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Ferrets :do they smell? Answered

Hiyas i am thinking about getting a pet ferret, is there any way of masking their smell?

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Wheatermay
Wheatermay

8 years ago

A ferret will smell worse and become oily if u bath it too much. They ALWAYS have a musty smell, EVEN when they are descented. One with their scent glands will drop a stink bomb, literally when it is upset, and it smells almost as bad if not just as much as a skunk. Keep bedding clean. But if you cant deal with that musk odor (I LOVE it), then you shouldnt get a ferret.

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LTerminus
LTerminus

9 years ago

bobdole10156's answer is wrong and will result in SEVERE health problems for your pet. Ferrets must be bathed no more than once a month. bathing more often than that makes them smell WORSE(as their skin kicks into overdrive whenever they are washed, producing massive amounts of musk for several days to replace the lost oils), damages their skin, and shortens their lives.

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R.A.T.M
R.A.T.M

9 years ago

yes unless u clean te cage evry 12 hours and giv a bath evry 3 days

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Burf
Burf

9 years ago

Have it de-scented when it is young. Keep them (especially their ears) and their bedding clean, empty the litter box frequently.
Ferrets are gonna have an odor since most of the scent comes from around their head and face which they love to rub against things. But, it isn't overwhelming and if you don't give it the run of the house, you can keep it under control.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 9 years ago

Yes, they're a bit smelly. Then again, my male cat is a bit stinky himself at times. And sometimes so am I, for that matter.

In addition to Burf's suggestions, I believe my friends who keep ferrets also give the critters a bath on a regular basis.

There may be a ferret fanciers' group in your area, and/or your local vets may know folks who keep ferrets and would be glad to talk to you about their needs. I'd suggest that this kind of hands-on experience with the critters is a better place to start than on the Internet.

But there is lots of info on keeping ferrets on the Internet -- and some here on Instructables. Use the search, Luke.

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aeray
aeray

9 years ago

Yes. No.