<h1>How to Keep Your Ferret's Smell Under Control</h1>
While a ferret will make an amazing furry pet, one of the most common complaint is the smell. While their musky odor is evolutionarily linked to survival in the wild, it can be a nuisance for ferret owners when it stinks up their home. Luckily, you are not without options if you own a ferret. Below, we will detail five ferret odor solutions to get rid of ferret smells in your home.
<h2>Bathe and Groom Your Ferret</h2>
One step you can take to reduce your ferret's odor is to bathe them. To do this, use a gentle, preferable ferret-specific shampoo in luke-warm water in either the sink or bath. Try to make bath time relatively quick and monitor the water temperature throughout to ensure your ferret doesn't get too cold. While bathing helps reduce odor, it is important to not bathe your ferret too often to avoid drying out the skin and triggering more oil production.
<h2>Clean the Litter Box Daily</h2>
One of the best habits to develop to get rid of ferret smells is to stay diligent about cleaning the litter box. Ferrets not only incorporate their scent in their skin, but in their urine and feces as well. Luckily, this is something you can easily manage! Daily cleaning of the litter box will work wonders in preventing scent buildup. Develop the habit today and you will thank yourself later, trust me.
Ferret scent develops very easily on bedding. For this reason, we recommend changing out their bedding material regularly, at least once per week and maybe more often if you have a multi-ferret household or have noticed a buildup of smell. Additionally, if you put any blankets or towels in their cage, ensure they are washer/dryer friendly and wash them regularly. It is astonishing how much of the smell we associate with our ferrets can be corrected simply by cleaning up their environment.
<h2>Place Cage Strategically</h2>
One of the easiest ferret odor solutions is placing your ferret's cage in a strategic location, specifically near an air ventilation system. This will promote air flow to exchange any scent developing for fresh, clean air. Stagnant air traps the scent within it and can make it difficult to rid of. If you do not have a well ventilated area of your home to place the cage, another option may be adding in a fan to encourage air flow near the cage.
<h2>Use GoodBye Odor Products</h2>
My final recommendation to limit your ferret's scent is to use GoodBye Odor products. These products come in the form of water additives and even treats that you can feed your ferret! They work wonders to limit bad scent and can be a complete game changer, especially if combined with the strategies listed above. Not to mention, ferrets love the treats, so they are both functional and enjoyable. These affordable products can be purchased online or at many major pet stores.
The bottom line behind all of these strategies comes down to proactivity and cleanliness. By anticipating where scent can build up and having a strategy to combat it, you can prevent smelly problems before they arise. Additionally, no products can replace the benefits of cleanliness. Allowing dirty bedding and litter boxes to go uncleaned, never bathing your ferret, and keeping the cage in a stagnant, poorly ventilated area will cause smell accumulation in no time. By avoiding these problems and using the added benefit of GoodBye Odor products, you can maintain a clean smelling home and a happy ferret!