The 15 Best Cat Litter Mats of 2018 Stop Litter In Its Tracks

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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    It 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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    If it gets really gross you can soak it in water with some dish soap for a while then spray it down

CleanHouse Premium Cat Litter Mat

​Cleanhouse is ​a name on the scene of high performing cat litter mats, but that doesn’t take anything away from their product.  They provide an amazing product, and they provide it at one of the lowest prices on the market for a large litter mat.

It has great features similar to that of the other big names in the litter mat space too:

  • ​Special mesh design catches ALL loose litter from kitty litter box and paws, preventing litter tracking
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    It has a no slip backing built into so it won't go sliding around as your cat exits the box
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    You can easily shake the litter out of it to clean it, you can also hand wash it if necessary
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    It is BPA Free and made of 100% non toxic materials to keep your kitty safe and sound
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    It measures in at a solid 35 inches long by 24 inches wide
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    Features a lifetime warranty and a money back guarantee if you're not satisfied

PetFusion SmartGrip Cat Litter Mat

​The SmartGrip cat litter mat approaches things a little differently than most litter mats on the market. It doesn't use the traditional 'grabbing' or 'dropping' methodologies.

It instead uses a softer material to act as a cushion so little doesn't bounce around. It also features an outer channel to catch litter that is already rolling or bouncing along.  This also makes it a heck of a lot easier to clean compared to other litter mats.

A few other things worth noting:

  • ​​The soft material it is made of is super durable, but also super easy on your cat's paws which means your cat won't jump over the mat
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    Cleaning is a breeze, you can actually sweep this litter mat or wipe it off with a damp sponge
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    It measures in at 35 inches long by 24 inches wide so you can use it almost anywhere
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    It also has a couple of colors and a couple of styles to choose from which is a nice perk

​Smiling Paws Litter Trapper

​If you like the idea of a trapping litter system but you have a specific draw to Smiling Paws (I couldn't blame you there, I love their products) then this is an excellent option. You won't see much difference in this product and the iPrimio or the Blackhole ​litter box mats, but it is another great option.

There are a few things worth noting on this model:

  • ​Features a honey combed two layer design so litter falls through and can easily be dumped out
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    The edge is leather meaning it won't absorb any odors or scents even if your kitty gets pee on it
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    It measures in at 28 inches long by 24 inches wide so it is great for tight spaces
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    The bottom is coated with a laminate material to ensure nothing leaks through to the floor below

​Pets N' All Paw Shaped Mat

​If you are looking to make your purchase based both on shape and on capability then the Pets N' All paw shaped model should have you covered.  Not only is it a significantly large paw, but it also features great litter trapping technology used by other 'grabbing' style litter mats.

There are a couple of other key items worth noting on this option:

  • ​It is incredibly cheap for the amount of coverage it provides, less than 10 bucks
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    It is soft and gently on your cats paws so they won't jump over it
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    It is made of non toxic materials so it is safe for your feline friend
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    It is non slip so it won't go sliding around the floor as your cat enters and exits
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    Again, it is cat paw shaped

​If shape factors in and you're not too interested in a cat paw then perhaps you're interested in a cat head instead! This is one of the best options out there when it comes to cat head shaped options.

​A few other things worth noting on this option:

  • It comes in an awesome bright blue color to brighten your day
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    You can easily shake litter out of it or smack it against a wall
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    It is super light weight so you can get it out to the trash to shake the litter out easily
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    It comes in at 23.5" by 17.5" meaning you get a good deal of coverage

​Why Do I Need a Litter Mat?

​Two Words: Litter Tracking

​A litter mat is ​the first line of defense in ​combating litter tracking in your house.If you don't want to step on cat litter throughout your whole house then you'll absolutely need a litter mat.

Litter mats will catch a huge portion of the litter as your cat enters and exits the litter box. If you don't have a hooded or covered litter box then they'll also do a great job of catching some of the litter your cat kicks out of the box while doing her business.

Without a litter mat you'll find litter everywhere your cats go. Even in the corners ​of your house that are farthest from the litter box you'll find bits of it.  Every cat owner should have a litter mat right next to or outside of their litter box.


