“ Manufacturer: Pets At Home / Type: Cat Bowls & Feeders „
Our cat is our favourite pet and as such as spoil her. My cat has had a Pet At Home mat with 'The Boss' on it for an absolute age. However for some unknown reason my cat decided a couple of months ago that she was going to crouch down and urinate all over her mat. This meant that I had to throw out her rubber bottomed bowls and the mat too because I couldn't stand the thought that the smell of urine would remain and encourage her to do it again in the future. Because of this I ended up buying her two new bowls and a new feeding mat too. I went to Pets At Home, as I almost always do for pet products, and I picked up this fish shaped cat feeding mat in blue. I picked blue because it is my favourite colour and until my cat can express an interest in her favourite colour she will get what she is given. We paid £3.00 for this mat reduced from £5.00 and I cannot find this on the website now so wonder if this was being discontinued when we made our purchase.
This fish has a raised edge and is made of rubber for easy cleaning too. The raised edge is ideal for containing any mess and as my cat had a flat mat before I was finding it very annoying that biscuits and wet food were being sprayed all over the floor. There are lots of raised areas to this mat to help stop my cats bowls from slipping around. This is very handy as my cat is only small but her head is powerful and she often moves her bowls around. This can be quite frustrating for her I'm sure and I like to buy non-slip bowls where possible. Our mat is the ideal size for two bowls and as we usually have cat milk and wet food in bowls at any one time it is ideal for our cat. Our cat also has a food maze and a water fountain but these are too large for standing on this mat and I wouldn't anyway.
This mat is fantastic really. Our cat has her two bowls on there and she hasn't been knocking them around and any wet food that has been knocked out is contained on the mat. The mat is easy to wipe over as long as I do it once a day and it is dishwasher safe too. I do have to scrub this mat quite a lot if I leave the food to dry on it and milk spillages take ages to wipe off but then I would expect that from a rubber mat really. I tend to use a J-Cloth to clean these or sometimes a cleansing wipe if there are lots of marks or bits that need to be removed. On one occasion I left this mat soaking in the sink and it tinged the water a little bit blue so I haven't done that again.
This mat really is ideal for our cat as it holds her biscuits and milk in their bowls and any spillages are kept off my floors. The price that we paid was very reasonable and I would definitely buy this again if I needed to replace her mat (hopefully not because of urine this time!). I have been really pleased with this purchase and while it can be a little difficult to remove stubborn stains this mat holds the bowls in place, looks nice and has a raised edge to keep spillages in. It does everything we need for a mat and that's why I'm giving it 5/5.
Harvey the Cat thinks he's a dog.....but we do everything we can to try to remind him that he's a cat(!), including ensuring that he has lots of accessories that are very cat-e-fied! He has a Pets At Home Rubber Fish Shaped Cat Feeding Mat for two reasons - principally to prevent my kitchen floor getting covered in bits of cat food and water (he is an enthusiastic eater!) and also because it's a fish and so I'm trying to remind him that cats are supposed to prefer fish to trying to chew on the dogs bones!
So, basically the Fish Shaped Cat Feeding Mat is just what it says it is, namely a mat that the cats' bowls can sit on to protect the floor from spillages, as well as preventing the bowl from sliding all over the floor. It costs just £4.99 from Pets At Home, which I feel is a decent price, although I suspect that you can buy cat feeding mats that are novelty shapes for much cheaper online - but as I am usually loyal to Pets At Home when it comes to my pets' products then I went ahead and bought it.
The mat is made in the shape of a fish and is an attractive pink colour, although there are a variety of colours to choose from. It is made entirely from non-slip rubber which means that the mat does not slide around the kitchen floor, and it also prevents the dish from sliding around when Harvey is eating from it. Around the outside of the mat there is a very small raised lip which is significant enough to prevent any spillages from running onto the floor - although there is the odd stray biscuit. The mat is a decent size, measuring 53cm x 26cm and I find it's okay for two bowls (i.e. a feeding bowl and a water bowl), but if you need more bowls out for more cats then I would suggest that you get additional mats.
