How do you deal with the smell?
In our previous posts we've mentioned that foxes, especially red foxes, have a very strong odor. You guys regularly ask how we deal with that odor. Is it in our clothes and do other people mention it?
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. We steam clean the carpets regularly, light candles, wax burners, etcetera to help with the smell.
Juniper is "housebroken" she has two large litter boxes that she does her business in and those are emptied every other day to keep them fresh and appealing to pee in. She also has a large litter box in her outdoor enclosure.
Red Foxes however are avid markers. They will mark (pee on) food, toys, their beds, your bed. Pretty much anything they feel is theirs. Including their food and water dishes. This is something that nearly impossible to break them of since it's a very natural habit for them.
Happy pee is also a quirk of most foxes. Excited foxes will probably greet you or a dog with happy wagging tails and a stream of pee in their wake 💕💦 .
The older Juniper has gotten the less she's marked. You can't smell Juniper in our clothes, and only occasionally will you smell her in the house these days due to our preventive measures. (We make sure not to leave things out that she would want to mark). Having a fox means keeping everything very tidy!