Been busy here with the house renovations, and other fun stuff.
Now on to "Pet Fox 909".
I've made contact with two area exotic pet veterinarians....who don't treat foxes! I am supposing they stick with ferrets, maybe some birds and lizards, etc. One actually said that the DNR would not let them treat a raccoon.
So I did contact a specialist at a wildlife rehab, and she answered some of my questions. Ivermectin is perfectly fine for foxes, and so is the killed virus rabies vaccine. And yes, definitely plan to have Sidney neutered.
She also added that puppy shots are not necessary (but, hey...Sidney already has had them.)
Sidney has been a pretty good fox lately, alternating his time between hiding under the sofa and coming out to play. No serious messes, either. He's been meeting the family members, one at a time, and seems to like my boyfriend fairly well after a few encounters.
People have been asking me if foxes make good pets, and I have to answer that it would depend upon the person and his/her expectations, the environment, and, of course, the individual fox.
I have also been finding various websites about caring for pet foxes on Google....if I enter specifically 'care of pet fox' or 'caring for a pet fox'. Just entering 'fox' doesn't give that kind of information. And there really isn't much online about house foxes.
Sidney has also been enjoying various treats, such as cooked chicken liver, a strawberry, and of course, his favorite....apples.
Now, here's a hint that I just found...If you keep your pet fox a little on the cool side, and well ventilated, he won't smell as badly. Only occasional baths should be given. I have also read that females tend to be a little smellier than males.
Now, just a few notes when considering acquiring a pet fox (to keep us all up to speed)-- Foxes need secure enclosures---escape-proof cages, or pens with fenced in or cement bottoms and enclosed tops, and if in the house, definitely secure doors and windows.
Foxes like to have some toys. Sidney occasionally chews on a rawhide chewie, his cat toys, (some old leather harness laying around, upholstery, etc). So far, this has not been a problem since he is not a big-time chewer and shredder like some dog puppies I have had.
Foxes do not appreciate strangers and are not likely to come out to greet your guests----unless they happen to take an instant liking to them which happened when Sidney and I first met. I suppose it was because I had some interesting smells on me.
Foxes do not do well all on their own...they need some sort of companionship, such as other dogs, foxes or people.
And most important of all,,,,,,lots of apples!
Avatar is so totally stolen and is not an actual pic of Sidney. But is it so close to what he looks like, it's worth the risk.
All posts are in consideration for the 'future NAAF;...National Association for the Advancement of Foxes.
Anyone using this material for a 'for profit' enterprise such as a book or research paper or a website is requested to include a "Dedicated to Sidney" notation.