Lickimats for Dogs & Cats: 101

What is a Lickimat®?

A Lickimat is a type of feeding mat designed for pets, such as dogs and cats, that promotes calm behavior and helps alleviate stress and anxiety. It is a textured mat with small raised bumps and grooves that can be filled with soft foods like peanut butter, yogurt, or canned food.

The idea behind the Lickimat is to encourage pets to engage in a licking behavior that releases endorphins and helps them relax. By providing a challenging and interactive way to eat their food, pets are stimulated both mentally and physically, which can help reduce boredom and destructive behavior.

Lickimats are often used during mealtime or as a treat dispenser, and can be a useful tool for pets that have separation anxiety, fear of loud noises, or are recovering from surgery or illness. They are also dishwasher safe and easy to clean, making them a convenient and reusable option for pet owners.

The Classic Lickimat® Textures





Playdate has discrete pockets that will contain food. Liquids are easier to manage and keep food & treats separate.


Buddy has a more complex surface. It still allows for separation of favorite soft foods and treats.


Soother is exactly what the name says. It allows soft and liquid foods to be licked out with extra tongue simulation.

Which Shape and Texture is Right for your Dog?

Selecting the right Lickimat® depends on your dog.  Here are some things to consider.
  • What type of food you want to use, hard or soft
  • What treats your dog likes to eat
  • Are they a chewer, requiring a tougher Lickimat®?
  • Do you prefer something dishwasher safe for cleanup?

Feature Chart

The below chart can help you select the best shape and texture for your pet.
Reduces Anxiety
Slow Feeder
Mat Style
Bowl Style
Strong Chewers
Sticks to Surfaces
Dual Texture
Freezer Safe
Microwave Friendly
Dishwasher Safe
Handwash Only

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