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Cats are well known for their curiosity, and this sort of always-playful behavior is often on full show during mealtime. If you’re getting tired of cleaning up after your cat playing with their food at every meal, a well-made cat food mat may be the perfect solution to your problems.
Designed to prevent spills of food and water from making a mess on your floor, the best cat food mats are food-safe, easy to clean, and made of durable materials. In our search for the best food mat for our own kittens, we’ve tested more than two dozen models — and are happy to share our results with you in these reviews.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
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The 10 Best Cat Food Mats – Reviews 2020
1. CatGuru Cat Food Mat – Best Overall
To score our top recommendation as the best cat food mat overall, a product must pass stringent quality requirements. From the durability of its materials and construction to appropriate sizing and design, to remarkably easy cleanup, the CatGuru Food Mat has satisfied all our requirements and more.
Made of 100% food-grade silicone, the CatGuru Cat Food Mat is completely non-toxic and hypoallergenic, making it safe for any cat to use.
This material also makes it naturally non-slip which, combined with its high edges, means you’ll never end up cleaning your cat’s mealtime mess off the floor again.
Available in two sizes and three colors — all at a reasonable price that puts it within reach of cat owners everywhere — there’s a CatGuru food mat to suit every cat and every owner.
2. Guardians Cat Food Mat – Best Value
Extremely affordable yet still well-made and thoughtfully designed, the Guardians Cat Food Mat may just be the best cat food mat for the money. Thanks to its food-grade and heat-resistant silicone, this durable mat is sure to become a mealtime staple for pet owners on tight budgets.
In addition to providing long-lasting performance, the silicone construction of this mat makes it naturally non-slip. Its raised edge is a little bit shallower than we’d prefer, but this is a small flaw and certainly not a dealbreaker.
The Guardian Cat Food Mat is one of the only mats we tested that also offers a wide range of colors and designs, including a slow feeder mat. Overall, it’s an excellent mat that would still be a bargain at twice the price.
3. PetFusion ToughGrip Cat Food Mat – Premium Choice
As the largest mat in our reviews, PetFusion’s ToughGrip Cat Food Mat offers an all-in-one solution for preventing messes while feeding multiple cats. Made of FDA-grade silicone, it’s an anti-microbial, waterproof, stain-resistant, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic product that’s suitable for cats of all shapes and sizes.
Amazingly, the PetFusion ToughGrip food mat is dishwasher safe, too, making it one of the easiest mats to clean on this whole list. Its silicone construction is naturally non-slip, and dimpled grooves combine with a raised lip to prevent nearly 100% of spills and accidents.
While it may be one of the most expensive options on our list, the ToughGrip also measures in at a huge 27.5 x 17.5 inches — easily enough space to accommodate multiple food bowls.
4. BarksBar Original Silicone Pet Feeding Mat
Small, compact, and well-designed, the BarksBar Original Silicone Pet Feeding Mat is a great option for anyone with limited space to designate for feeding their cat. Its BPA-free, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic silicone construction makes it naturally non-slip, and a “gripper dot” pattern on the upward-facing side keeps bowls from slipping and sliding during use.
Stain-resistant and antimicrobial, the BarksBar feeding mat is low maintenance and easy to clean. We wish the raised edge was a bit higher as it’s just short enough that curious cats can push their food over the edges without much trouble.
5. AmazonBasics Waterproof Anti-Slip Silicone Pet Food Mat
The everyday brand owned by Amazon, AmazonBasics, is a standby for simple household products. And for good reason: everything they produce is modeled after successful products from other manufacturers and comes with a limited one-year warranty.
For this Waterproof Anti-Slip Silicone Pet Food Mat, AmazonBasics has mimicked the design of our top picks in this category with a non-slip silicone construction and raised spill stopping edge. Available in two sizes and three colors, it’s a versatile and affordable, no-frills option for furnishing your cat’s meal area.
6. Bone Dry Lattice Paw Print Cat Food Mat
Looking to add a bit of color to your kitchen while protecting your floors from your cat’s messes? The Bone Dry Lattice Paw Print Cat Food Mat may be the right answer for you.
