What Are the Least Smelly Rodent Pets? (A Complete List)

Least Smelly Rodent Pets

Tired of your home smelling like a funky zoo?

Sick of that lingering odor that won't quit?

It's time to face the stinky truth:

Not all rodent pets are created equal when it comes to scent. 🐹

Imagine a world where your home is fresh and clean, where you can breathe freely without a nostril assault.

In this guide, aptly named "Least Smelly Rodent Pets 101," I'll reveal the secret to odorless rodent companions.

Get ready to banish the stench and reclaim your fresh-scented sanctuary.

Let's get started!

Top Rodent Pets With the Least Odor

Top 10 Rodent Pets With the Least Odor
Gerbils are the odor-less champions, as they pee less than other rodents and keep clean with dust baths. Plus, feeding them fresh veggies maintains their pleasant scent. You're welcome!

If you want a pet that won't stink up your place, here are the top 10 rodents you should consider:

  1. Gerbils: These tiny guys don't pee a lot, so their waste doesn't smell.
  2. Chinchillas: They hardly ever leak any urine and their poop is dry, keeping things odor-free.
  3. Hamsters: Sure, they do their business, but it's not very messy or smelly.
  4. Guinea pigs: They might have a slight odor, but if you clean up regularly, it won't be a problem.
  5. Degus: Their droppings are nice and dry, so no unpleasant smells there.
  6. Fancy mice: Just like hamsters, these little critters have waste that doesn't stink much.
  7. Hedgehogs: Their waste isn't too bad and can easily be managed with regular cleaning.
  8. Sugar gliders: Despite their size, these cuties don't produce much of a smell when you take good care of them.
  9. Dumbo rats: Not only are they super friendly, but their waste isn't as smelly either.
  10. African pygmy dormice: As long as you keep their enclosure clean, these nocturnal buddies won't stink up your place. 😊

But you have to note that while some rodents have minimal odor, cleanliness levels can vary among different species, and factors such as urination frequency and grooming habits play a significant role...

Rodent Breeds With Minimal Odor and Cleanliness Variations

Different rodent breeds have different levels of odor and cleanliness.

  • Dwarf hamsters, for example, have minimal scent, which makes them popular as pets.
  • But if you're looking for the cleanest option, go for gerbils. They groom themselves regularly and always use the same spots to do their business, making it easier to clean their cages.
  • On the other hand, mice tend to be smellier because they drink and urinate frequently. Despite their small size, they emit a strong ammonia-like smell.
  • Guinea pigs, on the other hand, are meticulous groomers and have designated areas to eliminate waste, so they keep their living spaces pretty clean.
  • Degus have a distinct scent but odorless poop, which means you can spot clean daily and deep clean weekly.
  • Some rodent breeds may have more active sebaceous glands, resulting in greasy fur and potential odor problems. So keep that in mind when choosing a pet.
  • Finally, knowing the gender of gerbils is important for proper care and keeping them as pets.

And now, let's talk about some essential tips and practices for maintaining a clean and odor-free environment for your rodent pets:

Tips for Keeping Your Rodent Pet's Cage Odor-Free

To keep your rodent pet's cage smelling nice, follow these tips:

  1. Clean the cage regularly - get rid of waste and change bedding every week.
  2. Teach rats to use litter boxes so the smell doesn't build up.
  3. Keep the entire cage clean, including accessories and toys, to reduce odors for all rodents.
  4. Guinea pigs, rats, and mice can be bathed once in a while to stay fresh (other rodents shouldn't be washed).
  5. Keep rats and gerbils separate because they have different needs and may not get along.
  6. Consider keeping gerbils in groups as they are social creatures. The number depends on cage size. 🐭

Your furry companions will enjoy a hygienic and smell-free environment if you adhere to these suggestions.

Tips for Keeping Your Rodent Pet's Cage Odor-Free
Put some sphagnum moss in your gerbil's crib. It's a natural deal that keeps smells in check and sucks up the wetness like a champ.

Just be sure to make their comfort and well-being a top priority.

And in case you're wondering which rodent pet is the most odor-free, well, let's dive deeper into the cleanliness and scent levels of different rodents...

Understanding the Natural Smell of Rodent Pets

Gerbils are the perfect choice for someone who wants a pet without any smell or odor.

These little fellas are really clean and will keep their cages neat all the time.

Mice, on the other hand, have a stronger scent compared to gerbils.

So if you don't like strong smells or want a pet that doesn't stink as much, mice might not be the best option for you.

Now, let's talk about hamsters.

These adorable creatures come from dry areas, which means they drink more water than gerbils or mice.

And guess what?

More water leads to smellier urine.

Understanding the Natural Smell of Rodent Pets
Gerbils are unlike other rodents because they have this instinct to clean their homes. You'll see them kicking out any dirty bedding to keep their space nice and tidy.

So, if you decide to bring a hamster home, you'll have to put in extra effort to manage their bedding and clean their cage regularly.

But hold on.

There's something else you should know!

No matter what type of rodent you choose, male rodents have this thing where they mark their territory with urine.

This behavior can make the smell even more intense.

If you go for a male rodent as a pet, you have to stay on top of cage cleaning to keep the unwanted smells at bay.

So when you're trying to decide which rodent pet is right for you, please bear in mind that gerbils are the cleanest and least smelly, while mice have a stronger scent.

Hamsters might need extra care to deal with their urine smell, especially if you choose a male.

Take your preferences, tolerance for smells, and willingness to maintain the cage into account before making up your mind.

Smell-Free Rodent Pets: Tips and Insights


Rodent pets with the least scent or odor include gerbils and chinchillas, thanks to their infrequent urination and dry waste.


The cleanliness of different rodents varies, with gerbils being the cleanest and mice being the smelliest. Urination frequency is the main factor affecting smelliness, with rodents from arid areas being less smelly due to lower water intake.


Regular cleaning, litter training, and proper hygiene are crucial to minimize odor in rodent pet cages. Some rodents can be bathed sparingly. Rats and gerbils should not be kept together, and gerbils should not be kept alone.


Hamsters drink more water than gerbils and have stronger-smelling urine. Male rodents tend to mark their territory with urine, resulting in a stronger smell.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Gerbils and chinchillas are the best choice for low-odor rodent pets.
  2. Rodents from arid areas have less frequent urination and lower water intake, resulting in less smell.
  3. Regular cleaning and proper hygiene are essential to minimize odor in rodent cages.
  4. Some rodents can be bathed sparingly, while others should not be bathed.
  5. Rats and gerbils should not be housed together.
  6. Gerbils should not be kept alone; the number of gerbils depends on cage size.
  7. Hamsters drink more water and have stronger-smelling urine.
  8. Male rodents mark their territory with urine, leading to stronger odor.

And that's all for today, folks!

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-Alex Amber

Alex Amber

Hi there! I'm Alex, and this is my blog, Gerbil 101. As you've probably guessed by now, this is the go-to blog for all things gerbil, covering topics from gerbil care to food, drink, health, behavior, and so much more. I truly hope you find my care guides useful, as I put a lot of time into writing them!