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Finding cat litter on carpeting, clothing, furniture, even your bed... is, well, disgusting. That's why every cat owner searches for the perfect litter mat that will attract that litter off their cat's feet like a magnet the second he leaves his litter box. Is there a perfect litter mat? Here are five that come pretty close, according to the cat owners who have tried them.
The Neat and Tidy has a lot going for it. It's larger than most litter mats - 36" x 30" - so it can catch the litter coming out of the sides of the litter box as well as what your cat brings out the front. The mat covers the floor completely, like carpeting, so it doesn't sift litter onto the floor below.
The PetFusionSmartGrip Litter Mat is very popular among cat owners. As of this writing, the mat has almost 900 customer reviews on Amazon.com, mostly excellent ones. The PetFusion is also large enough to surround a single cat litter box and the mat material holds the litter. One consistent comment concerned the ease of cleaning the mat using a broom, a vacuum, a sponge, or even just shaking it out.
The PetFusion SmartGrip is probably the most attractive cat litter mat out there. It comes in your choice of 6 pastel colors and has a modern design.
The LitterTrap Litter Mat is quite innovative. It has a few layers of nylon. The upper levels are soft woven mesh intended to remove the litter from the cat's paws as she walks and spreads her claws. The lower layer then holds the litter until it is removed from the mat, achieved easily buy just pouring it out over a trash can. The mat can be easily washed.
You can tell by the texture of the material that Pruven LitterTrap Mat doesn't intend to fool around. It's not harsh, however, but squishy, like very thin rubber. This mat comes in two sizes; get the large, which according to many isn't large enough. But as far as it extends, the Pruven, made by the 3M Company, is effective at picking up litter.
For those of us who prefer a natural fiber, as opposed to man-made, the Planet Petco Sisal Cat Litter Mat does the trick. Natural sisal and jute fibers are used in making this woven litter mat that does a pretty good job attracting litter. Also, it doubles as a great scratching mat. This 36" long mat is one of the longer mats, if not larger.
When it comes to choosing litter mats, you have to take the size of your cat's litter box into consideration, as well as the material of the mat. More than one mat may be necessary to cover the areas where your cat tends to shed the litter. Also, many cat litter boxes have more than one exit, so all exits need to be protected.
Note to cat litter mat companies: Make them bigger!
That's the buzz for today!