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19 Products Your Cat Needs, Other Than A Cardboard Box

You know, other than an empty cardboard box.

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to recommend some of the best things they've ever bought their cat. Here are the results.

1. For an ever-changing play zone, there's The Ripple Rug ($40)

"I was originally turned off by the price, but both cats love it. You can change the configuration so the cats never get bored chasing each other (or their own tails) throughout the holes and folds. It also makes a good napping spot!" — Katherine Morris, Facebook

2. If you love watching your cat chase things around the room like a weirdo, there's the FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy ($18).

"Hands down the FroliCat Bolt laser toy. It's basically an automated laser pointer that randomly shoots the Infamous Red Dot in various patterns around the floor. When we're too tired to play with them, we turn it on and our cats go mad for it... Our cats still haven't figured out that it isn't us playing with them and it's hilarious to see them wiggle after the dot on the floor!" — Kim Hawko, Facebook

3. The PetFusion Infinity Scratcher is combo cat scratcher and nap spot and looks frickin' cool too ($50).

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"Of all the things I have ever bought my cat to play with or sleep on, the PetFusion Infinity Scratcher is the only thing we consistently uses on a daily basis. He sits on it every morning while I get ready for work, sleeps on it, and uses it as a scratching post when he wants to destroy things. He is currently on his third one in four years. This thing is totally worth the money and bonus — way better looking than a regular scratching post." — paige1023

4. The Cat Dancer is great for hours of old fashioned fun on the cheap ($3).

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"The Cat Dancer. It's a long piece of wire with some cardboard bits attached. It's under $3 from most places, and it's my cat's favorite toy. She will even play with it by herself. Everybody knows that cats prefer simple cheap toys to expensive ones. When I saw it online I thought I would give it a try. Low and behold, the simple and cheap principle rang true." — Lauren Nus, Facebook

5. Same with these simple and addictive Looney Loops ($3 for three).

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"I've bought my cat toys, tents, tunnels, etc. and his favorite things are called 'Looney Loops.' They are cheap plastic spirals that he throws, chases, sleeps with..." — Kirsten J. Hansen, Facebook

6. If you have a smelly situation, the Litter Genie might work for you ($18).

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"Litter Genie!! Just as the name sounds, it works just like a diaper genie and seals all the poo and pee in a pail. Love it!" — Munchkin0124

7. Keep your cats hydrated in style with the Catit Flower Fountain ($30).

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"My four cats would scream multiple times per day at me to turn on the sink faucet. They would never drink from their water dish either. Ever since we got this fountain they don’t ask for sink water anymore! The fountain keeps the water cold and filtered. It's totally silent. And you only have to refill it once every four days. Not to mention it's super cute to see your cat drinking from the flower at the top." — johannaf40d62d0f7

8. To keep your furniture out of the war zone, there's the Ultimate Scratching Post ($40).

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"Ultimate Scratching Post — my cat LOVES to scratch on it and stays completely away from my furniture. The material is very durable, my cat’s nails stay healthy, and it’s tall enough for your cat to stretch on while they scratch. It’s only $40 on Amazon and it’s worth every cent!!" — emjovial

9. If you need an adaptable carrier, the Pet Gear I-GO2 Traveler Roller Backpack contains multitudes ($35).

"Literally just bought him a carrier that can go from backpack to rolly bag, from duffel to regular handle bag. It’s great and he loves it. It’s so hard finding a carrier for a cat that’s almost 20 pounds and is spacious enough for them." — ActorAnon

10. If you're into versatility, the Purrfect Arch is a nap spot, a self-groomer, and a massager ($10).

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"I bought it on a whim after I saw the infomercial on TV. My cats love it so much I bought another one shortly after so they could each have one for themselves." — marisaelyse13

12. The Booda Dome Cleanstep Cat Box is a palatial litter box situation for the finicky kitty ($28).

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"We purchased the Booda litter box when it became clear a regular litter box wasn’t big enough for our guy. Best litter box in the world! It’s covered, has a filter and no more accidental over sprays!" — amandamariel2

13. The Thundershirt is meant to reduce a cat's anxiety ($40).

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"The minute it was available for cats, I bought each of them a Thundershirt. My most anxious cat didn’t dig it but it worked like a charm. The three hour move from hellacious Austin to Dallas and I never heard a peep from either. Perfect for trips to the vet or any relocation." — karenelizabethe

14. If you love playing with your cat, but also sometimes need them to entertain themselves, there's the Hexbug Nano Robotic Cat Toy ($5).

15. PetSafe Ssscat is a cat control spray system to gently remind your kitties that certain areas may be off limits ($21).

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"Sssscat — motion sensor canned air from Amazon. Our cat scratches under our bed, so we often shut her out of the bedroom at night. Naturally, she then scratches and meows at the door all damn night. After a few nights, we didnt even have to turn the can on anymore. Best money we ever spent!" — Kelseyykb

16. The Original Sunny Seat Window-Mounted Cat Bed is one you wish you had for yourself ($12).

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"My cats love it, and it stays firmly attached! It’s also great for me because as a renter, I’d rather not drill holes around a windowsill for a different type of mounted window seat." — elizabethdeb

17. The Cat Ball is a fun, uniquely designed, versatile cat bed ($55).

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"Our cats love the Cat Ball cat bed! They hang out and watch us slave away at our chores. We love that this bed has a cool look, comes in a variety of pretty fabrics and is washable." — Jennifer Boaro, Facebook

18. Kong makes a wide variety of catnip toys for your kitty to play with/hoard ($4).

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"[My cat is] also on his third Kong squirrel toy (he’s 17 years old). They last for years and he loves them." — angiew426d6677a

19. For active cats, there's the Armarkat Classic Cat Tree ($63).

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"One of the best things I ever invested in were two good, sturdy cat trees...

I’ve gotten a couple Armarkat cat trees from Woot! when they come around — a large one about 8 feet high and a smaller one about 4 feet high and they LOVE them." — RCIAG

UPDATE

This post has been updated to reflect BuzzFeed's editorial standards.

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