As ferret parents, we all know ferrets smell. While some people don’t mind the musky odor, and a few actually like it, most of us could do without it. This characteristic of ferrets, unfortunately, leads to many ferrets being left in cages or in need of a new home.
As ferret lovers, we try to keep the odor under control but accept it as being inevitable with having a ferret or ferrets as part of the family.
If you are willing to put forth the effort (which is not as much as you may think), you can be surprisingly successful at getting rid of ferret smells. The key is to attack odor at all the sources with the appropriate methods and products.
The Key to Getting rid of ferret smells is getting rid of ferret smells everywhere. The more areas and sources of odor you treat on a regular basis, the less odor there will be. If one area smells like a ferret, it will transfer to other areas.
Getting Rid of Ferret Smells
The first step is to treat the source of the ferret smell—the ferret! Since ferrets should not be bathed frequently, this can pose a problem. However, there is a solution. This solution has 3 parts: Ferret Waste Odor Eliminator, Ferret Odor Eliminating Shampoo, and Ferret Odor Eliminating Coat Spritz.
Ferret Waste Odor Eliminator
Marshall Pet GoodBye Natural Waste Deodorizer is an effective odor eliminator that you put in your ferret’s water. It’s made with natural ingredients and internally deodorizes a ferret’s waste, urine and body odors.
8 In 1 Ferretsheen 2-in-1 Deodorizing Shampoo uses micro-encapsulated enzymes to destroy ferret odors. It has aloe vera and jojoba oil that leaves your ferret’s coat shiny and healthy.
Ferret Odor Eliminating Coat Spritz
Marshall Ferret 8-Ounce Daily Spritz helps control odors while enhancing the ferret’s coat color and appearance with a blend of conditioners, aloe vera, odor modifiers and neutralizers.
Getting Rid of Ferret Smells
The second step to getting rid of ferret smells is to get rid of odors in the cage, bedding, toys and anything else your ferret comes in contact with. Cleaning and deodorizing the cage and litter box frequently with an effective Cage Cleaner is essential. But cleaning and deodorizing ferret bedding and toys (especially anything made of fabric) is equally important in getting rid of ferret smells. Using an effective laundry additive and spot cleaner frequently can make a big difference.
I change my ferrets’ bedding and fabric toys once a week. I wash them in lingerie bags in the washing machine. I first turn them inside out and spray them with the spot cleaner. If I can’t turn them inside out, I apply the spot cleaner wherever it will reach. I do this right away—even if I am not going to wash them until days or weeks later. When I wash them, I add the laundry additive to the washing machine with the laundry detergent. Before putting them in the dryer (on low) I check to make sure there is no residual odor. If there is, I wash them again–using the same procedure. If you put them in the dryer with odors–they will likely be set in. If this happens, I discard the bedding or toy and get new ones.
Kaytee Clean Cage Safe Deodorizer is a non-toxic cage cleaner and deodorizer that contains a unique combination of environmentally safe cleansing agents plus odor control properties to safely clean your ferret’s cage, accessories and non-fabric toys.
Bedding and Fabric Toy Laundry Additive
Nature’s Miracle Laundry Boost is a laundry additive and pre-treatment for stain and odor removal. Bio-enzymes work on tough ferret stains and odors while odor-locking technology works to permanently remove odor.
Spot Cleaner for Bedding and Fabric Toys
Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator is a professional-strength bio-enzymatic stain and odor remover that releases active bacteria that feed on organic material. It gets out stains; plus, it eliminates the odor deep down within the fabric.
The third step in getting rid of ferret smells is to treat any areas, such as carpet and furniture, that have odors and can’t be washed in the washing machine. Using an effective Spot Cleaner on these areas addresses these odors. Be sure to treat any area that your ferret has accidentally used as a litter box n the past.
Spot Cleaner for Carpet and Upholstery
The Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator is an effective stain and odor remover for carpets and upholstery too. Because it eliminates the odor deep down within carpets and fabrics, it can discourage a ferret from using the same spot on the carpet as a litter box.
As with all products, make sure to follow the directions on the package and test carpet and upholstery before treating.
Using the methods and products described here, you can be surprisingly successful at effectively getting rid of ferret smells. But you must be diligent. There are no shortcuts to getting rid of ferret smells!
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