Ferrets may be cute, cuddly, and amusing to watch, but they sure can smell bad! How in the world are you supposed to cut back on all those stinky smells in your home?
Fortunately, cutting back on ferret odors isn’t as difficult as you might think. Here are some tips from a professional veterinary clinic on ways to keep your house smelling like home, not your pet’s personal toilet.
Watch his diet
Your ferret’s odor starts on the inside, so that’s where you should start too. That means choosing a high-quality diet that is formulated especially for your furry friend.
Ferrets eat meat and nothing else, but that doesn’t stop pet food companies from loading their kibble with fillers that include corn, wheat, and sugar. If you don’t want your critter to smell, it is important not to feed him anything his body can’t process.
Look for food that lists meat as the first ingredient and contains 35% to 40% protein and around 19% fat.
Clean the litter box, then clean it again
Getting your ferret’s diet under control will reduce odors in your home, but waste smells, no matter how you spin it. To further reduce the bad smells in your home, you’re going to have to clean the litter box, and you’re going to have to clean it often.
You definitely need to clean the litter box more often than you clean the rest of the cage. Scoop the box no less than once a day, but twice a day is best. Just make sure you leave a little bit of waste behind so your pet knows where to go potty!
To keep things even more fresh, replace the litter once a week.
Wash bedding regularly
Bedding is often overlooked, but it can quickly soak up the natural oils on your ferret’s skin, which can make the cage smell over time.
To keep bacteria from developing in the first place, plan to wash bedding at least once a week. This is also a good time to wash other toys and accessories in the cage.
Although bathing may seem like a good solution to your ferret’s odor, it can actually make him smell worse! If you’re still struggling, your local veterinary clinic can provide you with more tips.