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.
(For your convenience I have linked to Amazon (which is an affilate of ours) so you can see and read more about them, but these items are avallable at most major retailers.)
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.
2. Pet Fusion SmartGrip Cat Litter Mat
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.
3. Blackhole Kitty Litter Mat
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.
4. Two Meows Cat Litter Mat
The Two Meows 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 green cat paw design, 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.
5.Litter Catcher Mat in Xtra Large
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, but overall, it gets strong positive reviews.
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!
Article originally published January 2013 and updated on January 2015.