The 15 Best Cat Litter Mats of 2020 [Stop Litter Tracking]

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Everyone who owns a cat knows that stepping on cat litter is no pleasant experience. It can be anything from a little ‘Ugh, again?’ in your head to ‘Owww! Dang, that really hurt!’  

At the least though it is a huge annoyance to constantly have cat litter all over your house. Litter mats are the first line of defense in stopping litter tracking. If you’re looking for more details on litter tracking, check out this article.

If you’re looking for the best cat litter mat on the market then look no further. I’ve pulled together a compilation of the best mats out there all into one place for your convenience.

My overall favorite is the Smiling Paws Mat. The rest are in no particular order, but most serve a specific niche need which has been called out in parenthesis right after the name.

The Best ​Cat Litter Mat Quick Guide

Key Highlight

Product Name

​My Overall Favorite

​Best Trapping Style

​Easy Cleanup

​Jumbo Sized

​Extremely Durable

​Large Sized

​Very Economical

​Grooved Channels

​Very Affordable

​Best Corner Option

​Lifetime Warranty

Easiest on Cat Paws

​Ideal for Small Spaces

Cat Paw Shaped

Cat Head Shaped

Additional Information


Smiling Paws Premium Cat Litter Mat

​I’ll freely admit that Smiling Paws is far and away my favorite and the best litter mat on the market. It falls into the category of the grabbing type mat.

I like it a lot for a variety of reasons, but the biggest one is that it simply does an excellent job at trapping and holding on to cat litter.

Here are the key features that I think are worth calling out:

  • ​It is large in size to cover a wide area outside of the litter box (or boxes)
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    It is quite affordable coming in at the middle of the road price wise
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    It comes in a nice variety of colors including grey, black, beige and brown
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    It has a no-slip backing built into it, it won’t slide all over when your cat goes in and out
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    It is very durable and easy to shake the litter out of and wash other stuff off of it with a hose or shower head
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    It is waterproof, nothing will leak through it if your cat has an accident
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    It is BPA & Phthalate free to keep your cat safe and sound
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    It checks a huge number of boxes across the board where most mats only get a few

iPrimio Cat Litter Trapper

​iPrimio is one of the most well known names in cat litter mats because of their innovative two layer design that is specifically setup to enable the insertion of an absorbent pad for liquids.  

While you of course can insert an absorbent pad into other two layer models, iPrimio has designed to account for liquid and ensure it contains any associated mess. This is the best cat litter mat among the multi layer designs.

Let’s look at a few additional features:

  • ​Large size and extra large holes make it excellent at trapping litter that falls into it
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    Two layer design keeps the litter in place and enables you to dump the litter out quickly
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    The surface is designed specifically to be sensitive cat paw friendly
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    Designed to let you place an absorbent pad in the bottom in case urine is a consistent problem
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    It comes in at a solid size of 30″ in length by 23″ in width
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    Super easy to clean in case of a urine accident, just hose it down

Moonshuttle Blackhole Cat Litter Mat

​The Blackhole Cat Litter Mat, one of the most coveted of all the litter mats on the market. It was one of the first to bring about the two layer trapping and pouring system that has become a staple of many litter mats on the market today.  

The Blackhole Mat is essentially designed so that litter falls through the top layer of the mat into the bottom layer where it is locked away. The huge perk that comes with this is it is super easy to dump the trapped litter into the garbage or right back into the litter box.

The Blackhole comes with a bunch of other great perks as well:

  • ​The material is 100% EVA non toxic foam rubber, totally safe for your cats and soft on their paws
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    The mat is very strong and doesn’t encourage scratching like many of the loop/fiber design mats
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    Cleanup is super easy for the mat, 99% of things can simply be shaken off or dumped out and it only requires water to rinse anything more than litter off of it
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    The largest size comes in at 30″ in length and 23″ in width, but Blackhole has multiple options in size, shape and color depending on your needs (there’s even a cat head shaped version)
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    This mat has been on the market for years and has been well respected since its debut, it has a history of being an excellent product

Easyology Super Jumbo Cat Litter Mat

​Easyology makes mats in a bunch of different forms and formats, but this one is specifically designed to cover a massive amount of space.  This is the behemoth of cat litter mats and that is the biggest feature worth noting.

Now that being said, Easyology makes a wonderful mat in general, so let’s review the other things Easyology does right with their mat:

  • ​It is super large in size, 47 inches in length by 36 in width and it can easily cover multiple litter boxes and then some
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    The mat uses a patent pending loop design that was specifically created to pull litter off of the bottom of cat paws without causing any discomfort
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    Easyology is known for a huge variety colors and they don’t disappoint even with this size mat
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    It has a no-slip backing built into it to keep it from slipping all overIt is easy to vacuum litter out of it, at worst you can shake it out or whack it on a wall
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    It doubles as a doormat if you want a decent doormat that is gigantic in size

PetFusion ToughGrip Waterproof Cat Litter Mat

​The PetFusion ToughGrip is an interesting mat in that it doesn’t follow the normal train of thought in litter mat design. It doesn’t have anything to grab the litter or a special place for the litter to fall, it is mostly a large tray that is a heck of a lot more comfortable for cats to walk on than an actual tray.

