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Ferret News #115: There She Blows! (ferret shedding) & That Stinks! (ferret smell)
April 15
, 2009

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  • That Stinks!

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There She Blows!
Ferret Shedding

By Mary R. Drews

It happens every spring. You go to sleep one night after checking on your plump fluffy ferret and you wake up the next morning to find a skinny, shaggy ferret lying next to enough loose fur to make a whole army of ferrets. Well, maybe it's not that dramatic, but ferret shedding certainly seems that way.

In addition to the mess that shedding ferrets make, there are some health concerns, too. Ferrets can easily get fur caught in their digestive tracts due to grooming themselves or their cage-mates while shedding. So at this time of year it's especially important to make sure you give all your ferrets hairball remedy. Yes, even the ferrets who aren't shedding.

Other ways to help prevent hairballs in your shedding ferrets are:

  • Bathe the shedding ferret(s) to remove loose fur (See also Issue #42 & Issue #75)
  • Brush the shedding ferret(s) to remove loose fur (See Issue #55)
  • Wash ferret bedding (blankets and hammocks) more frequently than usual

For more on ferret hairballs and intestinal blockage in ferrets, see Issue #65.

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That Stinks!
Ferret Smell

By Mary R. Drews

Many people love the way ferrets smell. No, really! There's a sort of musky, sensual smell to some ferrets that can be appealing. But then there's the ... um ... stink.

One of the culprits in ferret smells is the litter box. Litter boxes will have not only the waste odors, but also the musky odor that some people find unpleasant. Obviously, keeping all your litter boxes clean will help reduce or even eliminate the odors. But some ferrets just make more stink than other ferrets and can make it difficult to keep up with odor control.

Fortunately, there are products you can choose to help control ferret litter box odors. One of these is plain old baking soda. Mix in some with your ferret's litter. You may also try Nature's Miracle litter treatment, which helps deodorize the litter box.

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Cleaning and replacing litter boxes regularly will also help to reduce ferret odors.

Although it might be tempting to purchase a perfumed litter for your ferret's litter box, it's not a good idea. Most of the perfumes will serve only to create a weird smell that brings attention to the unpleasant odor instead of eliminating it.

More important, ferrets have a somewhat delicate respiratory system and perfumed litters can cause health problems. Your best option is to keep things as clean as possible and use only safe products for your ferret.


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-- Mary


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