Cas the Arctic Fox Is Getting Old

Cas the Arctic Fox Is Getting Old

Welcome to Animal Wonders! I’m Jessi, and
I’m here with our Arctic fox, Cas. Arctic foxes are absolutely incredible in
the wild because they have extreme adaptations for an extreme environment. But because of that challenge, they have pretty
short lives of about three years in the wild. Cas is eight and a half years old, and he’s
starting to show his old age. [CHEERY INTRO MUSIC] Some of the things that Cas is dealing with
in his old age is that he’s just overall slower. He also can’t jump as high,
and he doesn’t shed as easily. Which means that he’s sometimes white in
the summer, and it leads to a whole lot of brushing sessions. Another old age related struggle is that Cas
was actually diagnosed with cancer. He got a tumor on his back right leg, and
even after removing the tumor, it grew back. The best option from there was to actually
remove his entire leg. It’s been a few months now, and Cas is getting
stronger everyday and really learning how to get around on three legs. As Cas gets older, we’re also seeing more
signs of arthritis. Just like humans and our dog companions, foxes
that live long enough will end up with joint pain. So we’re giving him glucosamine and pain
meds to help him feel comfortable, just like I’m doing for myself. The biggest challenge he has right now is
that the arthritis in his back is blocking the nerves that alert him to the need to pee. It might sound silly, but if you can’t feel
that you have to pee, you’ll just hold your pee until your bladder gets too full to hold
it all. To make sure he’s not filling up, I’ve
been helping him empty his bladder so he can continue to feel his best and enjoy his day
like he would normally do. It’s actually kind of an easy process and
he’s quite cooperative. He goes into his pee corner, and I put enough
pressure on his bladder that he engages his muscles and he’s able to relieve himself. Now, this might sound excessive to some people,
but when you care for animals who can’t talk and tell you how they’re feeling, the
best way to know how an animal is feeling is to observe their behavior to determine
their quality of life. When I talk about quality of life, I mean
asking the question, “Is this animal living a good life?” With Cas and his medical needs, we’re having
regular vet visits to assess his health and happiness, and this is what we see: he’s
very excited about food, he gets around well on his three legs, and he has good interaction
with Seraphina, his red fox companion. And something wonderful has come out of all
of this. For his entire life, Cas didn’t like any
kind of interaction where I would touch him. When I was first helping Cas relieve himself,
he wasn’t a fan of being touched, but at the end of every session, I would give him
a good rub down on his neck and ears, like you would pet a dog. And after a couple weeks of having to help
him pee, he actually started going to his pee corner on his own and when I’d give
him his neck rubs, he actually leaned his head and ear into me to get more pets. I never thought Cas would enjoy tactile interaction,
but here we are. And I’m finally able to show him affection
in this way and it makes him feel good. That is what caring for animals is all about:
making them feel good and allowing them to live a happy and healthy life, in whatever
capacity that is, for however long they’re with us. It’s been an absolute pleasure being able
to share Cas with classrooms of students and thousands of people who have met him over
the years, and with hundreds of thousands who have seen him in our videos. Cas, you’re a very good boy and I’m glad
we can continue to give you a good life even into your golden years. If you’d like to show Cas your love, head
on over to our Amazon Wish list and send him one of his favorite toys or treats.
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99 thoughts on “Cas the Arctic Fox Is Getting Old

  1. Arctic fox’s are one of my favorite animals and I know you’ve been giving him the best life possible.
    Ps: I’m looking in to getting a parrot, I’ve had a pair of Budgies before and I’m wondering what species to get, thanks!

  2. Aww he’s so cute! Also this is kind of random but how is rook the raven doing? Has he been able to bond and trust you any more than before? Rook is so adorable ❤️

  3. It would be so nice to take him to the Arctic for his final days, or burial. Hopefully, someone at Environment Canada or USFWS is reading this and can make it happen.
    Everyone should read "The Animal Contract".

  4. How do you know when he no longer has a good quality of life? At what point, for Cas or any of the animals in your care, do you consider humane euthanasia?
    Especially for ongoing health conditions/slow deterioration over time, which is what has been happening with my family dog. She’s been hanging in there for a long time, mostly blind and deaf with heart and thyroid problems, but now seems more and more confused and distressed. It’s sad to watch, and I don’t know how we move forward from here.

  5. I am so glad he is still feeling pretty good all things considered.
    But it also makes me sad to know that someday – who knows when but someday – we'll all have to say goodbye to him. 🙁

  6. I wish we could bottle the feeling we get when animals we care for lean into the pet… No matter what happened that day, when my puppy walks up to greet me, then leans in, everything just melts away for that moment and all is right in the universe!

  7. Sounds so much like my Jack Russell Terrier who passed away last year. She never had trouble peeing, but declined in other ways. For the last year or so of her life, she stopped barking.

  8. I'm so glad he gets to be as comfy as possible in his old age and hope he can enjoy every second for as long as possible!