Cleaning the mat is easy - and it can infact go in the dishwasher. I usually wipe it over with a cloth and wipe with disinfectant to keep it smelling clean and fresh - and I do this every 2 days or so. If I leave it longer than 2 days, the caked on bits can be a little more difficult to remove. On a few occasions, I have put it in the diswasher and the result has been fine.
Overall, I think this is a good feeding mat for cats. The only disappointment is that it really doesn't seem to have made Harvey any more convinced that he is infact a cat!
I bought this recently from pets at home after using a flat mat for my cats feeding bowl for years. My cat always ends up getting food all over the mat and the floor around it too, and then when the food goes hard it's a night mare trying to scrub it off the floor! And it is disgusting having dried cat food stuck to your floor everyday!
When I saw this rubber mat in pets at home, I though it might be a little bit better, as it has raised edges, which I thought might contain the food in the tray, and stop it going all over my floor. This mat is shaped like a fish, and is big enough to get your cats bowl of food and water on with plenty of space. It is made of rubber, which doesn't slip across the floor like I thought it might, it stays put and it is so easy to clean. I just tend to quickly wash it up, but it is dish washer safe too.
They come in three different colours that I have since in store, blue, pink and white. I have the pink one, and also these mats are great if your cat tends to spill their water some times. It keeps all spillages contained on the mat, and looks so much tidier and cleaner than a normal mat.
This mat does scratch easy though, after a few months mine is all scratched and looks a bit tatty, but it still does the job I need it to, but I could do with a new one after just a few months, so it's not very durable for the price.
I paid £5 for this mat, although I did feel it was quite expensive when I was buying it, I had no other choice than to buy it, as I was sick of my messy floor! I am definitely glad I bought this mat and would recommend it to anyone who's cat is a messy eater!
For some reason my cats prefered way of eating is to take the food chunk by chunk out of the bowl and onto the floor so she can eat it. As a result I end up having to scrape dried up cat food from the floor on a daily basis and was really getting fed up.
I saw my friend using one of these for her cat and she said her cats were the same but it saved her from constantly cleaning up ther mess. I couldnt believe I hadnt gotten one myself and saved so much trouble!
I chose these mats because I love the fish design and I bought mine in blue because it fitted in with my utility.
They were also available in pink too but I thought it looked a bit too girly. There are raised groves on the mat to prevent the bowl from being pushed around too and this works well.
They only cost 3 euro each which was reasonable considering it would protect my floor and save me a lot of elbow grease. My cat eats wet food so it can get very messy. Sometimes if the food is hard I just soak it in water and the food dissolves itself.
They are meant to be dishwasher safe too but I just wipe it with a wet cloth and it comes out fine. I would highly recommend these if your cats are messy eatters like mine because its a great invention and saves so much hassle!
Young kittens can be messy eaters- flicking food out of their bowl all over the floor. This is a bit of a problem in our house, as because the kitchen is small, we actually have the food bowls just inside the living room door on a carpeted area. If I bit of flicked out food gets trodden into the carpet, it can be a bit of a bugger to clean, so I decided to pick up one of these feeding mats, in the hope that any mess would be easy to wipe off into the bin, and I wouldn't need to vacuum after every meal time!
Costing just £4.99, this mat is available in blue, pink, or cream. I opted for the blue version, as my living room walls are actually a similar colour, and I'm all about the colour co-ordination. Actually, I'm lying - I opted for blue because it was the first one on the pile!
It has raised edges all round the outside of the mat, and the mat itself has a grippy texture, which helps to prevent my kittens skimming the bowl all over the place. I find the mat large enough for two small food bowls, and my kittens do keep most of their food mess on the mat. It can then simply be picked up, and any mess tipped or wiped into the bin, before being washed in the sink .
The mat is also dishwasher safe apparently, although I don't own a dishwasher so have never washed it that way .
