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How To Choose The Best Cat Feeding Mat


Why Do You Need A Cat Feeding Mat?

For a long time we did not use a cat feeding mat. In retrospect, it would have been an excellent idea as it so much easier to keep the feeding area clean and tidy using a feeding mat.

  • When using a cat feeding mat, bowls don’t slide across the floor.
  • It is far easier to pick up and clean a feeding mat than getting down and cleaning the floor.
  • Chunks of wet cat food that have hardened can be difficult to pick up.
  • A cat feeding mat also protects the floor surface particularly if food bowls are always placed in the same location.
How to choose the best cat feeding mat

This kitty has table manners!

The best feeding mats are non slip. A rubber backing works well to keep a mat in place.

Silicone mats often have a slight raised rim around the top to prevent food falling off the edge. They are able to do this because the mats are molded.​

Does it Have To Be A Cat Feeding Mat?

You can use any place mat which can be wiped clean or if you do chose fabric, ensure it can be machine washed.

A hard plastic mat may be easy to wipe clean but will  skid around the floor. Clearly that is not going to work.  I like the anti-skid, water resistant bottom layer of the mat we are using at the moment as it means it stays in place and there is no chasing the bowl.

Another option is to use a disposable place mat.  There are times when they could be useful, particularly if someone else is caring for your cat for a period of time.

It would make life much easier for the carer and when someone is doing you a favor, you do want to make the chore as easy as possible.

What Are You Looking For In A Cat Feeding Mat?

The most important features are

  • It needs to be non slip.
  • The dimensions - will it easily fit the space so that no one will be tripping over the mat and it is easy to get to for the cat?
  • The material used in the mat's construction.  Feeding mats are mostly silicone or microfiber or synthetic fabric.
  • Colors - This may or may not be important to you however there is a huge choice of mats, super bright colors and neutrals plus mats with funny kitty cat sayings.

The photos below show the mat we are using.  It has been machine washed or spot cleaned countless times and still looks good.
 
It doesn't skid at all, possibly because one cat is using the mat.  

The first photo of the mat shows  two medium size bowls placed side by side.

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underside of cat feeding mat

The underside of the mat

One very good design feature of  silicone mats is the rim around the edge. The rim on the silicone mats keeps all of the food contained on the mat which is helpful when cleaning the area.

Our cat loves his mat so much that he is partial to having a little snooze on the mat.
Maybe he is hoping the the empty bowl will be magically filled while he is asleep.
I think the cat has FOMO.

cat asleep on his feeding mat

Kitty having a nap on his feeding mat. 

What Are Cat Feeding Mats Made From?

Cat feeding mats or pet feeding mats for that matter fall into two categories.  

There are mats made from silicone which are non slip and mats made from microfiber or fabric which have a non slip backing.
 
Both types work well, it is largely a matter of practicality of space and personal preference in design.

Both types of mats are reviewed.

Silicone Cat Feeding Mats

Cat Guru Premium Cat Food Mat

This mat comes in two different sizes 19 x 11.8 x 0.6 and 24 x 16 x 0.6 inches.

It is made from silicone, rolls up, can go in the dishwasher or be wiped clean. The silicone is 100% food grade annon toxic and free from any odors.

It is non slip and has high edges to keep all food and water on the mat.

If your flooring is laminate, hardwood or carpeted, the flooring underneath will stay dry. There is a money back guarantee.

Pros
If your cat is a messy eater this is an easy mat to clean.
If your cat is elderly and eating habits are less than perfect, that is stray bits of food are flung around.
You have more than one cat and need the larger size.
You want a choice of colors.
You want matching non slip bowls which are available.

Note: The mat probably works best with the food bowls that have a non slip edge, usually a rubber strip attached to the bottom edge of the bowl, or the bowls that are made to accompany this product and are available in the same colors as the mat.

Hoki Found Silicone Pet Food Mat

This mat is FDA approved silicone and is non toxic and non allergenic.
It can be wiped or rinsed or put in the dishwasher.
It has a raised outer edge to prevents spills and protect flooring.
It is available in black or gray.
It has no odor which is a plus for cats as odors and cats do not go together.
The mat works best with bowls that have a non slip edge. Many ​ stainless steel bowls have a non slip edge.