  9. awww, what a sweet little fox

    my only tattoo is an arctic fox paw print to actual size on the left upper side of my back, by my shoulder blade 🙂

  10. I'm glad he's still excited about food! From my experience with any living thing, is that when they start to refuse to eat, it usually means they are getting ready to pass. Seems like he's enjoying his life too much to have that happen quite yet.

  11. Oh my heart! Thank you for caring for Cass, it's intriguing to see just how old Artic Foxs can become if they are in captivity. I'm also fasinated that Seraphina is still cool witb him even though he has physical differences now and slowed down, has it influenced their interactions at all? Made her more dominant/rough perhaps?

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  14. Awww, I love foxes. I've been following your channel for a few years now and I'm still blown away by the amount of attention and detail you give and time and energy you put in caring for these wonderful creatures. I wish Cas all the best in his golden years.

  15. Cas: enjoy every moment of whatever time you still can, sweet boy, and know how much Jessi loves you and what a gift you give her by allowing her to show that, and go peacefully when there's no longer anything here that can outweigh a failing body.

  16. Thank you Jessi for what you do for the animals,I'm so glad they get to live the life that is cared and loved❤️😄

  17. Similar situation with a dog of mine. Shes very old and needs a lot of medication and care but by helping he she seems just as happy as when she was in her prime. Here's hoping Cas lives out the rest of his years in the comfort of your care!

  18. What a beautiful angel you are. I hope one day you'd allow me to volunteer for you if I ever fly over. That's not a creepy thing either!i really love what you do for the animals. Thank u so much

  19. Artic fox normally live 3 years, Cas is 8. Are you sure he's not an Animagus?

    But more seriously, thanks to the peoples are Animal Wonder for being great.

  20. This video is so bittersweet. It's so sad that the lives of arctic foxes are so fleeting. During their first year of life, their bodies experience the same changes that it takes a human 16-20 years to complete. Baby, toddler, childhood, teenager and young adult in the span of one year. After that, they survive on their own, constantly having to hunt voles and lemmings, or scavenging carcasses multiple times a day to get enough calories to sustain their small, warm-blooded bodies in the harsh arctic winds. And if they get hurt or sick or old, they will likely die. And due to climate change, red foxes are invading and outcompeting them in their territories. I guess Cas is the luckiest arctic fox in the world.

  21. I hope his quality of life continues to be good for sometime. I will be so sad for Seraphina when the time does come

  22. Thank you for sharing Cas with us! It's hard seeing your furry friends getting older, but helping them as they age is one more way of saying thank you for all they have done for you.

  23. Serious question: I know from an earlier episode that Seraphina and Cas are very connected. What are the plans to help Seraphina cope when Cas finally passes?

  24. It never crossed my mind the idea that you'd need to help some animals pee in their old age. You guys at Animal Wonders did good works.

  25. Oh, that's amazing!
    I think it happens with older cats too, even if they weren't particularly cuddly earlier then they do enjoy pets and laps more as time goes on.
    It's so interesting to me that you can see the same phenomenon with foxes. I know that dogs evolved with us and get a sweet hormone rush from pet sessions and hanging out, but it's nice to see a massage working on an ordinary level for other animals too.

  26. Awwww. It's a sad, but natural, part of life to realise that all things must end, even ones we love have to grow old and die. That's why we should love them now while we have them. All the love to Cas, the rest of the animals, and your team, Jesse!

  27. At 8 years old, he's about middle aged for a captive fox. Strange that he seems to be aging more rapidly than normal.

  28. You're videos are amazing stress relief, it's nice to watch someone care so well for animals for a few minutes 🙂

  29. Aw.. poor little guy. Interesting to see that he's opened up a bit more to accepting the attention. Probably realizes without you there to help him, things would have been worse off, and appreciates the help. Thanks for the little update, wish them all the best!

  30. I have a 17 year old cat who has lost considerable control of his back legs and has started to grow quite a bit more frail. I use a similar gauge as you. Does he want to eat, does he seem relatively pain-free and does he want affection? Right now, the answers are resoundingly "yes", but if any of them change, I'll have to ask the tougher question…

  31. Awe, this poor baby. I wish I could give him a little hug (except that obviously he wouldn't like that, but still)

  32. This is so interesting and fascinating, words can't express how amazing you guys are and what you do. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  33. Oh my gosh! so cool that you are able to bring this beautiful animal to the youtube world, Arctic foxes are magnificent looks like it's in its winter coat, I have always had a fascination with this animal. <3

  34. Bless you guys! The world needs more people like you, doing such good work for animals and spreading that message, especially to the young generations. Actually gives me hope for the future.

  35. Pain medications will make it hard to pee or poo but I just hope he doesn't have to go through withdrawals and either stays on them or gets slowly tapered off. I am sure he would suffer even if it is in silence

  36. Do you think you could do a video on the reptiles that go into hibernation please. What you do for all your animals and what people can do you their animals that are in hibernation as well please.

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