This gif is cute and strange at the same time. Now I’m not sure how I feel about it. :|
Too late now! I’ve already started writing and now I can’t stop ahhh someone help meeee asdfghjklzxcvbnm,.
For some reason you nerds continue to send me emails. I realize now that I should probably respond to your questions and delete your nudes.
Let’s get to it~
(NOTE: A lot of these emails were really long, so some of the personal stories/info have been removed)
…Here’s my annoying, have to be prepared, research, research, research questions.
Do foxes hv a strong urine order like cats? If so hv you found a strong enough kitty litter? I currently use, Arm & Hammer “double force baking soda” and it works amazingly well.
Food, what type of cat & dog food do you use? Kitten/Puppy? Or Adult? The breeder
Told me to get Pedigree & Science Diet. Brand of foods, any advice?
Raw meet for Taurine, this always makes me think that the fox will get sick for some
Reason, makes me nervous. What do you feed Swiper? And how much or how often?
Baths, do you buy a special soap? I hv Feline & Puppy shampoo. How often should they
Get baths? I seen that foxes clean them selves for the most part.
Vets, I’m from ____ originally & the state does not require a permitt for foxes but then again I don’t live in that state anymore. Im curious, do you live in a state that requires permits? If so Do you need the permitt when you take your pet to the Vet? I plan on going out of state for His vet…… Haven’t found one yet :( can I be curious & ask who your vet is? Distance isn’t A problem bc ill probably hv to drive back home (15 hrs) to hv him see a Vet. Yes it’s crazy, But idc. I’m use to the long distant travels.
Fox urine is like a ghost with a grudge. It will angrily haunt you for as long as you own a fox. I think you found the same brand that I chose. If you’re going to have an indoor litter box, you ought to try Arm & Hammer Double Duty cat litter. I found it to be the best at absorbing the nasty fox urine smell… but trust me. There’s no way to get rid of it 100%.
As for the diet, just remember that foxes are closely related to dogs. But they need more protein than regular dog food has to offer. I eventually chose to feed Swiper Ziwi Peak dog food. He really liked the air-dried venison… But the downside is that it costs about $50 a bag. :| They don’t need to eat a lot. It comes with a measuring cup to show you how much to give your pet.
DO NOT BATHE YOUR FOX REGULARLY. There are pictures and video of Swiper getting a bath, but that was because he was covered in clay kitty litter that had clumped all over his body. The occasional bath is ok when it’s desperately needed, but regular baths would be bad for your pets skin. :(
You need a vet before you get a fox. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you don’t have a vet, you should not get a fox. Your vet should be used to dealing with foxes, reliable and accessible in case of an emergency. If the closest vet is 15 hours away, you’re taking a huge risk. You might be used to a long car ride, but your fox is not.
I’ve looked into getting a pet fox in my area (_______ county, _______) and when I talked to animal control they basically laughed at me and said that “I can’t have coyotes, foxes, racoons or any wild animals like that as pets.” I tried telling them about the growing popularity of people owning foxes as pets and how they are breading them to be domesticated in Russia, but they did not seem to give a care. So was hoping to find an organization like yours to help show the legitimacy of pet fox ownership and back me up with trying to change the pet ownership laws in my area. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Err… I wouldn’t call myself an organization. Just an ugly girl with a computer and a dream~ And frankly, I’m not even motivated enough to check my email in a timely fashion, so I’m afraid you’re barking up the wrong tree here. You were also barking up the wrong tree when you called animal control to discuss the legality of domestic fox ownership. Animal control officers don’t have any say when it comes to what animals are legal/illegal to own! They probably thought you were a bit silly for wanting to own a smelly pest that they are used to saving people from. You want to get in touch with your local department of wildlife and have a discussion with someone there. Hope you find the info you’re looking for!
I was really interested in gettting a pet fox and i had a few questions if you could answer them that would be great.
I was wondering how did you get swiper? I have found sites online but i want to make sure that it is not a scam.
Also,would it be safe if we had gotten him chipped just in case if he had gotten out.
And if he ran away with someone else finding him how could i get him back if they wouldn’t give him to me.
The whole “How did you get a fox” question has gotten old, guys. I’ll be honest. That’s why I added that (Learn more about us/contact info) link at the top. C’mon.
It is a great idea to get your fox microchipped! Same with your cats! and dogs!
and fish! Lost pets who are chipped have a much higher return rate than those pets who are lost without a chip.
