Thursday, April 21, 2011

Deodorizing Your Stinky Pet Ferret

Ferrets are captivating little pets with their cute faces and comical antics. Said to be smarter than a dog and retaining an almost kitten-like playfulness even through adulthood, Is there any way of combating this problem or are ferret owners doomed to always have the stinkiest pets? While many ferrets are abandoned, every year, due to issues with their smelling, there is hope yet. In fact, by taking a few simple steps, ferret odor can be practically eliminated, leaving pet owners free to enjoy their little furry friends.

Belonging to the same zoological family as creatures like skunks, wolverine, mink and badgers, the fact that ferrets can be smelly is an entirely natural thing. Possessing musky scent glands behind their ears and around their anus, ferrets have no idea that their own particular eau de ferret is not what most humans consider the prettiest of scents. Fortunately, most ferrets which are sold in pet stores have been “descented,” removing the glands from around their anus and preventing them from spraying, though the glands behind their ears remain.

So how do we combat “stinky ferret syndrome?” There are many steps to take that will help eliminate odor. First of all, it will definitely help to cut down on the potency of your pet’s smell rating by ensuring that s/he has been spayed or neutered. When a ferret is ‘fixed,’ they are less inclined to mark their territory or to exhibit many of the traits that a breeding ferret might show. Additionally, spaying and neutering your pet will also improve their health, making them less susceptible to disease, as well as reducing the likelihood that they will exhibit territorial behaviorisms.


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