If you wonder, ‘What can I use to bathe my ferret?’ you are not alone. Like many people, you might be looking for a homemade ferret shampoo and conditioner that can effectively bathe your pet. But, before you bathe, you should determine whether it is even required.
According to the Vetcare Pet Hospital, you should consider bathing ferrets as minimum as possible. However, if required, you should consider bathing them once or twice a month at most. If you think bathing your ferret more frequently can control its odor, then you are wrong.
When you bathe your ferret, its skin & coat natural oil (responsible for mild stinking) get stripped off, ultimately forcing its body to produce more & more. Therefore, always stick to bathing your ferret once a month using homemade shampoo for a ferret. Below is the recipe for homemade ferret shampoo and its benefits.
Homemade Ferret Shampoo
Before I tell you how to prepare a homemade ferret shampoo, below are the few ingredients you will need to gather.
- 1 cup ground oatmeal
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1-quart warm water
- 2 quarts sized container
- 2-3 drops of Lavender oil
Instructions (3 Steps)
- Firstly, you should get a container with enough room to shake all the ingredients together. I will advise you to get a container that is 2 quarts minimum.
- Now, take 1 cup of ground meal & grind this dry in a blender until flour consistency. Use plain oatmeal, not instant oats containing flavoring or added sugar, which are known to be extremely harmful to your pet ferret. On the other hand, myanimal.com suggests that colloidal oatmeal works best.
- Next, mix 1 cup of oatmeal flour & one cup of baking soda with one cup of warm water. The ratio should be 1:1:1. Then, put a couple of drops of Lavender oil and shake all the ingredients together well. Voila, it’s done.
Note: Make sure you are shaking vigorously to mix all the ingredients in the container until well blended. Also, you should note that the pressure from the baking soda is likely to blow the lid during the process, so make sure to add a small amount of water at a time to prevent it. Also, you must use baking soda labeled as Food grade, ensuring it is impurities-free.
After thoroughly mixing, you will end up with an oatmeal shampoo that is easy and all-natural for your pet. After bathing your ferret with this, you can also consider storing the leftovers in the fridge.
Is This Safe?
I hope you feel nice that we haven’t used harmful ingredients, Harsh chemicals, or preservatives to ensure your pets will be. Using this shampoo, your pet will likely come out from a bath with a nice fluffy coat that smells great due to the effect of Lavender oil. Talking about bathing benefits for ferrets when using this homemade ferret shampoo, here are three of the best ones.
3 Benefits Of This Homemade Shampoo For ferret
Calm Your Pet & Ensure Good Smelly Coat
The Lavender oil used to make this homemade ferret shampoo is 100% safe. As Winter Park Veterinary Hospital suggests, the essential oil of lavender doesn’t pose a risk for ferrets and tends to contain a calming effect. So, you can always put it in the water of a spray bottle or shampoo.
This will keep your pet calm when bathing and ensure a good smelly code when they come out of their bath. However, please do not use other essential oils, which can be toxic and pose risks. According to the American Ferret Association, all kinds of essential oils are known to pose health risks (except lavender if used in small amounts) and must not be used around your pet.
Prevent Itchy Skin
As we have used oatmeal in the homemade ferret shampoo, it will also prevent itchiness in your pet’s skin; according to the Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa, giving an oatmeal bath is also very helpful for itchy skin. If your ferret is scratching its body a lot or its skin is very itchy and flaky, you can add some dried oats to the sock and let it soak in the tub before bathing your pet. But, if your ferret is not itchy, bathing it with this shampoo will prevent itchiness.
Good Cleanser For Odour Control
As we have also used baking soda, it will serve as the best cleanser and an alternative to dawn soap. According to the Holistic Ferret Forum, you should never use dawn soap or any other soap as it contains chemicals like detergent, which is drying. On the other hand, Oxbow Animal Health suggests that baking soda helps control a ferret’s odor.
What About Homemade Ferret Conditioners?
After bathing your ferret with shampoo, you might think about applying conditioner. You don’t need to apply any conditioner to your ferret once you use this homemade ferret shampoo (mentioned above). However, if you still want some conditioning of your ferret skin & coat, you can consider olive oil a natural solution.
Put a small drop of olive oil into your hand and rub it on your ferret skin & fur after applying the shampoo. According to the Manitoba Ferret Association, olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can help prevent bacteria helicobacter in ferrets, which also cause ulcers.
But, if your ferret skin tends to dry out quickly, putting some olive oil on your hand and rubbing it on your pet’s skin is very helpful. As a conditioner, you should only consider olive oil, nothing else. No oil is said to be healthy for ferrets, except for olive oil.
Can You Use Human Shampoo On a Ferret?
Even though Ottawa Veterinary Hospital suggests that you can use human shampoo, I highly advise you to avoid it. Ferrets tend to have sensitive skin, and human shampoo can be harsh. Also, human shampoo tends to have improper pH levels, which can cause skin irritation and itching.
Note: It’s best to stick with homemade ferret shampoo, but If you can’t prepare it, use human shampoo only if it is tearless, like Johnson baby shampoo.
Can I Use Baby Shampoo On My Ferret?
No, you shouldn’t use baby shampoo as well, even though Animal Care Hospital suggests it’s okay to use it. According to the Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue Acworth GA, most human shampoo, including baby shampoo, can strip oil from your pet’s skin and fur as these can be very hard and cause itchiness or the coat fur to become very coarse.
Note: If you don’t have an ingredient to prepare homemade shampoo for ferrets or ferret shampoo is very difficult to come by in your area, you can consider a gentle, hypoallergenic baby shampoo for once. However, switch as soon as possible because using it frequently & continuously will negatively affect your ferret coat and fur.
As I told you earlier, you shouldn’t use baby or human shampoo when you can make your homemade ferret shampoo to bathe your pet. It is always best to stick with the homemade solution or the commercial shampoo specially formulated for ferrets and containing all-natural ingredients safe for ferrets.
Avoid using dog or cat shampoo, no matter who claims it to be safe. We have only used the ingredients that are a hundred percent safe for your ferret skin and bathing, backed by studies & researchers. I hope this article helps you bathe ferrets, but do not do it too frequently. Always bathe your ferret only once a month or twice if required.
Regarding conditioner, it is best to stick with only olive oil and nothing else. If you have any other homemade ferret shampoo or conditioner solution, let me know below. We would love to include that solution to help other owners be informed on what other options or alternatives they can consider.
Other than this, if you’ve concerns regarding any ingredients used to prepare the homemade shampoo for ferrets, as mentioned above, let me know below. If you find this article helpful and informative to bathe your ferret, consider sharing it with other ferret owners.
To stay updated with ferret care & requirements to prevent health issues and keep your pet at its best for longevity, consider checking my other helpful guides on this website. Also, check my other guides on homemade products and home remedies for ferrets shared here. See you in the next post, till then, take care & goodbye.