Why do ferrets smell so bad

We hear this question over and over again. The answers to this depend on several factors.

Ferrets are predators or domesticated wild animals.

Ferrets will always have and keep a certain "wildlife smell".

People smell or feel this smell differently. One perceives the smell as pleasant, the other thinks it stinks, the next in turn doesn't notice the smell at all.

You as a ferret keeper or whoever wants to become one must decide for yourself how he perceives the smell.

For many people, a dog also smells or smells in the home.

Uncastrated ferret females "smell" in the satchel season and uncastrated males "stink" very strongly in the satchel season. That is why we also recommend neutering domestic ferrets or at least caring for the breeding ferrets outside during the satchel season.

Males that have not been neutered in particular can present a very large "odor nuisance" in the apartment. This smell in the home should not be underestimated. Your neighbors and your visit will thank you.

We have been keeping ferrets for over 20 years.

But under guarantee

NO castrated males in

the ranzzeit in the


The expression:

"You stink like a polecat"


Ferrets that are not in breeding and domestic ferrets should / must be neutered.

The castration leads to the odor of the greasy skin secretion being reduced by about 90% and the "odor nuisance" being reduced very much. At the same time, the aggressive and dominant behavior observed in the male dogs every now and then in the ranting period is no longer so pronounced be.

Castrated ferrets are therefore for us and for many other ferret child keepers

the perfect pets !!

A very strong and aggressive odor can occur when emptying the anal glands in ferrets.

Ferrets only empty their anal glands when they are under stress, panic or fear.

That means if you deal with ferrets the way they should and do not expose the animal to these factors, it will not use these "weapons" of defense.

We expressly advise against the routine removal of the anal glands. At the same time the removal of the anal glands is FORBIDDEN for reasons of animal welfare law !!!!

However, if the anal glands are inflamed and veterinary therapy has not been helpful, they may be removed.

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