Fight anxiety and cure boredom with this engaging and mess-free treat mat
Part of being a great pet parent is ensuring your animal pals have everything they need to live their healthiest and happiest lives. Therefore, it’s only natural that when your dog or cat displays certain habits that might not be the best, like scarfing down food, getting stressed, or engaging in disruptive behavior, you want to find a way to help. The good news is, the Neat-Lik Mat can help with all of these situations and more, and it’s super easy to use!
What Is the Neat-Lik Mat?
Your pets feel many of the same emotions that you do, including anxiety and boredom. However, unlike you, your pals can’t just pick up a good book, bake a cake, or watch the latest The Bachelorette to try and overcome their down-in-the-dumps attitude. (Incidentally, if your pet does do this, you might want to call America’s Got Talent).
Lick mats provide pets with a safe surface that they can lick a variety of soft foods off to help alleviate stress, reduce boredom, and other benefits. The Neat-Lik Mat features a convenient design that allows you to spread your pals’ favorite foods or treats across it for instant enjoyment. Whether your furry friends love peanut butter, yogurt, canned pumpkin, or have a special treat; you can easily apply it to the mat. Then, just sit back and watch as your pets start to lick in delight, easing stress and increasing engagement.
The mat consists of food-safe, recyclable TPE, and it’s a breeze to keep clean. You can either hand wash it in warm, soapy water, or even better, just pop it into the top rack of your dishwasher. It comes in one size, 12” x 7” x 0.5”, which makes it easy to handle and store. Plus, the mat is freezer-safe, so you can let your pet enjoy some extra-icy fun, too.
Benefits of Using the Neat-Lik Mat
Using the Neat-Lik Mat comes with a host of benefits for your pet. Not only is it fun and engaging for your furry friend, but it also addresses several issues, like eating too fast and participating in destructive behavior. Here’s a closer look at all of the things the Neat-Lik Mat can do for your dog or cat.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Licking helps pets calm down, and it also eases anxiety because when your pet engages in licking behavior, it releases endorphins. It’s these endorphins that have such a relaxing effect on your pet. You simply spread your pal’s favorite wet food or spreadable treat, like peanut butter or pumpkin purée, onto the mat and let your pet go to town.
You can also get creative and mix in some of your pet’s favorite treats. The Neat-Lik Mat is the perfect way to help prepare your pet for typically stressful situations, such as vet visits, fireworks, thunderstorms, or nail clippings.
Reduce Boredom and Destructive Behavior
If your precious pet tends to get into mischief often, especially when you’re away from home, it’s likely your pal’s feeling bored. Your furry friend needs ample opportunities for mental stimulation and participation in engaging activities. When your pet has an effective way to release pent-up energy and stay focused and entertained, it results in less destructive behavior (which means less mess and no more chewed-up couches).
These qualities can also help ease certain symptoms of separation anxiety, helping your faithful friend feel more relaxed when you need to be away from home. The Neat-Lik Mat provides a perfect stimulating experience for your pet, with a fun pattern and texture for your pal to explore. Plus, your companion will adore the challenge of foraging through every nook and cranny for tasty goodness.
Encourage Healthier, Slower Eating
If your pet scarfs down food like it’s going out of style, this can cause several health issues, including mild bloating, GDV, choking, and aspirating food. Not to mention, it increases the likelihood of your pet vomiting food instead of digesting it (not fun for your pet or you). The Neat-Lik Mat’s clever design enables you to spread your pal’s favorite meal across the large surface area, where it can rest in the multiple nooks and crannies of the mat.
When you distribute your pet’s food this way, it encourages your furry friend to slow down and eat at a healthier pace, similarly to our slow-feed bowls. Plus, when your pet chows down on food like there’s no tomorrow, it can tend to get pretty messy. Therefore, the added bonus of using the Neat-Lik Mat is that more food ends up in your pet’s stomach instead of all over your floor, especially when used in combination with our Neat-Lik Mat Tray.
Using the Neat-Lik Mat with the Neat-Lik Mat Tray
When you treat your pet to the Neat-Lik Mat, don’t forget to add on the Neat-Lik Mat Tray. Our mat is the only lick mat to offer a specially-designed tray. The two products work seamlessly together to provide the ultimate solution for reducing your pet’s boredom, stress, and thwarting destructive behavior. Plus, it does all of this while also improving your pal’s focus, increasing engagement, and providing necessary, positive stimulation.
The tray is made of polypropylene, which is the same material as the base of our popular Neater Feeder. This lightweight material also provides durability, is BPA-free, and is easy to clean. You can wash it by hand with warm, soapy water or let the dishwasher do the work for you.
Plus, the tray is the perfect size for the Neat-Lik Mat, measuring 13” x 8.5” x 2.5”; the tray keeps the mat securely in place. Thanks to the snug fit, things stay neat, and your pet won’t be tempted to chew on the mat. To remove the mat from the tray, use the convenient pull-tabs located in the top two corners of the mat.
You can kiss your messy floors goodbye when you incorporate the Neat-Lik Mat Tray into your pet’s mealtime routine. The tray features large, rubber non-skid feet to prevent it from slipping and sliding. Plus, the 2” high walls ensure that all your pal’s food stays where it’s supposed to be. And, thanks to the 2” height, when you’re not using the tray with the mat, it can serve double-duty as a water bowl.
The Neat-Lik Mat Is Great for Both Dogs and Cats!
It doesn’t matter if your furry friend is a curious cat or a canine chow-hound, the Neat-Lik Mat and the Neat-Lik Mat Tray offer the perfect solution for everyone. They’re a definite must for your pet checklist, offering an entertaining way for your animal pals to stay engaged, healthy, and happy while providing practical benefits as well, like clean floors.
At Neater Pets, our goal is to develop high-quality products and top-notch tips so you can be the very best pet parent that you can be. After all, your pets are a big part of your life, and it’s only natural that you want to do everything you can to help them thrive. For more helpful insight into raising happy, healthy pets, check out the rest of the Neater Pets blog. There are always new things to learn and discover on the pet-parenthood journey.