7 Ways to Get Rid of Your Ferret’s Odor

How to Get Rid of Your Ferret’s Odor

Take time to smell the roses, they say. But with ferrets, that’s another story. Do you want to know how to get rid of your ferret’s odor, or at least minimize it? Here are some tips that can be helpful in dealing with this problem so you’ll come home to a nicer-smelling ferret.

1. Frequency of Bathing

Common sense dictates that bathing makes a clean pet, but this is not necessarily so with ferrets. Bathing them will get rid of your ferret’s odor initially, but because the ferret will secrete oils after washing them, the smell will return after 1 or 2 weeks and will even be stronger than before. Therefore, bathing them once every two or three months would be enough.

2. Get the Right Bedding

Change your ferret’s bedding once a week. Your ferret will appreciate freshly laundered items that are not heavily scented with scented detergents or fabric softeners.  The primary goal here is to give your ferret bedding that doesn’t smell rather than one that smells.

3. Clean the Litter Boxes

Scoop your ferret’s litter pan every day because it gets messy very quickly, especially if more than one ferret is using it. Scrub it with soap and water once a week. This may be a tough job, but it’s better not just to have a good-smelling ferret but bacteria-free too.

4. Provide a Proper Diet

You should give your ferret dry foods that are high in animal protein and fats and low in fiber. Preservatives, artificial flavors, and low-quality fats will produce extra-stinky eliminations.  (Rule of thumb: if the food stinks, your pet will stink, too.)

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5. Cages and Accessories

You probably think pet cages have nothing to do with your ferret’s smell, right? Think again. Ferrets need large enclosures, and please, no aquariums.  Make sure your ferret cage has proper ventilation. Do not put it directly under the sun, even if it has a cover. Cover wired floors with linoleum. For accessories, food and water bowls should be attached to the side of the cage and fill them only half-way, so your ferret won’t spill its contents. A fitted litter box is recommended, too.

6. Smelly Ears and Bad Breath

When proper care is neglected, a waxy build-up in the ear may develop and dental problems may become a problem, thus leading to a smelly and uncomfortable ferret.  To clean the ears, use a cotton swab with an ear-cleaning solution and for the teeth, brush them regularly with a special pet toothbrush and toothpaste.

7. Avoid Frightening Experiences

De-scented or not, a ferret can still produce a slightly musky aroma when stressed or scared. Always protect them from dangerous places or threatening animals. Even children can scare a ferret. Always make their playtime a good and safe time for them.


“7 Ways to Get Rid of  Your Ferret’s Odor”

Guest WriterAkinbobola Akinwemoye is  a passionate livestock farmer, pet lover, and editor of Livestocking.net

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