Foxes are members of the Canidae family which also includes wolves coyotes jackals and dogs. They typically hunt small mammals birds and reptiles but their diet can depend on their location. For example foxes living near the ocean may eat more fish than those living in forests.
Foxes are generally considered beneficial animals because they help keep populations of rodents and other small mammals in check. However in some cases foxes can become a nuisance. They may dig in trash cans or raid chicken coops for food.
In addition foxes may carry diseases that can be harmful to humans such as rabies.
Some people believe that foxes kill more rats than cats do but there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Studies have shown that cats are actually more effective at controlling rat populations than foxes are.