Can You Use Wood Pellets for Cat Litter?

28 June 18  |  Bedding   |  

Can you use wood pellets for cat litter? The answer is a simple yes. Many people have found that wood pellets make a great substitute for traditional clay cat litter.

What are Wood Pellets?

Wood pellets are made of compressed wood fiber. Animal bedding pellets are created from dry sawdust placed under high pressure and high temperatures making them super absorbent. Energy Pellets of America makes pellets from discarded pallets that are no longer useful in the shipping process. Our pellets are renewable, biodegradable and all natural.

Wood pellets are commonly used as heating fuel and animal bedding. Wood pellets are an increasingly popular replacement for cat litter, too.

Can You Use Wood Pellets for Cat Litter?

can-you-use-wood-pellets-for-cat-litterAnimal bedding pellets are an easy switch for regular cat litter. In fact, there are many reasons why you might want to stock your litter box with wood pellets.  Reasons why you might switch include:

  • Your cat’s health. Your cat licks his paws to stay clean. If he ingests clumping litters while doing so, it can create painful gastrointestinal blockages.
  • What’s best for the environment. Wood pellets are biodegradable and compostable, making them an eco friendly little box solution. Energy Pellets of America’s animal bedding pellets are made from 100 percent recycled wood, which saves space in landfills. Additionally, many clay litters are made via strip-mined resources. Strip mining can be bad for the environment.
  • Easy odor control. Many cat owners have found that clay does not absorb odors well. This can be unpleasant to you and your guests. Wood pellets have a fresh, woodsy scent. Wood pellets can absorb odor and many cat owners insist wood pellets smell great.
  • Wood pellets are lightweight. Clay kitty litter is heavy and can make cleaning out the cat box a serious chore. Wood pellets are lightweight, and turn into fluffy sawdust when wet. This means cleaning out the cat box comes with less heavy lifting.
  • Soiled wood pellets are compostable. Clay litter has to go in the trash. Soiled wood pellet litter can be composted and can decompose naturally. This reduces household waste. Additionally, compost can be used to enrich soil.
  • Wood pellets are inexpensive. You’ll find that wood pellets from Energy Pellets of America are a cheaper solution for your litter box needs. You can buy a 40 lb bag of animal bedding pellets to use as cat litter for a fraction of the cost compared to other suppliers.
  • Wood pellets are easy to dispose of. Feces can be removed from the wood pellets with a litter scoop and flushed down the toilet (CAUTION – Do not flush wood pellets or sawdust down toilets). Wet pellets will turn into sawdust and can be composted.

There are many reasons why you might switch from traditional clay kitty litter to wood pellets.

How to Use Wood Pellets for Cat Litter

If you’re transition from traditional clay litter to wood pellets, you’ll want to follow the steps below. Transitioning too quickly can confuse your cat and lead to “accidents” in unwanted places.

Step 1. Get a second litter box.  Transitioning your cat to wood pellet litter slowly means giving him an option. You might want to offer one cat box with the new wood pellets and one cat box with traditional clay litter.

Step 2. Fill the box with wood pellets. The term “fill” here is relative. You’ll only want to put about half an inch of pellets in the box. This is all you’ll need. Place the box in an area your cat frequents. You might also want to add a sprinkle of baking soda to the wood pellets. Baking soda can help control odor.

Step 3. Transition boxes. Your cat should start using the new wood pellet litter on his own. If he doesn’t, there are a few tricks you can use to entice him to use the new wood pellet litter. You can start by mixing about a cup of dirty litter from the old box in with the new wood pellet litter. This will make the box smell familiar and attract your cat to the new box. Every day when you change the little box, remove a tiny bit of the clay litter and add a little more wood pellets. A suggested amount to add is ¼ of a cup.

Step 4. Switch it out. If your cat is handling the transition well and you’ve transitioned the box to mostly wood pellets, it might be time to remove the second box and let your cat solely use the wood pellets.

It’s important to observe carefully. If your cat doesn’t react well to the change or stops using the wood pellet little in favor of going somewhere else, it’s likely time to bring back the traditional clay litter box. From there, you can start the process over again. Adult cats can be resistant to change, and it might take going through the process several times to get it right.

Are Wood Pellets Safe for Cats?

Energy Pellets of America makes wood pellets from recycled shipping pallets. The shipping pallets used in our production process are not chemically treated, which means they are 100 percent natural wood. No binding agents are used in our pellets. They are formed with heat and pressure in a pelletizing mill. This process means our pellets contain no chemicals that could be harmful to your cat.

Additionally, our animal bedding pellets are used in barns, stables and animal habitats across the country. Our pellets create a clean, healthy, and comfortable environment for livestock and other animals.

Ready to Use Wood Pellet Cat Litter?

Can you use wood pellets for cat litter? Yes! Wood pellets make a great alternative to traditional cat litter. Order a 40 lb bag of wood pellets or find a dealer to buy today. Contact us at (937) 265-0676 should you need any additional information.