You’ve seen these beautiful little creatures plastered all over the internet and the time has come to introduce one to your family. Like most unusual pets, the fennec fox is considered a wild breed of animal. There are a few things to take into consideration before welcoming one of these large-eared mammals into your home.
They need space
And a lot of it. These adorable little foxes are energetic and need space to move around in. Unlike with a cat or dog, you can’t let them have run of the house while you are sleeping or away. They are playful, delicate creatures with long claws and an affinity for digging. Give them a large indoor pen or cage that is entirely escape and damage proof. If you have space outside, you can set up a kennel. Fennecs come from a warm climate, so you’ll have to make sure the outside kennel has a heated area. Remember those long claws just love to dig, so make the enclosure escape proof.
Litter box training
Each fennec fox is different but most take well to litter box training. Just remember, if they get over excited or desperate, the will go wherever they are. Unlike cats, they do not go outside on their own and should never be allowed to do so. Make sure the litter box area is sectioned off because fennecs love digging in it. Many owners have had great success by laying down puppy pads in certain areas of the house.
Fennecs vary widely in their noise habits. They are predominantly nocturnal and will yip at night when they play. Some are quiet and only make sounds when they see you in the morning. Their barking sounds similar to that of a dog but is slightly muffled. They rarely bark and instead trill and yip while they play. If you leave them alone too long they might let out a wail that will tug at your heartstrings.
Other things to remember
These adorable little foxes are like a halfway point between cat and dog. They can be mischievous and will nibble on most small objects in their path. Make sure you hide anything that could get into their digestive system. They enjoy chewing on rubber, so wires should be placed out of their reach.
Although these exotic, unusual pets can be a handful, they will spend a large portion of the day adorably curled up and cuddling on your lap. They are friendly and get along well with other domestic pets, making them the perfect addition to your family.
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