Foxes & Friends Blog!
|Posted on December 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM||comments (1)|
I just wanted to post something funny that happened after I put up the Christmas tree. First off, I knew if I just put the all the glittery stuff (ornaments, garland, snowflakes) up high she wouldn't mess too much with the tree branches, but this year I decided to get fake snow since it is so hot in December.
Well, the fake snow did not go down for two reasons. A, my cat thought it was so fun to pounce, and roll, and hide under. You would think an almost 5 year old cat would be over being so mnischievious. B, of course a fennec thinks things on the floor belong to her. so first she tried digging in it, to which I told her "NO." Then she tried buring herself and playing hide and go seek with the cat, to which I told her "NO." At this point I know she thought I was being a party pooper, but the last thing I wanted was for her to think it was acceptable to mess with and eat it.
Then, of course, she tried putting it in her mouth. I yelled at her again, yet everytime I wasn't looking, she thought it was okay to be all sneaky and swipe it. One time when I caught her, she plopped down like, "I swear I wasn't up to anything."
Long story short, we won't be having fake snow next year.
|Posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
I decided to introduce you all to my kitty, Alias.
His name is Alias because all my friends called him something different. One person liked 'Dante,' another liked 'Kitty,' and I wanted to name him 'Cairo.' Long story short, he didn't know his name so we started calling him Alias. And He uses the toilet and honestly, he misses less than I do. In the 4 years and a half I have had him, he only has had one accident. I didn't teach him to flush though, because he used to like to watch the water swirl. I was afraid he would sit there and flush, flush, flush, haha.
He has the coolest personality. He is one of the only breeds of cat that I am not allergic to. I am honestly not too much of a cat person, but he follows me everywhere and cries if I am home but leave him by himself in another room. He sits on the seat of a car with the window open and looks at all the cars/pedestrians. I saw a segment on Pet Star about a cat that could be trained to do tricks, so I taught him to sit, and my personal favorite is when I say "up." He will get on his hind legs and beg for a treat.
And I believe he is an F4? or Maybe an F5? I wasn't really paying attention when I adopted him, and his paperwork is here somewhere . . . Well, I just wanted a companion kitty. And he is a great companion for the fox. He is so calm and loves all other animals. He travels well being able to use the potty and loves my mom's Great Dane. The only time I have an issue is if I walk him on a leash, or bring him to the pet store and a dog starts growling at him.
I took the picture of him in the cart today on the way to go to the pet store to get fitted for a harness, and he was totally calm except for when this mini poodle started growling at him. He cried for me, then sat on my shoulder until the mean dog left. He is such a big baby. After the vicious poodle left (and I swear all small dogs have that Napoleon complex), he sat calmly on the floor on his leash while I fitted him for a harness.
I never thought I would have a pet cat, but now I can't imagine my life without him.
|Posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM||comments (1)|
Well, one time I left my french fries on the table from Mcdonald's (hey it's been like 6 months since I ate there). And of course baby foxes want to take advantage of you when you aren't paying attention. So she jumped up while I wasn't looking and carefully stole a french fry, not knowing what it was. She gave herself away by the AMAZINGLY loud shriek she gave.
It can be roughly translated as; Oh my gosh I didn't realize this is the best food in the history of ever! Humans must be Gods!
I have never heard her scream that loud out of excitement. She immediately tried to steal another one, and she was so lighting fast, she grabbed the bottom of the container. I grabbed the top so they didn't spill, and we were in a ridiculous tug-of-war. Well, long story short, the container ripped and they literally went flying everywhere like a movie.
Well, my cat heard the commotion, so he ran with his little fat belly over and grabbed as many fries as he could as she stuffed her mouth, screaming all the while with her mouth loaded with my fries, and I waited till she thought I wasn't looking and grabbed her back out of her cage. I put her in the bathroom while I cleaned up and bribed my cat out from under the bed with treats.
After cleaning up the greasy mess, the foxy learned all food I have is delicious treats sent from God, so she had immediately investigated my next few meals for weeks.
|Posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Okay so one time, my kitty cat was being very cat-like and decided to nap in the middle of the floor. Well anything on the floor is fair game to a Fennec Fox. They own all the items that made their way to her level.
So Alias the kitty was peacefully sleeping in his favorite position, spread-legged with his tummy in the air. Well, he was too peaceful for any Fennec. She decided she would walk over to him, inspect that he was really sleeping, then pounce on his fat tummy.
Well, Alias decided if he ignored her, she might get bored with her little brain being as ADHD as it usually is. So he jumped up unto the couch and fell back asleep.
Guess who decided to jump up and onto his belly again? She just couldn't resist. So the cat decided maybe if he leaves the room he can sleep. He goes into my bedroom and lays there, slowly falling asleep. He is slightly snoring when in trots smunchy fox. She pounces so hard on his tummy he decides to pin her down and go back to sleep.
She looked up at me like, "Aw, I failed daddy."
|Posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:20 AM||comments (1)|
This story was too funny not to share, and I don't claim to own the rights to this clip it belongs to MSNBC. It was so adorable though and I just had to share. This is the Kit Fox, who was once so threatened in America and has an endangered subspecies called the San Joaquin Kit Fox.
