From messy eaters to sloppy drinkers, feeding mats are fantastic for reducing mealtime messes for any type of pet. Heavy duty food mats help protect your floor from water and moisture damage while keeping as much food and water inside as possible. If you have a pet, especially a dog or cat, be sure to pick one up and make cleanup much easier and simpler. If you are looking for dog bowls, take a look at our list for the best dog bowls.
Best feeding mats
One of the best feeding mats for your dogs or any other pet is the popular PetFusion Pet Food Mat. This flexible silicone mat is simple and highly durable. The material is food grade and anti-microbial, hypoallergenic and water and stain resistant. It is not a rigid mat but is rubbery and bendable allowing it to be rolled up for travel or storage. The outside edge of the mat has a raised lip about 0.4 inches to prevent any food and water from spilling out which is very useful for messy eaters. This is higher than other similar silicone mats which makes it better at containing spills. Both the top and bottom of the mat also have anti-slip bumps to prevent the mat from sliding and any bowls and other items on top from sliding. You’ll want a size large enough for food and water bowls and to contain any sort of mess or spills your pets make while eating. The large size at 24 x 16 x 0.4 inches and is the optimal size for medium and large breeds. The small size at 18 x 12 x 0.3 inches is better for puppies, cats and small animals. The extra large is 33.5 x 22.5 x 0.5 inches.Another great feeding mat is the WooPet! 24″x 16″ extra large feeding mat. It only comes in one size (one size fits all) but is large enough to hold any food and water bowls, elevated feeders or water fountains. This food mat is also made of non-toxic silicone and has non-slip bumps on the top and bottom to prevent sliding. The lip is about 0.2 inches tall which is enough to contain any water and food. While the silicone is heavy duty and durable, the material is still soft and bendable for easy cleaning. A great all-around feeding mat for any pet.
The Snug Pet Feeding Mat is a well-priced feeding mat that an comes in two sizes — large at 19 x 12 inches and extra-large at 24 x 16 inches. The lip around the outside is about 0.25 inches tall. The large size is actually closer to the small size of other brands but it is still made from high quality materials. It has the same food grade and non-toxic silicone material that other mats are made from and comes with a 10 year warranty. This feeding mat works well for smaller pets and spaces.
While the Wooly Snuffle Mat is completely different from a silicone feeding mat, it offers a unique and safe eating experience for your pet. This snuffle mat will engage and challenge your dog more, putting their nose and brain to the test. Simply pour their dry kibble or treats into the mat and let your dog’s natural foraging instincts take over. This feeding mat recreates the experience of scrounging for food in grass and encourages pawing and smelling and rewards them for their efforts. This snuffle mat isn’t cheap, but it is effective for improving your dog’s mental health and happiness and lengthening their mealtimes. It is also machine washable and handmade from sustainably upcycled materials. Dogs of any size, breed and age will love it. See below for their video advertisement.
The Antblocker Pet Food Tray is quite a bit different from any other food mat you’ve probably seen. It is specifically designed to prevent ants from invading your pet’s food (especially sugar ants). This is only for homes and areas where ants are a regular nuisance. The design of this food tray is quite clever. The plastic food tray sits on two pillars that are surrounded by water in the bottom basin. Because ants cross water, they cannot climb the plastic pillars and up to the food tray. This design is effective at battling ants of all types and works completely without the use of any chemicals — only water. The size of the food tray is also large enough to hold pet feeders or both food and water bowls. It is also not too tall so that both cats and dogs alike are able to use it. The quick release feature allows your to detach the food tray easily, although we found that its easier to just place the tray on top of the pillars without snapping it on. We recommend using a couple drops of dish soap in the water basin to help keep the water clean and prevent any mold or weird smells from building up. This food tray is also particularly good for feeding your pets outdoors where ants and other insects pose a bigger annoyance. You won’t have to worry so much about ants and having to replace the food whenever the ants get in.