Pros
Good if you need to protect hardwood, laminate or carpeted areas.
You are happy with a gray or black color choice.
You like the cute little paw in the corner (well these small things do make us happy).
You need the mat to stop slipping around on hard surfaces - Note comment above about bowls with non slip edges.
It is perfect for putting under a water fountain and catching any stray drips.

Pet Fusion Large Waterproof Pet Food Mat

This mat is FDA grade silicone and is anti microbial, non toxic and non allergenic.
It has evenly spaced slightly raised bumps on the top of the mat and underneath and to prevent the mat from sliding around.

Small measures 8 x 12 x 0.4 inches.
Large measures 24 x 16 x 0.4 inches.
Extra Large measures 34 x 23 x 1.5 inches.

The color choices are beige for the small matblue for the large mat and gray for the extra large mat.

It has a raised outer lip to prevent food and liquid from sliding over the edge.
The material is flexible and easy to wipe clean or put into the sink to wash. It is also dishwasher safe.
Even with neat and tidy cat eaters,constant spills onto wood floors can do damage over time.

Pros
Good for you if really need the versatility of three different sized mats to choose from. The extra large mat is very large.

The convenience of easy cleaning, that is washing in the sink or by cloth or wiping with a paper towel or putting in the top rack of the dishwasher.

You want a clean simple design with no logos or design on the mat.If you are looking for a long lasting mat and want to protect hardwood floors.
You are looking for a mat that really does adhere to the floor.

​PETKIT ​Cat Placemat ​For Bowls and Water Fountains

This mat measures 18.1" x ​13.4"

​It will not slip.Like the other mats, it is non toxic silicone. ​
I​There are three color choices, red, gray and blue.

This mat can ​be rolled up and can go in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Our Recommendation for Silicone Mats

For a standard size and a variety of colors to choose from, we highly recommend the silicone Cat Guru feeding mat.
 
The Hoki silicone mat comes in black or grey so will suit a neutral decor while still having the same features as the Cat Guru product.

The Pet Fusion silicone mats hands down wins with the choices when it comes to sizes, having three different sizes, one of them being an extra large size.
                                   

Microfiber and Other Fabric Mats


Pet Rageous Tapestry Cat Feeding Mat

This mat is a mixture of cotton and polyester.
It has the necessary non skid rubber backing and measure 13" x 19". It is machine washable.
The design shown is just one of several different designs all with unique sayings.



Drymate Kitty Place Mat

This mat measures 12" by 20" and has a non slip backing,
It can absorb up to five times its weight in liquid and is made from recycled materials in the USA.
There are eight unique designs.



Bone Dry Microfiber Pet Mat For Food

This mat measures 12 x 18 x 0.1 inches.
It can be machine washed and dries quickly.
The mat has a rubber backing. It is colorful, well made and absorbent.

Other designs are available and the mat shown has matching bowls.
Great for 4th of July.



Sinland  Microfiber Pet Bowl Mat

This is the exact mat that we have and is described in more detail near the beginning of this article .
It measures 12.5 x 0.2 x 21.5 inches so is a generous size. They are commonly used for cats and dogs but there are actually three different size.
The backing is anti-skid. It can be washed in the washing machine and placed in the dryer on low heat. It dries so quickly that I have never needed to put it in the dryer .
It is perfect for a water fountain because it holds up to four times its weight in water. It also radiates any moisture from the point of origin which helps to keep floors dry. It is very reasonably priced and a great product.


Final Recommendations

For a standard size and a variety of colors to choose from, we highly recommend the silicone Cat Guru feeding mat.
 
The Hoki silicone mat comes in black or grey so will suit a neutral decor while still having the same features as the Cat Guru product.

The Pet Fusion silicone mats hands down wins with the choices when it comes to sizes, having three different sizes, one of them being an extra large size.

If you need a small silicone mat, the Just Pet Solutions cat feeding mat will fit into a small space and still have the same features as the other silicone mats.


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