Getting Rid of Ferret Odor with GoodBye Odor

GoodBye Odor for Ferret-Odor Control – A Must Have Ferret Product

So I was gone to Colorado throughout the month of October. The purpose of this trip was to GoodBye Odor for Ferret Odorhelp out my older son and his wife during and right after the birth of their third child, my fifth grandchild. (They were really hoping for a son, but got another, a third, daughter instead.) And I left my four ferrets in the care of my husband for nearly five weeks!

Actually, though, he did a good job. He fed and watered them daily and cleaned the cage regularly. And when I got home, my fuzzy babies were healthy, happy, and sassy – and ready to get out and spend some play time with me. So I really have no complaints there.

But what he didn’t do was order needed ferret supplies on time.

And that means that shortly after I got back home, we ran out of GoodBye Odor. Then, we hit a bit of a tight money spot and had to postpone ordering for a couple more weeks. The ferret smell let me know daily that we had run of this product that I consider essential for ferret care.

But now we again have some GoodBye Odor for Ferrets – my husband can be a good boy at times – and the ferret smell has subsided substantially. The difference between before and after was markedly noticeable. I just can’t say enough about this product, and I absolutely refuse to run out again.

I usually buy the 32 oz. pump bottle because it costs less than buying the smaller bottles and I don’t want to buy the big jug. I just add it so my fuzzies’ water – about 9 pumps to a 20 oz. water bottle – and the smell that some people find offensive is kept to a very low level. My babies don’t even seem to notice that I’ve added it to their water. It simply works.

My husband is now aware – after some “encouragement” on my part – that he has to order GoodBye Odor when I tell him it’s time. It’s a pretty good arrangement all around.

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Ferret Odor Revisited

If you’ve owned a pet ferret for any length of time, then you’re no doubt acquainted with your pet’s distinctive, um, ferret odor. A ferret’s unique scent can sometimes be a problem for new owners of pet ferrets. Fortunately, you have a few options if you dislike having a “stinky Ferret Odor Solutionslinky.”

First, keep in mind that a ferret’s scent is simply a natural part of its existence. Ferrets, being related to skunks, have scent glands located near the anus (although a pet ferret doesn’t use her glands for defense the way a skunk does). Usually, these glands are removed when the ferret is quite young (generally at the same time it is being spayed or neutered). And if you got your ferret from a pet store it has most likely been “de-scented.”

But in some countries removing the scent glands is considered to be abusive and therefore not performed. If you are adopting a pet ferret from outside the US, be sure to find out whether the animal has been de-scented.

If your pet has not been de-scented, he may release a distinctive (and pretty strong) musk-like odor when excited, afraid, or angry. But once your ferret has calmed down, the smell usually dissipates fairly quickly.

Removing the scent glands will eliminate most of the musky ferret odor. It may recur, however, if you don’t take care of your ferret properly. And this happens because ferrets have oil glands that also emit a musky odor.

While it may seem counterintuitive, you should NOT bath your ferret frequently to control this ferret odor. Too much bathing will actually make the problem worse because frequent baths will wash away the natural oils that actually help protect your fuzzy’s health. Bathe your ferret no more than about once a month.

(Also be aware that a persistent, strong ferret smell could signal that its teeth and/or ears could use some cleaning.  If the problem persists after you’ve thoroughly cleaned these areas, you should take your pet ferret see her vet.)

Now, while most ferret owners adjust to their fuzzies’ unique “odor,” other members of the family often do not. Family (and friends) may complain about this smell. But not to worry – this ferret odor can be controlled (though not eliminated entirely) quite easily.

You can control pet ferret odor with a product called GoodBye Odor for Ferrets. I use it because it works – and I wouldn’t be without it.

Getting Rid of Ferret Odor – GoodBye Odor, Does it Work?

I was asked on this blog whether GoodBye Odor, a product for reducing ferret odor, works. Short answer: Yes, it does.

I was very skeptical at first. The owner of the pet store (the only one in our town) swore by itFuzzy Ferrets Playing and said it was a very popular item with her ferret-owner customers. So, I decided to give it a try.

At first, I bought just the 8 oz. bottle of GoodBye Odor, which lasted about a month. When it ran out, I didn’t get more for about 3 to 4 weeks. It wasn’t intentional – I just kept forgetting to get more when I went to town.

And I always got mad at myself for forgetting. About 4 days after I ran out of GoodBye Odor, I noticed that Rikki’s litter box and even her body really stank – even though I cleaned her litter box every day and did a complete cage cleaning once a week.

You just don’t realize how bad the ferret smell is till you run out of GoodBye Odor. It doesn’t get rid of ferret odor completely, but the odor isn’t nearly as strong or as noticeable.

After experiencing the weeks without GoodBye Odor, I tried not to run out of it again. Now that I have two fuzzy babies, the smell has doubled. And you can bet your bottom dollar I won’t run out now!

So does GoodBye Odor work? In my opinion, yes, it does – quite well.

Bath Time for Your Ferret

Ferret at Bath TimeFerret bath time? That’s a terrifying thought – for both me and my little fuzzy kids!

Actually, you really shouldn’t bathe your ferrets very often. My vet and all the books I have read (Ferrets for Dummies is a great one) suggested bathing a ferret only a few times a year.

Bathing your fuzzy kid too often is actually not good. Bathing takes the natural oil out of the skin and the hair. And frequent bathing causes dry, flaky skin and coarse fur.

When you do bathe your fuzzy kid, use a shampoo that is gentle on your ferret. There are shampoosPanda Ferret Ready for Bath out there for ferrets, but I use baby shampoo on Rikki and Possum. In fact, my vet said that baby shampoo is the safest for ferrets, and it doesn’t dry out their skin. In my opinion, it makes them smell better, and it’s easier on the pocket book!

Since I don’t bathe my ferrets very often, I just make sure I don’t run out of GoodBye Odor. It doesn’t take the ferret smell completely away, but it sure as heck makes it tolerable.