I like this mat, and it certainly makes cleaning up after my cats meals quick and easy, as it can be rolled up to keep all the mess in one place when carrying to the bin. It's pretty reasonable at £4.99, and I would certainly recommend it to other cat owners.
We bought this cat feeder mat a few months ago after our old one started to get a bit tatty around the edges. Normally I buy a flat cat mat that can be washed easily and can be thrown out if it gets a bit yucky. However I was drawn to this fish mat in Pets at Home due to the rimmed edges as I thought this would help contain any food slips better. I hoped that if bits of cat biscuit ended up on there it would be easier to put them back in the bowl rather than them sliding all over the place.
What is it?
This is a rub fish shaped feeding mat it has a raised edge all the way round the fish to help contain any water or food spills. The inside of the mat has a lot of raised bumps in it which are designed to stop bowls being pushed around and reduce the risk of mess being generated. The mat is dishwasher safe if you are lucky enough to have one. It comes in three colours blue, pink and cream. Ours is blue for no other reason than this is all they had in stock in our local Pets at Home. It costs £4.99 a mat. The mat is a sufficient size to fit two cats bowls on it comfortably.
This mat was put to use the first day we got and laid out with the cat's water bowl and a bowl for the dried biscuits that they eat. The cats after giving their initial sniff test to see what it was really didn't pay any attention to it. From which I can collude there was no nasty niffs and smells that would put it them off their food. Over the course of the first couple of days of using this mat I was fairly happy with how well it contained the food and there seemed to be less water spills than normal so I was quite impressed with how well the bumps were performing at keeping the bowls in place. The additional biscuits that made it over the edge were also easy to pick up and put back into the bowls. However as the weather has got a bit worse we have had to move one of our cats Sweep from having her moist food outside in the morning and evening to inside so she doesn't get cold and wet. I have two cats but I have to feed them some of their food separately as Sooty can't tolerate moist food anymore so just gets her sensitive biscuits. Anyway back to the mat when I put the mat down with the moist food in a bowl on it I have started to notice a problem with it. Namely that when the food gets spilt on to the mat if it isn't washed off quickly and is allowed to dried on the mat it becomes a nightmare to get off. It is almost as if Sweeps Felix superglues itself to the little blobs on the mat. To remove the dried on food I need to use a scrubbing brush rather than a cloth, which was the case previously with mats. I have noticed as well if I soak the mat in really hot water to try to soften the dried on food then there is a bit of colour leakage in the water with it going a light shade of blue. Due to this problem with the moist food super gluing itself to the mats I am going to keep this mat now solely for the water and dried biscuits and buy sweep a flat mat for her moist food that can be just put down as and when she needs it.
I would recommend this mat for people who feed their cats dried food and have messy water drinkers as it does its job very well at containing these spills. But if your cat likes moist food and is a messy eater I would say this mat isn't for you as the moist food gets stuck around the various lumps on the mat designed to keep the bowls in place.
When I had my last cat I always had a feeding mat for him as he was a really messy eater, so when I knew I was getting our new kitten I decided to pick up a feeding mat along with the dishes just in case she was going to be the same (even though the floor is laminate). I have bought all of my new kitten things from Pets At Home and thought I would get the mat from there also.
Looking at the range of mats available I was struggling to choose one, but when seeing the rubber fish shaped mat thats the one I chose for a couple of reasons. I thought that it was appealing as they are brightly coloured and a cute fish shape, but also as they are rubber so there is no risk of food being spread around the floor!
The fish shaped mat is made from a durable non slip rubber and has raised edges which means any spillages from the cat bowls will stay on the mat and not end up on your kitchen floor! Along with the raised edges, there are raised bumps on the mat which help keep the bowls in place, again minimising the area that can get food spilled on. A great thing about this mat is that it is dishwasher safe so it can be thoroughly cleaned when required, although you can wash it in the sink alternatively.
