Dog lovers know that things can get a little messy when it comes time to eat or drink. The best way to combat your pooch’s mess is to place their food and water bowls on a mat. This can help contain the mess, making it easier to clean up. Here are some mats that we recommend.
Buying Dog Bowl Mats
Here’s what you should consider:
- Size: Dogs come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, and so can the mats for their bowls. The size of your dog can dictate the size of the mat you place their bowls on. Larger pups will require larger bowls, thus requiring a larger mat.
- Attributes: All dogs are different, and owners know what’s best for their dog’s needs. If they dribble water everywhere, an absorbent mat may be the way to go. Similarly, if they get bits of wet food all over the place, a silicone mat will be easier to clean.
- Durability: Dogs eat and drink daily; therefore, their mat will be used often. Some mats, such as silicone, will be longer-lasting than others, such as those made from plain fabric. Choose something depending on how often you want to switch out the mat.
Best Personalized Option: Drymate Pet Placemat Personalized
Mark your dog’s meal spot with this customizable mat that comes in two sizes and 26 different fun designs. Absorbent and waterproof, this mat is machine washable, making cleanup a breeze. Made with over 50% recycled fibers, this durable mat is long-lasting and features a nonslip back. Customize it with your pup’s name on the bottom.
Drymate Personalized Pet Bowl Placemat, Custom Dog & Cat Food Feeding Mat - Absorbent Fabric, Waterproof Backing - Machine Washable/Durable (USA Made) (12" x 20") (Linen Tan)
Mark your dog's meal spot with this customizable, waterproof, and absorbent mat.
Best Washable Mat: Reopet Silicone Bowl Mat
This mat is made from nontoxic, nonstick silicone that can withstand heat up to 464 degrees Fahrenheit. Available in two sizes, the raised edges will better protect the floor from messy spills. It is also dishwasher safe and comes in eight different colors.
Reopet Silicone Dog Cat Bowl Mat Non-Stick Food Pad Water Cushion Waterproof
The raised edges on this mat will better protect your floor from messy spills.
Best Absorbent Mat: Bone Dry Ultra-Absorbent Pet Mat
Available in two sizes and 16 designs, this mat is both machine washable and ultra-absorbent. Made of microfiber, it will contain spills your dog may make while eating or drinking. It is ideal for use in a kennel or cage to ensure that your dog doesn’t have to lie in water or food.
Bone Dry Machine Washable, Ultra Absorbent Pet Mat, Small, 12x18, Gray Lattice
This patterned mat is machine washable and absorbent.
Best Large Option: Gorilla Grip Silicone Pet Feeding Mat
Large dogs can make large messes, but this silicone mat can help prevent that. Measuring 32 by 24 inches, this waterproof mat has raised edges to prevent any spills from spreading. The nonslip backing also prevents the mat from moving around, stopping further messes. It comes in 12 colors and is dishwasher safe.
Gorilla Grip Silicone Pet Feeding Mat, Waterproof, 32x24, Easy Clean in Dishwasher, Raised Edges to Prevent Spills, Dogs and Cats Placement Tray to Stop Food and Water Bowl Messes on Floor, Gray
This grippy waterproof mat has raised edges to prevent spills from spreading.
Best Small Option: mDesign Premium Feeding Mat
Measuring 16 inches long and 8 inches wide, this mat is compact and durable. With raised ribbing and edges to contain spills, it is perfect for both small dogs and puppies. This silicone mat grips the floor to stay in place during mealtime and is made from BPA-, PVC-, and chlorine-free material. It is also dishwasher safe as it can withstand temperatures up to 570 degrees Fahrenheit.
mDesign Premium Quality Pet Food and Water Bowl Feeding Mat for Dogs and Puppies - Waterproof Non-Slip Durable Silicone Placemat - Raised Edges, Food Safe, Non-Toxic - Small - Espresso Brown
Compact and durable, this mat's raised ribbing and edges will contain messy spills.