Litter Control Tips
For our mats to be most effective at catching litter it's important that your mat and litter box are positioned strategically. One of the most common problems that people run into is that their cat(s) kick and fling litter into the air so that it flies out of the litter box and completely over their mat. Clearly, if the litter flies over your mat there is no way for the mat to trap the litter.
This tip might sound strange and seem like something your cat would not like, but in our experience not only is it the best possible solution to keep litter from being flung past your litter mat, but it is something that most cats actually love. If you are using a litter box with an enclosed hood that has a single opening, point the opening at a wall instead of facing out into the room. Leave enough space for your cat to get in and out of the box. Place your litter mat tucked under the litter box, sticking out in front of the opening so that it reaches all the way to the wall. Cats actually generally like this better than when the opening is facing out into the room as they have more privacy, and many cats like small, hidden places such as this. Most cats will quickly find the opening to the litter box - but if you aren't sure if your cat will find their way you can pick them up and put them right in front of the opening by the wall so that they "discover" it.
Pointing the opening of your litter box towards a wall also helps to keep your cat from leaping over the mat. It forces them to step onto the mat with all of their paws and to "pivot", which helps the mat's mesh to grab and trap the most litter possible. This configuration is the most effective possible way to keep litter from getting tracked onto your floors using your litter mat.
For best results we do recommend using a litter box that has a hood and a single opening, whether or not you point the opening towards a wall. This way, you can place your mat in front of the opening so that it sticks out as far as possible in front of the litter box.
We are aware that some cats simply won't use a litter box that has a hood. In this case, we recommend placing your litter box all the way tucked into a corner of a room so that only two sides of the box are facing the "open air". Place your mat most of the way under the box - it might work more effectively if it doesn't go all the way to the walls as most cats will exit their litter box heading towards the middle of the room, and not "hugging" the walls, and this will increase the surface area of the mat that your cat will walk over.
What to do if your cat won't tolerate a litter box with a hood, and they are energetically flinging the litter a great distance through the air so that it is flying over your mat and getting on your floors? If you keep your litter box in the bathroom, or any other small room in your home, instead of putting your litter mat under the litter box try putting it in the doorway of the room your litter box is in. This way, even if litter gets on the floor in the room the litter box is in, it won't get tracked through the rest of the house. Or, get a second litter mat to place in the doorway in addition to the mat that goes under or in front of your box. This will help to control the amount of litter that gets on the floor in the "litter box room", and will keep litter from getting tracked out of that room into the rest of your house.
We recommend using a smaller grained cat litter with our mats. Varieties of litter that contain larger crystals or are "chunky" don't get trapped as effectively as the litter crystals are too large to get locked into the mat's mesh.
If you can see that the litter pieces are too large to fall down into the mesh of the mat, we recommend trying a different brand or variety of litter that has a finer grain size.
Removing Creases After Shipment
Usually, any creases that are in your mat due to it being folded during shipping will completely go away on their own within a day or so. However, if you would like to remove them more quickly, or if they don't seem to be going away quickly enough, placing your mat laying flat in the sun for a couple of hours will completely remove all traces of the creases.
Removing Urine Odor From Your Mat
As you probably already know, the smell of cat urine can be very difficult to get out of most types of surfaces. While our mats resist liquids and can be cleaned after being urinated on, in some cases there may be a lingering urine smell. This is more likely to happen if the mat is exposed to urine multiple times or if a long time passes before you clean the urine from the mat. If this happens, we recommend using “Natures Miracle Urine Destroyer”. We aren’t affiliated with this brand in any way, but we know from personal testing and experience that it is very effective at removing cat urine odors.
Care And Cleaning Of Your Mat
We recommend vacuuming or shaking out the litter from your mat on a regular basis, as needed. Many people shake the litter right back into the litter box. You can also shake your mat out outside, but be aware that some types of litter might not be biodegradable or good for the environment if not disposed of properly.
When vacuuming your mat, for best results we recommend using the type of hose attachment that has a narrow tip, that you might also use for vacuuming out corners of a room. Carpet attachments with a spinner mechanism are not as effective at getting litter out from deep in the mesh of your mat, since the air suction is spread out over a larger area and there is a lower suction velocity at each spot.
Your mat is waterproof and can be hosed down, or hand washed in a tub or basin with soap and water. We recommend using liquid hand dishwashing detergent, or any other gentle soap. It is not recommended to clean the mat using harsh chemicals or bleach. We do not recommend washing the mat in a washing machine. And absolutely never put your mat in a drying machine as it might melt and cause severe damage to your machine - air dry ONLY.