So it turns out cat litter mats are an actual product.

Now before I owned a cat, I didn’t even realise these existed, but it turns out they have a use.

It was of kind of amusing reading other articles rating and ranking ‘the best cat litter mats’ and waxing lyrical about their ‘features.’

These are mats after all, not space shuttle control decks.

There’s even one site that has mats rated by ‘experts’.

I’m no expert, I’m not sure anyone truly is.

Perhaps it’s a growing field which will one day attract some of our greatest academic minds.

Who knows?

But I am a cat owner who really doesn’t want litter or anything else for that mat-ter (ah?), getting onto the floor or anywhere else beyond the tray or litter box.

So I decided to look it into it, as apparently, quite a few people per month also do.

What You Will Discover

What do Cat Litter Mats do?

At the very basic level, cat litter mats act as a barrier between the floor and spilt litter as a kind of ‘cat litter trapper’.

The best cat litter mats should trap anything from the tray or box and prevent it from being spread around the home by your cat or cats.

It’s unlikely any mat will be 100% effective but the best ones should help alleviate the problem significantly.

They should also help collect any faecal matter and urine, stopping it from getting to your floors and carpets or being walked around the house by a nonchalant cat.

Some are designed in manner akin to that of a doormat in that they trap litter left by your cat, or material that’s escaped the litter tray until they are suitably cleaned.

Others have essentially a porous top layer which allows litter to collect in a non-porous bottom layer, keeping much material visibly away from the surface.

Generic Features

Waterproof layers are common (although I think they really mean urine proof), as are anti or non-slip backings.

Many state they are easy to clean although I guess that’s subjective and also depends on what substance you’re actually having to clean from and off…

How I did My Research or ‘Method’

In short, in order to determine the best cat litte mat, I’ve looked at products rated 4 stars and above on Amazon and ranked them in order of highest reviews at the time of writing (the ‘wisdom of the crowd‘ theory).

If you can find the same locally however, then do support your local business.

Please read this page for more detail on how I choose products.

Now enough of that. Let’s get going…

Single Layer Mats

How they work

With the majority of this type, debris is trapped in a mesh consisting of dense loops.

Other single layer variants are silicon based with dimples that cause paws to spread and drop any bits of litter held in between the toes.

Removing litter

Mesh types can be shaken or vacuum cleaned.

Silicon mats can simply be folded and the litter poured back into the tray (or bin).


Hand wash or hose down with detergent then rinse and air dry. Silicon/dimple varieties allow for a wipe down with a damp cloth. 

Always remember that there’s a good chance some faeces or urine has made to the mat so take that into account when cleaning.

The Best Cat Litter Mats- Single Layer

Gorilla Grip Thick Cat Litter Trapping Mat

4.5/5 from 46,068

Key Features:

Size: From small- 24 x 17 inches (61 x 43 cm) to jumbo 47 x 35 inches (119 x 89 cm)

Colour: Too many to list- light and dark available from charcoal to cream

  • Ultra deep grooves and superior mesh to capture litter with thick coils to trap litter that has been kicked out and litter stuck to paws
  • Durable backing that helps the mat stay in place,
  • Pour trapped litter back into the box or tray
  • Soft on sensitive paws
  • Constructed of high quality, durable materials, to resist scratching and kicking
  • Easy to clean- shake off or vacuum, or rinse with a gentle soap

Notes: A wealth of options available including half-circle and corner mats. Prices vary according to size and style.

Cosyearn Cat Litter Mat

4.6/5 from 13,487 ratings

Key Features:

Size: 46 x 35 inches (117 cm x 89 cm)

Colour: Gray/Grey, black, brown

  • Easy to clean  with a vacuum cleaner and/or rinse and dry
  • Designed with grooves and mesh to capture cat litter from paws
  • Soft, mesh design
  • Durable with a backing that keeps the mat  in place and protects the floor
  • Made from polyester

Notes: The lone size on offer maybe a limitation if you’re after something smaller or indeed, larger.

