Well my little ferret (who does now have a name after a week of thinking about it - his names Bernard if anyone was curious) finally got his first bath today. He has his first vet appointment tomorrow so has to look his best for the appointment. Alright I know that's a humans opinion and he would have been perfectly happy to go to the vet smelling like a ferret rather than cucumber melon but he really didn’t have an option on that.
On the bottle, they claim to offer the following for your ferret.
Tear Free - I have no idea about this because I made very sure to keep the soap and the water away from his eyes. I think the shock of his first bath was enough so wanted to make sure to avoid this. Hopefully I never find out if this claim is real or not.
With Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil - if this is what makes my ferret's fur soft then I completely agree with this claim.
Gently Cleans and Conditions - Yes, it sure does. I don't think my ferret was bothered at all about the shampoo but rather being wet in the first place.
Deodorizes to Eliminate Tough Ferret Odors - I have been told that ferrets can be rather smelly, especially boys (although mine has been descented), this shampoo does have a nice subtle smell of cucumeber melon so would be a much better smell.
After getting Bernard very wet, I did use a shower head that is removeable and let him run around the shower to get use to the noise first and then slowly put him under the shower. So after he was nicely wet, I started to lather the shampoo onto his fur. It started to lather very quickly and let off a nice subtle cucumber melon scent. It was mild and not overpowering at all.
When I was done lathering I had a very soapy ferret in front of me, who was not very happy at all. No he didn't get any soap in his eyes, he just wasn't happy to be wet and soapy and probably didn't care from the scent too much.
Rinsing a soapy ferret is a job in itself but with this shampoo the bubbles came off without a residue so did not require a lot of rinsing to be completely off of him. I was thankful for this because I did have a rather miserable ferret on my hands by this time.
They claim that this shampoo leaves the fur conditioned and I will say that his fur is a lot softer than it was before the bath. I'm not sure if he had ever had one so this was a great improvement. Prior to the bath his fur was a little rough to the touch and seemed course but after the bath his fur is actually pretty soft.
Although Bernard may not have been thrilled with his first bath experience I don't think it went as badly as I had dreaded. The shampoo kept it's claims and he nows smells of a nice cucumber melon shampoo and his fur is very nicely conditioned. And although he tried to get his old scent back, rubbing himself on almost every surface of the cage, he still smells good.
Hopefully next time he needs a bath the water won't be so bad for him and he'll be a little more calm about the whole experience but I'll continue using this shampoo since it did what it said and he didn't have any bad effects from it.
I would recommend this for any friends who had a ferret and were curious about what to use to wash them with.
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