Food effects on behavior

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Food effects on behavior

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:33 am

This study showed foxes free fed had more fluctuations in their intake of food and were inclined to spend time away from their food area when not eating. http://www.appliedanimalbehaviour.com/a ... 68-1591(06)00368-6/abstract

And of course we know taurine effect behavior as it has a calming effect on the system so lack of it can make for a more up tight fox and they use more of it when shedding.

Hand feeding can help with taming but since most do want to free feed you can leave the boring food out and hand feed the best stuff.

Of course you can use food as enrichment as well like hiding food around the enclosure which helps mimic their hunting.

Wild fox pee on food they find inedible(it doesn't cover pooping on food): http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com ... 3977x00496

Maybe foxes in human care do it out of instinct but don't have inedible leftovers so just do it on the leftovers. Going back to the first thing I posted if you don't over feed there wont be leftovers to pee on.
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Re: Food effects on behavior

Postby pat » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:16 am

Daryl use to pee even in empty dish, mostly the dog's dish :roll:

I put the fox'es food in a box so they can't pee in it or pull it out.
however, the article was rather interesting. Thank you for posting that.
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Re: Food effects on behavior

Postby Ash » Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:26 pm

There's also biotin deficiency which makes the animal's tail muscles weak, walk plantigrade, and show graying fur around the muzzle. These are the signs, but foxes also can become very aggressive when they do not have enough biotin in their diet, so it not only affects them physically but also mentally. I have a video of Carousel when I first brought her home of her attacking my feet, and now I have videos of her being a snuggle bug. The difference was night and day with her.
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