Tips on how to stop ferret odors

@Shababy (141)
United States
January 14, 2007 10:03pm CST
Hi. I have had ferrets for a year and a half. I really enjoy our ferrets and they have become a great addition to our family; however when we first brought them home we really found their odor to be repulsive. I tried a-lot of different things and found some really great things to deter odors. I will list them and hope they work for others who may be experiencing the problems we did and if anyone has any other ideas or things that have worked for them I would love to hear them. I discovered yesterdays news liter. I bought every kind of other litter I could find and none of them seemed to work and yesterdays news did the trick. It can be found a petco. I was using the ferret variety and when I was checking out last time the cashier told me she has cats and uses the same thing and pointed out that they have yesterdays news for cats and it is a much bigger bag for the same price. I was thrilled because I was paying so much for a bag that lasted 2 weeks and this bag lasts about 6 weeks for the same price. The product is wonderful identical and really works you can find it in the cat section at pets mart. It is the same that is used for the ferrets and bunnies or yesterdays news just a larger bag. Also, my ferrets go in the corner of the bottom of their ferret cage but will not use the litter pan. I bought one of those litter pans with the high back they just pull it away from the cage turn it upside down and would use the bathroom on the corner of the cage floor. I have one of those large multilevel cages. What I found worked is I went to walmart and bought two cat litter pans with no lids. They fit perfectly and I took those and covered them with plastic bags as a litter pan liner and then put the yesterdays news in both. The ferrets use one corner of it to use the bathroom and just play in the other side. Twice per week I lift the cage off of the bottom and I remove the trash bag with the litter inside and I place that in another garbage bag and discard it and then recover the litter pan with another bag and add more litter. I never have ferret odors as long as I do this. Also, most ferrets you find have been fixed but they still produce an odor. I learned that it is best to use a ferret friendly shampoo on them allow them to dry and then once per to week to use a dry shampoo. You can also find these at petco they come in raspberry and cucumber melon scents. It makes them keep a very fresh odor. Before I tried this I kept taking the cage apart and washing everything and I could never stop the smell this really stopped my problems. Also, one last thing I thought of. At walmart they have an arm and hammer litter powder that is a deodorizer for cat litter. In between changing the ferret litter I like to sprinkle a-little of this on top of their litter once per day. It makes the entire cage smell super fresh. I hope this helps anyone who is new ferret owner that may have the same problems as I did. And I would love to hear other tips and suggestions others have found. Thanks.
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4 responses
• United States
15 Jan 07
I had a ferret once. The smell was almost unbearable. If you can find the right vet you can have their scent gland removed. Not all vets will do it. We had this done with ours. Its a simple procedure much like a spay or neuter. After that the smell is almost nothing, especially if you bath them regularly. Good luck...they are wonderful pets :)
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Most ferrets already have their scent glands removed when you purchase them. Most ferrets come from Marshal Ferret Farms. You'll know yours is a Marshal ferret because it will have two little dots tattooed on one of their ears. One dot is for scent gland removal, the other is for the spay or neuter that they do before sending them out to the stores.
• United States
21 Jan 07
I wash all their bedding in the washer with detergent. It makes the ferrets smell yummy! As long as I clean the boxes daily, there is no odor. I have 8 ferrets here, and had 11 at one point. I use corn cob bedding now. Yesterday's News was too expensive. I also use Simple Solution to spray down the boxes and wipe them clean. I used Nature's Miracle for awhile, but I don't like the smell of it.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Hi. I miss having a ferret around! Mine had the glands removed, and I found that as long as I kept the cage clean, and bathed her regularly, you really couldn't smell odor. Now, if I could just find a way to keep her from stealing things and hiding them under the couch!
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@quatelmon (957)
• United States
22 Jan 07
There is also something that you can put into their water that prevents their waste from smelling so strongly. Also, it depends on what type of food you feed them. I believe that if there is a lot of fish in the mix, they have a muskier smell (you actually learn to love the smell of ferrets. Any ferret owner will agree. :) ) I have found that Marshall Ferret Food makes them way stinkier. We feed ours Totally Ferret, and the smell has gone down a lot. I do most of the things people have mentioned here, too. We clean their bedding regularly, use a litter similar to "Yesterday's News," bath them every two weeks, and just make sure to keep their cage clean.