Review: Scat Mat

One of the most difficult parts of training an indoor cat or dog can be enforcing those off-limit areas that can’t be fenced off or otherwise physically protected. Areas like countertops, couches, beds, and dining tables can seem almost impossible to keep your curious cats and dogs away from, particularly when there is no one around to enforce the rules. For just this purpose, a number of different pet-care companies sell so-called “scat mats”, which produce a low-level static pulse that is completely harmless to your beloved fur babies but which enforces off-limits areas, even one no one is there to see.

Scat mats come in a variety of sizes and with some different settings, but most feature battery-powered operation and three different pulse levels that can be used on pets ranging from small kittens to large dogs. Importantly, while it may take some time for a scat mat to train your pets about certain no-go areas, in most cases, the lesson will remain learned even after the scat mat has been moved to storage or placed in another location. One other great use for scat mats is to place them in front of certain doorways, acting as an invisible barrier preventing your pet from passing through without the need for a pet gate.

What Is the Pet Shock Mat – 30×16 Inches Pet Training Scat Mat for Dogs & Cats?

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The Pet Shock scat mat from Dog Care is designed around effectively training your four-legged friend without causing physical or psychological harm. As a company, Dog Care says that it strives to incorporate advanced technology into its philosophy of training pets with the respect they deserve, and the Dog Care scat mat is a perfect example of Dog Care putting this idea into action.

Product Specs

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Features

The Dog Care Pet Shock scat mat produces a low-level static pulse, as well as an audible beep to train your pet faster and more effectively through the use of two different senses. It also features three different setting levels (low, medium, and high) that can accommodate pets of all sizes and ages. The Dog Care scat mat includes a no-delay response, also helping to train your pet more quickly and effectively. According to Dog Care, its scat mat contains five times more conductive wire than its competitors, allowing it to be more responsive and, therefore, more effective. Unlike other models we’ve looked at, this offering from Dog Care also features three different training modes.


Training Modes

The multi-sensory Dog Care scat mat features three different training modes to suit your personal preferences and your pet’s individual learning style. The three modes include static pulse only, static pulse plus beep, and beep only. The ability to turn off the beep function is particularly convenient for at night when you don’t want your pet’s misbehavior to interrupt your sleep with an audible alert.


Design

The design on the Dog Care Pet Shock scat mat is among the sleekest on the market, with a stylish, rounded, white control box that features LED indicator lights. Overall, the Dog Care scat mat looks much less boxy and will blend into most homes much better than its competitors.


Energy Efficiency

One area where the Dog Care scat mat sets itself apart is in its focus on energy efficiency. Like most scat mats on the market, the Dog Care mat is powered by a replaceable battery – in this case, a single 9V. However, Dog Care has taken pains to get as long a life as possible out of each battery, saving money and helping the environment. Allowing for longer battery life also means fewer battery changes, improving the overall ease of use.

Pricing

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This scat mat from Dog Care can be found at online retailers like Amazon, which makes it about average to slightly below average in terms of overall cost. However, at just 30″ by 16″, the Dog Care scat mat also has about half the total surface area of some other models costing about the same. Whether this smaller size is a pro or a con for you depends on how and where you plan to use your scat mat, but the Dog Care scat mat is more expensive per square inch than some competing models.

How It Compares


We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare to the Dog Care scat mat. The models we chose for comparison are:

  • Lesotc Pet Scat Mat
  • PetSafe ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Mat for Dogs and Cats
  • Electronic Pet Training Shock Mat for Dogs Cats

Pet Shock Mat – 30 x 16 Inches Pet Training Mat Scat Cat Mat for Dogs & Cats

Pet Shock Mat - 30 x 16 Inches Pet Training Mat for Dogs & Cats, 3...
  • 3 OPTIONAL TRAINING MODES - DOGCARE pet training mat provides 3 optional training modes (Static Mode, Beep Mode, Static...
  • 3 ADJUSTABLE SHOCK LEVELS - If you fear that the pet training mat might hurt your pet, then the DOGCARE pet shock mat...
  • DURABLE & EFFICIENT - The static rope in the training mat was enhanced . Using 5 times static ropes than the normal...

This product can be found on Amazon, and it is at the low end of our price range in terms of overall cost. However, considering that the Pet Shock Mat from Dog Care is about half the size of some of the other models we looked at, this actually makes the Dog Care scat mat among the most expensive per square inch of space.

Ease of Use

With not only three different power settings but also three different training modes, this scat mat from Dog Care definitely sets itself apart from the competition with its range of options while maintaining straightforward usability. The energy-efficient design also means greater convenience due to fewer battery changes.

Design Quality

The Dog Care scat mat justifies its relatively high price per square inch with a superior design quality and durability. The Dog Care scat mat looks and feels like a high-quality product.

Effectiveness

The overall effectiveness of the Dog Care scat mat stands above the rest due to its three different training modes, which incorporate multi-sensory outputs to train your pet faster and more effectively. The beep-only training mode also provides an option for pet owners who are skittish about supplying their beloved animals with even a harmless static pulse.

Lesotc Pet Scat Mat

Pet Scat Cat Mat,Newest 44''x17'' Pet Training Mat for Dogs Cats,Keep...
  • 【Upgraded & Improved Design】Using Anti Shedding Metal Wires for much more effective result for keeping your cats and...
  • 【High-Qualified & Flexible & Adjustable】Meet UL, made of soft PVC material, the training mat is easy and flexible to...
  • 【3 Adjustable Shock Mode】Providing 3 adjustable levels of static pulse, suitable for all dog breeds and cats.You can...

