So I was reading something cat related and I saw an ad for Blackhole Litter Mat. I thought this was a great idea for a product so I wrote to the company to see if they might be interested in my doing a product review of it on my blog. I initially contacted them on Facebook and ended up emailing Daehee Lee who is from the company and is very very nice. He asked me how many cats I have and ended up sending me three mats for me to try out.
|No idea why it says BlackHall not Blackhole..|
So, on to the product. So the product is a dual-structured mat that has holes on one side for the litter to fall through. The second mat is solid to catch it and make it easy for you to clean up the litter.
One thing I really liked about it right from the start is that it didn't hurt to walk on. The nubs on the top layer are soft and rounded.
Now originally I used a scruffy door mat to help keep the litter from being spread around the kitten room. It was designed to scrape dirt off shoes and wasn't all that comfortable. Oddly I would occasionally see a kitten sleep on it so it couldn't be that uncomfortable for them, but I didn't enjoy walking on it. Another thing I liked is that it didn't seem to move around on the floor as much as the door mat did. It seemed to just sit where I put it - which to me seems very important. If it slides around it isn't going to be where you need it to catch the litter.
So I put it down in the kitten room and waited.. I also wondered what would happen when a kitten would vomit or pee or poop on it, because you know inevitably one of those things is going to happen. I was not to be disappointed.
After a couple of weeks I got this..
|and yes, someone vomited on it|
|litter caught in the holes|
Unlike the old way I had to get the litter out of the mat I previously had.. which is to shake it out all over the floor and then having to sweep it up..
which is not easy with kittens who think the broom is the BEST TOY EVER!! second only to a pile of dust and debris - which is way way way too irresistible to kittens..
and that vomit stain?
I poured a little water on it and it quickly came off the mat, and while it didn't easily 'wipe off' due to the texture, it did fall to the lower mat which I simply wiped off with a towel. It took a little while for it to dry, but it cleaned far easier than my previous mat - which I am fairly certain still had some food particles in it from a week after it showed up in the kitten room despite it being cleaned multiple times and being taken outside and power washed.
Someone asked on Blackhole's Facebook page wondered if this product smelled. It does not. The three I received had nearly no odor at all.
I also used one of the mats as a door mat at my garage door when the rug we had needed to be thrown away. It caught the snow and slush nicely. It held the water in it until it dried up naturally. It could also be used under a water bowl if need be. I do not know how much water it holds, but the small amounts I put in it was held inside very nicely.
I love this thing.. my only downside is the price. My original mat cost me $15 where as this one costs $45 (the smaller one is $35) over at Amazon although they say they are working on lowering the cost and I bet once the product becomes popular the price will come down. The other negative I have is in the smaller size is the location and size of the opening. If you look at the tag on the product it looks like the whole thing opens up, but it does not. There is just an opening at the bottom that is not as wide as the product so getting litter to come off the side would take a bit more prodding, but seriously that isn't that much of an issue.
So if you use a litter mat and you are frustrated with how difficult they can be to clean or that to get the litter out of them causes it to scatter all over the place, I would recommend you check these things out..
In case it wasn't clear, I did get these products for free, but the review is 100% my own.