Monday, August 9, 2010
at 8:30 AM
Nothing could be farther from the truth!
I personally find the whole "once they get the taste of blood" concept to be fairly ridiculous, and for the life of me can't figure out why so many otherwise intelligent people parrot it. Yes, seeing a live mouse will turn on the predatory instinct--but once the mouse is pounced and eaten, the instinct goes back off. Seeing a mouse won't put a fox into "kill" mode for the rest of it's life--that's just ludicrous.
You can feed fresh meat, without your animal suddenly becoming a wild, unpredictable predator. Otherwise the instant your domestic cat happened to get lucky and catch a bird, it would suddenly become a feral animal that's unsuitable to be a pet.
Furthermore, meat contains many vital nutrients that are needed for a healthy, happy fox. One amino acid of particular importance to foxes is taurine, which is found exclusively in meat. Dog kibble alone generally does not contain sufficient amounts of taurine to meet a fox's needs. Meat is easier for a fox to digest than dry, grain-based kibble is, and it contains a much healthier ratio of fats. (To keep from going rancid on store shelves, dry kibble has to have a very low fat and oil content).
Of course, foxes are omnivores, and require more than just meat to survive, but the cornerstone of good fox nutrition is feeding good, high-quality meat. If you have your pet fox on a purely kibble diet, I encourage you to introduce at least a little meat to the mix. It's the first step to a healthier, happier fox.