Bathing the Ferret

Ferret Hiding

Every pet owner wants to give a soothing bath to their pet. But some pets don’t require a bathing ceremony regularly. Ferrets are one such species, they do not require a bath very often, only bathe them when they are dirty. Bathing the ferret too often will irritate the skin of your ferret.

Does the Ferret need a bathe

To give a bath to your ferret is completely according to you, but bathing your ferret is not necessary. Ferrets are very clean animals. When it comes to cleaning, they are a lot like cats, they clean themselves. You will be amazed how many times you can see them cleaning their paws and then washing their face.

The only time you have to take things into your own hands is when they get dirty. That means, for example, the ferret decides it is a great time to dig in your house plant, break into your kitchen cabinet with flour, or some other ferret mischief.

Does my Ferret-like to take a bath

There are both types of ferrets, some are hydrophilic ( Loves to play in the name of the bath ) and some are hydrophobic ( not interested in the bath). They are more prone to water during summer since it keeps them cooled down. Also, one of their favorite activities is digging in the water bowl.

That could mean there is too much water in the bowl for them. If your ferret loves digging in the water bowl or even tripping it, then you must have the best water bowl.

How often should my ferret bath

Bathing too much can hurt the skin of your ferret. Take them to a bath only when they are dirty. The only good reason to wash a ferret is summer heat to help your ferret cool down. But, even then don’t actually wash them. Use only water without any shampoo.

Ferret Bathing

Shampoo for the Ferret

Ferrets have very sensitive skin which means you can’t bathe them with your shampoo. You can’t bathe them with Dawn dish soap or any other dish soap or detergent. You wouldn’t use dish soap for your own bath, so don’t use it for any animal, including ferrets.

Good options are pet shampoos, actually shampoos made for ferrets. But, the problem with them is that you can’t find them in every pet shop. That is why you can go with shampoos for kittens, just make sure it comes with a mild formula.

You can also use human shampoo for your ferret. Yes, you can use those, but only if they are made for babies. Shampoos for babies are the mildest and they won’t irritate the ferret’s skin. 

There is a special ferret oatmeal bath you can make that is one of the better solutions because it doesn’t have any chemicals. Continue reading because later in the article I will share with you a few pieces of information about the oatmeal bath.

Water temperature to bath the Ferret

Remember, the ferret’s body temperature is higher than ours so if you put slightly cold water in the tub, that will be really cold for your ferret. Try to put warm water in the tub, but not too hot. It should be slightly warmer than the temperature you usually put for your bath.

Keep the temperature between 37°C to 40°C (99°F to 104°F). Make sure that a ferret can easily stand in the water. Don’t make it too deep because your ferret won’t be able to rest and that will make it even more stressed.

Preparing to get bath

  • A bucket
  • Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Brush

Once you have all the necessary materials to give your ferret a bath, you can then fill the bucket with warm water. This way, your pet will feel comfortable and it will see having a bath as a positive process. You can also bathe your ferret in the sink or bath.

Let’s give a bath to your ferret

If you’ve never given your ferret a bath you must be patient and very positive so that your little ferret is not afraid to get into the water. The water must be filled to a reasonable level so that it does not feel too immersed. Let your ferret relax in the water until it is thoroughly wet and then apply the shampoo.

Rub gently without hurting your ferret, and use your nails to give it a thorough clean. You can also use a small brush for ferrets to remove traces of dead hair. Make sure you don’t clean your ferret’s face with soap, as it could get into its eyes, mouth, or ears. At the end of the bath, rinse your ferret well to remove all traces of soap.

Ferret Bathe

When you have finished, dry your ferret with one of the towels you have at hand. You can also pile several towels up and let your ferret get in the middle of them and dry itself. You’ll see how much it enjoys doing this.

During the winter you can use a hairdryer at a very low temperature to finish drying it. A cold can be very dangerous for your ferret. You can get noiseless hair dryers in shops for fearful pets.

Oatmeal bath to your Ferret

Preparing an oatmeal bath for ferrets is pretty similar to the one you can prepare for yourself. Oatmeals baths are made for irritated and itchy skin.

It calms the skin and is mostly used for dry skin, psoriasis, and other skin troubles in humans. The type of oatmeal you have to use is colloidal oatmeal, not a regular one. Colloidal oatmeal is a part of some shampoos and moisturizers and you can do it yourself or you can buy it.

Advantage of oatmeal bath

The good thing about an oatmeal bath is that it won’t remove oil from the ferret body, but it will clean it from dirt. That, and the fact that it doesn’t have chemicals to irritate ferret skin.

Dust bath for Ferrets

No, dust baths aren’t good for ferrets. It won’t make them clean or minimize their smell. It can cause respiratory problems to them so dust baths aren’t a good option for ferrets.

Will the musty smell gets rid of after bathing

No, the bath won’t minimize ferret smell, it can actually worsen it because the smell comes from oil glands all over their body. By bathing, you are removing oil from the ferret body so your ferret has to produce more. If you bathe a ferret too much you can cause skin irritation on your ferret.

That can trigger rash and increase the smell of your ferret because the more you remove the oil from the body, the more body has to produce the oil to replace what you removed.