I assume if someone stole your pet you’d alert the authorities. I don’t care what it is. If someone steals your property, call the cops. … Who is trying to steal your fox?
Hi! Thank you so much for running this blog. Sooooo many people tell me foxes are just aggressive wild animals but I’m happy there are people like you show how amazing foxes are! I am almost positive I am getting a fox but before I do I just wanted to ask, did you need a pet license for swiper? Where I am from a license is necessary but not a permit. If you did need a license, was it easy to get? And what did you have to do?
Thank you so much! You are awesome!
I didn’t need no stinkin’ license. But, as you know, that didn’t stop Animal control from taking Swiper away! I can’t help you with the permit/license process, but I can tell you to research endlessly. You need to be really familiar with the laws and codes. Print it out and keep a copy in your purse/wallet in case you’re approached by a Nosy Nelly. I’m sure if I had been able to recite the law to animal control, they would have avoided that whole mess. Lesson learned!
Hello! I’ve recently found your blog and am so mesmerized by Swiper! I admire your compassion for him. I’m looking to own a fox in the future when I find a nice place, but I just thought of some questions I could ask. 1. How do you know you’ve found the right breeder? What are good things to look for in a breeder? 2. Are there any visible temperament differences between female and male foxes? Different fox breeds?
Great questions! It’s no secret that the best foxes come from Russia. But if you’re looking in the US, a good breeder is USDA licensed and well-reviewed. Simple as that. You can call most breeders and ask for information as well. You decide!
I can only speak from experience here. I’ve found that most female foxes I’ve met have been pretty sweet and affectionate toward their handlers. Then we have Swiper who is a big jerk. However, every animal is different. I’m not sure!
I came across your blog when a gentleman posted a picture of your fox on Reddit claiming it was his pet. Anyway, thats beside the point. I’ve been looking into getting a fox for the last two years. I live in _______ and my state laws are the exact same as where ever you live (perhaps _______ as well). I’ve done my homework and am almost ready to start looking for breeders except for one sticky point. I would get a dog (grew up with them, trained them for competition and service) however, my fiancé is deathly allergic to pretty much everything with hair thats a traditional pet. We’ve been looking into foxes because somewhere in the pipeline someone started a rumor that people with dog allergies don’t react to foxes. I’ve got no clue whether this is true or not but I would really love it if you knew someone, anyone that would be willing to let my fiancé and I come visit their home where they have foxes to see if this is true. I’m going a little crazy without some pet companionship and unconditional love.
Ah, yes. I saw that reddit post as well! Why lie about owning my fox to get internet points? …THOSE ARE MY INTERNET POINTS.
Now I’m both flattered and scared that you’re inviting yourself over to my house… you do know Swiper doesn’t live there anymore… right? I mean… not to spoil the blog for you… but that’s kind of a big part of the story. :/
As for the fox hair vs. dog hair thing… I’m not too sure if that’s true. If your fiance is allergic to dog dander, they might not react well to fox dander either. I mean… We’re talking about shedded skin cells here. Those are gonna be present on a lot of soft, furry pets. Maybe your fiance can get a really cool aquarium instead?
…oh by the way i do have a question. lol. can u clip their nails like u would a dog or cat ?
You sure can! Although Swiper hated getting his nails cut and he would often squirm and whine while I did it. Fox nails are smaller like cat’s nails and they grow pretty quickly! You can usually have this done at your vet’s office, or you can do it home if you and your fox are comfortable with it.
Hello my name is _______ and I was considering a fox as a pet. So I decided to better research it and I’m glad I came across your blog. I was unaware that there has yet to be a rabies vaccine that has been proven to kill rabies in foxes. Although you probably couldn’t care less I just wanted you to know that your blog and personal experience owning a pet fox has caused me to reconsider my choice of pet. Thank you for being honest and sharing your true opinion on owning a pet fox.
This one just made me smile! I even read this aloud to a friend. I’m so glad this blog could help you make your decision. Pet foxes are not out of reach, but they’re also not for everyone. Thanks for the thoughtful message. I don’t think anything can top this. :)
hey, my name is ____ and i live in _____ which is part of the USA. i love being active,and i have two jobs and i go to school full time. i`m 17 years old and i love going to the beach. i look forward to talking with alot of new pple.
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… Did I just get a SBemail?
Yeah I’m done here.