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 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 (actually six!) that come pretty close, according to the cat owners who have tried them.
The iPrimio Cat Litter Trapper is a good mat for messy cats with a multi-layered bottom piece that prevents any possible leaks. It is similar in design to the Blackhole Kitty Litter Mat (which also gets terrific reviews) but iPrimio has smooth holes that are a bit larger in the top layer for easier cleaning and it also has a waterproof EVA foam bottom layer in case of leaks. A nice feature of the mat is that, for very messy cats, you can sandwich a standard puppy pad between the layers to provide even more protection. My biggest issue with the mat is that is is one of the smaller mats on our recommended list (only 32' by 23') but it will fit most single cat boxes and not take up excess room. I also found it a bit more awkward to clean than other mats on this list. If you are looking for more protection than simply catching stray cat litter, the iPrimio is a great option.
The PetFusionSmartGrip Litter Mat is very popular among cat owners. As of this writing, the mat has about 4500 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. Many comments focus on the ease of cleaning the mat using a broom, a vacuum, a sponge, or even just a shake or two. It is much easier to clean than most other mats on the market.
One feature which may interest you is that the PetFusion is made from FDA approved silicone which does not contain Phthalates & VCM, chemicals potentially harmful to your cat.
You'll find the material is smoother than many mats, making it easier for cats to walk on. Some cats really don't like the bubbles and holes in the other mats and end up jumping from the box right over the mat onto the floor. The PetFusion SmartGrip has a clean, modern design, and It comes in your choice of 6 pastel colors.
If you are looking for a small, simple mat that works well at catching kitty litter, the Purr-fect Paws Cat Litter Mat may work well for you. The mat comes in Medium (24" by 15"), Large (30" by 24"), and Xtra Large (36" by 27") and in three colors. The Purr-fect Paws is easy to clean; you can roll up the mat and shake the litter back into the box, you can shake it outside, or even put the Purr-fect Paws in the washing machine, making it very easy to clean. I love that you do not have to vacuum or hose down this mat. This mat is very low muss and fuss and works well at catching litter. It is also less expensive than some of the other 'best mats.'
The Jumbl Paw Shaped Cat Litter Mat very effectively traps litter but unlike many mats, it is also soft and squishy - very gentle on paws. Bright and cheerful in a playful cat paw design, it comes in four great colors. The mat is designed so that you can just shake out the mat or rinse it to get it clean. 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 comes in large and extra large. The extra large is almost 4 feet wide (at 47 by 32 inches). This mat offers a nice combination of large size and good trapping capability. Though the reviews are, by and large, outstanding, some customers are concerned about the durability of the material; it may not be the right pick for an active scratcher.
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 has almost all five star reviews on Amazon. Some folks had issues with the durability of the mat; I had issues with the size.
Easyology has now come up with the Easyology Jumbo Size Cat Litter Mat (it is 47 inches by 36 inches). I highly recommend it. It's made of a heavy and durable PVC plastic so it is easy to vacuum or rinse off. It can also be used as a handy mat throughout the house. While it only has a few hundred reviews so far on Amazon, it has a perfect 5 star rating from users. I personally found the Easyology Jumbo Mat to be well made and large enough to work well at keeping kitty litter mess under control. I love the larger size and like the overall look of the mat. I'd love it if this mat had a bottom layer useful as a lining, but for the price, I think it is a great cat mat.
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 litter. Also, many cat litter boxes have more than one exit, so all exits need to be protected.
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Article created January 2013 and last updated June 22, 2017.