I’m very excited to be doing my first official product review and giveaway. While I haven’t done any reviews up until this point, I want to be able to provide readers with information so they can make an informed decision on certain products that may be of interest to them. I will also let you know what the company is doing to help cats in need. And when available, you can also enter the giveaway for your chance to try the product as well!
So, let’s do this…let’s talk about litter. More specifically, let’s talk about litter mats!
Smiling Paws Pets contacted me before I headed off to BlogPaws and offered me the opportunity to review their litter mat. It arrived right before I headed to the conference, but I have now had ample time to use and review the mat. Let me be clear and offer the good ol’ disclosure notice right up there, front and center!
Disclosure: I was provided with a free litter mat from Smiling Paws Pets in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated here are my own. Three Chatty Cats only shares information we feel would be relevant to readers. Smiling Paws Pets is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
The product arrived all rolled up and held tight in its packaging, which included basic instructions on it as well. I did what the instructions said and left the litter mat in direct sunlight to remove all the fold marks. Worked like a charm.
One of our litter areas is in a closet in a high traffic area. I decided to use the litter mat for this location to see if it would reduce the need to sweep.
Sophie was a little hesitant at first to step on the mat. She of course did the necessary sniff-check and then gingerly placed her paw on the mat. She didn’t like it and quickly removed said paw. She then danced around the mat, trying to figure out how to get into the closet without stepping on the mat. Hmmm…
Olive didn’t care one bit and walked right on the mat and into the closet, which of course made Sophie want to do it, too. “Whatever she can do, I can do better…” Right? The mat material is soft and not course to walk on. I find it quite soothing. (Only joking. Sort of.) Sophie’s hesitation lasted all of about 30 seconds after she saw Olive standing on it. And as you can see below, she found her way into the litter closet just fine.
The Smiling Paws Pets Litter Mat has definitely reduced the amount of litter tracked outside of the closet. Do I still sweep daily? Yes. But that’s more because I don’t want ANY litter outside the area. I usually sweep once in the morning after the evening’s *ehem* activities, and I come up with less errant litter than before! Yay!
- 35 in x 23.5 in
- BPA Free
- Liquid & Water Proof
- Anti-Skid Backing
- Available in three colors: black, brown and gray
As most of you know, my blog has been focused on featuring cat rescues and profiling people who do their part to help cats. So, I thought it was only natural to ask Smiling Paws Pets about their efforts to help cats in need.
They advised that they currently contact various charities and rescues several times a year to reach out with a helping hand. They have been donating their products and are looking to expand their process by also working together with other brands to do joint donations. Most recently, Smiling Paws Pets has donated their products to Mad For Animals Inc and A Place For Cats Inc.
Okay, folks, it’s time for the giveaway! Smiling Paws Pets has allowed us to give away one litter mat to a lucky reader. U.S. residents only. If you are an international entrant, you can choose a U.S. friend or rescue/shelter to have the item sent to. The giveaway closes on July 21, 2016 at noon Pacific.
To enter the giveaway: 1) leave a blog comment on this page below on which color mat you would like if you’re the lucky winner (black, brown or gray), and then 2) click the graphic below to enter the giveaway!
If you’re unable to click above, please click here to enter the giveaway.
Do you currently use a litter mat in your litter area?