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    27 Things To Hold Your Pet's Attention So You Can Actually Get Work Done At Home

    Products that'll keep your furry friends occupied while you're occupied...with work.

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    1. An automatic water fountain that'll keep them hydrated and occupied while you handle your WFH Zoom calls.,

    The fountain holds 2.5L of water and actually has three ~very fun~ water flow modes: flower waterfall; flower bubble; and gentle fountain. It also comes with three replacement filters and a mat.

    Promising review: "My cat likes to drink out of the toilet. I bought her a $60 stainless-steel teardrop fountain which she never used (not to mention how loud it is). I tried closing the toilet to force her to drink out of it, but then she resorted to meowing next to the sink. So I asked my sister, who is a vet, what I should do. She suggested a flower fountain since cats are more inclined to drink out of them. This thing is amazing. It is DEAD silent with the flower cap on, and without it it has a nice waterfall sound. My cat, even with the toilet bowl open, consistently chooses to drink from this. It’s been a lifesaver. I honestly do not have a single bad thing to say about this." —Minno Durkin

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    2. An adorable stuffed duck to keep them company during nap time snuggle sessions until you're able to snuggle with them on your lunch break.

    Promising review: "My dog Hazel LOVES this duck! She has had it for nine months now, and it’s still intact! It somehow made it through her teething as a puppy. She rips and tears apart all of her toys, but this one still looks decent!" —Emily A

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (color is selected at random).

    3. A purring cat toy if they need something to keep them company during their ~cat naps~. This will make them feel like they're snuggling up next to another kitty friend.,

    It also plays calming, comforting sounds.

    Promising review: "Works like a charm! I recently found myself a cat mama of an abandoned week-old kitten. I bought this knowing she needed just something to cuddle up to in her bed. Turns out it basically hypnotizes her to sleep. She crawls to it, kneads it and eventually her meows turn to silence. I wish the purring lasted longer but for $10 it is a lifesaver. She's pooped on it a couple times so I've had to throw it in the washer and dryer minus the battery pack. It's held up great." —S Leytem

    Get it from Amazon for $14.10.

    4. A cat dancer toy because you won't be able to play with their favorite feather toy while tackling your heap of to-dos, so this will suffice and give them something to do.

    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    5. A squirrel-hiding toy that's practically a two-in-one toy. This'll occupy their time trying to get the squirrels out and once they remove them they'll then have numerous toys to play with as they please.


    It has 32,500 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "I purchased this for a 10-lb. pup who loves toys and it was a hit. She was into it immediately and eventually carried it in the other room so she could play without us bothering her. We've had it for months and she still likes it. She carries the squirrels around with her (very cute). All the pieces have held together really well and all the squeakers still work." —Kylie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes and seven styles).

    6. A leafy cat condo because they're probs obsessed with finding new hiding spots and this fun foliage tower will be their new go-to. At least you'll know where to find them once you finish that expense report...,

    Promising review: "At first, our cat wouldn't climb onto it, even with coaxing her with treats and catnip. We think it might have had a smell or something about it from the container. But now, it's her FAVORITE part of the house, she's on it all the time! It was pretty easy to assemble and is a really cool cat tree. We didn't want a carpeted tree, and the extra foliage fits nicely in our house!" —The Queen of Anneland

    Get it from Amazon for $133.61+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    7. An interactive ball launcher to give your arm a break. They won't know the difference because they'll be too occupied with having fun.


    Promising review: "My dogs love it! I have two small dogs and when it is too cold or wet outside and they can't go out, this is how we play. I aim the launcher toward the hallway and they chase after it and bring ball back to me every time. I use two balls and as one is brought to me, I launch the next. Keeps them busy and tires them out so I get a little peace and quiet on cold or rainy days. Still working on getting dogs to drop the ball into machine but it works out great. I purchased Kong Air Balls in extra small-size as replacements when other balls are chewed or lost. They are cheaper to replace and work well with the machine and are a bit sturdier." —Medinagirl

    Get it from Amazon for $115+ (available in two sizes).

    8. A set of stacking cups for your bunny that you can hide some treats under for them to scavenge for. They'll love throwing, nudging, and sifting through them to find their treats!

    bunny stacking cups
    BinkyBakeShop / Etsy

    BinkyBakeShop is a small business based out of Toronto, Canada and offer several adorable toys and treats for your bunny bbs.

    Promising review: "Meaghan was a pleasure to deal with. My buns are having fun figuring out their stacking cups. It's a great activity for them! Loved the extra touches, like special wrapping, heart-shaped stickers, and surprise treat samples! Clearly Meaghan is a sincere bunny lover!" —Leslie

    Get a set of eight from BinkyBakeShop from Etsy for $14.93.

    9. An interactive cat tower toy because they'll love clawing at this, instead of clawing at your precious furniture...,

    This fun tower has multi-level tracks so they'll be busy busy busy while you're also busy busy busy. It can also be used by more than one cat at a time!

