These Enchanting Photos Show What It’s Like to Have a Fox for a Pet
Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to have a fox for a pet? Check out the Instagram of Juniper the fox and wonder no more! Read on to find out what it’s like to live with this beautiful animal (spoiler alert: it’s not all fun and games).
1. Juniper is a rescue
Juniper is a domestic North American red fox. She was adopted when she was five weeks old by her current momma, who had extensive experience working with foxes prior to Juniper moving in.
“Foxes, like minks and other plush animals have been bred for their fur for over a hundred years. Juniper and foxes like Juniper are considered ‘domestic fur-bearing animals’ and being that she is descended from animals that have spend many generations in captivity meant that she genetically lost many of her natural instincts,” reads her website. Today, she feels right at home.
Next: If you think wild foxes are majestic, you should see one up close.
2. They’re even prettier up close
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see a fox in the wild, you know just how beautiful these creatures are. But up close, they’re even prettier. It’s easy to see why Juniper’s Instagram is so popular — the pictures of her are stunning.
Next: But be careful, they bite.
3. They have much sharper teeth than dogs
Though Juniper may look domestic, and even a little bit like a dog, it’s important to remember that foxes are still wild animals. As Juniper’s mom always reminds her following, “Foxes are extremely moody animals, and anyone who has worked with a fox can tell you that they’ve gotten bitten like this at least once. They’re very possessive of food and or toys and it takes a lot of training to get them to the point where this isn’t a regular occurrence.”
Next: What it’s really like to have a fox as a pet
4. How are they as house pets?
Even tame rescue foxes don’t make easy house pets. When you take in a fox, you have to be at peace with your home more or less getting destroyed. Juniper, like most foxes, likes to dig (in the dirt, at the carpet, through furniture, etc.). She also likes to chew through different fabrics. “She’s not bias, any fabric will do. Shirts, bras, underwear, blankets, the couch. Her personal favorite though is socks,” says Juniper’s mom in this post.
Next: It’s imperative that foxes eat animal tissue.
5. What Juniper eats
In addition to munching on fabrics, Juniper has a very specific diet. “Foxes need a nutrient called Taurine in their diet. This is found in animal tissues. Without this foxes can go blind or suffer from seizures,” reads Juniper’s website. In addition to animal tissue, foxes also need a lot of calcium. Juniper personally eats quail, duck, rabbit, turkey, green beans, carrots, peas, apples, sweet potatoes, peaches, raspberries, and eggs (with the eggshell mixed in for calcium).
Next: Foxes smell really bad.
6. Foxes have a strong odor
You might be surprised to learn that foxes have a very strong, distinct odor to them.
“Once a fox pees on something, it’s incredibly difficult to get the smell out. You can smell Juniper as soon as you pull into my drive way on humid days. The smell is pretty hard to describe, I’ve personally stopped finding it unpleasant, (I’ve kind of gone nose blind) but I hear frequently from guests that it’s rather unpleasing,” reads Juniper’s website. to combat the heavy odor, Juniper’s mom regularly cleans the carpets, uses wax burners, and lights candles.
Next: They can, surprisingly, get along with your other pets in the house.
7. Under proper supervision, they can get along with other animals just fine
You might notice that Juniper isn’t the only animal featured in her Instagram. Her mom is a rescuer at heart and also houses a dog named moose, two sugar gliders named Petunia and Peach, and a cat named Olive. Juniper gets along particularly well with Moose, but this little family of animal misfits seems to truly love each other and cohabitate more or less harmoniously.
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