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keeping cool

Postby Whisper » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:38 pm

our summers get up to the 90s, so how do you keep your foxes cool? Zorro's enclosure is in the shade at all times, but i don't want him too hot.
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Re: keeping cool

Postby dragonking » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:52 pm

You could give him a little kiddy pool of water, but you'll probably be changing the water frequently. Really, the fox should be fine as long as he has a cool place to hang out in. You can also see about getting a small A/C unit, a solar panel set up to power it, and a little shed attached to or inside the enclosure if you are really worried about it.
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Re: keeping cool

Postby Whisper » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:55 pm

okay, thanks for the quick reply (: do they really like water, or does it depend on the fox?
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Re: keeping cool

Postby dragonking » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:09 pm

No idea, don't have a fox yet, but you can always give it a try. Might be a thing you set up for an hour to two every so often and play with the fox in rather than leaving it set up.
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Re: keeping cool

Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:22 pm

In the petting zoo we set up misters and fans. I think misters can be a bit pricey but you'd just need a small one so he could get under it if he wanted and it avoids the totally soaked fur. Of course misters don't require electricity but fans do.
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Re: keeping cool

Postby pat » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:02 pm

generally, foxes do not like water, at least to play or swim in.
but, something TG was talking about might help.

make sure there is lots of shade, and trees near the pen.
if you have access to electric, a fan will help.
in really hot weather, flies are a problem.
I put fly strips up, but, I also have a big exhaust fan
in the window where the enclosure is attached to the house.
but, they also have their own room with a a doggie door.
the exhaust fans helps alot for the room too.

try and put a couple wooden boxes, if you can put a shelf up high also, they like that.
(mine do) put try branches in the pen.(once they die off,you should change them)
also, a box with some straw or hay. mine like hay.
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Re: keeping cool

Postby Whisper » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:15 pm

he's surrounded by trees, and i put up screening to keep out flies. i have some branches cause of gardening and yard work, so i'll probably put those in for him to jump on. we had a fan on him before, and he looked like a little puppy leaning out the out a car window (:
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Re: keeping cool

Postby pat » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:44 pm

he looked like a little puppy leaning out the out a car window
:lol:
hope you got a picture of that...

pen sounds good, he should be OK.
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Re: keeping cool

Postby Ash » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:27 pm

Red foxes are pretty tolerant of a vast array of temperatures. As long as you provide nice shade, coverage, and plenty of water for them to drink, they should be fine outdoors during the summer. That's one of the nice things about species that are native to our area.

A fan and mister would be an excellent bonus for sure though.
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Re: keeping cool

Postby Whisper » Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:43 pm

Okay thanks icon-smile
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