Ferrets smell? plus my dad complaining! lol
I've been considering on getting a new ferret in the next year or two as my hamsters will most likely be in hamster heaven from old age. I talked to my mom about it, she's always wanted one and my dad did too for a time but I was just born so they figured it'd be better to wait until I was older and then I guess they decided not to get one. I asked my dad if he liked ferrets, he responded "Why?!" I said "Oh just thinking about getting one in the next couple years." He said "You don't want a ferret! They smell so bad! A nasty musky smell! You know how a dog smells when it's wet and goes outside and comes back inside, how awful the smell is? Or better yet take off your shoes and smell of them after a few months?" I said "Yeah but I doubt they smell that bad! I've been to these small local pet stores where they have about 8-10 of them and i've been near the cage and they don't really have a smell. And when I was about 10 years old (16 years old right now) I saw this couple at the park with their ferrets and they didn't smell." He said "Have you ever actually picked a ferret and smell of it?" I said "No." He said "Okay next time pick one up and smell of it." I said "Okay but I just thought it'd be neat to have one after 2 animals go and since they have a personality of a dog, cat and hamster sort of and I only plan on getting one so the smell won't be that bad and probably not any worse than the smell of 2 hamsters in my room when they're bedding needs changed." He said "If you can really handle that awful musky smell then *makes noise of disgust* Hmm 2 animals go and 1 animal back? That's great! So when that animal dies and you have take another animal back and when that animal dies and get 1 more and then that one dies and there'll be no more animals! Sounds like a good plan to me!" I said "Yes two animals, two hamsters that is!" He said "Awhaha I see what you're doing" I said "Hey I said two animals and you said it sounded like a good plan! You can't take your words back! *laughs*" Lol He doesn't like animals because they smell and potty or have sick around the house. He doesn't mind fish or hamsters though. So I was wondering exactly how bad the smell really is on ferrets or just with one ferret? If it's really bad, is there anything I can do to get rid of most of it? I know they can't be bathed but maybe once or twice a year cause it strips the oils on their skin kind of like a cats. So I was wondering about a spray or something?
P.S The part that really confused you, was confusing for me too. I'm suprised I even managed typing it. I tried my best to get exactly as close as he had said it. We already have 3 cats and 2 dogs. So he was saying if my hamsters die I get one ferret. When the ferret dies and if another pet dies and I get a new pet back, then when another pet or two dies I don't get any pets and just keep the one pet and when that animal goes, we dont' have anymore animals! I know it sounds really bad, but every year my dad brings up how he doesn't like the animals. He's been like that for as long as I can remember. He just can't wait for the days they go, but because he knows they make us happy he leaves it alone and hopes or prays we don't get anymore after an animal's loss. The whole thing is rather confusing really. I know we're not allowed to have more than 3-4 per household in the states but our pets are healthy and spoiled and loved. So the higher up people can't complain! =P We didn't have 7 pets until March and I got my two hamsters. =D Lol couldn't resist getting some!