Hi friends! Reef the fox here with your weekly “Reef’s Report.” I had so much fun answering fan mail last week that I have more to get to. 

Hi Reef,

I’m a big fan of you and your fox/people family. Your column is so informative and fun to read. I was wondering if you could help answer a question I’ve been wanting to know the answer to. Do foxes get along with other animals like cats and dogs? Will a dog be aggressive with you and other foxes? Are foxes aggressive toward cats, or vice versa?

Also, can foxes learn tricks like dogs can? Do they use litter boxes like cats do?

Thanks again and keep up the good work!  – Carol

Hi Carol, and thank you so much for these great questions. Foxes can indeed get along with other animals. I was raised with the dogs that live here and we all got along great until I got a little bigger and I guess I started to play too rough. 

I was also raised with cats here when I first arrived and they didn’t seem to mind me too much, again, until I got bigger. Since I have plenty of fox friends now, we stay separated just to be safe. But I have seen photos on mom’s phone of other foxes at different rescues getting along just fine with dogs and cats, but they are never left alone unattended. Our dogs here aren’t aggressive toward us. In fact, Libby, a fox that lives here, isn’t a big fan of other species so she likes to be really tough and charge the fence of her enclosure when the dogs are out. It really depends on the fox, if they like other animals or not. 

Foxes can absolutely learn tricks. We are very smart and love to learn new things (when we are in the mood). Mom taught me some things when I was little but I prefer to just be given treats and not have to “work” for them. And most of us here use a litter box, but again, that is something that we just decided was fun to do. So that can be trained to a point, but at the end of the day, we just do whatever we want. 

Now for some fox news. We had the Boy and Girl Scouts here over the weekend and they made some changes to Libby and Louie’s enclosure. They took out all of the dirt and put down pavers because some of us have bad allergies so the vet recommended removing their dirt. They did such a good job.

Also this Saturday, Dec. 20, at 9 a.m., Coral the fox will be at One Grind KL, located at MM 98 in between Tom Thumb and Ballyhoo’s. One Grind has made a special coffee just for us and a portion of all proceeds from that drink people buy will be donated to the foxes here! How cool is that? So, mark your calendars and go see Coral this Saturday. She will only be there for an hour, that’s about our attention span for social events. 
Anyway, that’s all for this week. Keep sending the fan mail, I love it. [email protected]. Reef, over and out!

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Reef was born on a fur farm on or around March 28, 2021. He was able to be rescued when his mother and siblings started to reject him. Reef is missing toes on his front, right paw and the tip of his tail is missing due to injuries sustained in his short time on the fur farm. Reef arrived at Key Largo on May 6, 2021 by Nicole Navarro, of Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.