How to Get Rid of the Smell & Odor of Ferrets

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The ferret (Mustela putorius) is a type of carnivorous mammal often raised as a pet. Ferrets are popular as pets because they are intelligent and can be trained to do tricks. Like many house pets, ferrets should be properly cleaned and managed to avoid odor problems. Proper care will not only keep your pet ferret happy but will also keep your home smelling fresh and clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Ferret food
  • Ferret litter box and litter
  • Ferret grooming supplies
  • Fan
  • Sponge and liquid dish soap
  • Switch your ferret to a pet food formulated specifically for ferrets. Though some ferret owners feed their ferrets cat food, an improper diet can cause poor digestion and foul smells in the ferret's excrement.

  • Remove waste material from the ferret's litter box every day. Once a week, empty out all of the litter, and replace with fresh litter material. Poorly managed litter boxes are one of the most common sources of overwhelming ferret odor.

  • Groom your ferret. Brush your ferret twice a week to remove excess hair. Shampoo the ferret with a ferret cleanser once every week. The ferret secretes natural oils that can have a strong smell.

  • Increase ventilation in the room in which the ferret is living. Odor can accumulate quickly in enclosed spaces that have little to no air movement. Open a window or run a fan directed above or below the ferret cage. Do not direct the fan at the cage, nor place the cage directly below a window, as ferrets do not enjoy cold drafts or sudden temperature fluctuations.

  • Clean the ferret's cage and toys. The ferret may rub itself against its cage and playthings to mark its territory with its scent. Scrub its toys and cage with diluted liquid dish soap and a sponge. Rinse thoroughly and air dry before placing the ferret back in the cage.

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