favourablefox asked: hello again! I was wondering how you go about keeping Vader outdoors, I'm starting to build my enclosure and wanted to know what would be nice to include besides the obvious. Plus, did you need to train him (as you would a dog) for being out there? I'm going to have a kennel indoors and outdoors I just would like to know how I should prepare, yknow? Sorry if that soundsa bit confusing. lol
Roofing and flooring are the most important aspects of the enclosure- you have to make sure they’re fox proof! Ours is made of pre-assembled panels, but I’ve seen other people have success with making their own. Just so long as you use tough enough wire! I recommend making your own roof (we made ours out of more of the pre-assembled panels) and give it a little bit of a slope so water doesn’t accumulate during rainy days (Jodi of theartfulfox had her roof collapse after water accumulation!). Since our enclosure sits on concrete, we never had to worry about the floor aspect- but I recommend burying wire or panels a few inches below the dirt.
I found that a cat tree (or any sort of platforms really) is a very important addition to the space- foxes like to be able to get up high and observe their territory- er, at least Vader does, he’s kind of a royal pain though. I also recommend a kiddie pool filled with something (dirt, sand, leaves, even water!) to keep them busy and let them bury things! For example, I bought meal worms and buried them in Vader’s dirt dig- he went bonkers!
You might also want to include a small hutch/doghouse of some sort for your fox to make a den in. And to use as shelter from the elements!
It took some training with our indoor kennel (lots of screaming and sleepless nights!) but his outdoor one he loved immediately. Of course, the fox has to be a little older before you put it out alone. As long as there’s plenty of enrichment and space, your fox will love their enclosure!
P.S. fellow fox blogs, feel free to reblog with pics of your enclosure! :)
Yes, please do not throw on a cheap roof and be done with it! That is bad, bad, bad! I used a welded wire and tarp combo and as Tara said, my roof collapsed during a huge rainstorm!
Here’s the damage, look at the wall on the left:
After that, my dad helped me renovate Loki’s kennel, and we switched the roof to slightly slanted corrugated panels to help drain the rainwater.
And the finished product: