Ever face a challenge that seems like one piece of the solution is missing? That has been my fate since I moved from Oceanside, CA to Allen, TX when it comes to maintaining a tidy bathroom for Pet Safety Cat Casey.
Casey is an orange tabby with a growing reputation as the country’s only active (and willing) feline “instructor” who teams up with Pet Safety Dog Kona and I to conduct veterinarian-approved, hands-on pet first aid/CPR and safety classes through our Pet First Aid 4U program.
He sports a bowtie at events and unleashes the charm of a feline George Clooney to everyone of every age he meets. His purr machine seems to be on low throttle. Check him out performing his sit-and-paw greeting to a young kid attending the SPCA of Texas summer camp.
Yes, Casey sports smarts and good manners — until it is time to use the litter box. He seems to thrive in spreading the litter like confetti all over my wooden floor. That brings me back to the “challenge” I identified in the beginning of this post. I found myself constantly bringing out my handheld vacuum to suck up the long trail of litter.
In addressing this issue, I first switched out the litter boxes from an open box to one with a dome lid. He must walk up a miniature set of stairs to enter the spot inside to do his “business.” And, to prevent any odors, I now use Litter Genie, a cat litter disposable system that resembles a baby’s diaper disposal that enables me to scoop of the litter clumps into it, drop it down into a plastic bag and put a lid on it to prevent any odors from escaping.
Still nagging me, however, was how to conquer the litter scattered all over the floor. I tried a plastic litter mat that was sticky and ugly and it woefully failed into containing the litter coming off Casey’s paws each time he exited the litter box. Plus, it had a slippery backing, enabling Casey to knock it all over the floor and far from the litter box.
Then I heard about a new product called the Drymate Litter Trapping Mat when I was attending the BlogPaws/Cat Writers Association conference held outside of Phoenix, AZ. The manufacturer sent me a pair of mats to test.
I placed down the 28-by-36-inch gray mat down on my wooden floor in front of Casey’s litter box about a month ago. And I am happy to report that there is little to NO litter littering my floor anymore. I also like that this mat is comfortable to walk on bare feet and comes in an attractive soft charcoal color. Made of 100-percent polyester fiber, it features ridges that safely pull litter from your cat’s paws and traps any liquid as well. Check out this pic of Casey displaying (finally) good litter box exiting etiquette:
Here are other reasons why the Drymate Litter Trapping Mat earns my high “paws up” approval:
- Cleaning is a breeze. You can easily vacuum or shake off litter into a garbage bag.
- It can be cleaned in the washer machine or by hand. Just allow it to air dry.
- It is environmentally friendly. The mats are made from recycled plastic bottles.
- The backing is waterproof and slip resistant.
As The Pet Health and Safety Coach, a pet behavior consultant and host of the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio, I am constantly approached about recommending pet products. But I am very choosy – after all, it is my reputation on the line. However, I have no hesitation in recommending you resolve your “litter confetti” syndrome by getting your paws on the Drymate Litter Trapping Mat. It is available at Target stores with retail prices of $19.99 for the 28-by-36 size and $12.99 for the 20-by-28 size. To learn more, visit its site by clicking here.