If you’ve got a problem with cat litter tracking then you’re just like one of about 36 million other US households that own a cat. It is a rather frustrating problem, particularly when you’re walking around with bare feet and you step right one a bit piece of litter that jabs into the bottom of your foot!
I’ve written another article on cat litter tracking in general, but the cat litter mat is by far one of the most important pieces. The cat litter mat is the first line of defense in stopping litter from getting past the first few feet outside of the litter box. Once it gets past the first few feet you’ll find it everywhere.
There are a wide variety of mats out there and while you could choose one randomly you’ll be far better served by selecting one that’ll fit your specific cat/situation. I chose the top four mats out there and not only are full reviews of each available at links below, but a side by side comparison is available for ease.
What Else Should I Look For?
Beyond the obvious it traps litter, what other things are important in choosing a cat litter mat? The key things that I like to keep an eye on are:
- The litter trapping method: How does the mat capture the litter? There are two main types of mats:
- Single Layer Grab: The grab method uses complex interwoven fibers to pull the litter off of your cats feet as they cross.
- Double Layer Drop: The drop method uses a series of honeycombed holes so the litter falls through into a second layer.
- Litter emptying method: How does the litter get out of the mat once it is trapped?
- Shake & Vacuum: This means you’re typically dependent on a vacuum or on shaking/smacking the mat against a wall to get litter out of it.
- Pick Up & Pour: This means the litter mat allows you to easily dump litter right out of it into the garbage or a litter box.
- Is it waterproof: Will urine or other liquids leak through to the floor below?
- Is it skid proof: Is the mat going to slide all over the place or does it have a backing built in to hold it in place?
- Is it the right size: Everyone has a different amount of space available for their litter mat, will the mat fit?
- Production Material: What’s it made of? This is important for those of you that want something that won’t absorb liquids and scents.
Best Cat Litter Mat Side by Side Comparison
|Litter Mat||Smiling Paws Cat Litter Mat||Easyology Cat Litter Mat||iPrimio Cat Litter Trapper||Moonshuttle Blackhole Cat Litter Mat|
|Litter Trap Method||Single Layer Grab||Single Layer Grab||Double Layer Drop||Double Layer Drop|
|Litter Empty Method||Shake & Vacuum||Shake & Vacuum||Pick Up & Pour||Pick Up & Pour|
|Skid Proof Bottom||Skid Proof Bottom||Skid Proof Bottom||No||No|
|Special Notes||Best overall combination
|Huge variety of colors||Space available for an absorbent pad to catch liquids & minimize spills||Easiest mat to pour out captured litter from|
|CatGenie Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible & Easy to Return Granules||Compatible & Easy to Return Granules|
|Purchase Options||Show Me The Lowest Price||Show Me The Lowest Price||Show Me The Lowest Price||Show Me The Lowest Price|
|StuffCatsWant Review||Full Review||Full Review||Full Review||Full Review|
|Material||Commercial Grade BPA Free Vinyl||PVC Plastic||EVA||EVA|
**Moonshuttle indicates the product is waterproof, but numerous consumers have indicated it is not.
Given all the mats available I’ll freely admit that I would personally lean toward either the Smiling Paws Mat or the Blackhole Litter Mat. The key deciding factor for me would be whether or not my cat is a long haired cat or not.
Long haired cats in general tend to get more litter stuck in their hair and thus I would aim for the Smiling Paws mat that has the ‘grabbing’ type system available. Short haired cats on the other hand would typically push me to lean toward the Blackhole Litter Mat instead.
Wrapping It Up on the Best Cat Litter Mat Side by Side
I know there are a ton of mats out there and it can be difficult to see which mat best fits the needs of you and your cats. Hopefully you found this article helpful. I know seeing all of the details in one place helps me come to a decision more quickly and easily.
If you’ve used any of the above mats and have any additional experience or info you’d like to share please comment below or shoot me a note at Craig@StuffCatsWant.com so I can update this article to reflect your thoughts. If you’ve got another mat I should review please also message or email me.
Please do ask me any questions you might have regarding any of the mats!
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