How We (Humanely) Got Rid of Pesky Foxes

I have four stray cats who sleep in the garage at night and lately I have noticed an odor coming from their “bedroom” that would simply take your breath away. Being OCD, I have hunted for the source of this odor for weeks. I even started thinking about getting rid of the cats by trapping them with the help of the Havahart® Feral Cat Trap Rescue Kit. I have all but been down on my hands and knees, sniffing the floor for this horrific smell with no avail.

Learning How to Get Rid of Fox Became a Top Priority

Finally, after hours of moving things around and cleaning non-stop all afternoon, my hero of a husband waltzes in and finds the cause of this putrid odor – the garage door. I have been jokingly threatening to get rid of my cats for weeks and it wasn’t even the cats that were spraying! As one of my neighbors was walking by I explained to him what had happened and thinking it was stray cats that would smell my cats in the garage and spray the outside, he takes one whiff and says “that is fox pee!” I knew right then I had to figure out how to get rid of foxes in a hurry!

How to Get Rid of Fox? Pee Is the Key!

It turns out that fox urine is one potent pee and very difficult to get rid of. Imagine cat spray times 50! Yes, that bad! So after a little digging and cleaning, I learned how to get rid of foxes without killing or relocating them. It required a little help from my husband and alot of “water”. I begged my husband to wait until after dark and to go around the house and, well, pee. When the foxes came by and smelled another males urine, they would get scared and run.

So, being the good sport he is, my husband urinated all around our house. This was a week or so ago and thankfully, there has not been one problem since. Of course, he will have to pee around the house a few more times to keep these sly foxes away, but I don’t think he minds. In fact, I think it makes him feel that, because he knows how to get rid of a fox, he’s the king of his castle, literally!

Heather Green is a freelance writer, pet lover and the resident blogger for, a free informational website offering tips and advice on online colleges.

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  • Karen @ Pledging for Change

    I thought this was hilarious. What a great company you have using organic products like this and other tips ….Well done!

    • 8:16 pm - February 7, 2011

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    • admin

      Thank you, Karen! We appreciate your feedback.

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      • 1:43 pm - June 20, 2011

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  • Carrie

    Hi, this is more of a question… at least two. Does this work on female foxes? I have a Mom & two, almost full grown babies. I believe One little Fox is a female, also. What if I can’t get ahold of ‘male’ pee, can I pee in a cup and get the same results? They eat anyt/every thing, I put out for My Birds, Squirrels & outdor Cat. Thanks, Carrie

    • 9:29 am - September 14, 2014

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Carrie! Unfortunately foxes will only stay away if they detect a man’s urine.

      • 3:36 pm - September 15, 2014

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  • Joe McKay

    That is too funny, I am dealing with the same situation.. NOW I have a purpose for peeing outside, besides I cant hold it till I get inside !

    • 11:11 am - November 12, 2015

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  • Roo

    There is no empirical evidence human urine frightens away foxes, especially urban ones.

    In fact, quite the opposite. Human urine often tastes salty, and may possess excess sugars that will, if it does not attract foxes, often attract other vermin such as raccoons and opossums.

    In an urban environment, it is even more likely to attract such creatures. They are more used to people than animals that live in rural areas. Though they might be frightened of humans, they still won’t run away at a whiff of human urine.

    When the urine of an animal frightens away other animals, it is usually because they have experienced long-term predation from that animal and have evolved to fear that particular animal. Humans as they exist now have not been around long enough for the fox to evolve a fear of our urine, and therefore a fox does not have as much reason to fear when it smells human urine compared to when it smells the urine of a wolf.

    With all that said, a dog’s urine is far more effective at deterring foxes. The urine of other fox predators can be bought in stores, as well, and then you won’t run the risk of getting caught pissing on your lawn by your neighbors.

    • 10:10 pm - July 26, 2016

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