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The 17 Best Pet Mats for Your Messy Eater

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When you get a new pet, some supplies are more obvious than others: a leash for your dog or a scratching post for your cat. Pet food. A collar. But did you know your pet also needs a pet mat for food and water bowls? 

The best pet mats are essentially placemats for your pet’s food and water bowls. They protect your flooring from whatever Fido and Tiger throw at it, whether they’re sloshing water out of their bowl or expressing their displeasure at their new diet by flipping the bowl.

Redbubble believes your pets should have the perfect pet and design that expresses them, just like you deserve the perfectly expressive sticker. We’ve assembled our favorite pet mats in bone or fish shapes for your pet below.

Dog sitting on bone-shaped guinea pig & capybara kawaii patterned pet mat

Guinea Pig and Capybara Kawaii Space Pattern Pet Mat designed and sold by Miri-Noristudio

Pet Food Mats for Cats

Cats tend to have two personalities when they eat: they either eat meticulously or they revert to their big cat ancestors and treat their kibble like live prey. Regardless of your cat’s manners (or lack thereof), these are the pet mats for cats for them!

1. For the Diva: Boss Lady Pet Mat

Fish-shaped pet mat with a pink background and neon stencil text that says "Boss Lady"

Boss Lady Pet Mat designed and sold by UrbanEpiphany

Anyone with a cat knows they aren’t shy about letting you know their feelings. If your cat has ever strategically left a hairball in your favorite pair of shoes or artfully shredded your new couch, this Boss Lady Pet Mat is perfect for her.

2. For the Traveler: Cat Vacation Pet Mat

Fish-shaped pet mat with a teal background and a black cat in sunglasses with a beach ball

Cat Vacation Pet Mat designed and sold by coffeeman

While cats tend to be homebodies, others love exploring new spaces. Whether your cat travels with you on vacations or you are a digital nomad, this Cat Vacation Pet Pat showcases their playful and adventurous spirit.

3. For the Cat with Big Cat Energy: Tigers and Tropical Leaves Pet Mat

Fish-shaped pet mat with a turquoise background with a jungle leaves and tiger pattern

Tigers and Tropical Leaves Pet Mat designed and sold by Angelina Bambina

Big cats are fearsome hunters, stalking their prey and ruling their environment. Your cat may be exponentially smaller than their big cat relatives, but this Tiger and Tropical Leaves Pet Mat will make your cat feel like an apex predator as they eat from their bowl of kibble.

4. For the Sleepy Kitty: Fur-get Me Not Pet Mat

Fish-shaped pet mat with an orange cat sleeping on a pattern of blue daisies

Fur-get Me Not Pet Mat designed and sold by tosojourn

The average cat clocks 15 hours of sleep a day. Most experts agree it’s part of their physiology, a throwback to their past as predators. Regardless of why it happens, we can all agree there’s nothing cuter than a cat curled up in a sunbeam catching some shut-eye. The Fur-get Me Not Pet Mat is an ode to your sleepy kitty.

5. For the Adventurer: Cat and Unicorn Pet Mat

Fish-shaped pet mat with a grey cat riding a white unicorn on a pink background

Cat and Unicorn Pet Mat designed and sold by agrapedesign

If your cat loves adventure, the Cat and Unicorn Pet Mat is the one for them. After all, what’s more adventurous than your kitty jumping on the back of a unicorn for a ride?

6. For the Pot-Stirrer: Hungry for Chaos Pet Mat

Fish-shaped pet mat with a black cat with a wide opened mouth and the text "Hungry for chaos" on a red background

Hungry for Chaos Pet Mat designed and sold by DinoMike

Some cats are trouble with a capital T, knocking items off shelves and chasing their pet siblings around the house. If that describes your cat, the Hungry for Chaos Pet Mat perfectly sums up their personality.

7. For the Ally Cat: Pride Cat | Nikury Pet Mat

Purple kitten holding a pride flag on a pink background

Pride Cat | Nukurt Pet Mat designed and sold by Nikury

Cats don’t care who you love as long as you’re available for cuddles on their timetable and their dinners are on time. The Pride Cat | Nikury Pet Mat expresses their support for all things pride.

8. For the Fun Lover: Let’s Have Some Fun | Contemporary Illustration | Minimal Shapes | Urban Graffiti Style Pet Mat

Fish-shaped pet mat with a colorful graffiti design on a black background

Let’s Have Some Fun | Contemporary Illustration | Minimal Shapes | Urban Graffiti Style Pet Mat designed and sold by Maganagoes

This bold pattern isn’t for the faint of heart. The bold colors and graffiti pattern pair perfectly with your cat’s goofy, fun-loving personality.