The mats are available in bright pink and blue, or a neutral cream colour and are priced at £4.99 which is quite expensive for a mat but if you have a messy cat like mine you will be glad you paid that price! The approximate size of the mat is 53cm x 36cm so its not too big that it will take up space but big enough to fit two bowls on.
My kitten, Cleo is a very messy eater just like my last cat so I am extremely glad that I purchased this mat. Initially she was a little wary of the mat, but she was like that with everything so I presume that is due to being in new surroundings but she will happily sit and eat at the mat and I can see her getting a little frustrated at times when she can't move the dish or mat!
Do I think the mat is worth £4.99? In a way I do as it has saved my floor from a lot of mess and scratches but I am sure there are other options available that are somewhat cheaper. I like how the mat is easy to clean and looks good on the floor and its great that its a fish shape! Just cool for a cat!
I give this mat four out of five Dooyoo stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
Pets At Home Rubber Fish Shaped Cat Feeding Mat
I never used a feeding mat for the cat since I thought it was a waste of money. Why they do u need a mat while you can just simply clean around his bowl? My cat is like most cats and he likes to get his food out with his paw and eat it outside his little bowl. Never understand why that bowl is not good enough for him that he has to put it on my wooden floor. It's easy to clean so I don't really mind but it's sometimes weird to see.
So it's not the fact that the food gets on the ground what is bothering me, it's the digging and scratching around the bowl what he likes to do. I first time I saw him doing that I thought he was going crazy! He can't dig through the wooden floor! It's not working! It's like trying to dig to China. Apparently it's quiet normal thing for a cat to do. He is trying to cover his food and protect it. I see him now sometimes trying the cover the food with a sock!
So in order to protect my wooden floor I thought I was smart to get a mat and saw one at Pets At Home for 4,99 pounds. I think there are cheaper mats but this one looked good and it's a fish shaped mat! You can get this one in red, blue and cream colour and I got my one in blue. I thought it's a nice bright colour. The mat measures 1.7 x 53 x 36cm and that's big enough.
The mat is made completely from a type of non-slip rubber so the cat can't move the mat. Also the mat has a little ridge preventing the cat scraping the bowls of the mat. You can feel and even smell the rubber and it really works. He hasn't been able to move the mat since and even his bowl stays on it! Of course he is still able to eat from the floor since he just fling the food out of his bowl but that's ok. My wooden floor is protected from the scratching now and that's the most important thing.
I think the Pets At Home Rubber Fish Shaped Cat Feeding Mat is really worth the money because it looks more fun than any other mat I have seen. It works and protects the wooden floor so that the most important but looks are important too.
I have two cats and am lucky in that they get on quite well. One of my cats - Black Cat to most people, but Thomas to me - is very easy going and bothered by little. Smudge, on the other hand, is a little more aloof, and is not quite friends with Thomas; she merely tolerates him. The important thing is that they get on well in general and are not at one another's throats. This is particularly important when it comes to feeding time, as they both eat together.
I have always used a feeding mat for my cats. Even though they eat in the downstairs cloakroom where the floor is tiles, I am always conscious of the fact that food work its way out of my cats' dishes and between the cracks. My cats share from the same bowls, but I have two - one for wet food and one for dry biscuits. One thing that attracted me to the Pets at Home mat was the size of it; it is large enough to accommodate two bowls with plenty of room left over besides. Also, for a large mat it was important to me that it was not garish, and was tasteful. I thought the mat was cute, and its simple fish shape in a muted pink also seemed very discreet.
The mat is fashioned from rubber, and this is also very useful when a cat is eating, as the mat does have some grip on the floor. If a cat is particularly excited when it comes to meal times the mat will prevent dishes from being flung very far, and it is also easier for the cat to eat when its dish remains stable on the mat. My own cats do not tussle much when it comes to eating, but even so it is nice for them to use a mat that remains in one place.
