Side by Side of the 4 Best Cat Litter Mats

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
Photo easyology cat litter mat large size blackhole cat litter mat feature image
Rating 5 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars
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
Water Proof  Waterproof No  Waterproof No**
Skid Proof Bottom Skid Proof Bottom Skid Proof Bottom  No No
Special Notes Best overall combination

BPA Free

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
Sizes Available
  • Rect. Jumbo 47″ x 33″
  • Rect. Lg. 35″ x 23.5″
  • Rect. Jumbo 47″ x 36″
  • Rect. Lg. 35″ x 23″
  • Rect. Jumbo 42″ x 36″
  • Rect. Lg. 30″ x 23″
  • Rect. Small. 23″ x 21″
  • Rect. Lg. 30″ x 23″
  • Rect. Med. 23″ x 21″
  •  Cat Shaped 23″ x 21″
Purchase Options Show Me The Lowest Price Show Me The Lowest Price Show Me The Lowest Price Show Me The Lowest Price
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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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References: Moonshuttle Blackhole Cat Litter Mat WebsiteSmiling Paws WebsiteiPrimio Cat Litter Trapper WebsiteEasyology Cat Litter Mat Website

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17 thoughts on “Side by Side of the 4 Best Cat Litter Mats

  • October 27, 2017 at 11:42 am
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    What a great site and I am so glad to have found it.
    I have a friend that loves casts and has too many for me to count. She is always sweeping up the cat litter in the back room where the cats do their business. I know this is an issue with her because she has mentioned what a nuisance it can be. This seems like it would be an answer to her problems. I am amazed at how this mat catches the litter but is easy to pour out. I will pass this on to her.
    She has both short and long-haired cats. You recommend the Smiling Paw mat. I may purchase one of these for her to try. Does this mat come in different colors? Is this the mat you would recommend?

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    • October 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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      The Smiling Paws Mat is the best one for long haired cats in my opinion. It’ll help actually pull the litter off the feet of the cat where the Blackhole and the iPrimio are better at just capturing litter that falls down in large amounts.

      Smiling Paws comes in a few colors and the Easyology comes in a ton of colors. If color is your deciding factor I’d go with Easyology unless you are just looking for beige or brown.

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  • October 27, 2017 at 11:56 am
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    One of my dilemmas in the past is the overwhelming number of cat litter mats out there. It definitely makes it hard to choose. I really like your break down of what to look for in a cat litter mat.

    I agree also that I would purchase the smiling paws mat over the rest. Because of your article I am more educated and can make a decision lots easier now.

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    • October 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm
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      Thanks for reading and glad you found it helpful.

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  • October 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm
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    I am shopping for a mat right now and I wasn’t sure what were the differences between all of them, this review is very informative and helpful. I like the Pick up and Pour system but I’m not sure about the fact that it doesn’t have a skid proof bottom. I think I will follow your recommendations and go for the Smiling Paws because I have a cute long haired cat. Do you know if we can put this mat in the washing machine ?

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    • October 27, 2017 at 3:43 pm
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      The spin cycle may deform parts of the mat. The manufacturer recommends that you use a high-pressure hose for deep cleaning along with dish soap or something else that’s kind to the environment.

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  • October 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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    What a wonderful website, cat lovers must be loving this. This review is certainly very helpful. There is nothing worse than kitty litter being tracked all over the house.

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  • October 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm
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    The mats look to provide plenty of coverage when keeping control of litter, I will pass this on to a couple of my friends who have cats.

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    • October 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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      Thanks for reading and passing it along.

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  • October 28, 2017 at 12:25 am
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    What a great comprehensive review! I read this post with one of my friends who is a cat fanatic. She also has the problem with her cat’s litter tracking so she was very interested in this information. Her cat is an American Shorthair, so from your recommendation, blackhole mat seems to be a good option. I was concerned about blackhole mat not having a waterproof, and she is concerned about the mat not having a skid proof, so even though her cat is a shorthair, smiling paws may be her option.

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    • October 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm
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      Well, I think it depends on if having a waterproof bottom is really necessary. I have two cats that never get urine on the litter mat so that’s not really a concern for me at all.

      The skid part is easily solved by quickly picking up a non skid rug guard and setting it under the mat. This one from Gorilla Grip is what I use for rugs around my house.

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  • October 29, 2017 at 2:46 am
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    This is very helpful. As a rookie owner of a cat I thought just a towel would do the work. But after looking at the options you provided I can see choosing the right mat depends on a series of factors, including how long the cat’s hair is among other things.

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    • October 29, 2017 at 9:45 am
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      When I got my first cat I just went with a typical bamboo braided rug and thought it’d be just fine. A lot of litter certainly landed right on it, but it didn’t do such a great job of holding onto it after the fact! You’ll definitely want something more than a towel!

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  • October 30, 2017 at 6:07 am
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    i have a long haired cat that tracks stuff all over and gets poo stuck in her hair.

    whats the best mat for her?

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    • October 30, 2017 at 8:18 am
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      The mat itself can’t really control much that gets stuck in the hair around your cats butt, but anything that gets stuck to her feet can definitely be helped.

      I’d definitely suggest you go with the Smiling Paws Litter mat given it is a grab type mat. This will help snag anything stuck in the hairs of her paws as she exits the box.

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  • November 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm
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    This is a great comparison and so helpful. Our cats use the Breeze system, which has very large pellets. The pellets do get carried around the room a little bit (murder on the bare human foot!), though it is hard to say what percentage is kicked out during the all-important scratch-and-cover operation, and which actually get stuck between the cats’ pads and get carried out. Do you have an opinion on which mat might be able to grab these large pellets?

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    • November 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm
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      I would say the iPrimio or the Blackhole would be your best bet!

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