I had used a regular litter catching mat but found this is a much nicer accessory to catch those stray litter from coming out of the box! It fans out pretty wide and does a good job catching them when the cats come out. It's a nice color and make too, it's flexible but not too much so that you can bend it and put the granules back in. My cats don't mind it, although it seems nubby. I still have the other mat lined up after this mat, as well as one other area rug, with all three combined I have very little granules on the carpet. Of course they are still around here and there and I just pick them up as I see them, but it is not a lot.