​What Types of Litter Mats Are There?

​There are two core types of litter mats out there:

  • Grabbing: The grabbing style of litter mats are designed with a bunch of interlocking or interweaved fibers that essentially grab and hold onto litter as your cat walks across the mat. This is the more traditional style mat and they've been around for ages.
    • Biggest Pro: It will actually grab litter off your cat's paws as they walk across it.
    • Biggest Con: More annoying to dump litter out of as it is designed to hold onto it.
  • Trapping: Trapping style mats are not exactly new, but they are definitely newer. Instead of grabbing at the litter they are designed to let the litter fall into them and then trap it in between the different laters of the mats.
    • ​Biggest Pro: Super easy to clean litter out of it.
    • Biggest Con: Litter has to basically fall into it for it to work.

If you've never had a litter mat before and you're looking for a recommendation then I'd go with a grabbing style mat. That's what the Smiling Paws option is which is my favorite overall litter mat.


​Does the Litter Matter?

​There are a bunch of different kinds of litter out there on the market. They range from paper to pine to the traditional clay clumping style litter that is the most well known by far. There are even absorbent crystals that are specifically designed to not be easy to kick around or drag out of the box.

​Most litter mats are specifically designed for traditional clay clumping style litters. This is because these litters more traditionally stick to your cat's paws and get tracked out of the box. If you decide to use a different form of litter you'll want to make sure that the holes in trapping style mats will be big enough to catch anything that gets kicked out of the box.

If you're not sure what kind of litter to go with for your first cat then you'll want to ask the shelter or rescue you're adopting from what the cat has been exposed to. Buying the type your cat is used to will minimize litter box problems.


​What Mat Is Best For My Cats?

​I've of course already given my recommendations above based on my favorite mat as well as by calling out some of the key features and functions of each mat above. If you have special requirements for your cat or based on your location then you can use that information as guidance.

There are of course a couple of other things you should consider when making your purchase:

  • Litter Box Type: ​When you have an open style litter box you'll definitely want to aim for a larger format litter mat. This ensures more coverage and will help minimize tracking from kicked litter.
  • Short vs Long Haired Cat: Long haired cats tend to get litter stuck in their fur quite easily. The larger the mat is the more opportunity you'll have for the litter to get caught. You'll also tend to want to aim for a grabbing style mat that might help pull litter out of their fur.
  • Cat Age: Young cats and senior cats are far more prone to have urine accidents. Be sure to buy a waterproof style litter mat if you have an older cat.
  • Cat Behavior: ​Some cats are notorious for sitting on the edge of the litter box to pee. If you know this about your cat be sure to get a larger style mat that is water proof and skid proof.

Wrapping up on the Best Cat Litter Mat

Choosing a litter mat is a key part of combating litter tracking throughout your house. The market is flooded with all types of mats and in all honesty there’s a lot of overlap between feature and function.  I’d say the key things to keep in mind are:

  • The size and shape of the space you need to cover
  • Your preferred cleanup method
  • If your cats have urine accidents or not

If this article was a bit too much then definitely check out my side by side comparison of the top 4 mats out there: Easyology, iPrimio, Blackhole and Smiling Paws. This article will provide a comprehensive breakdown on all the main points worth considering and help you choose the best mat for you and your cat.

If you have any other mats you like or tips worth mentioning then please please leave a comment below or send me an email at Craig@StuffCatsWant.com so I can update this article.

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Additional References: Moonshuttle Blackhole Cat Litter Mat WebsiteSmiling Paws WebsiteiPrimio Cat Litter Trapper WebsiteEasyology Cat Litter Mat WebsitePetfusion Website, PawkinWebsite, Caldwells Website

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14 thoughts on “The 15 Best Cat Litter Mats of 2018 Stop Litter In Its Tracks

  • November 10, 2017 at 5:50 am
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    great article, very informative. I grew up with cats and we always had issues with litter boxes and the litter messes. my mom has an older cat now that is having issues with getting in and out of the litter box, he keeps throwing litter all over the place. Wwich one would you suggest for a really messy older cat? thanks.

