What do you look for in a litter box mat? It's got one main job: to keep litter from scattering all over the place. It would also be nice if it didn't clash with its surroundings, and it fit snugly in the space it needs to fill. Instead of buying a "litter box mat", which may or may not fulfill any of these criteria, consider using a yoga mat!
Color: Advantage Yoga Mat
Yoga mats, like the one pictured here from Sunny Health and Fitness, typically come in a variety of colors. Litter box mats often come in muted colors, which is fine, but isn't it fun to pick out something a little more interesting? You can pick the shade that will match your cat's litterbox, or your bathroom, your laundry room, or wherever you've got kitty's box.
Size: Advantage Yoga Mat
Another advantage of using a yoga mat instead of a purpose-built litter box mat is the typical size difference. This particular yoga mat measures 24" by 68", which is a lot longer than the typical litter box mat. When you purchase an affordable yoga mat, you won't have any problem cutting it into the perfect size and shape for your space.
Litter-Catching: Advantage Yoga Mat
The material used to make yoga mats is a comfortable, thick non-slip PVC foam. The key here is the phrase non-slip. Yoga mats are made to stay in place and help you stay in place while you practice various yoga poses. This gives them a grippy surface that is perfect for catching little pieces of litter at the bottom of your kitty's paws as he or she walks over it. The surface is solid and dry, though, so you can easily brush or sweep up the caught litter.
Mange is a skin disease caused by mites. Mange can be fairly common in dogs, but it can also be found in cats. Finding the right treatment when your cat has mange is important; a common treatment is actually toxic to cats.
Demodectic mange, also known as red mange, is caused by Demodex canis mites. These mites are typically found on dogs and do not affect cats.
Cats can suffer from sarcoptic mange (as can dogs). This skin condition is caused by burrowing mites and is also known by the name scabies. Infection from the burrowing mites causes hair loss, itching, and crusting of the skin. In short, it's a very unpleasant condition from which to suffer.
One of the most common treatments for scabies in dogs is the use of topical permethrin. This synthetic chemical is very effective in the treatment of mange in dogs, but it is toxic to cats.
EcoSpot from Vet Organics is a safe product to use on cats to combat skin affected by mange. The topical no-touch spray also treats hot spots, sores, and skin rashes. The treatment, which you spray directly on the infected area, acts to clean in disinfect your pet's trouble spots. The natural treatment kills bacteria and mange mites while remaining safe to use on your pet.
This is super cozy and compact piece of cat furniture that includes comfortable perch beds and attractive sisal scratching posts.
Buy this great combo cat furniture for your spoiled kitty or entire cat family. The piece includes a lofty perch and a super cozy bowl-shaped sleeping spot. The perch and bed are held up by sturdy sisal-covered posts for optimal claw scratching action. The top perch even has a hanging toy dangling down to further entice engagement from kitty.
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These fun toys are great for cats to "fight" with and attack! They are called "kicker" toys because their shape is perfect for grabbing with the front paws and kicking with the legs, also known as a bunny kick.
Our boy Timmy loves toys like this! The long shape is perfect for kicking. These Katz Kicker toys are even more enticing because they have crinkle sounds and are filled with catnip.
Note that will this affordable cat toy purchase you'll receive one toy in a random animal print pattern.
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Litterbiotic is a highly-rated natural product designed to help reduce or elminate unpleasant odor coming from your cat's litterbox.
Litterbiotic is a natural bran additive that you add to your cat's litter to keep odors to a minimum. It works by discouraging harmful bacterias from growing and encouraging safe bacterias -- just like a probiotic! Users love this product and the way it exends the life of the litter.
Litterbiotic comes in a resealable pouch. With this affordable purchase you'll get 100 grams, which is advertised as lasting for about a month.
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Cheristin is an effective topical solution for the treatment and prevention of fleas in cats and kittens at least 8 weeks of age. This external flea treatment is effective in killing 98-100% of all fleas on your pet within 12 hours. Use Cheristin every month to keep your pet healthy and free of fleas.
The non-prescription anti-flea treatment medication is highly rated by cat owners. Many have found it to be more effective than other popular brands, including Advantage, Revolution, and Frontline.
Using a topical treatment like this is a great option for owners who don't want to medicate their pets with anti-flea pills.
This box of Cheristin has six doses for six months of flea-free living for your feline companion. The doses are individually measured into single-use, easy-to-use and gentle applicators.
