions for the drug - an average of 1 time in 4 weeks from March to October.

Do I need to wash the fox?

Owners often ask themselves, “Is it possible and necessary to wash a fox?”. In principle, foxes do not need to be washed. But if such a need arose, for example, with severe pollution, you can wash the fox with a hypoallergenic shampoo for dogs. It is better to pick up fragrance-free shampoo. But more than once a month, a fox should not be washed. If you are walking with your darling in the winter in the city, then upon arrival home do not forget to wash her paws with shampoo for paws (for example, “Shoe”).

Feeding domestic fox

Feeding a furry pet should be approached with all responsibility. Foxes are omnivorous animals, but the basis of the diet is still meat.

It is better to immediately decide whether you will feed the animal with natural products or ready-made food. Premium and Superpremium dog foods are well suited for fox feeding. Food for medium-sized breeds of dogs of the corresponding age category is well suited for ordinary foxes, and food for small breeds - Fenech.

If you decide to stay on a natural type of food, then you can take into account the experience of fur farms and cook the minced meat. It consists of boiled meat or chicken, boiled offal (lungs, heart, trachea, scar, etc.), cereal (preferably rice and buckwheat) with vegetables (carrots, zucchini) and greens. All these products are rotated in a meat grinder, and it turns out minced meat.

In addition to minced meat, it is advisable to give cottage cheese (up to 9% fat), raw eggs 1-2 times a week. You can diversify the diet with boiled fish and fruits. Feneki are crazy about figs and dates, and ordinary foxes are from grapes, raisins, pears.

Do I need to castrate a fox?

If you are not going to breed and keep the fox in the house, then, of course, it is better to be neutered. Gon and estrus occur in foxes once a year in January, in fenechs in January-February. During the rut, both females and males can be too active and even show aggression. Males can do cages both on surrounding objects, and on the owner. Both males and females tend to mark the territory with urine. All this is not very pleasant for the owner and his family members, and the only way to avoid the "joys of the thirst for love" is the procedure of castration of the animal. By the way, after castration, the smell of the fox will decrease (although the specific animal smell will remain to one degree or another, but it will become much more tolerant). Sexual maturity in foxes occurs at the age of 6–9 months, at the same age they can be neutered.

Apartment preparation

It is impossible to teach a fox to be quiet, it is a very playful animal. Periods of activity in a little prankster often occur at night.

Due to the increased curiosity of the animal, you will have to hide fragile and valuable things and keep an eye on the cabinet doors. A forest resident can be a danger to small pets, so you should not keep them in the same room.

It would be nice to allocate a separate warm room to your darling, so that the fox could do her nightly business without disturbing anyone. You do not need to lock it there all the time - only at night or when the owners are not at home. A spacious cage with a soft litter made of natural materials is suitable for sleeping with a small animal, and a large cat's litter box is used as a toilet.

Proper nutrition

The fox can consume any natural food. The basis of the diet is meat and offal of poultry, mice and large insects. You can diversify it with quail eggs, vegetables, bran, fruits and dried fruits. Fresh water should always be available.

Special vitamins, if necessary, will be advised by a veterinarian.

Fox leisure

Active foxes are not at all suitable for busy people, because they do not like to sit alone for a long time. The fox needs communication. This is a smart enough animal to respond to its name and carry out simple commands. As toys, soft bouncing balls and toy mice are suitable for him.

Walking with the fox living in the apartment, you need every day. In places of walks there must be sand. Foxes love to dig into it and take sand baths. To teach a leash and teach a pet rules of conduct will help a regular dog instructor.

Bathing and grooming

Washing for a fox is an optional procedure; usually it takes care of the cleanliness of its coat. Water procedures are necessary only if the animal is very dirty on a walk. For swimming, you can use a solution of warm water with shampoo for cats. For daily care, dry cleaning with a special brush is suitable.

A haircut is not required for the fox, but you need to comb it regularly, especially during active molting. Usually foxes like to be stroked and combed.

The red cheat has very sharp claws. Periodically, they need to be cut with special guillotine-type scissors. Only the white tip of the claw should be trimmed, being careful not to grab the pink base so as not to hurt the blood vessels.

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