If dogs can have plush foxes, she can has a plush dog!
Sorry for the lack of update but school + searching for job killing me right now. Regardless we doing excellent now that Eshu got her own place to enjoy. She moved out in the outdoor enclosure and got herself comfortable there quite a lot. For now I not taking her back indoors due of my fear she would drop her winter fur off from the house warmth and our winters can be very cruel and cold.
But daily I sit with her at very late night for hours and she treasures my presence much more this way as well. She needed her own space to have, and will be moved back indoors at Spring time again in big percent. Only winters are problem, not want the poor soul to froze to death. Hopefully can make some more photos of her in the future too!
Q: How is Eshu doing with the "october crazies"?
We went over some very rough time in the pst 2 weeks about, which made me turn to some zombie haha.
It was never really that very bad, just it really distrubed my sleep which made me unslept sometimes even for 2 days and had 3 days where I slept all together 3 hours.
Mostly this crazy window scratching and restless way of acting and jumping all across me when tried to sleep while earlier we slept peacefully in the same room without me need to lock her up. Locking not worked either this time she madly went to get out and damage the kennel and we had arguments where I had to shake her in the air to get some sense but it was not good for her nor good for me.
So in the end I put her outside in her enclosure for longer and longer times with heavy observation over her. First checked on her every 10 mins, then every half hour and kept awake my nights and slept morning and early afteroon (luckly I have vacation now). Then it turned out to be she LOVES her enclosure a lot and it really calmed her a lot and not really wanting to go out of it, but having me go inside to play with her! That was new to me, since she was never that type of fox who invited human companion for her games but now she treasures me ways more that we not together 24/7.
I for now decided to leave her fully outside as winter is coming and our winters are very rough and cold and dont want her to drop her winter coat down just because she gets inside the warm house. So I spend more time out in the cold chilling weather with her. :)
Q: You are so cute. My nickname at home is Eshu
I heard this name being used very rare times around Africa where the myht behind Eshu’s namesake is from :)
Q: She's still young right? I'm sure everything will be back to normal sooner or later. (normal for you that is)
She is 7 months old, actually right middle of the puberty for her! I was excepting that there will be troubles, but I was more prepared for her being moody and more wanting to be alone and gekking and grunting at me.
Instead of that - she does want to have her own territory so she wants to break off from me as her nature pushing her. I know it is just a period and only need to get over it once. I also know once we are over of it she will be even more content and settled and we step into the equal partnership over the “parent-kid” relationship and forming a deeper bond.
Just the moment we are right into the deep-hole when it is hard. I cant wait to be over with it and it just barely started!
So we officially stepped in the critical period called the October crazies with Eshu.
This critical period sometimes barely noticeable sometimes making fox owners worried and so on. It is different with each fox and you cant fully prepare on how yours will be going over it - but it is just a period of time.
Eshu is a bit of inverse then how mostly this period being described. She instead of gekking and grunting at me she is absolutely restless and crazy about digging herself out of the house (to go and get her own territory) scratching all windows madly really trying my nerves.
It started about 3 days ago. Since she does have certain behaviour pattern which usually adopting my life style the way it is comfortable for her - I do realize when something is wrong and unlike her.
At first I realized she is not really eating and there are more of her food I need to trash as it starts rotting (especially that as colder weather came she started to eat really a lot) and started to leave poo on the most unusual places. Also she became very hyper and very active even more then usually on a very weird way.
By today it went on the "unbearable" level - as soon we both woke up (it was my lazy day I slept up to 1 pm since I was over a hard test and studied a lot on it before and felt super tired, had to sleep it out) it started. She was utterly crazy doing mess and making crazy rushes and became by it very destructive. And the window scratches to dig herself out. I thought - okay if she wants out I put her out in her enclosure and will keep checking on her, so I did.
She was out for 4 hours and she seemed pretty much settled there the first time using the enclosure for playing and enjoying herself there as earlier she was unfamiliar with it and really wanted to get out. Sadly the fence hole width is still too big so I really cant just leave her out unguarded. We had to come back in and I hoped this will calm her finally and the rest of the day will be okay.
I was wrong - she was mad in my room again so I let her out to access the whole house and I moved downstairs on my laptop to study. She was restless still, she ignored the dog, everything but scratched all possible windows she found driving me nuts (imagine that monotonic scratching noise without break almost). I put her in the kennel and with the kennel left her out in the enclosure for half hour until midnight. After getting her back she seemed okay she started playing with the dog enjoying her time with her for like 15 minutes and the scratches returned.
I took her out this time for a whole hour - in hope that she will rage out her energies trying to get out of the kennel (no it is not torturing this kennel she is familiar with as she sleeps in it by her free will whenever she wants and its door only closed when I need to sleep but she still would want to roam around - I lock her up and she tries to get out first then lay down and sleep with me so not the first time she is locked in it for hours) then took her back in.
I simply not wanted her to sleep this way outside without me not had heart and not found it a good idea either. The scratching not stopped but we moved back up in my working/bed room and as soon she jumped on my window I started gekking back at her raising one finger at her face to show how much I disapprove that.