These guys are often mistaken for baby Coyotes and shot or harvested for their fur. Although how can you think this cute little face is a coyote? Look at that smile - definitely a face anyone could love!
|Posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
Today I decided to attempt at translating some of the noises they make (Notice how everything has an exclamation mark, this is because the Fennecs always get their point across with emphasis).
Daddy, I love you! I haven't seen you in ages! Or, Daddy, I love it when you scratch my ears and tail! Or, Thank you thank you thank you for letting me out of the cage! Good morning daddy!
The Warble (usually a short lower-pitched noise):
Usually when they would face off with the cat, or get down low with their ears back as if to say 'I am not happy and things better start to go MY way!'
The Quiet Purr:
'This is so nice of you to rub my back and scratch my ears, Daddy. I am getting sleepy. This is comfy, right here . . . Yawn . . . I'm so relaxed. . .'
'OH MY GOSH I HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY - I'M GONNA RUN - IMMA RUN FASTER, AND FASTER! OH MY GOSH DADDY THIS IS SO MUCH FUN! I AM SO SO SO SO EXCITED AND EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD IS NEAT!'
[Sounds just like a small dog] Give me attention please Daddy! You are not paying attention to me!
There are new noises everyday. I will always keep an eye out for more. Keep an eye out for the next post, I will be explaining the complicated relationship between Alias the Bengal cat and the Fennec Fox.
|Posted on March 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
This is quite cute!
|Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Against my better judgement, I decided to open a Facebook account! If you would like to follow for now updates of us on the Website, check out
Http://www.facebook.com/fennecfoxesandfriends" target="_blank">Our Facebook
|Posted on April 8, 2010 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
Wow, this woman is supposed to be the representative of Seaworld and Busch Gardens. Watch what happens to the poor animal. She is so fired! This is the article;
During a segment on endangered animals on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), a Swift Fox makes a break for it and narrowly avoids leaping on anchor Matt Lauer.
As Julie Scardina, the Animal Ambassador for Seaworld and Busch Gardens, attempts to pass the animal off to a handler, it tries to jump to the floor and misses Lauer by inches.
"I thought he was coming for my throat," Lauer said. But, don't worry, Lauer fans. [Are there actually any?] The anchor doesn't seem to have been in any real danger; it appears the animal was simply trying to escape.
Article can be seen here; http://insidetv.aol.com/2010/04/07/endangered-fox-leaps-at-matt-lauer-on-today-video/
|Posted on March 27, 2010 at 11:24 AM||comments (0)|
Okay, so I keep getting asked how I possibly trained a cat to go to the bathroom on the toilet. Well this method can be used to toilet train any animal that goes in a litter box. My dream is to train the fox how to use the toilet, but I am not getting my hopes up, since just using the litter box is an accomplishment. And remember, you should only change steps EVERY OTHER day, or if your pet has trouble, every few days. Here is a day by day guide of how to train an animal;
*Disclaimer* I am not claiming this will work with every animal, this is just what worked for me. And if you have multiple cats or small dogs, etc, it will be extremely hard since they will mimic bad behaviors. Also if you are near me, I will train them myself, for a small fee.
-Move the litter box or potty pad right next to the toilet and give plenty of praise and a treat when they go on it. If the litter box or potty pad was far away from the toilet you might want to split this step up and move it a little closer and closer each day to the toilet. Chances are, they will like this new "game" of getting a treat for something they have been trained to do, and will want to continue these behaviors.
-Add a phone book under the litter box or potty pad, so it is elevated a litter higher than the ground.
-Add another phone book. Keep adding phone books every day until it is level with the toilet. Keep giving lots of praise and treats for good potty behaviors.
-Remove the litter box or potty pad. Now there are many kits for this step, but I was cheap and used a giant piece of cardboard from a pizza box. Draw 4 circles so you have 4 layers on the carboard inside your toilet seat ring. Place the huge square (or you can cut it to fit the shape of your bowl) under the round toilet seat. Add litter (preferably flushable) to the hole on top of the cardboard.
-Cut the smallest ring (which should make a tiny hole about half the size of your palm) out of the cardboard and put litter around the rest of the cardboard in a circle. Some pets will be unfazed, others will freak out. Let your pet adjust to this for a few days, I waited two. keep giving plenty of praise when they go on the cardboard.
-Cut the next ring of cardboard out, and sprinkle new litter around the smaller cardboard ring. Give plenty of praise when the pet performs their skills on the toilet. Remember, if your pet decides to go on the floor or has an accident, you can always go back a step.
Note: My friends cat wanted to hide his poo in the bathtub and only would urinate on the toilet. Since most cats are afraid of water, I would fill up your tub when you cannot watch your cat. This stopped my friend's cat's behavior immediately.
-Remove the third ring. You should only have one ring left. Your animal will have to balance on the outer part of the cardboard, or the toilet seat to go. And keep in mind, this will be a little stinky for the two weeks it takes to accomplish toilet training. If they can go on the potty well, give them treats, if they are having problems, go back a step or two.
-Cut out the final ring, but leave the unseen cardboard ring under the toilet seat. Leave this here for smell, familiarity, etc. Your pet should be able to balance on the seat now, and when they go, give them double the treats for balancing and performing their tasks correctly. Leave the ring on the toilet for about another 5 days so they get used to the smell, etc, then they should be able to go without it all by themselves like this;