Pet Placemats

If your pet is a sloppy eater, a pet placemat can help save your floor from food spills and water damage. The problem is that most pet placemats are cheesy (bone, paw print, and other pet-themed designs) or not functional (not waterpoof, not sturdy, or without non-slip backing). In our seach, we found two pet placemats that cut the mustard: The Orvis Water Trapper Pet Placemat (seen above) and the Waterhog Pet Place Mat.

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• The Waterhog Pet Place Mat comes in two sizes and four colors (green, burgundy, blue and khaki). Its rubber back and ridged border helps food and water bowls from being knocked and scooted around by your chowing furry friend. The larger mats hold two 10" diameter bowls and can be personalized with your pet's name. The smaller one holds two 7" diameter bowls. Both mats are made of durable polyester fabric that's constructed from recycled plastic bottles. $19.95-$32.95 at L.L. Bean.

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• The Orvis Personalized Water Trapper Pet Placemat is similar to the Waterhog version in that it is sturdy, has a rubber backing so bowls stay put, and can be personalized with your pet's name. Orvis placemats are made out of polypropylene, come in two styles, and are available in several colors including blue, light gray, khaki, red, gold, and evergreen. $39 at Orvis.