Making Your Ferret Smell Good

When dealing with ferrets’ smell, there are two important factors to note. All animals have a distinctive body scent, ferrets included. This is a common knowledge amongst pet owners, and potential buyers should be informed of this very fact. Some people may find the natural scent of a ferret endearing, while others may be mildly repulsed by it. The next thing to note is that ferret owners should bathe their ferrets less frequently, and change their litter and bedding more often.

This may sound paradoxical, but it is actually sound advice. The act of bathing a ferret removes oils from its skin. When a ferret’s skin is deprived of oils, its body works overtime to replenish them, causing the ferret to emit a fouler smell due to the excess oil. The truth of the matter is that ferrets are naturally clean animals, because like cats, they are perpetually grooming themselves.

If you want to diffuse the ferret’s body odor in your house, try using air fragrances. This works best with a ceiling fan, as it will help to circulate the air better.

Tips to Make Your Ferret Smell Better

Feeding your ferret with the right choice of food will help to minimize the ferret smell. Avoid fish products as they are usually the cause of the distinctive ferret odor. Other food products that you should stay clear of are meal, corn and unnatural preservatives.

Purchasing the right beddings for your ferret. Be sure to wash them frequently so as to remove any ferret smell. Use hot water to wash the bedding. Also, use only unscented fragrances because ferrets are highly sensitive and allergic to fragrances.

Bathe your ferret only occasionally. Washing your ferret every two or three months will help it to retain its natural skin oil instead of removing it. When bathing your ferret use pet or baby shampoo. Ferrets may be allergic to special deodorizing shampoos and heavy fragrances, so try not to wash them with these toiletries.

The right cage can help in maintaining your ferret’s natural scent. Frequent cleaning of the cage will help to eliminate any odor. Placing the cage where there’s good ventilation helps as well, but make sure it is not exposed to direct sunlight. Another effective tip is to cover the cage with linoleum pieces.

Intimidating or scaring your ferret will cause it to produce a musky smell. Thus, refrain from giving your pet unnecessary stress. If you have other pets, be sure to keep them away from your ferret so that they cannot frighten your adorable pet.

If your ferret is suffering from bad breath, it is usually a sign of dental problems. To prevent dental problems, brush your ferret’s teeth daily using a specialized pet toothbrush and toothpaste. This will prevent the buildup of tartar, which can be extremely smelly.

Another way to eliminate ferret smell is to clean the litter box. Any solid waste should be removed from the litter box at least twice daily.

Is de-scenting a good idea?Generally, de-scenting a ferret just because the smell is unbearable is not encouraged. The ferret smell is caused by hormones in a ferret that has yet being spayed or neutered. However, once the ferret is de-scented, the odor becomes almost unnoticeable. The remnant of a ferret’s scent is a slight musky odor, which has always been present regardless if the ferret is de-scented or not. Ferrets that are not de-scented release its scent glands when they are alarmed or in a state of excitement, though the smell will quickly dissipate into thin air.

The de-scenting procedure must be performed by a certified veterinarian. The surgery must be properly carried out so as to avoid complications that will harm the ferret for life.

By Laura