Pet Food Mats for Dogs 

Pet bowl mats are great for dogs and cats alike, especially if they eat wet food. It’s easy to pick up bits of kibble off the floor, but if Fido drops wet food outside their bowl, it hardens into place, making it difficult to remove. These pet food mats for dogs can make hardened wet food a thing of the past.

9. For the Beggar: Time for Snacks! Pet Mat 

Bone-shaped pet mat with the text "Time for Snacks" on a colorful background

Time for Snacks! Pet Mat designed and sold by Ashley Castleton

Is your dog a loveable bottomless pit, constantly scavenging for scraps? They may not be able to tell time to know when it’s time to eat, but they’ll agree with the message of this Time for Snacks! Pet Met.

10. For the Daydreamer: Floating Pet Mat

Bone-shaped pet mat with abstract artwork on a pink background

Floating Pet Mat designed and sold by UrbanEpiphany

Some dogs love to stare off into space, which sometimes means barking at nothing and other times makes you wonder if they’re seeing something you can’t. This Floating Pet Mat evokes the ethereal and requires thoughtful contemplation.

11. For the Easy-Go-Lucky Pup: Funny Dog

Bone-shaped pet mat with a cartoon dog sitting down on a white background

Funny Dog Pet Mat designed and sold by SolodkayaMarina

Some pups are pros at taking pleasure in the simple things in life. They only want a few pets, some good food, and a ball or two to chase. If that sounds like your good boy, the Funny Dog Pet Mat is perfect for them.

12. For the Homebody: Home Is Where the Dog Is Pet Mat

Bone-shaped pet mat with the text "Home is where the dog is" inside a heart on a white background

Home Is Where the Dog Is Pet Mat designed and sold by meandthemoon

If you’re a pet parent, you know that your home is not necessarily defined by where they lay their head but rather where their dog lays their head. If a home isn’t complete without your puppers, the Home Is Where the Dog Is Pet Mat is the perfect one for your pet.

13. For the Love Bug: Boxer Dog Love Pet Mat

Bone-shaped pet mat with a boxer in profile looking up with hearts around his face on a pink background

Boxy Dog Love Pet Mat designed and sold by animalartbytess

Love bugs make the best canine companions. The dog on this Boxer Dog Love Pet Mat showcases that look of love, although, to be completely honest, we’re not sure if they’re looking at their pet parent or their bowl of kibble.

14. For the Old Soul: Welcome to the 90s Pet Mat

Bone-shaped pet mat with colorful geometric pattern on a black background

Welcome to the 90s Pet Mat designed and sold by robyriker

For your old soul puppers, the Welcome to the 90s pet mat has a distinctly vintage vibe, complete with bold colors and abstract shape designs. 

15. For the Retro Flower Child: Retro Blue, Yellow & Orange Flower Pet Mat

Bone-shaped pattern with a retro blue, yellow, and orange flower pattern

Retro Blue, Yellow & Orange Flower Pet Mat designed and sold by somecallmebeth

If your dog prefers love, peace, and the simple life over the hectic modern lifestyle, the Retro Blue, Yellow & Orange Flower Pet Mat will capture their personality perfectly.

16. For Your Social Butterfly: Cute Pugs and Flowers Pet Mat 

Bone-shaped pet mat with two pugs and flowers on a green background

Cute Pugs and Flowers Pet Mat designed and sold by Anna Alekseeva

What’s better than one dog? Two, duh! If your dog is a social butterfly at the dog park and has more social engagements than you do, this Cute Pugs and Flowers Pet Mat is perfect for them.

17. For the Rock Star: Linocut Stars – Navy & White Pet Mat

Bone-shaped pet mat with white stars on a dark gray background

Linocut Stars – Navy & White Pet Mat designed and sold by Tracie Andrews

Does your dog always have to be the center of attention? Do they see your phone and instantly do something cute? Consider the Linocut Stars – Navy & White Pet Mat to make dinner time a five-star meal for the star in your life.

Cat sitting on a fish-shaped pet mat with a book and cat pattern

Library Cats – Turquoise Morning Pet Mat designed and sold by Elena Naylor

How to Clean Pet Food Mats

Specific care instructions will vary based on how your pet’s food mat is made. If it’s plastic, simply use a damp washcloth to clean up any spills. 

Redbubble’s pet mats are made of absorbent foam with a polyester face and backing, so you can easily throw them in the machine washer on cold for a quick clean between meals.

Every pet deserves pet swag as unique as they are. Once you’ve found the perfect pet mat, check out our pet blankets and pet bandanas. Once Fido and Tiger are all decked out, snap a pic and share it with the perfect Instagram caption or give them as party favors at your dog’s next party.

Don’t forget the pet parents in your life: whether they’re a dog lovers or a cat lovers, Redbubble has gifts for them, too!

Featured Image: It’s What’s Inside That Counts designed and sold by DinoMike

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