Can Ferrets use cat Litter?

Although ferrets are not as popular as dogs and cats, they are great pets. Like
dogs, they are loving and playful animals that enjoy playing with people.

In size and shape, however, they are more like cats with their small and furry
bodies. Ferrets are animals that are intelligent and can taught to do a range of
tasks, including using a cat litter box.

Litter for Ferrets

The behavior of excretion of ferrets is a little different than cats and dogs. They like doing it in a corner and would prefer a specific area for that. They also excrete
frequently due to their nature of the digestive system.


They normally like to excrete after playing, eating or sleeping making these perfect moments to place their litter box. Can ferrets use cat litter? Yes, but not all. Ferrets have a habit of snorkeling through stuffs with their noses and some litter can get in their sinus passages.

Choosing the Right Cat Litter

  1. Pelleted litters are safe for ferrets’ respiratory systems
  2. Sawdust litter can also be used for your ferret
  3. Avoid using scented and oily cat litter for your ferrets since they tends to avoid them
  4. Wood pellets would also make good litter for your ferrets

Wood pellets

I use the wood pellets. They are affordable, odorless and safe for my ferrets. The best part is, they crumble when peed on and easy to scoop up. They are good  titter choice for many cat shelters.


Your ferrets can use this cat litter. Avoid hardwood pellets because they are not
absorbent.

Recycled Paper compressed into Pellets

When choosing litter for your ferret, safety and odor control should be the 2 main factors to consider. Recycled paper compressed into pellets is absorbent and can control odor.


These type of litter is also used by cat owners. It can make a good litter for your ferrets. They contain less dust, are easily scooped and affordable. It is worth noting that ferrets do not cover their stool like cats hence use little litter in their pans. Ferrets have active digestive system. Be scooping litter once a day.

Cat Litter that is not safe for your Ferrets

Clumping or Clay Cat Litter

Do not use clumping or clay cat litter for your ferrets. This type of litter is very dusty and can cause breathing problems for your ferrets. It is only suitable for animals such as cats but not for ferrets that love to shove their noses into their litter boxes. When wet, clay also gets thick and stick to your ferrets’ paws, eyes and noses. It can also causes blockage if ingested by your favorite animals.

Scented and Oily Cat Litter

Ferrets tend to avoid scented litter. Additionally, they also release vapors which can cause respiratory damage to your ferrets.

Corncob litter

This is another litter commonly used for cats. It should not be used for your ferrets
because it is dusty and may contain molds. Ferrets may eat this kind of litter causing problems to their intestines.

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