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How to Reduce Ferret Odor
Ferrets are adorable and charming critters, but the number one complaint about them is their smell. With a little effort, you can keep your fuzzy friend from offending the nose. Grooming and bathing your ferret regularly can help to keep them smelling fresh. Cleaning your ferret’s box and cage is another way to reduce odors. Continue to feed your ferret a high-protein diet and meet with your vet if you believe that your ferret’s odor may be linked to a health problem.
Keeping Your Ferret Clean
Bathe your ferret once a month at most.Fill the bottom of your tub up enough to cover your ferret’s body while leaving its head above the water. The temperature should be just slightly warmer than lukewarm. Scrub your ferret with a ferret-safe shampoo purchased from your local pet store or vet.
- Never use a human shampoo or conditioner on your ferret, as these can be toxic to them.
- Bathing your ferret too frequently can actually remove natural oils from their skin and make their odor stronger. Unless your ferret is excessively dirty, bathing it once a month is usually sufficient and healthy.
Clean your ferret’s ears on a weekly basis.Pour a small amount of ear cleaning solution into a bowl. Dip the end of a single cotton swab into the liquid. Then, hold your ferret firmly and rub the swab along its outer ear. Move the swab deeper into the ear canal, slightly rotating it as you clean.
- Ear cleaning solution is available for purchase at most pet stores.
- Swirling the swab around keeps you from pushing any wax deeper into the ear canal. As each swab gets dirty, replace it with a fresh one.
- Part of the end of the swab should always stay visible, even while you are cleaning your ferret’s inner ear. Otherwise, you risk going too deep and damaging the ear.
Brush your ferret’s teeth once a week.Purchase a soft toothbrush and toothpaste designed for cats or kittens. Hold your ferret carefully in your lap and use a single hand to pull up the gums on a single side of your ferret’s mouth. Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on to the brush. Place the brush against your ferret’s gums and rotate in small circles.
- Your ferret may not like getting its teeth brushed at first. Try to start off slow by only doing a few teeth at a time.
- If you are worried about getting bitten by your ferret, talk to your vet about bringing it in for professional teeth cleanings.
Spay or neuter your ferret at 4 months of age.Once your ferret reaches its maturity, then its hormones will go into overdrive. This can result in an uptick in the odor of both males and females. Spaying or neutering can reduce your ferret’s potential marking and make them healthier overall.
- Female ferrets who are not spayed can actually develop anemia over time from repeated heat cycles.
- Neutering a male ferret can lead to an increased risk of adrenal gland disease. Discuss the pros and cons of neutering with a veterinarian.
Maintaining a Clean Environment
Train your ferret to use the litter box.Watch to see where your ferret goes to the restroom when in the cage. Place the litter box in this same location. Then, put a few fresh droppings into the box, so that it smells like a restroom for your ferret. Most ferrets will quickly start using the box.
- If your ferret refuses to use the box, then experiment with changing out the litter to another type of plant fiber.
- A litterbox trained ferret will usually only have a few accidents, which will lessen overall odors.
Clean the litter box daily.Use a scoop to pick out the soiled pelleted paper or granules from your ferret’s box. Leave a few droppings behind each time so that your ferret will continue to use the box consistently. When the box seems low on paper or granules add some fresh ones.
- Don’t move the litterbox after cleaning it or your ferret might stop using it.
- Only use pelleted paper or granules for your ferret’s box. Clay pellets are dangerous for ferrets if ingested.
Scrub out your ferret’s cage once a month.Remove the litter box, toys, and any other items from your ferret’s cage and take it outside. Use dish soap and water to scrub the cage down. Let it dry outside and use this time to wipe down the box and toys.
- Coated wire cages have a tendency to stay cleaner than wooden ones. The wood often absorbs odors over time.
- It’s also important to clean out your ferret’s cage if stale food, for example, gets attached to the surface.
