Ripple Rug Review


Play is vitally important to a cat’s mental and physical health, and it’s especially important for indoor cats. Even though cats may sleep up to 16 hours a day, when they’re awake, they need stimulation. The best way to accomplish this is with play, and the best toys are those that engage your domestic tiger’s natural hunt and prey instinct. The Ripple Rug does this in a super creative and fun way.

This cat activity mat is a puzzle toy and interactive toy all in one clever design. The mat consists of two pieces of carpet with a non-slip rubber backing. The top piece has multiple holes of different sizes, and features velcro strips that allow you to attach it to the bottom carpet in endlessly different configurations, essentially turning the Ripple Rug into a brand new toy with each play session.


Before we even tested the Ripple Rug, I was impressed with the amount of thought that went into the design. The Ripple Rug is made in the USA using 100% recycled materials. Each Ripple Rug keeps 24 plastic bottles out of the landfill or floating in the ocean. The Ripple Rug is easy to clean with soap and water. But what really impressed me was the thought that was given to safety.


From non-toxic carpeting to safety slits to a non-slip design, the Ripple Rug is made with your cat’s safety as the number one priority. It even features a “touch point release,” which means that the velcro strips will release at a pressure of greater than four pounds. Not every cat will fit through the holes, even with the safety slits. The slits can easily be extended with scissors for larger cats. The makers of the rug recommend that play be supervised, and I concur.


Of course, the test of any toy is whether your cats will use it, right? Allegra and Ruby were immediately intrigued with the Ripple Rug, to the point that they started playing with it before I even had it right side up (note to self: read product directions before filming for product reviews…) I mistakenly put the rubber backing of the bottom piece face up. The video below shows Ruby having a blast with the Ripple Rug a few minutes after I first put it out, and she didn’t seem to care that Mom had set it up “wrong.”

Once I realized my mistake, I flipped the bottom piece and attached the top with the velcro strips, and barely had time to grab my camera before Allegra and Ruby started to play.

While the Ripple Rug will entertain your cats even without your involvement, they’ll have even more fun if you play with them. I used wand toys to tease the girls through the holes, and they both loved it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t coordinated enough to take pictures while using a wand toy, so I don’t have any photos or video to show you.

This wonderfully designed toy is sure to bring many hours of fun and entertainment to your cats. Allegra and Ruby have been playing with it every day, and that’s rare for any toy at our house.

The Ripple Rug is available for $39.99 with free shipping on the website. It is also available available from Amazon for $39.99 with free shipping for Prime members. For more information about the Ripple Rug, and to see some adorable videos of cats having fun with the rug, visit

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

10 Comments on Ripple Rug Review

  1. D. Carscadden
    March 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm (5 years ago)

    Some of our cats may be too large. We have one that is 20 lbs (not fat just muscle!) and two that are about 17 lbs plus 2 smaller ones.

    • Ingrid
      March 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm (5 years ago)

      You would definitely want to cut the openings a bit wider for your two large cats.

  2. Margaret
    March 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Your girls obviously approve……

  3. Maureen
    March 9, 2016 at 12:28 am (5 years ago)

    I have to drag this back out and try again.I bought it after Christmas and none of my 3 liked it. At first they were curious but they were to big to get through the holes and although I made tunnels it would just collapse. I will try it again.

    • Ingrid
      March 9, 2016 at 5:47 am (5 years ago)

      Try using interactive toys to entice them to play with the rug, Maureen. You can also try springling some catnip on it.

  4. Lynn Neuberg
    March 8, 2016 at 10:14 pm (5 years ago)

    This looks like a simple design, yet, something cats would be stimulated playing with! I can see why the cats would love the various openings/holes to dive into, wiggle through, and we would use the toy wands to stimulate them, along with toys like I see you have put out for them. I like that this is also made from recycle plastic bottles too, a strong selling point, and that it is non toxic..We are careful what we feed and use in our homes not only for ourselves, but, also for our multicat home! thanks for sharing this with the cat lovers who love spoiling them..

  5. caren gittleman
    March 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm (5 years ago)

    Hmmm….I can sure see that Allegra and Ruby loved it! I am not sure about it, it looks as if I would break my neck on it (tripping over it)………I wonder if I had one what my dog would do while Cody is playing with it? I’m not completely “sold” yet….but it does look interesting!

  6. Lauren
    March 8, 2016 at 7:16 am (5 years ago)

    I second your review! My cats got a Ripple Rug last week, and they love it. They’ve been playing and sleeping on it constantly. It works well as a scratch pad too; I’ve been finding claw sheaths all over it.

  7. Summer
    March 8, 2016 at 4:30 am (5 years ago)

    This does look like a lot of fun!

    • Gayle Keresey
      March 8, 2016 at 10:12 am (5 years ago)

      I bought one right after Christmas. The cats love it. I have to roll it up and put it up when the cleaning lady comes every two weeks. Patience is very impatient until I get it back down after she leaves. Highly recommended for any cat household!


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