Undoubtedly, the least favorite part of owning a cat is taking care of the litter box. This problem seems to get exponentially worse if you have multiple cats.
With each trip to relieve themselves, pieces of litter get stuck in their paws. Bits of clay are then transported to various parts of the house. If you didn’t know better, it would almost seem as if your cat was trying to spread litter into every room.
Fortunately, there are easy ways to reduce the amount of litter that gets distributed everywhere, as well as the mess that happens in the immediate vicinity of the box.
A number of different types of cat litter mats are available. These are designed to be placed right where your cat exits the box. Litter clumps are then trapped in the rug.
These are generally made of soft plastic, to catch the bits of clay. Cleanup is easy. Usually, all you have to do is pick up the mat and shake the litter back into the box.
Easy to Clean Cat Litter Mat
The PetFusion mat shown below comes in three different neutral colors. (Each order is for a single color.) It’s made from a material that doesn’t contain phthalates, a group of chemicals coming under increased scrutiny because they are likely hormone disruptors. This mat is also designed not to absorb odors, because it’s made from mildew-resistant “closed pore” material.
There are several ways to clean this mat. You can sweep it with a broom or pick it up and pour the litter back into the box. Or, you could clean it with a vacuum. For deeper cleaning you can use a sponge. This is a relatively large mat, measuring 35 by 24-inches. However, because it’s flexible, it can also fit in small spaces.
Paw Shaped Cat Litter Mat
This cut paw shaped litter mat is made by Jumbl. It’s designed with a raised plastic pill that “brushes” the cat’s paws. Because it is soft, it’s very attractive for “kneading.” This mat comes in a number of different colors, including the brown shade shown here, as well as aqua, beige, black, blue, burgundy, grey, orange, green and red.
Large Cat Litter Mats
This American-made mat measures 30 by 36-inches and is made from heavy duty “grassy” carpet material. Litter can be cleaned by vacuuming or by shaking the carpet outdoors. This is available in a one pack, or a two pack. It can also be ordered in brown, instead of the black shown here.
For Additional Reading
Cat Self Cleaning Litter Boxes
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