The mat measures 1.7 x 53 x 36cm, and is also available in cream and blue. When I purchased the mat only the cream and pink varieties were available, and I did not want to choose the cream mat because I believed it would become grubbier quickly, being a pale colour. The mat retails at just under £5, which is a great price for so durable a product. I have owned the mat for nearly a year now and it shows few signs of wear aside from a small patch on the right side where one of my cats scratched at it. This is a great mat and while large, is still very discreet. Recommended.
My cats are seriously messy eaters. They have a habit of getting bits of food out of their bowls and then eating them off of the floor *shrugs*. They also have a horrible habit of scraping their bowls and moving them all around the room and it is a noise which can be heard all over the house. I don't have a clue why they do it but they always have. And the noise drives me insane as well as having to pick the bowls up and put them back where they go!
When I purchased our dog food container from Pets At Home, I came across the rubber fish shaped cat feeding mat for £4.99. It was available in red, blue and cream so I got two cream ones to go with our decor. I hoped that the mats would bring an end to the floor eating habits and the inane bowl scraping!
I was pretty pleased with the mats when they arrived. They were big enough for my cats bowls but they were not huge either, definately the right size - I have seen some cat mats be absolutely massive and it has always made me wonder how messy a cat can be with their food! My cats have a double bowl each and they fit on these perfectly.
When you get the mat out the first thing you are hit by is the smell of rubber - it is very strong! The mat is made completely from a non slip type of rubber which prevents your cat from being able to move it. It also has a little ridge going all the way around the mat to prevent your cat from scraping the bowls of the mat.
My cats sniffed and pawed at the mats when they saw them but soon got used to them. The best result was that they put pay to all their scraping antics! The funniest thing was watching them try to move the bowls and getting frustrated that they couldn't and walking away in disgust! However, despite there being enough room on the mat for them to pick their meat out of the bowl and eat on the mat, they chose to move a little bit further away and still eat it on the floor!
The mats are made to a very high standard and are of a good quality. They are easy to clean - if you have a dishwasher, they can go in there or if you don't you can throw them in the sink and give them a good clean that way. And they come up looking like new.
I spent £9.98 on two of these mats and it was £9.98 well spent. Excellent and highly recommended - though if someone can recommend some bibs for my cats.......!!
Considering they are such fussy creatures cats are very messy eaters, well my 3 are anyway. I've got 1 who likes to play with her water and the other 2 like to drag their meat from the bowls and eat it from the floor.
On a recent trip to Pets at Home I spotted some feeding mats in the shape of fish. I had tried this sort of thing before but found them to be flimsy and curl up at the edges.
These feeding mats were different though. They are made in the shape of fish, very cute, and are made of non slip rubber. They have the out line of the fishes face on them and around the edge there is a small lip, about an inch, which hopefully will contain any spillages.
The feeding mats are available in 3 colours pink, blue and cream and they cost £4.99 each. More expensive than other feeding mats but they did look more hard wearing. They are approximately 51 x 35 cm.
The mats are dishwasher proof although I don't have one I think this is a good idea. I usually dunk mine in very hot soapy water.
I decided to get 2 of the fish mats. One for water bowls and one for food. My 3 cats never all eat at the same time and if 2 of them do eat together they are happy eating beside each other so 2 mats are fine. Anyway I didn't really want to spend more than £10.00 on feeding mats!
I took my 2 pink mats home and put them in place. The cats looked at them and approached them with extreme caution. After a good sniff they were given the feline seal of approval and they continued to eat as usual.
I'm very pleased with my fish shaped feeding mats. They contain the cat food really well. The cats now drag their meat from the bowl and eat from the mat. The lip contains any meat or water and saves a lot of mess on the floor. Having the lip around the edge is a simple idea but really effective.
I have 4 cats, and between them they have some very strange eating habits. One will only eat from a shiny metal bowl, anything other than this and he will turn his nose up at it, regardless of what's inside; two cats will eat from anything thankfully, so they're not fussy, and the last one will take his food from out of the bowl, drop it on the floor next to his bowl and eat it from there.