The microfiber material of this food mat from Bone Dry is slightly messier than an all-silicone model but also has the benefit of absorbing more water when your cat spills. It’s machine washable for easy cleaning and also equipped with a non-slip bottom to keep the mat in place while your cat eats.
Overall, this Lattice Paw Print food mat is an excellent option for anyone who’s been disappointed with the lack of color and designs in other silicone mats.
7. FurHaven Tiger Tough Tidy Paws Pet Food Mat
This ingenious product is intended for use as either a pet food mat or a litter trapper outside of your cat’s bathroom box. The FurHaven Tiger Tough Tidy Paws Pet Food Mat is made of a clever textured plastic material that performs equally well in trapping pieces of litter stuck to your cat’s paws or bits of food that they might spill while eating.
Suspiciously absent in this cat food mat is any sort of non-slip material on its underside — which is the only reason it didn’t rank higher on our list. It’s a convenient and versatile option for wherever your cat goes but may be better suited as a litter mat than a food mat.
8. PetRageous Designs Cat Tapestry Placemat
With a whimsical design featuring fish bones and a message saying “one spoiled cat lives here”, the PetRageous Designs Cat Tapestry Placemat is a fun novelty option for your cat’s mealtime routine. It’s exceptionally affordable, machine washable, and appropriately sized for your feline friend.
The cotton/polyester blend that the Cat Tapestry is made of, however, leaves much to be desired. It’s neither extra-absorbent nor great at catching food crumbs, and quite prone to staining with wet cat food.
If you love the design, it’s worth considering buying this mat; if not, choose a different mat from our list.
9. ORE Pet Recycled Rubber Black Cat Mat
Small, inexpensive, and shaped like a cat’s face, the ORE Pet Recycled Rubber Black Cat Mat may appear to be a fine option for your cat’s mealtime. Made from recycled rubber, it’s also an eco-friendly option — but that’s about where its good qualities end.
Unfortunately, the ORE cat mat fails on two main points: it’s not all that comfortable for your cat to stand on, and it lacks a lip to prevent spills from moving to the floor. Unless you’re in love with the appearance of this mat, we recommend choosing a different one from our list.
10. JW Pet Stay in Place Mat
With perhaps the strangest appearance of any mat we’ve tested, the JW Pet Stay in Place Mat rounds out our list at the very bottom. While it’s raised edges and non-slip corners may seem to make it a good option for your pet, the plastic surface both lets food bowls slide too easily and is prone to warping. Not highly recommended for any purpose.
To help you choose the best food mat for you and your feline friend, consider the following topics before deciding on a purchase:
Should Every Cat Have A Cat Food Mat?
From kittens to adults to older cats, just about every feline loves playing with their food. It seems to be a part of every cat breed’s DNA to bat, push around, and otherwise toy with their food.
That’s why we recommend a cat food mat as one of the first purchases for new cat owners — it will save you tons of cleanup time in the long run. And since they’re so affordable, there’s no reason that any cat owner should go without one.
What to Look for In A Cat Food Mat
All of the best cat food mats have the following attributes in common:
Types of Cat Food Mats
Most cat food mats are made of silicone for good reason: it’s naturally non-slip, does not easily absorb odors or stains, and cleans easily with just soap and water. All our favorite cat food mats are made of silicone.
Other options for food mats include rubber, which can be somewhat uncomfortable on your cat’s feet; plastic, which tends to warp over time; and fabric, which is the most difficult to clean.
As far as food mats go, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better one than the CatGuru Cat Food Mat. It’s a completely reasonably priced option that’s available in three colors and two sizes, built out of slip-resistant silicone with an extra high lip to prevent spills. In short, there’s nothing we don’t like about this wonderful cat food mat.
For the least expensive option with the most color choices, however, you’ll have to go with the Guardians Cat Food Mat. Of all the food mats in our reviews, only this one from Guardians managed to combine customizable options with a rock-bottom price that’s perfect for anyone on a tight budget.
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Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.