Bathing - Ferrets do have a slight musky odor. This odor can be lessened by changing litter and bedding frequently. We do not remove anal glands or "descent" ferrets. Removal of a ferret's anal glands does not reduce the overall smell of a ferret. Scent glands (sebaceous) are located throughout the skin of the ferret and constantly produce scent. Further, frequent bathing may actually worsen the smell as the ferret will try to replenish the oils lost through bathing resulting in poor coat and increased "scent."
Nail Clipping- Clipping your ferrets nails is another part of good ferret care. There are a couple of ways to do this. One, you can "scruff" the ferret which will cause him/her to go totally limp while someone else clips the nails. Don't have that extra pair of hands? One option is to put the ferret on its back, put a little baby food (we use chicken) on his tummy, and he will be so distracted, he will lay there still enough for you to clip the nails.
Litter Pans - Here is an example of the type of litter pan we use and recommend. We find the triangular ones made to fit corners tend to be too small.The high backed litter pans tend to work very well and have enough room for the larger male ferrets too. There are many choices in the type of litter to use in your litter pan. Some use newspaper, "Yesterdays News", puppy pee pads and even shredded paper. Here at Top Notch Ferrets, we use wood pellets (not pine) which works well for multi-ferret households as it tends to be less expensive and controls odor well. Ferrets can be litter trained although tend not to be as regimented about "hitting the spot" as cats.
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