Fennec Fox Care

Fennec Fox Pet Care

Welcome to the fennec fox pet care guide – Feel free to use this website as a resource to take care of your pet fennec fox. You can also download our ebook (coming soon).

The first thing you may notice is that fennec foxes have an intense amount of energy when they are awake. On top of this they like to steal, hide things, dig with their claws and go to the toilet. Remember that these pets are wild animals and it’s only possible to semi-domesticate them. It’s essential to have the right housing for your pet fennec to help take care of them properly and manage their character appropriately. View more about fennec fox housing.

Some owners have claimed to have success with partial potty training but it is likely that they will be better at this when they are younger. Adult fennecs will mark their territory, however males do this rarely if they are neutered. There is little reason to neuter a female since their behavior won’t change that much, however it is recommended for male fennecs as it will help calm their aggression. Fennec foxes are also known to be a bit nippy but their bites are often harmless and playful.

It is important to socialize early with your fennec fox to integrate them quickly into your household. Avoid caging them for long periods and being away for long amounts of time, especially in the first year. Also, whenever you have the chance pick up your pet fennec and set them down again to get them used to being handled. This is one of the easier training aspects and it’s important for when you need to transport your pet to the vets, etc. Good luck trying to catch them if they are not trained! View more training tips on our fennec fox training page.

Fennec foxes are quite hardy animals in general, but they have their weaknesses. Hopefully with the right diet you can avoid trips to the vet as much as possible. Older fennecs may need to have their blood levels checked regularly due to issues with their kidneys and liver that they are susceptible to. Again this can be alleviated with the correct diet containing taurine and calcium. View our fennec fox nutrition guide.

Since fennec foxes are classified as an exotic animal it is important to understand the legalities in your country/state and source a vet that is willing to treat exotic animals. Fennec foxes are part of the canine family and require similar vaccinations to dogs, such as Parvocine, Distemper, and Rabies. It is recommend they receive the lowest possible dose due to their size. Also they MUST be killed vaccines, fennec foxes are too small to fight off live vaccines. Hopefully, if you bought your pet fennec from an experienced breeder, they will already have administered these vaccinations. Check out more about baby fennec fox vaccinations.

Fennec foxes tend to bond well with other animals and older children. They should never be left alone with another animal though as it’s unpredictable what might happen while you are not present. It goes without saying that if you own a smaller pet or rodent, your fennec fox WILL want to eat them. View more about how fennec foxes interact here.

For a complete and comprehensive fennec fox care guide, I highly recommend this book by Julie Mahler. It really is the definitive guide for everything to do with raising your fennec fox as a pet. If you are just starting out as an owner then this book has all the information you need to purchase your first fennec. For experienced owners this book is a great reference if you need a quick tip.

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