Another accessory to consider when you are choosing the best cat litter to use is a cat litter mat.
A common problem with cat litter is ‘tracking’, which occurs when some of the litter becomes stuck to the cats paws after they have used the tray and is then trailed around the house.
Litter can also come out of the tray when cats dig to cover their waste. This can result in a lot of mess and an unhygienic and unpleasant area around the tray. It is also not unknown for cats to sometimes miss the litter tray.
A simple solution to these problems is a cat litter mat, as these mats keep the area around the litter tray clean and tidy as well as being designed to extract litter from the cats paws.
A good cat litter mat will be comfortable for your cat to step on, be easy to clean and help to capture the litter from accidents and from tracking. We have also found that large cat litter mats can do a more effective job, as litter can spread a surprising distance beyond the reach of smaller mats.
Best Cat Litter Mat
Some of the best cat litter mats currently available are:
Easyology Premium Cat Litter Mat
The extra large Easyology Cat Litter Mat is top of our list of recommendations for several reasons. Firstly, it is a really good size and measures 90cm x 60cm, so this means it is big enough to catch the litter being tracked out of the tray and will protect your floor.
This mat includes deep grooves which catch any litter trapped in the paws, and it is made from durable PVC plastic so it is water resistant and easy to clean with a vacuum or by shaking.
It provides a soft and comfortable surface for the cat, and the thickness of the mat can withstand sharp claws and frequent use.
This mat is so large it can also be used as a doormat, and it is available in several different colours to suit the décor of your home. It is currently unavailable but usually priced around £15.
Pets N All Super Size Cat Litter Mat
A similar size mat is on offer from Pets N All, which is also made from PVC and consists of flexible fibres which help to trap the litter. There is also an outer channel which helps to prevent litter escaping off the mat.
This mat is available in cream, and will help to keep the area around the litter tray clean and tidy as it will fit under any size of litter tray and the underside of the mat is non slip. This is another great option for a large cat litter mat.
Petz Cat Litter Mat with Paw Prints
This is a smaller mat which measures 40cm x 30cm, so it is ideal to place outside the doorway of your litter tray rather than underneath a larger tray.
We like this mat because of the cute design of the paws tracking across them mat, although it will also do a good job of trapping the litter as it is made from a tough and durable material.
This mat is slightly less expensive at £4.99, and will brighten up the area around the litter tray as well as keeping it tidy and hygienic.
There are many more options of cat litter mats available, and plenty of other things to consider including the size and location of the litter tray in your house.
However, it is well worth investing in a good quality mat for all of the reasons listed above – especially if it helps to stop the spread of litter around your home.