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    • November 10, 2017 at 7:52 am
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      I’d say your best bet would be the Easyology Jumbo mat in that case. Are you already using a low sided box for your cat? If so it isn’t surprising that litter is getting kicked all over the place. The extra large size of the jumbo mat should help. I’d also aim to stick the litter box in a corner so your mat gets the most coverage.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm
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    Hey Craig, I especially like the idea of the mat that has the two layers and the litter falls through the first layer. Very ingenious design. What do you think about cats that don’t have a front-entry box and just jump over the mat? Any way to remedy this?

    This has been a massive issue for me and I absolutely HATE kitty litter everywhere, stepping on it and stuff (I am sure you’re aware haha).

    Thanks for the great article!

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    • November 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm
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      A top entry box could be a bit challenging in that regard, but they are supposedly designed to shake off most of the litter when the cat jumps up on top of the box to get out. That being said, I’d suggest coverage as your biggest ally. I’d lean toward something like the Easyology Jumbo Mat or the Easyology Corner mat and then make sure your litter box is in a corner where your cat would have to jump quite a ways to not hit the mat.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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    Hi Craig, was just wondering if you any problems with your cats scratching up the smiling paws mat? It looks like they’d love to scratch it up given the design. Does it hold up ok if they do scratch it?

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    • November 10, 2017 at 4:12 pm
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      My cat Beast loves to scratch the Smiling Paws mat up, but it has held up really well to it. She’s been at it for months and it doesn’t show any visible signs of damage.

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  • November 11, 2017 at 7:50 am
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    WOW!!!

    This is by far one of the most extensive product reviews that I’ve seen…ever!!!

    Well, I saw the cute little kitten design on the Smiley Paws Cat Liter Mats and couldn’t help but smile! But I could see how this was your favorite with great features like being BPA-free, no-slip backing and waterproof.

    But my eyes nearly popped out when I saw the Moonshuttle Blackhole Cat Liter Mat! The 2-layered trapping and pouring system would seem like a no-brainer. Genuis!

    What’s your recommendation for the best way to clean these kinds of mats, Craig.

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    • November 11, 2017 at 9:32 am
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      For the most part they are all pretty easy to clean with a shower head. That being said, you’ll definitely want to shake the litter out of them first or dump the litter out of the multi layer systems. Cat litter is no good for your pipes.

      If it gets really dirty or if your cat happens to pee on it I’d recommend you simply soak it in a tub of water and dish soap for a while then spray it down and let it dry off.

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  • November 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm
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    Glad I saw this article as I’m currently in the market for a good quality litter mat! I’m liking the looks of the Smiling Paws mat as it looks much larger than the one I currently have (and better quality too). With 2 cats at home, I’m seriously so over stepping on cat litter all over my entire house, and not to mention constantly vacuuming it up cause it seems to just never end.

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    • November 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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      I can relate 100%. I got tired of it within the first month of having a cat. We’ve got ours where the litter box is in the closet and they have to do a hop out and a turn and another turn to get out of the closet so it shakes 95% of it off. It isn’t perfect, but it is a heck of a lot better than the first few regular types of rugs we tried out.

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  • January 2, 2018 at 8:35 am
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    my cat sprays all over as he pees, what’s the best one for that?

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    • January 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm
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      I’d definitely lean toward one of the water proof options or one where you can drop an absorbent pad into it. I’d say the iPrimio or the Smiling Paws.

      Something else you probably want to consider is to get yourself a hooded/covered litter box.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 10:08 am
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    I was wondering, we have a rabbit as a pat that we’re attempting to house train. Do any of this tailor better for other animals or is it more or less the same? Thanks!

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    • June 28, 2018 at 6:34 pm
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      Admittedly I’ve never had a rabbit, but I assume they would have some of the same problems that cats do. Namely, litter gets dragged out when stuck to their fur. Given that I think any of the options would work. But I would assume that rabbits are less likely to kick litter out so you’d want something that is more dedicated to grabbing it off their fur.

      Given this I’d go with the Smiling Paws or the Easyology.

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