Updated October 08, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Snuffle Mats

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in September of 2020. When you hide food and treats in a snuffle mat, you combine feeding time and playtime by encouraging your pet to forage for food like it would in long grass and shrubs outdoors. This stimulates its senses and provides some physical and mental exercise, so it can help relieve pent-up stress or boredom. It can also be a useful way to get animals to slow down their eating and promote good digestion. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Paw5 Wooly

2. Stellaire Chern Activity

3. Awoof Pet

Editor's Notes

October 06, 2020:

Unlike feeding mats, which are primarily concerned with keeping mess to a minimum during mealtimes, snuffle mats are more akin to activity mats or even educational toys, as they introduce an element of mental stimulation, forcing your pet to sniff out, hunt, and forage for their treats. Feeding your pets in this way is beneficial in myriad ways, from slowing down their eating pace and promoting good digestion, to reducing stress from boredom or pent-up energy, and even keeping disabled or mobility-impaired dogs active and stimulated if they can't be taken on walks.

Some manufacturers have tried to include as many different hiding places as they can, to keep your pet foraging for as long as possible. The Slowton Blanket, the Petvins Blanket, and the Stellaire Chern Activity all have a plethora of hidey-holes such as felt flaps, fabric waves, soft pots, and little criss-crossing strips to bury bits under. The Sniffiz Smelly Matty even has extra games that can be rolled up and slotted into position around its edge to give your dog even more challenges.

A couple of these mats, like the Pyogo Training Toy and the Awoof Pet, have a drawstring mechanism that has the added benefit of raising the edges to form a slow-feeding bowl shape for greedy pets that eat a little too fast. It also increases the difficulty by creating a much narrower entry, so smart cats and dogs will really have to nuzzle deep inside.

Models like the the Jmxu's Nosework, and the Paw5 Wooly only utilize shaggy strands of imitation grass in neutral brown or gray colors, making them look more like a regular rug than a play area, which can be useful for owners who want their mats to tie-in with the room.

Special Honors

Ruffle Snuffle Mats As well as letting you choose your own design and felt colors for your handmade snuffle mat, this website has tips for how to get the most from these rugs, lots of heart-warming success stories, and a host of other pet-products such as tug toys, blankets, and puzzles, most of which can be personalized. Based in England, they ship to most countries worldwide. rufflesnufflemats.com

4. Sniffiz Smelly Matty

5. Awoof Interactive

6. Petvins Blanket

7. Jmxu's Nosework

8. Slowton Blanket

9. Pyogo Training Toy

10. Liakk Puzzle Toy


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on October 08, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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