So ever since we keep arguing. She tries to bite me to prove she is the stronger but as soon her teeth reaches my skin she pulls back and the oh-so-serious bite turns to be a tiny nip without any strength. But she keeps whining, crying - flattening her ears and flat crawling from my FEARSOME one finger. She argue with me from the shelf whenever I raise my finger (this one finger is our argument finger, whenever I raise it she knows I directly talking to her on the way I disapprove her acts or doings its our ways of discussion).
During this post she tried to get to the window more then 10 times already and by the end of this post she finally went to her sleeping den to rest for a time. This will be hard and tiring and difficult and surely nothing comfortable to deal with, so I cant wait to be over with it finally.
Q: Do you have an instagram?
I am afraid I not even know what is that place - why?
Q: Sorry for the long ask, I'm sending this out to a lot of able-minded fox owners that really seem to know what they're doing and get their honest opinion on whether or not it'd be a good idea for me to get a fox. I'm very serious about this and don't want to make a wrong decision for the fox. So, what do you think? (5/5)
So I responding on this last one from the 5 parts!
First of all - and this should be the most important - you should make research about Texas laws. So far I remember Texas is against any exotic ownership but as laws keep changing you should really dig yourself into the state laws.
Secondly having a fox as a pet actually really depends on you - why you want it.
If you want one because it is cute, fluffy and internet is full of them recently with huge fandom then I would say no.
If not this the case and YOU feel ready for such radical life change to face for the next 10-15 years then I would say you already have a nice set up and idea for it.
A room can be enough if it is not a very tiny one where only a toilett could take spot - if you plan caring and work with the fox often. Such rooms are always nice - but only can work out as good if you next to it caring the animal daily enough and let it roam around the place you can keep eye on it.
One very important rule I would love to settle - a fox can adjust everything up to age of 5 months and after that it will not. Rare case and hard work to change that and surely not for a first timer. If you have a cat or a dog - make sure they meet in this time period so they will be accepted and same with socializing the fox.
I know Eshu is not too social because I could not take her to meet with many faces daily dose while it was still possible for her to adopt. Let family handle the kit, pick it up, cuddle, play with it - and make it meet as many faces you just able to do that in early age.
A fox not knows fear up to 3 months old, this is the best time to bring everything important in its life era. At age of 4-5 months it will show the main behaviour pattern to you and will change in previous ways of acting towards its family.
Later on there will be another change at pubertage with the October crazies when the animal matures but it wont make radical changes just more toned and it will be critical so better to build up your bond with the animal earlier time.
Why it is important to socialize the fox?
Because it still considered a wild animal. If it bites someone and the person makes report the fox will be put down no matter what. You cant change this rule.
A harness is good, but the best a collar and a harness with a double leash end just to be sure. Taking the fox for walks really be careful where to.
I heard people do make strange hobby for make the dog bite them so they make report in hope for some cash to win from it - people are odd. I discourage walking foxes at public, but in your back yard should be fine.
Be ready, this animal is hyper active and not having pack mentality, so that means it can live without you being part of its life - so you must leave the fox to be on its own when it wants to no matter how hard to resist to cuddle with it. They not that very cuddly but love attention and love to play independent wild way which can make huge mess.
So my own experience; things on shelves never safe, they tend to pull them down. If they can climb/jump they even love to push things down.
Everything can become a toy. Even a previously broken cups shard.
Digging habitats can result uncomfortable surprises (especially if the food has chance to get rotten, the fox will eat already stinky food though not causing issues but not sure you would love to smell a rotting piece of little chunk in your home).
Incredible smart ones and for food and to escape they can do very crazy things to reach their goals. Escaping usually connected with their curiosity - they really want to know everything and a fearless fox the worst; it WILL get to know everything it wants. Gravitation wont stop it from still doing it.
Their smell tend to be terrible, and males even stronger and even being litter trained it can be terrible.
First of all monthly poke the anal glad can be useful (do not remove it, that can cause serious sickness later). A good excellent quality litter can make good work and cleaning it often. If you are able to open windows the best to daily open it where the fox cant reach and let the air in, that truly can make miracles but an unsecured window will result escaping fox.
So the only way to keep odor free house is to clean litter boxes weekly, daily washing up and daily have a secure way open windows for an hour or half where the fox the most active around.
What you cant really do much is the happy pee. Not all fox goes that happy to pee, but some do and their pee is terrible. If the fox marks in its happiness something the best way to washing it.
You wont be able to fully tame one surely - but equally both can adjust each others habitat enough to have a wonderful life together.
I personally would also suggest you, to get an artificial den for the fox for sleeping. Make it mostly short in height but long in width, have it stuffed with comfortable clothes or anything comfortable and cover it fully with a huge blanket or so and have its door open 24/7. Place it on a way people cant really peek into it so it feels safe and fine and whenever the fox goes inside never reach after it or pull it out. Make this to be a safe den for it where it can rest without have to be aware that someone could distrub its rest.
It wont sleep there all the time but for long, restful sleep it will be excellent for the fox and it will keep it content and help your work with it. A contenct fox better to socialize and interact with - a frustrated fox not much and having a safe place for hiding from the world good for the animal.
Hope I could answer properly to your question and not forgot anything! If you have any further questions please let me know and will try to answer on them :)