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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby linseylou » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:11 am

As for car rides, the worst I've had is them pooping in the crate or somewhere in the car, so I guess I'm lucky lol. My 2 red females go out with me in public quite a bit, and will sleep in their crate during the car ride or lay in my lap and sleep(If hubby is driving only, I don't risk trying to drive and keep up with them). My males don't go out as much so I'm not sure how they do, last time they left my property was for a vet visit
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby Arctic Fox Lover » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:44 am

I've found a bit of a problem. There's an EXTREME slope on the huge backyard. It does even out, but that's a distance away from the house (This isn't a country house, just is a huge house that comes with a huge yard) It has a large balcony though, large enough for a fox to play, I'd imagine. Would that work if the fox was supervised? Also, how do foxes act during both the day and night? What kind of treats do that like best, do i need to find a specialist vet? Would the heated seats option in the car freak the fox out, or would it comfort it during car rides? I just have so much anticipation, as this is something I've wanted pretty much my whole life.
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby linseylou » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:05 am

Idk if a balcony would work or not without seeing pictures and knowing what you'd change to make it safe and fun. You'll definitely need a vet experienced and willing to see a fox though. I have heated seats, but my foxes never sit in them, because they stay in their crate unless I'm holding them, if I didn't hold them they'd be all over the car I'm sure. Mine are super hyper between about 11pm-6am off and on, then go to bed from about 8:30am-1pm off and on.... from about 2-7pm they're playful again usually lol.... treat wise, fruits, raw meat, eggs, marshmallows, and dog treats all work pretty well lol
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby Arctic Fox Lover » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:27 am

Will my fox need a separate bed for sleeping during the day, or will it just sleep in my bed, as it will at night... i guess... depends what you mean by night... (I prefer to sleep from 2 AM-9/10AM). Also, how will i get it to be friendly enough with my roommates so that the only morning person out of the three of us will be able to give the fox her morning feeding, if needed?
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby linseylou » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:24 pm

Most foxes will not sleep with you or cuddle, they chose their own place to sleep and aren't cuddly animals normally. But as long as you socialize the fox to the people you live with anyone of you should be able feed
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby linseylou » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:26 pm

When inside my foxes sleep inside my couch, where they made a hole.... before my bed was on the ground they got under it and made a hole to sleep there too
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby Arctic Fox Lover » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:32 pm

Would my fox like a custom little hole to sleep in, for example, built into the bed, so that the entrance would be on the side of the bed, the fox could go in, and have a little area with blankets and toys for her to sleep in?
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby Ash » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:35 pm

You could still build an enclosure on a huge slope. My yard slopes, so we had to put in a cinderblock foundation for the pen to sit on top of. It's perfectly level on the top, so it ranges from 7-10'.

Maybe not as drastic as your slope though.

Foxes do like hidey-holes. So the more tunnels they have, the more enriched their lives will be. I think making a tunnel under the bed is a cool idea. Although you'll have to make sure that the bed can still support your weight after having a chunk removed out of it. It might make the bed more fragile.
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby Arctic Fox Lover » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:43 am

It's a 45 degree angle, pretty sure i can't build an enclosure on that. Also, will having the house pretty much custom modified top to bottom for a fox remove scratching, marking territory, biting, ect.? And if i want to turn the house into a fox paradise, what will i need to add, still keeping the house fit for people (Meaning, not like home depot buckets all over the house, and scrap metal turned into hidey holes, more like stuff that blends into the general enviroment but still provides a perfect network of holes, tunnels, burrow like things, ect.).
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby Ash » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:50 pm

Those behaviors you mentioned are natural, and a fox will still do them regardless of where it lives. So even if the house is made to accommodate a fox, there will still be extensive damage. Though not as much, obviously. Like if you have a metal futon as opposed to a sofa, the fox isn't going to be able to chew or dig through it. But marking and digging aren't going to go away.

As for the biting, that completely depends on the fox. Some foxes are okay with being indoors, but many are not.

45 degrees is indeed a VERY steep slope. Probably way too steep.

If you were creative with your furniture and had a lot of custom-built stuff, then I'm sure you could have tunnels and burrows for your animal. I don't know of any furniture company though that currently is making that sort of furniture, which is why it would have to be custom. Foxes seem to really love cat trees (okay, my Fable was terrified of his, but whatever, lol), and they look nice. They'll still dig up and chew off the carpet on the cat tree, but even still it stays looking nice for a long time.
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:19 pm

You still could. Use cinder blocks with rebar through them fixed into the ground and cement them as a retaining wall then fill with sand or dirt and then fence it in. You may need the help of a professional but it's doable, homes are built on massive slopes all the time in a similar fashion but with more support. You just need something like the rebar and cement to keep everything in place. You may need some extra cross walls inside part way up so all the weight of all the sand/dirt wont be on one wall.

But agree with Ash. Nothing you do will stop a fox from exhibiting fox behaviors. In fact it's almost a guarantee an arctic will go through an aggressive phase as a kit. Arctics have huge litters but left to their own devices the kits kill each other till there are only 2 or 3 left. This way the strongest survive instead of them all starving. So at the least you will have food and item aggression but they can get territorial and dominance aggression easily too.

It is a guarantee it will mark stuff.

Arctics aren't big jumpers so a cat tree might not be used. You may need ramps up to any perching shelves or off the ground areas you have for him. I'm sure he'd like den boxes and tunnels though as they have large inter connected tunnel denning sites in the wild.

Giving him his own space will help with any territorial aggression. Being outside does help a lot with aggression though because along with having their own space they have tons of stimulation from all the scents and sounds.
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby Arctic Fox Lover » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:47 am

If i wanted to breed my fox, just try it out for 1-2 litters, how would i keep the kits from killing each other?
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby linseylou » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:12 am

In order to breed you'd need a usda license i believe
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby linseylou » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:13 am

Unless you kept all kits maybe
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Re: Best supplies for a new fox owner

Postby Arctic Fox Lover » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:14 pm

How will i care for the fox when it's a kit, do they need to be bottle fed, or need special care?

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