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Author Topic: Dry Mate Extra-Large Litter Box Mat  (Read 3856 times)
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« on: August 18, 2009, 10:01:17 AM »

Although I've had cats for a long time, I've never been able to find anything satisfactory to protect the floors under and around the litter boxes--until now.

This past Saturday, I bought a Dry Mate Extra-Large Litter Box Mat (28" X 36") to try, and I liked it so much that I went back and bought two more today.  The product is made in the USA (from over 50% recycled materials, according to the label--something else to feel good about.)  It's a fabric mat with a waterproof backing.  The top layer is absorbent, and the bottom layer doesn't let anything soak through to your floors (I can guarantee this because Phantom has already put it to the test.)  And you can throw it in the washing machine to clean it!

Other methods I've tried for floor protection never worked.  Anything soft, the cats would either tear up or wrinkle up by pawing, rendering it useless.  Stiff and hard plastic things didn't absorb, plus some cats would not step on the plastic to get to the box.  I'd even tried scraps of vinyl flooring, but they were hard to clean and there was sometimes seepage at the edges. Tongue

These mats lie flat despite being pawed at, are non-slip (I've tested on carpet, vinyl, and cement floor), and really stay put.  They also come in a Medium and Large size, but those looked mighty puny to me since I have extra-large litter boxes.

Five paws up!
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 10:11:09 AM »

This sounds very promising.  Could use some of these myself.  Thanks for the heads up.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 10:24:43 AM »

That sounds like something we need around here, too. Right now I use carpeted mats but they don't work all that well. Fortunately, they are just litter collectors, since we've not had any peeing outside of the box (knock on wood)! Where did you buy yours?
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009, 10:26:30 AM »

I bought them at a local chain of "Pet Food Warehouses", but I'm told that they can be ordered online as well.

The only drawback I've found is that they are not cheap.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009, 06:25:41 AM »

I also have several of these.

One addition use - I have a smaller one turned upside down (water-proof/sticky side up) under the kitten-boys' Petmate fountain.  Otherwise, they push their fountain all over the room, sloshing water everywhere (strong kitten-boys!).  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 06:34:33 AM »

How are these washing up for you guys?  Do they hold up over time?
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 07:45:52 AM »

The ones I've put thru the washer have pilled quite a bit.  Not lovely, but still usable.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 08:07:29 AM »

I washed mine for the 1st time last week and it pilled also.  I thought it was because I washed it with a small cotton rug, but since reading Spartycats' message, I guess they all do it.

I think the pilling will allow more cat litter to be grabbed Wink

I bought ours at PetCo for around $19.  I just figured it was worth it since Scooby and Fizzy are drinking/peeing more, and there is bound to be a "mistake" Roll Eyes  Well, my intuition was right because just 5 days after getting it, DH took the box out to the garage to change the litter, and poor baby Scooby couldn't hold it, and squatted on the mat!  It caught most of the pee. 

Thank you to Catbird for recommending them Kiss
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 09:19:18 AM »

I had one that pilled because DH washed it with a rag made from a towel  Roll Eyes, but the other one has had only minor pilling over a number of washings.  I think Fizzy1 is right--traps more litter that way.  Since I don't have litter boxes in the living room, I'm not too concerned about the appearance, and the pilling is fine with me.
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