If you are interested in purchasing a pet that is a bit different from the norm, but you are a lover of canines, you might want to consider getting a fennec fox. The fennec fox, which is also know as a desert fox, is a small canine that typically weighs only 2 to 3.5 pounds as an adult. Although there aren’t too many people out there who own a fennec fox, they can make great pets if you take the proper precautions.
Getting to Know the Fennec Fox
As a member of the canine family, the fennec fox acts much like domesticated dogs that are kept as pets. At the same time, it is important to remember that this type of canine has not been truly domesticated. Therefore, you will need to take special steps to socialize your fennec fox as well as to guard against allowing it to escape.
As may be expected, the fennec fox is a very active and quick canine. In addition, they tend to be quite agile. In the wild, the fennec fox tends to be a nocturnal animal. When kept as a pet, however, these canines can become somewhat adapted to their owner’s schedule. It is a good idea to help your pet get adapted to your schedule as much as possible, as they have a high pitched yelp that can be bothersome during the night.
Caring for a Fennec Fox
Although the fennec fox is similar to domestic canines in many ways, there are some differences. For example, the diet of a fennec fox is a bit different from the typical pet dog. In the wild, these creatures prefer a diet that consists of rodents, insects, fruit, plants and reptiles. Therefore, the ideal food for your pet would be a commercial canned diet that is specifically prepared for wild animals. Many owners, however, choose to feed their foxes a mixture of dog food, cat food, fruit and vegetables while others prefer to feed a mix of raw meat, vegetables and vitamins.
Like a cat, it is possible to litter train a fennec fox, though some people seem to find the process to be easier than others. Therefore, whether or not you attempt to litter train your fox or to simply take it outside to use the bathroom is a personal decision for you to make. Either way, you need to be certain to give your fox plenty of opportunities for running around outdoors, as they are very active animals that need an outlet for all of their excess energy.
It should also be noted that the fennec fox is a very curious creature that has a tendency to get into everything, which means they also have a tendency to dig. Therefore, if you are keeping your fox outdoors, be certain to keep it in an enclosure that is specifically designed to prevent digging and climbing. This can be accomplished by burying a good amount of your fencing so the fox cannot dig beneath it. You should also turn the fence inward at the top so that it cannot escape.