- Any animal, regardless of breed or size, will naturally stink if improper hygiene is practiced. For ferrets, bad odor is one of the things owners should always keep in check. As cute as they are, ferrets have a tendency to smell bad most especially when they are not cleaned the proper way. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to prevent foul ferret odor while promoting better overall health.
Regular Baths for Ferret Odor
Similar to humans, ferrets have oil glands that secrete oil to help them maintain healthy fur and coating. The oil produces an odor that is not so appealing for most people. This is the reason why ferrets with dry skin and problems with coating produce more oil, thus they tend to be smellier.
An effective solution to this odor problem is to give them baths when excessive smell and dirt are happening, which will remove accumulated oil from the fur and prevent formation of odor causing bacteria. However, daily bath is not recommended especially for owners living in cold environment. Daily bathing may cause health issues such as colds and chills and excessive drying of skin due to soap residue.
In addition, always make sure to use warm water when bathing your ferret to eliminate risk of hypothermia. It is also important to use soap that is specifically made for ferret’s sensitive skin and coating. When your ferret’s skin becomes irritated or dried, its natural instinct is to produce more odor causing oil.
If you want to keep your furry friend smelling fresh all day without daily baths, use deodorizing spray made specifically for ferrets. This spray will maintain the proper moisture needed by your pet’s coating while fighting the odor produced by the oil glands.
Daily Cage Cleaning
Regular baths will not work if you don’t clean your pet’s cage daily. Aside from its natural ferret odor, foul smell is most likely caused by leftover food and stool that come in contact with your pet’s skin. Just imagine the bacteria and germs that transfer from the stool to the ferret’s coat every time you forget to clean the cage.
An effective way to address this problem is always remove left over foods after every meal. In addition, immediately clean the litter box after your pet pees or poops. Doing this will not only keep your pet smelling fresh and clean, but will also prevent developing various sickness and diseases.
Aside from the litter box, regular cleaning of your pet’s sleeping bed and mattings must also be practiced.
Ferret food also plays a crucial part in ferret odor. Giving foods that are unhealthy for your pet will not only lead to health issues, but will also develop dry and scaly coating. When given too sugary and acidic food items, excessive oil with foul odor will likely be produced by the oil glands. On the other hand, giving healthy food alternatives such as high quality formulated ferret pellets from premium brands will promote healthier coating and proper function of the oil glands.
In addition, make sure that your chosen brand of ferret pellets are made with fresh and healthy ingredients. Buying cheap and untrusted ferret food brands puts your ferret at various health risks. There are many cases wherein some ferrets developed skin diseases and coating issues due to ferret food brands that contain chemicals and other harmful ingredients. To be on the safe side, do not buy brands that are suspiciously under-priced. Buying from reputable pet shops is also a good idea. In the end, it is better to spend a few more dollars in favor of trusted ferret food brands than to spend hundreds more in medical bills.
Fresh and Clean Water
Aside from proper food items, constant supply of fresh and clean water promotes heathy skin, thus excessive production of odor causing oil is prevented. In addition, when your pet is hydrated properly, various health issues are prevented and the digestive system functions at optimum level.
Although fresh water must be constantly available, it is not recommend to leave a water filled basin on its cage. Water in an open environment can easily accumulate bacteria and viruses, which will surely lead to many health problems. The best solution to this problem is to remove and replace left over water with a fresh batch every now and then.