Meal times are a responsibility pet owners can’t get around. However, keeping the food bowl area clean can be a challenge if your pet is a messy eater. It’s not uncommon to discover scattered food, spilled water or even vomit on the floor, after your pet has finished eating. Indeed, even pets need their dining area bussed after eating. However, with the proper precautions, cleaning your pet’s dining area can be a task made easy.

To help guard your floor against spillage, an affective option to consider are pet bowl mats. Pet bowl mats come in all shapes and sizes and are usually placed under your pet’s feeding bowls, to capture falling debris. They’re ideal for protecting your floor and can be easily picked-up and rinsed off when it becomes necessary. To give you a better idea of what’s available on the market, below is a brief list of quality Pet Bowl Mats that can help protect your floor against spillage.

12. Mat & Dish Holder
with Stainless Steel
Food & Water Bowl
By Giftsdotcom

This mat is made of silicone and is designed so that the feeding bowls stay in position. Because the mat keeps the bowls in position, this design helps to prevent food and water from spilling. However, if there is spillage, the large base catches anything that may spill out of the bowls. The mat and the bowls meet all standard safety requirements and can be rinsed, wiped clean or safely used in the dishwasher. It can be used by rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, small dogs, cats, etc.

11. Silicone
Pet Feeding Mat
By Gorilla Grip 

This mat designed by Gorilla Grip is waterproof and has thick edges that are raised to contain liquids and foods. It’s made out of silicone, making it difficult to move once it has been positioned on the floor. Inside the mat, are raised dots, that are used to keep the feeder bowls in place and food from scattering. The Gorilla Grip mat is FDA approved, BPA free, non-toxic and hypoallergenic. The mat is available in two sizes—23”x15” and 18.5”x11.5”—for small and large pets. Each size is able to accommodate several eating and drinking bowls, without overcrowding the mat. It’s designed to be easy to clean, by either rinsing and wiping or by placing it in a dishwasher. The silicone design makes it foldable and easy to store in your home or while traveling.

10. Dual Circular Mat
For Food & Water
By Dcxz

The Dcxz Pet Feeding Mat is molded in a stylish, modern design. The food grade, non-toxic, silicone that this mat is made from, minimizes water and food spillage onto the floor. It’s easy to clean, waterproof and blends well with most home decor.

9. Half Circle, 
Pet Feeding Mat
By Poppy Pet

This mat has deep grooves that are used to capture food, litter, debris and keep paws clean. It’s able to accommodate most bowls and feeders for small and large pets—24”x14”. It is made out of a quality material that is waterproof, designed to not slip and keep bowls stationary. In order to clean, just shake it and vacuum it; or you can rinse it off. For storage, you can simply roll it and put it up. It can be used with food bowls, litter boxes, pet cages, bathrooms, etc.

8. Paw Shaped Pet Mat
By JOYJULY

JoyJuly has created a placemat in the shape of a paw, that is available in multiple colors. It’s made with soft, non-toxic, ring elastic fibers that is designed to capture food, liter and debris. Made to keep your pet’s paws clean, this mat can be used with litter boxes, feeding dishes, automatic feeders, as an indoor/outdoor welcome mat, inside vehicles, etc. The material it’s made from is water resistant and all weather durable. To clean, just shake and rinse it.

7. Multi-Purpose 
Pet Feeding Mat
By Stellaire Chern

This pet feeding mat is made from a premium PVC material, that is durable, yet soft and safe for your pet’s paws. It’s able to stay in the position you placed it in, because of it’s no slip backing grips. It’s grooves are deep enough to trap litter and food, while keeping your pet’s paws clean. The square design makes it ideal for use with doors, litter boxes, food bowls, feeders, etc. Because it’s waterproof, a quick shake and a rinse is able to clean it most of the time. You can also enlist the aid of a vacuum.

6. Raised Ribbed,
Premium Quality, 
Pet Food Placemat
By mdesign 

mDesign has created a high quality mat, made from silicone. The outer edge is raised to contain water and food spills. The mat also has raised ridges to keep the bowls from slipping out of position while your pet is eating. Lastly, this mat is durable, non-toxic, waterproof, and dishwasher safe.

5. Microfiber
Pet Bowl Mat

By Envision Home

Envision Home has created a Pet Bowl Mat that has the ability to absorb 4 times it’s weight in water. All you have to do is place it under your pet’s food and water bowl to guard your floor against spills. The back of the mat has non-sliding bumps, that keep it in position while your pet is eating. It’s large enough to accommodate multiple bowls; it’s durable and is machine washable.

4. Raised Edge,
Pet Placemat 
By Hubulk

Hubulk presents a Pet Food Feeding mat that is flexible, waterproof and is designed to capture spillage, for better floor protection. It’s FDA approved, non-toxic, non-allergenic and safe for your pet to use. The bumpy texture on the surface of the mat is there to provide a non-slip grip, so the bowls don’t slide while your pet is eating. As an added measure, the designer added a raised edge to trap in spillage. Multiple colors are available and it’s easy to clean; just rinse with warm water and soap, use a cloth to wipe it and put it in the dishwasher.

3. Premium
Pet Food Tray

By Easyology

Easyology has created a pet Food Tray with very deep edges and non-slip edges to protect floors. Because of it’s deep ridges, it is able to contain scattered food and spilled liquids, making it easy to clean up the mess. It’s made from a polypropylene and washes quickly. It’s safe for your pet and safe for the environment.

2. Heat Resistant, 
Pet Food Mat
By Reopet

Reopet’s 18.5” x 11.5” silicone pet food mat, is able to withstand 464 degrees of heat. It’s a non-stick food mat, that captures food and water as your pet eats. It’s FDA approved, non-toxic and easy to clean by rinsing it in water. 

1. Anti-Microbial,
Hypoallergenic, 

Pet Food Mat
By Pet Fusion

PetFusion has created an award winning pet food mat, that is anti-microbial and resistant to water/stains. Because it is non-toxic and non-allergenic, it is perfectly safe for your pet to use. It has anti-slide grips on both sides, to keep the tray and food bowls in place. Also, the outer edges are raised to contain any spillage that may occur. The material is pliable and easy to rinse clean, yet durable enough to put in the dishwasher.

In conclusion, Pet Bowl Mats can be a good option for pet owners, when trying to keep the floor clean after their pet eats. They’re designed to trap spillage in one way or another, then easily rinse clean after usage. They come in different colors, shapes and sizes, to help you pick the best design that blends with your decor. You can use them as doormats, with your cat’s litter box or wherever you need extra protection against spillage or scattering. The above list of mats is certainly not an exhaustive list of whats on the market, but it’s a good place to start, if you want a brief look at some examples of what’s out there. I hope it helps, thanks for reading.