Looking for the best litter mat?
To choose the best litter mat it’s a smart decision because they help keep the litter area clean for longer so the vacuuming or sweeping are reduced dramatically. They also form part of the decor in the house, offering shapes, colors, and textures that match the cat’s litter box and even the style of your house.
1. Catching the excess of litter from the cat paws when the cat walks on it. This is excellent for cats with furry paws.
2. Containing the litter when the cat jumps out of the litter box. The litter tracking is not only caused by your cat paws but it also gets spilled onto the floor from your cat jumping.
3. Helping as protection for a possible “accident” from your cat in the litter box area. Most cats don’t do their business out of the litter box but the mat protects the floor in case your cat misses the right spot when doing its business.
What to check to choose a litter mat for your cat:
√ The litter you use: if you use sand type litter any good litter mat will work fine because they offer openings or rough texture to catch the litter. Some mats have small openings on the surface while others bigger holes. If you use fine litter it won’t be a problem for it to fall through the holes into the bottom layer.
√ The texture: Ideally, the litter mat needs to be soft on the cat paws and also on your bare feet. This is very important because some cats refuse to walk on a rough litter mat when they don’t feel it easy on their paws.
√ Functional design: To contain litter effectively, the mat needs to have some ridge edges to hold better the spilled litter. Also if you have a cat that jumps, the bottom of the mat needs to be non-slip so it doesn’t slide when the cat lands on the mat.
√ Easy to empty: The mat needs to be easy to empty when filled up with litter and not too heavy if you want to dump the litter outside.
√ Size: The size of the mat is also an important point to consider because if you have a large litter box or a cat that does long jumps you might need a big size if you have enough room for it.
√ Waterproof: If your cat has frequent “accidents” with urine or feces, it’s a must to get a litter mat with the ability to hold liquids long enough until you take care of it.
√ Easy to wash: The mat needs to be lightweight to carry to the sink, bathroom or outside to hose it off.
Another important factor is the design of your cat’s litter box. If your cat uses an enclosed type litter box he will more likely walk on the litter mat. Let’s see the top 3 cat litter mats that will help you reduce the litter tracking on your floors:
BEST CAT LITTER MATS COMPARISON CHART
System to catch litter
Double layer. Top layer with honeycomb shaped holes.
Extra Large: 30” L x 23” W x 0.8" thick
Small: 23" x 21" x 7/16" thick
Outer lip and grooves on surface.
Large: 27 "x 22" x 0.25" lip
Extra Large: 38" x 26" x 0.3" lip
Premium FDA-grade silicone
Double layer. Top layer with holes and little bumps.
Rectangular: 30" x 23" x 0.5"
Med. Square: 23" x 21 x 0.5"
Let’s Analyze Each One of the Top Litter Mats
A brief description about the features of each brand, and cat suitability. For more information, click on full review.
#1 CAT LITTER TRAPPER MAT
The Cat Litter Trapper has a double EVA foam layer where the top features honeycomb shaped holes where the litter falls through into the second layer at the bottom.
The surface of the top layer has a texture that catches the excess of litter from the cat’s paws, reducing the litter tracking and the bottom layer holds the caught litter, keeping the area of the litter box cleaner.
The mat features nylon mesh edges and a thin polymer film at the bottom back to make it waterproof. The mat is sewn only on one end, leaving the 3 sides opened for easy dumping of the litter.
√ Cat Litter Trapper Mat is suitable for:
- Cats that don’t have urine “accidents”
- If your cat walks out the litter box without jumping.
- If you place the mat on a carpet.
See more details in FULL REVIEW
#2 SMILING PAWS PREMIUM CAT LITTER MAT
Smiling Paws Premium litter mat features a twisting vinyl texture with TM9 catcher technology that catches most of the litter from the cat’s paws.
Your floors will be cleaner for longer and the frequency of cleaning the litter will be reduced dramatically.
The size of Smiling Paws is extra large, covering a very extensive area, ideal for cats that prefer to jump when leaving the litter box. Also, the surface is soft, easy on the cat’s paws so no problem for your cat to land on this mat. Also, the mat has a non-slid back which ensures the mat stability, it will stay put even on hard floors.
√ Smiling Paws Premium litter mat is suitable:
- Messy cats when using the litter box
- Cats with very furry paws
- Cats that jump when exiting the litter box.
Check more details on this FULL REVIEW
Check a video of the Smiling Paws litter mat (black color):
Note: If you like the idea of the twisting vinyl of the Smiling Paws litter mat and you don’t like to be vacuuming the mat so often, there is an alternative option. The Pet Gear Pro Pawty features the same twisting vinyl texture, but it comes with a functional and practical enclosure to hide the litter box and the litter mat at the same time so you don’t have to clean or vacuum the litter mat so frequently.
#3 PETFUSION TOUGHGRIP LITTER MAT
Petfusion ThoughGrip litter mat is made of FDA-grade silicone that is hygienic and soft on the cat’s paws. Its unique grooves on the surface and outer lip help to contain the litter, keeping it on the surface.
The premium grade silicone is water-proof, not toxic and it’s anti-microbial. The material is sturdy and durable, with a design made mainly to catch excess of litter from the cat’s paws efficiently.
As this mat is soft on the cat’s paws, the cat tends to walk on the suface of this mat, instead of jumping out the litter box, avoiding the contact with the mat.
√ I recommend Petfusion ToughGrip to:
- Cats with sensitive paws or declawed cats
- Litter-messy cats
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Check a video of Petfusion ToughGrip
#4 BLACKHOLE CAT LITTER MAT
Blackhole litter mat is made with two layers of EVA foam, one at the top featuring holes where the litter falls into and the bottom layer where the litter stays until it gets emptied.
The mat is sewn on both sides, leaving the two ends opened to dump the litter. The texture of the mat allows it to catch most of the litter from the cat’s paws. Blackhole mat is durable and non-toxic.
The mat is not heavy, weighing 2 pounds. The double layer keeps the surface free of humidity in case of a litter box accident and it holds the liquids for a fair amount of time until you are able to clean it.
√ Blackhole Cat litter mat is suitable for:
- Cats that walk when exiting the litter box
- Messy cats when digging the litter in the box
- If your cat creates lots of litter tracking
Learn more details on this FULL REVIEW
Check how Blackhole litter mat works:
You can’t go wrong by choosing any of these top cat litter mats to ensure a cleaner litter box area in your home. Good luck!