Quality Gray Cat Litter Trap Mat

4/5 from 9,270 ratings

Key Features:

Size: 12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)

Colour: Gray/Grey

  • Reduce litter scatter and keep paws clean with this cat/pet litter catcher mat featuring soft, rubberized material that traps dirt and litter and brushes against paws to remove litter
  • Made of non-toxic, safe, high quality PVC material that is BPA-free and Phthalate-free
  • Mat is easy to clean with a non-slip back, also suitable to place under feeding bowls to catch spill

Notes: A paw print pattern and a decent price (at the time of writing at least…)

The Best Silicone Cat Litter Mat

Mofason Cat Litter Mat

4.5/5 from 2,250 ratings

Key Features:

Size:  40 x 28 inches (101.6 cm x 71 cm)

Colour: Gray/Grey

  • Scratch proof
  • Water/urine proof
  • Easy to clean- rinse, vacuum clean, machine wash
  • Made from premium grade silicone
  • Strongly grips the floor

Notes: Although this didn’t come up as one of the best cat litter mats when using the search criteria I mentioned, this is a noteworthy inclusion for those considering a single layer, wipeable silicone version. Only the one size and colour available, but the company does a range of water and food trays in various sizes and colours that I suppose in theory could be used litter mats.

Double Layer Mats

How they work

They essentially have an upper layer with holes or pores which allow litter to collect in a non-porous lower layer, keeping much material visibly away from the surface.

Removing litter

Any bits of large litter can be vacuumed up. Those that collect in the lower layer can simply be poured back into the tray or bin.


As with single layer mats, hand wash or hose down with detergent then rinse and air dry. It’s also possible to clean the upper surface with a damp cloth taking into account any faeces that may be present.

The Best Double Layer Cat Litter Mats

Pieviev Cat Litter Mat

4.4/5 from 64,603 ratings

Key Features:

Size: 24 x 15 inches (61 x 38 cm), 30 x 24 inches (76 x 61 cm)

Colour: Black, Gray/Grey, Brown

  • Double-layer honeycomb design with large holes to catch and trap litter
  • Suitable for a variety of litter types and litter boxes
  • Waterproof and slip resistant bottom layer to protect hardwood floors and carpets from urine stains
  • Made from soft durable, washable EVA material
  • Shake gently to empty

Notes: A popular, large double-layered litter mat. Colour availability may depend on the size you pick. Also available in packs of 2.

Conlun Cat Litter Trapping Mat

4.3/5 from 22,903 ratings

Key Features:

Size: 23 x 17 inches (58.4 x 43 cm), 31 x 26 inches (78.7 x 66 cm)

Colour: Black, Gray/Grey

  • The two-layer sifting system to dispose of debris
  • Super smooth surface
  • Easy pick up and pour out process.
  • Honeycomb Double-Layer design with 10mm diameter holes.
  • Waterproof, urine proof material.
  • Durable and eco-friendly EVA foam rubber- soft on paws
  • Non- toxic and Phthalate free
  • Suitable for a variety of litterbox types

Notes: Comes with a one year manufacturer warranty and 24 hour customer service.

Bull-o Cat Litter Mat Litter Trapper

4.4/5 from 21,477 ratings

Key Features:

Size: 24 x 15 inches (61 x 38 cm), 30 x 24 inches (76 x 61 cm)  

Colour: Black, Gray/Grey

  • Honeycomb shaped holes
  • Water and urine proof
  • Recycle cat litter by dumping into the litter box or dispose by tipping into the bin
  • Easy cleaning with a vacuum cleaner and/or under a tap/shower head.
  • Anti-slip bottom layer
  • BPA/phthalate free
  • Soft EVA material

Notes: Very similar to the #1 double-layer mat. And #2 come to think of it.

I’m getting a cat. Do I need a cat litter mat?

For those who have house cats or cats that will use litter trays then the answer is ‘possibly.’

It really depends on a combination of the type of litter and tray you use and your cat’s behaviour.

If getting a cat, you won’t know if litter overspill (or worse…) is a problem until it settles in.

It’s a case of suck it and see.

That’s a metaphor.

Points to Remember

Type of litter: A double-layer mat may allow small litter pieces to pass through to the lower layer, but not those that are larger. A mat that’s good for fine litter may not be the best litter mat for pellets say.

Mat size: Ideally something that can be laid to cover all possible exit points from the tray.

Cat behaviour: Knowing how your cat acts with its tray and its contents can aid you with selecting an appropriate mat. If it routinely flicks out faeces then something easy to clean/wipeable may be preferential.

Cleaning: Depends on mat and litter type and whether there are faeces issue or ‘liquid messes.’ Faeces on a mesh mat will be harder to clean than on a silicone one, for example.

Which one did I buy?

I opted for a double layer mat similar to those listed above, but bought elsewhere.

I’ve found it does indeed trap much of the litter that would normally end up on the floor, but not all of it.

This, however, could be partly due to litter volume and type.

Since reducing the volume, far less litter has escaped both the tray and mat.

However, as Hazel tends to do her business outside now, we’ve since removed the mat, but have kept it just in case…

Further Reading:

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