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Facts
 
-live 10-15 years
 
-weighing 2.5-4 pounds
 
-Ears are 6 in long and used to cool their bodies
 
-They are nocturnal
 
- They are kinda a cross between a catcand a dog.
-Can be litter trained, they will still mark your house sometimes, they tend to dig in their litter boxes (avoid clumping litter,it can stick to their feet)
 
-They originate from Northern Africa, across the Sahara, the Sinai Peninsula and Arabia.
 
-They are excellent jumpers( jump up to 2 ft.),diggers, and climbers.
 
-They have binocular vision,thats why they see so
well at night.
 
-They will drink water but can survive long periods without it.
 
-Gestation is about 50 days
 
-They usually produce 2 babies but can have up to 4-5.
 
- Both parents take share in the duties of their young.
-Babies open their eyes about 2 wks, and nurse nearly a month.
 
- Adult size is about nine months and sexual maturity shortly after.
 
-They will bother other household pets because they will want to play all the time.
 
-They are fast and difficult to catch so, make sure windows are closed at all times and they have a harnis, and a leash on, if they excape you will not catch them and they will not come back.
 
-Unlike other Foxes they have lil odor.
 
-When content they make a sound much like a cats purr.
 
-They are a ball of energy 15% of the time, snuggly 20% of the time, and sound asleep the rest. They do NOT calm down with age! They do indulge in mutual grooming, or nonaggressive nibbling.
 
-You should get them neutered/spayed, by a vet who has experience, wild animals are not well with anesthia and can die if they have to much.
 
-Some say that neutered males are calmer than females and tend to cuddle more. The females seem to be little more hyper and fast. The males seem to be much more docile, less territorial, and more cuddly when neutered. Also, the urine doesn't smell as strong. Spaying the females doesn't seem to make any difference in their personalities.
 
-Fennecs also love to run between your feet when walking, and most of the time you don't realize he's there - either because he's so tiny and quiet, or because he's so fast that one minute you see him across the room and the next, he's standing in front of you. So be VERY careful with these babies, as they are often underfoot and can suffer severe injury if you step on them!!!
 
-Some get noisy at night, so it's best to have them in a cage that's not close to your bedroom! Others are very quiet and will only make exited noises when they see you first thing in the morning. Some people let them loose in their house or bedrooms at night to play, though this is NOT recommended! They could swallow something or choke, as well as run over you in the night, scratching you with their sharp claws! Some will adjust to your schedule if they are played with a lot during the day and evening. When they have been alone for a long period of time, they may bark. Some don't bark at all. They yip alot when excited (when they first comes out of the cage, playing with a favorite toy or person) and this sounds a bit like a squeaky toy.
 
-Many like to travel in the car - most curl up and sleep - but some hate their cat carriers.
 
-They are both high energy and lap pets - they have periods of high energy and periods of time just being dead-asleep in your lap! The best thing to remember is that when they first get out of their cage, they need plenty of time to get their energy out. Then, when they've calmed down, they will come to you and cuddle. They especially like to sleep in your lap while on the computer. Some absolutely LOVE to have their bellies scratched, while others prefer a good ear rub.
 
-They love to chew on metallic things and will snatch them off of you or the floor if you are not careful. (foil, buttons, earrings, glasses, necklaces, pennies, electrical plugs)
 
-They WILL eat leather, or try to. This is NOT good. You may end up in the emergency room with your fennec if they get access to any of these things!
 
-Many fennecs love everyone in the family
 
-Though they are like ferrets in that they have even more fun with a playmate. This also makes them even more fun to watch, it is not nessesary to get moe than one, but thats totally up to you.
 
-Fennecs usually do not need a bath as they self-groom.
 
-Many fennecs never shed, but some do go through a period of shedding, much like a dog or cat, if they are in a climate that changes a lot. It will only happen once a year, around midsummer. The amount depends on how much of a "winter coat" they have put on. If it is a lot, the shedding will be quite heavy for a while. Brushing definitely helps this along.
-Avoid things like spicy foods, chocolate, onions, peppers, and dairy. Also avoid citrus, because of the acid content.
 
-Make sure small items that they can swallow are always off of the floor and electrical outlets and plugs are not accessable. Do not put anything breakable on low shelves or tables, as they can and will jump - even onto the countertops! Don't forget to close the toilet seat! They can get tangled in the handle of a plastic grocery bag. Keep the floors clean, close doors to other rooms. make sure you have no cords or wire laying around, make sure they don't have easy access to an outside door. If they get out, they're gone forever! Do NOT leave harnesses on all night! They can wedge the harness over their neck and get it stuck in their mouth, with another part stuck under their arms, so that it rips their mouth every time they move. They could break a leg, or any number of other things!
 
-They can learn to sit, fetch and chase and the names of certain toys or people. They can learn their own name. They know which cat will play with them and which one won't.
 
-They get along with most any animal that won't fit in their mouth and will try to play, though sometimes the animal won't share their exitement. Never leave them alone with other animals though, as there's no telling what may happen. Do not ever let them have access to your rodents or birds, because they WILL try to eat them. Introduce new animals SLOWLY, but don't make them forbidden, as this may cause jealousy. Most get along quite well with dogs and cats.
 
 
 
 
 
 

This page was created on 08/27/04