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One of the more common battles with ferrets is trying to control the
odor issue. Here are a few suggestions that will help to maintain
a fresh and clean ferret and his home.
· Feed a high quality ferret food, not cat food, which not only
is more beneficial for the ferret, but will also cut down on odor and
waste because of better digestibility.
· Good grooming practices will also help with odor problems.
Weekly to monthly bathings (not more frequently than once a week) will
help decrease the ferret’s body odor and will benefit the skin and
coat. Be sure to use a mild ferret specific shampoo and crème
rinse so as to not strip the essential oils and dry out the skin. They
usually have a fresh smelling residual scent to help with the odor. There
are several spray conditioners that also have a pleasant scent for use
in between bathings. Even regular brushing will help control odor
by removing the loose and dead hair and will also help prevent hairballs.
· Cleaning the litter box daily and changing the litter frequently
(once a week) will tremendously help with the odor.
· Washing the ferret’s cage accessories on a regular basis
(once a week) will help also. Their scent easily transfers onto
their hammocks, beds, blankets, toys, etc. Most are machine washable
but be careful not to use a harsh detergent which might cause skin irritation
or respiratory problems.
· Cleaning the ferret’s home, litter pan, shelves, ramps,
etc. frequently will help also. There are many enzyme-based cleaners
on the market that will help with stain and odor problems. The natural
enzymes seem to eat the stain and odor instead of just masking the smell.
Try to avoid ammonia-based cleaners as they might make the urine odor
worse. As with all cleaners be sure to follow the instructions and
rinse or allow it to dry well before reintroducing the ferret.
· Cleaning and vacuuming the areas in the house where they like
to hide out or sleep and around their home will help reduce their residual
· If the ferret is still intact, spaying or neutering will help
with excessive smell.
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