It also has ridges built into it to help hold onto litter and potentially knock it off of your cat’s paws as they walk across the mat. Let’s dig into some of the major features beyond that:

  • ​It’s made of FDA Grade Silicon which means it is 100% waterproof, nothing leaks through it
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    The mat is also anti-microbial, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and has no odor
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    One of the biggest selling points is durability with strength/toughness, your cats would need to really put an effort forth to even damage this mat and the design doesn’t encourage them to try
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    The mat is super easy to clean, you can sweep it up with a broom, vacuum it up, or even just pick it up and dump all the litter out
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    The mat is also very flexible and includes a pour spout so you can fold it in half and pour clean litter back into the box
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    If it gets urine or anything else on it you can spray this thing down with a high powered hose without issue, heck you could probably use a power washer on it (but that really isn’t necessary)
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    ​It comes in a little bigger than most mats at 38″ in length by 26″ inches in width
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    Given the mat is made of silicone it will be total slip proof on any hard surface

Pawkin Extra Large Phthalate Free Cat Litter Mat

Pawkin is an excellent mat that’s been on the market for years and years. The biggest rivals it has are Smiling Paws and Easyology which both employ similar techniques from a design standpoint to trap and hold litter. 

The Pawkin mat uses the grab and pull style system to remove litter from the bottom of your cat’s paws and hold onto it until you shake it out.

The Pawkin mat does an awesome job of capturing and holding on to litter, so let’s see what else it features:

  • ​The mat is made of soft PVC fibers that capture and hold litter without hurting your cat’s paws
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    Pawkin mats are laboratory tested to be free of phthalates and other toxins, 100% kitty safe
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    Cleaning is easy by shaking, vacuuming, or fully washing the mat down with dish soap and a hose
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    It comes in at a solid size at 35″ in length and 23″ in width
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    The non-slip backing keeps the mat in place even with very active kitties
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    It comes in a solid variety of colors for you to match up to your home decor
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    Pawkin also provides a 100% money back guarantee on their mat, zero questions asked

Vivaglory Large Soft Cat Litter Mat

​Vivaglory is a little less well known brand, but that doesn’t take anything away from the wonderful job it does controlling litter tracking. The The Vivaglory litter mat is another of the grab & pull type mats on the market where it will lightly pull the litter off of your cat’s paws.  

Key features of the mat include:

  • ​It has deep grooves and superior mesh to catch litter effectively
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    It is BPA and phthalate free so it is safe for your cats and it is also 100% eco friendly
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    Cleaning it is a breeze with your traditional vacuum, you can also spot clean any gross spots with a damp cloth or hose it down outside if it gets really filthy
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    If the mat requires a deep clean it can be soaked in advance
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    It has a coveted solid non-skid backing to keep it in place on wood and tile floors
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    It is water resistant to help protect your floor from any  accident your cat might have & the rubber backing is fast drying
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    It comes in a versatile color set for those of you looking to match a room: Beige, Coffee, Grey and Navy
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    It is huge in overall size which is great for coverage: 35.4” in length, 23.6” in width
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    The price point is much more accessible than some of the brands that have name recognition which is a great perk

Gorilla Grip Premium Non-Slip Cat Litter Mat

​Now Gorilla Grip might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to cat litter mats. In fact before I ran across this mat the only thing that came to mind for me was actually Surf Boards & their wax.  That being said, Gorilla Grip makes a kick butt litter mat.

The major features are:

  • ​It features deep grooves and superior mesh to capture litter (both kicked out and stuck to furry paws) better a traditional rug or even some of the mats that have multi layer systems
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    The Gorilla Grip non-slip backing keeps your cat litter mat in place without having to purchase an additional non slip mat. That means the mess stays in the mat, not on your floors
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    The mat is designed for comfort and is BPA and phthalate free (pet lovers know this is a must)
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    The mat is made from super soft material is gentle on sensitive paws so your cats won’t purposely avoid it
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    Cleaning is a breeze, simply shake it off, vacuum the litter up, or soap up and rinse down
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    It is large size coming in at a total of: 35” in length and 23″ in width
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    This mat comes in on the low end from a price standpoint
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    Gorrilla Grip is known to have customer service that is amazing, if anything goes wrong they’ll help ASAP
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    Their mat carries a 10 year no questions asked warranty, you really can’t go wrong if you select this mat for your home

Caldwell’s Extra Large Cat Litter Trap

​Quite a name for a litter mat isn’t it? Who knew you could name your mat with 15 words?!?! That’s right, I counted them, all for you.  Now that being said, Caldwell’s does justice to the name of their mat by providing an all around wonderful product. They also do it an in incredibly low cost.

Let’s take a look at the key features:

  • ​It uses a traditional grabbing style design to lightly pull litter off your cat’s paws and capture and hold on to anything that gets out of the box
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    There is a 360 degree border built into the mat so in case of an accident urine will not run over the sides and onto the floor
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    It is super easy to clean, just shake it out, vacuum it, or use a high pressure hose to spray it off
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    It has a built in no slip backing to ensure it won’t go sliding around your floor
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    It is large size coming in at a total of: 35.4” in length and 24″ in width
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    The material is extremely tough, Caldwell’s claims it is indestructible by cat claws (not sure if I believe that, but it is certainly very durable)
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    The material is 100% non-toxic & non-allergenic silicone so it is 100% safe for your city kitty
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    The mat comes in at a simply dirt cheap price, other big brands are nearly triple the cost

Easyology Jumbo Corner Cat Litter Mat

​This is a unique cat litter mat in that it is specifically designed to fit into a corner and flare out as a circular shaped litter mat. Ninety nine percent of the litter mats on the market are either rectangles or cat head shaped.

This one ​one is truly unique it its own right just because it is created for corners.  Easyology also makes another amazing litter mat that is rectangular (you saw it above), but this one is worth reviewing separately just for the unique shape.

Key features include:

  • ​The mat uses a patent pending loop design that was specifically created to pull litter off of the bottom of cat paws without causing any discomfort
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    Easyology has been rated as one of the best mats on the market
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    It has a no-slip backing built into it to keep it from slipping all over
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    This is on the only mat specifically designed for a corner space
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