Launder your ferret’s bedding on a weekly basis.Your ferret probably loves its sleep sack or hammock. However, the fabric can accumulate odors over just a few days and become quite stinky. Take it out of the cage and follow the fabric’s directions for cleaning.
- You’ll need to use hot water and unscented laundry detergent to clean most ferret fabrics. This is especially important since some ferrets are allergic to scented cleaners.
Dust and vacuum your home weekly.When your ferret runs around your home playing, they are likely transferring oils from their body on to your furniture, rugs, carpet, and other furnishings. This means that their musky scent can linger on items for an extended period of time unless cleaned away. Mopping your floor and vacuuming can help to pull up and remove these odors.
- It’s also sometimes easiest to limit your ferret to a couple of animal-proofed rooms that you clean regularly.
Place a solid odor-reducing product out of your ferret’s reach.Powdered or airborne deodorizers can harm your ferret’s lungs or skin due to their chemical composition. Instead, position a solid deodorizing item in a ferret-proof area of the room, such as high up on a bookshelf. If you can find a deodorizing product made from natural ingredients, such as lemons, that is even better.
Keeping Your Ferret Healthy
Feed your ferret a high-protein diet.Ferret food can be purchased at your local pet store. Look for a food that lists a lean meat, such as chicken, as the first ingredient. Avoid food that contains a high amount of fat, grains, vegetables, or fruits. Feeding your ferret the right food can result in less smelly stools.
- Foods that contain sugar or corn products should also be avoided. They often cause digestive upset and offer no nutritional benefits.
- Some people feed their ferrets fish since it is a lean meat. But, it can lead to odorous stools.
Talk to your vet if you are concerned about a potential health problem.If your ferret has changed its activity level or seems lethargic, then make a vet appointment. The same thing goes if your ferret is no longer eating or looks unhealthy. Even if your ferret is healthy you should still make yearly vet appointments.
- For example, anal gland blockages or adrenal disease can increase your ferret’s odor. Both conditions are treatable with prescription medication.
Consider a scent gland surgery only in the most extreme situations.Many vets now consider de-scenting surgery to be a cosmetic procedure. The surgery itself can also be painful and present potential complications. Your vet will usually only suggest surgery if your ferret’s glands are infected or another problem arises.
QuestionDoes a ferret need sunscreen?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, sunscreen contains chemicals that may be harmful to your ferret. The ferret's fur is all the protection it needs from the sun.Thanks!
QuestionWhy is my ferret's coat changing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIn different seasons, his coat will change slightly. Your ferret's coat may also change because he is getting older. A young ferret's coats will change up until about 12 weeks when their color should stay pretty much the same. If your ferret looks sort of yellow or orange, this may be an indication of poor health or diet and you may want to consult a vet.Thanks!
QuestionHow often should my ferret be out of its cage?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAbout 6 hours a day. The ferret needs time to play, and stretch.Thanks!
QuestionDo ferrets smell worse individually if there are two or more in the same cage?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNot really, you'll just have to clean the cage more frequently if you have two of them.Thanks!
QuestionCan I spritz my ferrets lightly with lemon water to lighten their odor?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. This could get in their eyes and nose. Ferrets are meant to smell musky, there is really nothing you can do about it. It might make your ferret smell good for about a day, then they'll go right back to smelling musky.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get the smell of the ferret off my hands?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWash your hands with soap and warm water. Dish soap usually has a pretty strong scent, so this should work well for your purpose.Thanks!
QuestionDoes my ferret need a cage?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but it shouldn't be in the cage all day. The size of the cage also depends on how many ferrets you have, and how much time you have to spend with your ferret. Just do as much research as you can!Thanks!
QuestionMy ferrets are laying down a lot, what do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFerrets sleep a good majority of their day. They tend to be like toddlers who run until they basically pass out. If you are truly worried that they are ill, consult your vet.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you get your parents to get a ferret if they really don't like them?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt all depends on the reason they don't like them. If allergic, then don't get one. If they just simply don't like them, you should wait until you get your own place.Thanks!
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