Looking for the best ferret litter? We asked our community of over 60,000 ferret owners to give us their top recommendations. We will continue to update our product recommendations as new products come out. In this article you will learn what qualities make the best ferret litter, what litter is actually dangerous, and our top product choices. Want to see what we use in our own home? Scroll to the bottom of this article. Are you new to ferrets? Check out our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Ferrets to learn everything you need to know about this amazing and often misunderstood pet. What Makes a Good Ferret Litter? Here is the criteria we used to judge the most popular ferret litters available: Safe for FerretsHelps Control OdorEasy to CleanAffordable Litter That is Dangerous for Ferrets: The best ferret litter is safe for ferrets. It does not contain any toxic chemicals or produce any harmful dust they can breathe in. Litter made of wood shavings (like cedar and pine) can contain essentials oils which are extremely harmful to ferrets. Silica-based litter (the crystal cat litter) can also cause respiratory issues so we recommend staying away from it as well. Clay litter is harmful to ferrets because it can get stuck on their paws and in their eyes (and it also contains silica). Corn based litters and rabbit food pellets are a risk because your ferret may try to eat them and end up getting an intestinal blockage. ClayWood ShavingsSilicaCornRabbit food ^Why are some of these ‘dangerous’ litters safe for cats but not ferrets? Ferrets are much smaller and therefore lower to the ground, so they are much more susceptible to inhaling and ingesting litter material. Also, ferrets like to dig so they are likely to play with their litter (so it needs to be as safe as possible). Best Cat Litter for Ferrets After asking our entire community of ferret owners across social media, here are the top choices: *All the litters listed below are safe for ferrets in our opinion. Please reach out to us if you disagree.* sWheat Scoop Multi-Cat Litter is a wheat-based litter that contains no dyes or perfumes and is biodegradable. Price: $18 for 25lbs Pros: Flushable Cons: Easily tracks throughout the house, smells like sawdust Quotes from real ferret owners in The Modern Ferret community Facebook page: “Been really happy with this.” -Lily “It is made out of wheat, so no dust.” -Niki Purina Yesterday’s News Cat Litter is made out of paper pellets and contains zero added perfumes or chemicals (if you purchase the unscented one). Price: $19 for 30lbs Pros: Bigger litter pieces so very little is tracked throughout the house, dust free Cons: Some ferrets do not like to step on it (ours didn’t) Quotes from real ferret owners in The Modern Ferret community Facebook page: “Newspaper pellets for cats. Works for everyone. Works for us. No dust. Not much smell.” -Deidra “I adore Yesterday’s News and my ferrets like using it too.” -Jessica HARTZ Multi-Cat Lightweight Recycled Clumping Paper Cat Litter is one of the only clumping paper litters available. Price: $4.99 for 4lbs Pros: low dust, clumps, does not track throughout house Cons: a little more expensive per lb. than other options Quotes from real ferret owners in The Modern Ferret community Facebook page: “This litter clumps well and keeps the odor down. And it’s good value.” -Bret “This is amazing! No dust. Lightweight. Clumps for easy scoops. Kills odor!” -Stacey Best Cheap Ferret Litter Tractor Supply Pine Pellet Stall Bedding is a very popular option in the ferret community. We ourselves used it for years before we ultimately made the switch to potty pads. Price: $5.99 for 40lbs Pros: Cheap! It also has a strong pine smell that masks odor pretty well Cons: Does not clump, pellets turn to powder after they get wet which tracks throughout the house Quotes from real ferret owners in The Modern Ferret community Facebook page: “We use this. Also around $6 for 40lbs but can be found all year round. We scoop twice a day if needed and clean out and wash their boxes every week or two.” -Linda “It works well and lasts pretty long too.” -Josh “I also use and recommend this.” -Ashley “I think the pellets absorb better, last longer and are way cheaper!” “I’ve been using this for like 2 years and although it helps with the smell somewhat I hate how all the dust gets everywhere and I think my ferrets are allergic to it because they keep sneezing.” -Joanne “I use stove pellets from Lowe’s. $6 for 40 pound bag. They leave sawdust on the blankets which I don’t like but it’s SO cheap.” -Nicole What We Use with Our Ferrets Instead Many ferret owners are very happy with the options we listed above. In fact, one of those may be the perfect choice for you. However, after we tried pretty much everything on the market ourselves (from paper pellets to pine pellets) we got sick of the odor and the constant scooping (especially with three ferrets). Even after you scoop out the poop and pee, the litter box still smells dirty! It’s only when you fully empty the litter box and disinfect it, do you get a break from the underlying potty smell. We only deep cleaned our ferret litter box once per week so the smell in between cleaning became too much for us. Not to mention the ferrets tracking litter throughout our carpeted apartment (!!!)… That is why we switched to potty pads. Credit: @zuzipelmeshka and Christine Demand Puppy Potty Pads have been a lifesaver in our home with our three ferrets. This product is incredibly easy to use and every time we replace a dirty potty pad for a clean one, the odor is completely gone. Some ferret owners even use them with litter by placing the potty pad underneath the pellets, on top of the litter tray. We also love to pack them in our emergency travel backpack in case we need to leave on short notice. P.S. This is the litter tray we use with our potty pads: litter tray Price: $19.99 for 100 potty pads Pros: Easy to use, great for traveling with ferrets, hassle free, no dust, no tracking throughout the house Cons: Not biodegradable (but hopefully some day!) Conclusion Finding the best ferret litter ever can actually be quite difficult! We hope this article helped you learn about some great choices. As long as you remember which products to avoid (clay, silica, wood shavings) you can spend this time experimenting with any of the products listed above. Here they are again if you want to check out more reviews on Amazon: sWheat Scoop Cat LitterYesterday’s News Cat LitterHARTZ Clumping Paper Cat LitterPine Pellet BeddingPotty Pads I encourage everyone who read this article to please comment below what litter you use for your ferret and which ones you have tried in the past. You will help first time ferret owners that find this page. We will continue to update this article as new products come out.