Make your life easier with this uniquely shaped litter box scoop. Instead of a rounded or squared off outer edge, here the outside of the scoop comes to a 90-degree corner, enabling whoever has scooping duty to reach into litter box corners with a lot less effort!
This sturdy black plastic scoop was designed to pick up pet waste in terrariums, so the mesh holes are smaller than in most traditional cat litter scoops. If you're tired of your scoop missing chunks as you scoop, a smaller mesh might be just what you're looking for!
Cat owners have been singing the praises of this terrarium corner scoop for years -- it was first featured on this blog back in 2015! Don't be afraid to think outside the box (heh) and use whatever works best for your needs. A special corner-shaped, small-mesh scoop like this might be just what you need. This scoop is so affordable it's worth it to give it a try!
Does your kitty love running water? You don't have to leave a tap on all day to keep your cat happy. Consider buying a purpose-made cat fountain water dish like this one for your water-loving feline!
This is a one-gallon capacity stainless-steel fountain bowl with a free-falling stream of water. This keeps the water moving in an enticing way without splashing or dripping.
The PetSafe Drinkwell Zen Stainless Steel Water Fountain comes with a replaceable charcoal filter. The low 12-volt pump is both safe and quiet. Offer your beloved pet fresh filtered water with a fountain water dish like this popular and highly-rated fountain from Drinkwell!
This fountain has been a popular choice for years -- it was first featured on this blog back in 2015. The item is marketed to both dogs and cats, making this a good choice for families with furry pets of all types!
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The ZoomGroom massaging brush does two things very well. It removes hair from your pet, and it massages your pet's skin, making him or her want to come back for more.
The ZoomGroom for cats is a soft rubber brushing massager in the shape of a sitting cat. The flexible rubber fingers coax hair away from your cat and keep it within the brush for easy clean-up. The fat fingers provide a perfect surface to maximize massaging pleasure as you groom your kitty.
The ZoomGroom is an extremely highly rated cat grooming product -- check out the reviews and get this for your feline companion. It's also been an affordable best-seller for years (first featured on this blog back in 2015!). Kitty will love it!
As we forged our way through another year of the pandemic, our cats continued to provide important services: comfort, entertainment, the medicine of laughter. Here are our best-selling items for your cats from 2021.
It may be marketed as a kitchen implement, but it's our best-seller from last year. This type of alternative litter pan has been at the top of our list a few years now. The sturdy pan is easy to clean and the perfect size for many cats and their owners. Just read the reviews and you'll find you're not alone in using this steaming pan as a litter box.
Money-Saving Tip: see if the pan is available via Amazon Warehouse. These are typically returns and may come slightly damaged, but does your cat need a complete dimple-free box? You could save some cash by checking out Amazon Warehouse!
This popular pick has been on our top list before, too. It lets kitty give himself or herself a good, satisfying scratch all on his or her own. We have a self-groomer like this on attached to a shelving unit in my office and William loves to use it to scratch his cheeks. Gumby enjoys it as well, though he's not in my office quite as much as Will.
Turn any kind of solid tray into an ant-proof feeding tray with these adhesive legs. Stick the legs into four corners of a tray, apply the included BugSnub gel to the legs, for an ant-proof solution. This is a highly rated product that has helped countless pet owners with invading ants around cat food and elsewhere.
This best-selling toy has a lot going on to make it enticing and fun for cats. The spool-shaped toy rolls and wobbles, fun for chasing. The spool has a thick string attached, with part of the string loose and ready to attack, bat, and chew. And this toy is infused with catnip, which will bring curious cats to the toy in the first place. This toy is just one of several offered by Petstages on this listing. We have had the Catnip Rolls in our cat toy basket since December, 2015 (!!!, thank you Amazon history), and they still get some play, especially from Timmy.
A skirt hides the motion mechanism on this funny interactive cat toy. The feather toy moves in unpredictable ways, triggering your cat's natural hunting instincts as it imitates real prey. The motion of the toy can be set to four different speed options to best suit the activity and interest of your pet. Several other similar concealed motion toys were popular last year. See other options below.
Raised food bowls like this one can help to reduce body stress when eating. Our boy Gumby has some food regurgitation issues that are greatly mitigated by using a bowl just like this one. This particular bowl is extra wide and shallow (best for avoiding whisker fatigue), sitting on a stable elevated base. The bowl is made of porcelain and is both dishwasher and microwave safe.