I used to put newspaper down underneath that particular cat's bowl, so when he'd drag his food out, he would leave a mess on the paper rather than on my kitchen floor. Having newspaper down in my kitchen all the time though didn't look very attractive, so when I saw the Rubber Fish Shaped Feeding Mat in Pets at Home, I thought this would be a much better replacement for the newspaper.
I paid £4.99 in the Pets at Home store for a blue mat, and was very impressed at the size of the mat - you would be able to fit 3 or 4 bowls onto the mat at a push, but because my cats all eat in different areas of the kitchen (else they will steal each others food!) my fussy cat who wants to eat off the floor has the mat all to himself meaning he can spread his food out to his heart's content.
The mat is tough and durable, and floppy before it's placed onto the floor - then it acts as both a stable base for the cat bowl and somewhere for him to drag his food. There is a ridge running around the end of the mat which means that food doesn't smear off the edge of the mat, although my fussy cat tends to eat right in the middle of the rubber mat anyway.
The fish shape is novel, and though it might not be to everyone's taste, it looks a damn sight better than old newspaper in my kitchen, so that's a plus point for me. I still have to give the rubber fish mat a wipe down after my cat's finished eating off it in order to keep it clean, rather than disposing of it as I would the newspaper, but other than that minor task, it's simple to use and does the job very well.
The mat is also available in red and a pale creamy white colour, and as well as in store, you can buy the mats online at the Pets at Home website.
One of the quirky things about my cats is the fact that they like to eat in different ways. All of these ways make a lot of mess though, and Chief in general is particularly messy as she likes to pull the food out of the bowl onto the floor to eat it. That's what happens when you have two older (and much bigger) brothers who like to get stuck in first!
I do find myself cleaning up around their bowls a lot, especially as all that I had underneath them was a cheap Ikea chopping board. I read about the flat, food-grabbing feeding mats which are designed to stop food going all over the floor, but they are quite expensive. Then, when I was in Pets at Home, I noticed these fish shaped mats. The thing that attracted me to them was the raised edge right the way around, and the fact that they are made out of rubber and so easy to clean.
The mat itself is quite big; you can fit three cat-sized ceramic food bowls on it easily, and there's good few cm before the ridge starts, so the cats can stand on it if they want to without feeling uncomfortable. They come in blue, pink and apparently an ivory colour, though they only had blue and pink in my local Pets at Home. They cost £4.99, and can be purchased either online at www.petsathome.co.uk or in store.
The mat is fairly thick, but also very 'wibbly', by which I mean you can roll it up because it's soft. This was good for transporting because I had to take it on the train, and I just rolled it up and put it in my bag. The mat initially comes with cardboard backing and plastic (minimal packaging really, though I suppose they could have rolled it up in a cardboard tube), which is easy to open. The rubber does smell quite strong initially, but the smell soon went and my cats didn't seem to notice or care (although they do have one track minds where food is involved anyway!).
The mat does a fantastic job of retaining all the food, and now when the cats spill dry food it doesn't get scattered everywhere or stuck up against the bookcase (where it's very difficult to clean up). If it gets too messy, I can just move the bowls off, pick it up and empty into the bin without having to worry about spilling food everywhere and keeping it level so nothing drops off.
I would say that this mat can be used for food or water (or both together), though I personally found it more useful for food because my cats are surprisingly dainty drinkers! If you only have one cat though, I can see it being useful for both food and water bowls so you get more use out of it and save some space.
Although the fish shape is quite cute and quirky, and has had attention to detail put in with various raised markings, this to me is actually a slight disadvantage of the product. The fins and tail of the fish in particular just end up being wasted space really, and it would have been better to do a rectangular shape which is cheaper to produce. However, I suppose this is classed as a luxury or novelty item really, and as it's a quirky shape it would be a nice gift for a cat lover when accompanied by a couple of toys. It does the job really well, although some might say it's just a little bit tacky.
I would definitely recommend this product to any messy cat owners!