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Do ferrets REALLY smell that bad??

Discussion in 'Exotic Mammals' started by adjecyca, May 5, 2014.

  1. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    I really really want a ferret, but my lover says no because he thinks it will stink up the house, we have a male rat and i tell him just like with the rat if you keep the cage clean it probably will not stink up the house. He does not believe me because of his brothers ferrets but when i visit them the ferrets ALWAYS have lots of shit in the cage, so obviously they wont smell good. I think if some ferret owners told him that they don't smell that bad he would change his mind... He is open to ALLL animals EXCEPT ferrets which is something i have wanted really badly for an extremely long time.. Do ferrets do better in pairs?
  2. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    Yes they do better the more you have. Keeping just one is a nightmare and I have heard that if you have 2 and one of them passes its really hard on the other one because they become so bonded. I believe it because of the pair I had when I was younger.

    The smell... well, they do have a musky odor to them but you have to hold them up to your nose to smell it. They don't stink up the place if you are diligent about keeping things clean. With the four I have, I have 4 litterboxes. The one they use the most gets cleaned daily. The rest every few days. Any blankets you give them should be washed to keep down the smell because their oils get all over them.

    My room doesn't smell all that great because the vent in here sucks. I can't close my door during the summer because it gets so hot in here. I have an air purifier and several deodorizing plug ins to try to battle it. When I was in my apartment though, I didnt notice it at all. Hell, their cage was right next to the kitchen and they were allowed to roam for a few hours every day too. It didnt stink.

    So, well venilated rooms, washing bedding weekly or biweekly, daily litterbox cleaning and they won't stink lol.
  3. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Just gonna break it down:

    -Ferrets generally do better in groups as they are social but having a single ferret will not be the end of the world for it, provided he gets lots of attention from you. But I do mean lots. Tbh, I would get more than one
    -Ferrets do have a distinctive smell. As a general rule, boys are smellier. However how much they smell has a lot of factors, such as what they are fed, if they are fixed, how clean the cage is, and how often they are bathed. IMO ferrets on good food smell better than ferrets on crappy food, and ferrets on raw smell even better
  4. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    Yes lol they are smelly!
    Had them once loved them but never again.
  5. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Depends on what you are feeding them, raw fed ferrets will smell the least, ferrets on any diet kept clean aren't terrible but they do have that musky smell. Intact ferrets have a stronger odor as well. Generally yes ferrets do better in groups although some are loners but they do need a lot of attention and enrichment to be happy. I just lost my old girl and am down to one and he is bored on his own, it's a lot of work on my part trying to keep him amused but at this point I am done getting ferrets, they are far too expensive and heartbreaking for me. Keep in mind the smell is not the only problem with ferrets, they are pretty messy and can be destructive to furniture and carpeting. We have a bedroom set up as a ferret room, no carpet (holds odor) but plastic liners down for accidents, they aren't 100% at littertraining like a cat is.
  6. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    All but one of mine are awesome with using the litterbox. But it was a matter of covering every possible place of opportunity with blankets lol
  7. Makena95GT

    Makena95GT Puppy

    Most people who have ferrets and say they don't have a smell.. Its because they are used to it lol every home I've walked into that has had a ferret.. I caught the hint of it right when I walked in. Not a huge noticeable thing.. But its def there. Subtle but kinda nasty

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  8. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    All I know is even at the pet store, the cage stinks. I went over the cage the other day to peek in and man it stunk! And the cage was clean. I'm sure they clean it more often than a regular household.
  9. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    If youre talking about Petco and assuming its set up the same way in every store... Part of it is the food they feed them. Its horrible! The other part is that bedding they use absorbs smells really bad and the cages are poorly ventilated. A fish tank type cage with holes in the top of it is a horrible environment for them, even temporarily.
  10. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Pet stores always feed Marshalls which is a pretty crappy food and high in fish so it really makes ferrets reek! I was feeding a high end mix of kibble to my four and took in my friends three fed cheap kibble-they flipping stunk so bad for like 6 months! I love ferrets obviously but not a fan of greasy stinky poorly kept ones, they feel gross, they smell gross, it's not their fault but it's a turnoff. The male I rescued a couple years ago, his coat was super rough and he reeked, everyone in my family commented on it because it was night and day compared to mine. Diet is so important for odor control and their health.

    Hannibal about 2 weeks after I got him-went straight on raw

    Hannibal now
  11. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    yes I was speaking of Petco and yes it sounds like the same set up LOL
  12. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    isn't there a way to have them "descented?"
    Last edited by a moderator: May 8, 2014
  13. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Most pet store ferrets already are. Doesn't matter, they will still have a distinctive smell
  14. krstdgrgr

    krstdgrgr Puppy

    The last 3 dogs that I have had each had a ferret, I never had more than one at a time and they were all Sterling Silver (blond).
    I scoop the litter twice a day, they don't go a lot, the urine isn't strong. FYI.... ferrets and rats are not friends, rats are food. That aside, they play great with dogs. Descented.... bull, most ferrets near me come from Marshall Farms, tattoo mark behind the ears, they're all neutered and descented, I guess they Really stink in the wild. It's a must smell, not too strong at all, it comes from the oil in the skin, more than one ferret increases excitement and smell. Don't bath them too often, they excrete the oils to moisturize the skin. Mine all ate Kitten chow, NeutraStat, and dog treats. They are fun, easy, and listen better then the dogs.
  15. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member

    The smell is manageable. They are very high maintenance animals but can be very worth it if you put in the time.

    For the smell you have to clean the litterbox at least twice a day. They make spray on dry shampoos and lotions that help inbetween biweekly bathes. They also have scented wipes. The fed is a big thing too if you want to keep down smell. I feed purina naturals chicken indoor food. I rarely smell our Tink unless I'm holding her and even then its mildly musty. They are a big responsibility but they are very fun pets. Smart animals that are highly trainable.


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