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10 DIY Cat Litter Mat Plans You Can Make Today (with Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Cat owners will know that cat litter mats are essential because their cats can easily track litter all around the house. However, it can be difficult to find a litter mat that meets your home’s specific needs. Factors like texture and size determine if a litter mat is a good fit for your cat.

Fortunately, there are several DIY cat litter mat plans that you can try out. A lot of these mats are more affordable than commercial cat litter mats while being effective and more customizable to fit your home.

Take a look at these plans below to draw inspiration and ideas for a cat litter mat that would be a great addition to your cat’s litter box setup.

The Top 10 DIY Cat Litter Mat Plans

1. T-Shirt Cat Litter Mat

Materials: T-shirts, thread, twine
Tools: Scissors, sewing needle, tape
Difficulty: Intermediate

This fun and creative project uses old t-shirts to create a customized litter mat for your cat. All you need to do is cut t-shirts into strips and braid them together. It can take a little time to get used to sewing the braid into a coil, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a pretty easy process. You can also weave in twine for added traction that helps to trap more litter.


2. DIY Garage Tile Litter Box Mat

Materials: Interlocking garage tiles
Tools: Hacksaw, sandpaper
Difficulty: Easy

Garage tiles are also effective materials that trap kitty litter. Some manufacturers sell them in different colors, so you can mix and match fun colors or choose one that blends in well with your home decor.

Garage tiles are also typically easy to saw, so they’re great if you’re trying to create a mat that fits perfectly in the space that contains your cat’s litter box. After you shape your garage tile litter mat, you can smooth out the edges using sandpaper.


3. DIY Litter Box Cat Paw Mat

Materials: Old doormat, fabric paint
Tools: Stencils, sponge brush
Difficulty: Easy

This project makes use of an old doormat and fabric paint to create a personalized cat litter mat. It’s the perfect DIY project that lets your creativity shine, and it’s also a fun activity for young children.

The best kind of mat for this project is a carpet mat because the fabric paint will adhere to it the best. You can use different colored paints and stencils to pat down patterns using a sponge brush. Just make sure that the paint dries completely before placing it by your cat’s litter box to avoid tracking paint around the house.


4. Absorbent Bed Liner Cat Litter Mat

Materials: Washable medical bed liners
Tools: Tape
Difficulty: Easy

This DIY cat litter box setup is specifically designed for Ragdolls and other larger cat breeds. A DIY cat mat is included in the complete instructions of a whole litter box station. It uses machine washable medical absorbent bed liners as a litter mat, which provides enough coverage for large cats. Bed liners are soft, so cats will like how they feel against their paws.

Washable bed liners are also easier to clean and machine wash since they’re more lightweight than bath mats and rugs. If the bed liner is too big for your litter box space, you can line it up and tape it along the surrounding walls.


5. Upcycled Yoga Mat Cat Litter Mat

Materials: Yoga mat
Tools: Scissors, tape
Difficulty: Easy

Used yoga mats also make great cat litter mats. Yoga mats are ideal litter mats because of their long length. They’re soft and feel nice against cats’ paws, so they’ll most likely get used to them quickly.

Most mats are also easy to cut, so you can shape them to fit in any space. They tend to have good grips on different types of surfaces, but if you have a particularly old yoga mat, you can use tape or a rug gripper to hold them in place.


6. Rubber Car Mat Cat Litter Mat

Materials: Car mat
Tools: Hose, bristle brush, dish soap
Difficulty: Easy

If you have an old rubber car mat, you can use it as a cat litter mat. Since car mats are designed to capture debris and moisture, they’re perfect for placing underneath your cat’s litter box.

Just make sure to thoroughly clean the car mat before using them as a litter mat. The best way to clean them is to use a hose and bristle brush. If you have a garden hose with a nozzle, use the jet setting to rinse off any mud caked onto the mat. Then, drizzle a liberal amount of dish soap on the mat and scrub with the bristle brush.

Make sure to cleanse off all the soap and wait until the mat dries completely before letting your cat use it. A damp mat can discourage them from using it.


7. Carpet Tile Cat Litter Mat

Materials: Carpet tiles, duct tape
Tools: Cutting mat, retractable utility knife, ruler
Difficulty: Easy

Carpet tile is an affordable alternative to expensive cat litter mats. You can get really creative and cut out fun geometric shapes and patterns, or you can just make a mat that fits your cat’s litter box space. Once you piece the carpet tile together, use duct tape on the bottom of the carpet to hold everything together.

You can place the edge of the carpet underneath the litter box to keep it from moving around. However, if it still slides around, place a rug gripper underneath it to keep it in place.


8. DIY Cedar Bath Mat Cat Litter Mat

Materials: Cedar board, wood glue, teak oil
Tools: Circular saw, table saw, measuring tape, pencil, sandpaper, nail gun or hammer and nails, paintbrush, rag
Difficulty: Intermediate

A cedar bath mat is also an effective cat litter mat, and you can make a custom mat that perfectly holds and supports your cat’s litter box size. When you’re assembling the pieces of cedarwood, make sure that the gaps are close enough together so that your cat’s paws can’t slip between them.

Cedar mats and other wooden mats are great for placing right underneath your cat’s litter box. They should be a little longer than the litter box so that when your cat steps out, they have enough space to step onto the wooden mat. Litter and other debris will fall through the spaces, so placing a tray underneath can make cleanup even easier.


9. Scraper Doormat Cat Litter Mat

Materials: Scraper doormat
Tools: None
Difficulty: Easy

Scraper doormats can also function as cat litter mats because they’re specifically designed to catch debris. Most scraper mats have a slightly abrasive surface made with tough materials, such as PVC, coir, and vinyl. These materials are very durable, and they also trap dirt very well.

Since these doormats are very durable, it’s difficult to cut them into different sizes. So, make sure that you take correct measurements of your cat’s litter box space to find a doormat that properly fits into that space.


10. DIY Sisal Litter Box Ram

Materials: Natural sisal rope, wooden board, wood glue
Tools: Scissors, handsaw
Difficulty: Easy

Placing a sisal ramp at the entrance of your cat’s litter box can help reduce litter scattering around the house. Since many cats use sisal scratching posts, they’ll already be used to the feeling of sisal and be more likely to use the ramp to step out of their litter boxes.

This DIY project just requires a sisal rope and a wooden board. All you have to do is wrap the sisal rope around the wooden board and use wood glue along the way to keep the sisal in place. After that, you just have to wait for the glue to dry completely, and then it’s ready for use.

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