Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat Review

Product: Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat

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Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat Product Overview

This Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat is a top of the line mat designed to help control litter tracking in the house. Not only does it work like a charm, but it comes with several other benefits that most other mats don’t combine into a single mat. I’ve featured as the top mat in my top 10 best cat litter mats article for exactly this reason.

The mat covers a large surface area and is made of a very durable material that is specifically designed to  lightly grab at litter and other “stuff” that might be stuck to your cat’s paws. It does a great  job of this and successfully stops the bulk of litter from being tracked all over.

It also doesn’t have a rough feeling to it that will cause a lot of cats to avoid walking on it like many mats do.

Smiling Paws also comes fully equipped with a built in non slip backing AND it is waterproof. So not only will it not slide around, but in case of any accidents it also won’t be letting the urine drain through to the floor. Since you can easily spray it down with a hose or shower head as well it is easy to clean.

CatGenie owners have also indicated that this product successfully captures CatGenie granules and ensures they don’t get far!

The Pros:

  • It is large in size to cover a wide area outside of the litter box (or boxes).
  • It is quite affordable coming in at the middle of the road price wise.
  • It comes in a nice variety of colors (though as of now only Grey/Black are on Amazon).
  • It has a no-slip backing built into it, it won’t slide all over.
  • It is very durable and easy to shake the litter out of and wash the litter out with a hose or shower head.
  • It is waterproof, nothing will leak through it if your cat has an accident.
  • It is BPA & Phthalate free.

The Cons:

  • It isn’t nearly as easy to empty the litter out of as mats like the Blackhole Litter Mat. You’ll have to shake it or vacuum it.
  • If you have an older cat or special needs cat that pees constantly on the mat it may still pick up a scent (any mat will in that situation).

How to Use It Best:

  • When you first get it you might have to apply a hair dryer to it so it’ll flatten out, this is a side effect of the material during rolled up shipping.
  • Clean the mat frequently to keep it from getting gross, soaking it in water & dish soap will make it easy to rinse most things off.
  • A vacuum works great to clean up initial layers or bits of litter.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will it slide around on carpet and wood floors?
    • No, it specifically has a slide proof backing built into it to prevent this.
  • Do things get stuck in the fibers?
    • Yes, from time to time things will get stuck in the fibers. The mat is easy to beat out against a wall though and that will remove most of them. You can also wash it with a hose or shower head without any problem.
  • Is the mat waterproof?
    • Yes, it is waterproof so liquids (urine and vomit) can’t soak through to the floor below.
  • Could you cut this mat to fit a smaller space?
    • Yes, using a utility knife or a pair of very sharp scissors you could cut the mat to fit a specific size or shape.
    • Just note that after you cut it the mat won’t hold liquids as well so things might leak out the side.
  • Is the mat easy to clean in case of an accident or vomit?
    • Yes, soap and water can be used to clean the mat, a shower head or shower sprayer on a hose will help clean the small holes out.
  • How big is it?
    • 35 inches x 23.5 inches

Compare Smiling Paws To Other Top Mats

Wrapping It up:

The Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat is another excellent mat if you’ve got a litter tracking problem at home. The biggest differentiator for this particular product is that it combines all of these features into a single mat: size, no slip backing, waterproof, BPA free & more. The biggest drawback I’ve noted is that it can take some time to vacuum the litter out of the fibers if they’re really suck in there.

If you’ve used the Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat and have any addition experience or info you’d like to share please comment below or shoot me a note at so I can update this article to reflect your thoughts. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

References: Smiling Paws Website

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14 thoughts on “Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat Review

  • October 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I use a standard rug and my cat still tracks all over the damn place. Thanks for the suggestion, think I’ll give this a go.

    • October 25, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Regular rugs don’t tend to work super well for stopping litter tracking, this would definitely perform better than any regular rug I’ve seen out there on the market. Good luck controlling the problem. Let us know how it goes.

  • October 26, 2017 at 4:52 am

    I just have a normal mat for my cat and she slides on it all the time like its an ice rink out my kitchen, lol. Ill have to give this litter mat out before she does some damage to herself or any of my kitchen walls, hahaha

    • October 26, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Hahaha! Too funny. My cat Lexi runs all over the darn place, but we have all wood floors so it is like a slip and slide for her. She loves getting up to full speed but never seems to have a plan on how to slow down other than to jump onto something like the couch.

  • October 26, 2017 at 6:46 am

    To be honest I didn’t hear about this brand before. My friend is looking for a new mat and this one seems perfect. What I liked about this mat is that it is waterproof and BPA & Phthalate free. We do have cats at home but my mom is not interested in buying a mat (yet). I will share this article with my friend and I will take a look at the Blackhole Litter Mat (and see if I can convince my mom to look into the possibility of buying a mat).

    • October 26, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Thanks for passing the information along! My goal is to end litter tracking for one and for all :).

  • October 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I think somewhere deep inside I am a cat person… My sister in law just recently decided she wants to have a cat. Or more likely all her 3 daughters and her partner wanted one 🙂 so she had no choice. Democracy. I think this could be something she might need now…

    • October 26, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Definitely pick one of these mats up from the start so you never know the pain of litter tracking. Wow, that sounded really a lot worse than it is. It is pretty annoying though, so well worth it to get a mat specially designed to control it…

  • October 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I am wanting to get a cat, or two as I like each other to have company. Would you recommend me getting two litter trays? One for each cat, or don’t you think it really matters. I hadn’t thought of it before.

    Either this mat looks great and will definitely suit me. When I was a kid we used to just put down paper under the tray. My how things have changed, lol

    Anyway, thanks for the review Craig. It has certainly helped make up my mind.

    • October 26, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      If you have multiple cats you should typically have multiple litter boxes until you’ve had a chance to let them live together for a while. I personally only have one box for two cats, but we started with two for the first six months and very slowly phased out access to the other one. This article here can provide some more details on why I’d recommend more than one, but the typical rule of thumb as at least one for each cat +1 if you have room

  • October 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    We have an older cat who tends to make a mess of the litter box. She kicks it up and over the edge of the box and onto the floor, then tracks a good amount of it around as well. This looks like a great solution, as the regular floor mats we’ve been using don’t pull it off of her effectively.

    I’m wondering, does the mat have any kind of odor-guard? The litter we use does of course, but in case of accidents or for when she kicks it over the side of the box, I’m wondering if the mat also has something to prevent or delay odors from building up. This old cat really shocks me with what it’s capable of producing sometimes haha

    • October 26, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Great question, the material it is made of it is actually odor resistant and since it doesn’t absorb any liquids you should be able to blot them up or dump them off.

      At worst this mat is super easy to spray off with a hose or a shower head or to soak in some water with soap. That will remove any scent very quickly.

  • October 26, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    My sister she just complained about always stepping on cat litter at home, I will have to direct her to your post. Appreciate your work! 🙂

    Kenny Wong


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