The Lesotc Pet Scat Mat is a pet training met that produces three different levels of static pulse to help train your pet not to go. Once your pet has been taught not to go in an area, the Lesotc pet training mat can be moved to use on another area of your home. We found it to be perfect for furniture like couches, beds, and dining tables.


This product can be found on Amazon, at the lower end of the range, particularly given its larger size.

Ease of Use

Battery operated, the Lesotc scat mat can be used pretty much anywhere, including on furniture. However, when those batteries die, you might find yourself yearning for a plug-in option. It turns on with a simple on/off button, and features clear settings for high, medium, and low static pulses.

Design Quality

For the price, the Lesotc pet training mat provides above average durability and reliability.

Effectiveness

While some pet owners bristle at the notion of delivering even a harmless static pulse to their beloved animals, the shock is extremely mild, and we found that, while it did require some training, the Lesotc pet training mat proved effective in keeping cats and dogs from going where they are not wanted.

PetSafe ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Mat for Dogs and Cats

PetSafe ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Mat for Dogs and Cats , Sofa Size...
  • FURNITURE PROTECTION: Use the mat to train your dog or cat to stay off furniture, countertops and other areas of the...
  • INDOOR USE: Use this battery-operated training mat anywhere inside your home
  • EASY TO STORE: This clear, flexible vinyl mat easily rolls up for easy storage

The PetSafe ScatMat comes in a variety of sizes and has a host of available accessories and add-ons, from extensions to dummy mats. While the PetSafe ScatMat is a bit more expensive than some other models, it does offer some of the most versatility we’ve seen in a scat mat family of products.

Ease of Use

The PetSafe ScatMat features straightforward, easy use controls. Just turn it on and choose one of the three adjustable settings. Plus, the ability to choose from five different sizes makes it easy to choose the perfect scat mat for your purposes.

Design Quality

Though a little bit more expensive, the PetSafe ScatMat felt more durable than some of the other mats we looked at.

Effectiveness

With the wide variety of options and accessories available to fit your particular needs, the PetSafe was among the most effective scat mats we looked at.

Electronic Pet Training Shock Mat for Dogs Cats

Electronic Pet Training Shock Mat for Dogs Cats, Indoor Use Furniture...
  • The pet training mat can help you train your pet to stay away from some areas, such as sofa, bed, chair, baby activity...
  • It is a low-voltage mat that can be safely used anywhere in the room. Train your pet safely and effectively away from...
  • The pet training mat provides 3 working modes (TONE, TONE+STATIC, STATIC). It can work with any size of cats or dogs....

This simple, standard scat mat is at the low end of our price range but will prove perfectly adequate for many uses.

Ease of Use

Like most scat mat models we looked at, this electronic pet training mat is simple to operate: just turn it on and select a high, medium, or low pulse setting. However, the fact that we had to find a screwdriver to open the battery box definitely is an inconvenience, detracting from our ease-of-use score.

Design Quality:

Made of transparent PVC, this scat mat has a durable feel but is also flexible, allowing it to fit different contours without fear of snapping or breaking.

Effectiveness

Like most of the scat mats we looked at, this electronic pet training shock mat proved effective in training even the most stubborn pets to stay away from certain areas, even after the mats had been removed.

Conclusion

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Our Top Scat Mat 

While any of the scat mats we looked at would prove effective under the right circumstances, we decided to name the Dog Care scat mat best overall for its combination of good quality, sleek design, and multiple, multi-sensory training modes not available on other models. While the Dog Care scat mat was literally half the length of the competing models, for some users this may actually be a positive, as it allows the scat mat to be used in smaller areas, such as countertops and end tables.


The Dog Care scat mat proved highly effective in training both dogs and cats to stay away from where they are not wanted. Added features such as the option for multi-sensory training, which adds an audible beep to the low-level static pulse, seemed to have an impact with the speed and ease with which animals learned not to go certain places. The no-delay response, which Dog Care says is a result of its scat mat containing five times as many wires as competing models, also seemed to improve training.


Honorable Mention

As an honorable mention, we wanted to include the PetSafe scat mat, which was among the most versatile offerings we looked at thanks to its wide range of available add-ons and accessories. From useful extensions to clever extras like dummy mats, the PetSafe scat mat deserves a long look if you have several locations to cover simultaneously, a particularly large area to cover, or an especially stubborn pet. It also featured a high level of quality and straightforward ease of use, despite the number of options available. However, each model we looked at features plusses and minuses depending on one’s individual needs, and one can’t really go wrong with any of the models on our list.


Whichever model you decide on, a scat mat is a solid option for training your four-legged companions to stay away from certain areas where they might get into trouble or leave an unwanted mess. Best of all, most pets seemed to learn a lasting lesson, making scat mats effective long after they have been moved to other locations or returned to storage. And, if your pet starts misbehaving, it’s easy to pull the scat mat back out of the closet to reiterate those rules, which a scat mat will enforce even when there is no one around to scold your pet or spray it with a water bottle, to name just a few old-fashioned tactics. Best of all, you won’t hurt your furry friend in the process.

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