5+ Best Cat Litter Mats That Prevent The Spread Of Cat Litter
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.
1. Imperial Cat Neat and Tidy Heavy Duty Litter Mat
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 Blackhole Kitty 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 by just pouring it out over a trash can. The mat can be easily washed.
The Jumbl Paw Shaped Cat Litter Mat very effectively traps litter but unlike many mats, it is also soft and squishy so very gentle on paws. Bright and cheerful in a playful cat paw design in a whole bunch of great colors, the mat is designed to so that you can just shake the mat or rinse it to clean it. Don't let the cute look of the mat fool you, this mat definitely works.
It is hard to find a mat that is large enough to effectively trap litter. The Litter Catcher offers an extra large size that is almost 4 feet wide (at 47 by 32 inches). This mat offers a nice combination of large size with good trapping capability. Folks who have bought this mat seem to have some concerns about durability and design especially with cats that scratch a lot, but overall, it gets strong positive reviews.
Best Of Them All? Easyology Premium Cat Litter Mat
After I first wrote this article, I discovered the Easyology Premium Cat Litter Mat when it was recommended to me by a few readers. It's a cat litter mat that as of now has an impressive set of five star reviews on Amazon. There is only about 350 reviews so far but if the trend of rave reviews continues, this may be the cat litter mat to try first. It's a decent sized mat at almost 3 feet by 2 feet and comes in two colors and it is actually nice looking. It's made of a heavy and durable pvc plastic so it is easy to vacuum or rinse out. It can also be used as a handy mat throughout the house.
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!
If you need a great vacuum for picking up any stray cat litter, take a look at what we recommend as the best vacuums for picking up cat litter.
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Article originally published January 2013 and last updated on August 2015.