I absolutely adore foxes and I’m lucky enough to live next to a fox den. I’ve seen up to four foxes a time in my neighbours garden and it’s really lovely to watch but yesterday I saw a fox suffering with Sarcoptic Mange. Sarcoptic Mange is common among foxes but it can be fatal if untreated. It’s caused by a parasitic mite and is very contagious ( it can spread to other foxes and to cats and dogs) unfortunately if it does go untreated it can cause organ failure. This fox has completely lost all it’s hair on his tail and back so it’s worrying as to what stage of the disease it’s at.It’s very fragile looking and seems to be walking awkwardly which breaks my heart. It even let a cat slap it and didn’t bat an eyelid.
I contacted the RSPCA yesterday and I was worried they weren’t going to be able to help me because the fox had gone again by the time I had spoke to them. However the RSPCA determined this as an emergency and went through with me the details on how I can help them catch the fox.
I have to establish a feeding routine which means pestering my neighbour for access to her garden everyday to lay down some of my cats food for it and I’m pretty sure she thinks I’m crazy fox lady but never mind, I want this fox to be treated. Establishing a feeding routine will encourage the fox to come into the garden regularly making it easier for them to catch. I was also told if there is any way I can contain the fox then I should do it but how do you catch a fox?
Foxes suffering with Sarcoptic Mange will usually approach people which is handy but I have the worry of transferring the disease on to my cat which I’m avoiding at all costs.
If the RSPCA are unable to catch the fox I’m going to have to ask them for some mange treatment so I can put it in some jam sandwiches ( foxes love sweet things including jam and peanut butter sandwiches). If the RSPCA is unable to help him I’m going to contact NFWS ( National fox welfare society). I really hope this fox is able to get the treatment it needs and I’m going to do my damn best to help it. Not only is this fox at risk of dying but as mange is so contagious it puts the other foxes at risk as well as the cats it comes in contact with.
It’s so important to look after wildlife and if you see a sick or injured animals to report them so they can get the help they need.