    Promising review: "This is by far the best investment in a toy that I have ever made for my cat. He loves interacting with it and did not like other ball chasers in the past. Balls glide around smoothly. Cat's paws don't get stuck in the tracks. Balls are brightly colored and easy to see for my one-eyed little boy who has depth perception issues with his vision. I hear him playing with it at least a few times a day, and I tell you the god's honest truth, as I'm writing this review, he just went over and laid next to it and swatted a ball, just this minute!" —Fussy New Yorker

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+.

    10. A durable set of rope toys in case you have more than one pupper and they'll have fun tug-o'-warring over these. (My dogs love these toys and it's always so endearing seeing them play together!),

    Promising review: "These were great for my puppy. The sizes go up basically in thickness, and so the toy grows with her in that regard (while she doesn't outgrow the earlier sizes). The price is super affordable, and they are tough! My puppy is an avid chewer and these items have survived many tug-o-wars thus far." —Colleen Sinclair

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87

    11. A stuffing-less toy so you won't have to worry about them making a ruckus with squeaky toys while you sit on a conference call.,

    Promising review: "Not the best-looking toy on the planet, but it doesn't bother my dog any, and it doesn't bother me either! It's long and easy for him to grab, so he loves playing tug-o-war with it, and the squeakers are an added bonus. The fact that he didn't destroy it the first time he played with it is a plus. It seems sturdy and I like that it will last a while. I would definitely purchase this product again!" —Franquie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79+.

    12. A catnip-filled fruit toy they won't be able to put down. The cat-nip will have them going back for more and more playtime so you can get more and more work crossed of your schedule., Amazon

    This has over 12,000 5-star reviews!

    Promising review: "I decided to buy this for my cat after she stayed at our pet sitter's house and played all day with one of these bananas there. This is by far the greatest toy I have ever purchased for her. She just spent the last 2.5 hours playing with it with no breaks. Normally she sticks with a toy for about 10 minutes before returning to a nap." —Meg

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+.

    13. A coco fiber ball they'll enjoy gnawing on so they're not gnawing at you to play with them while you're trying to send out your emails. *Not now Mr. Hoppers, I'm sending an important email!*

    bunny chewing on toy

    This will also help clean their little bunny teeth!

    Promising review: "My bunny is obsessed with this ball! He likes to chew it, and plays catch with it. And it’s still in really good condition after a couple months of use!" —Joanne

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    14. A secret hideaway — perfect for your bird or hamster that they'll enjoy climbing in and out of. TBH, you may just have to stop what you're working on to take a cute boomerang of them running across the bridge...,

    Promising review: "This is such a fun find for my budgie. She loves to whistle or talk in it, I think she likes the echo. I catch her sleeping in there too, just adorable! She is an English budgie, so yours will fit in there too. Advice: She wasn't sure at first but I made sure the ladder was secure enough to ensure her confidence, and also put some spray millet in there and it didn't take long before she liked it." —Candace

    Get it from Amazon for $9.70.

    15. A chewable carrot kebab to keep them occupied as opposed to scratching at the cage to let them out. This'll also look super cute hanging in their little rabbit home.

    chewable rabbit toy in cage

    Promising review: "My bunnies (picky and spoiled) really like this toy. They managed to chew off the end already, so the little pieces came off of the kebab. They still play with/chew the smaller pieces. I've had about three or four of these for my rabbits over time now; it's a good go-to toy for them. The toy has a little clip so you can hang it in their hutch; I just leave it on the ground where they can find it, and they still have fun with it." —Talie

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    16. A Wobble Wag Giggle ball if they love interactive toys that also make fun noises. You may want to just make sure they're not playing with this while you're on an important call...unless you want giggle noises going off in the background (LOL)., Amazon

    With a little nudge this ball will start to shake, wiggle, and make sounds that's sure to keep them occupied.

    Promising review: "I have a 7-month-old corgi puppy and this was his favorite toy out of all his toys he got for Christmas! He loves it so much that I have to put it up and away just so I can sleep. It's sturdy and not too noisy (I live in an apartment). His toy preference is for toys that make noise instead of plush toys without squeakers. It's lasted a whole week of play without any problems, unlike another toy he already tore up, so it seems durable, at least for small to medium breeds." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (also available as a glow-in-the-dark version).

    17. Or this treat ball that has adjustable difficulty settings so if they're a play-time pro you can ensure this won't be too easy for them where they'll be bored after five minutes.


    Promising review: "Absolutely love this toy. I have a 5-month-old 30-pound Labradoodle and she enjoys playing games rather than sitting and chewing on something. I fill the toy with her dog food or small treats and she will play with it until there are no treats left. It is worth the price, buy it!" —AOlesky

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A piñata toy since you'll probs want some peace and quiet during your work day and this will do just the trick. A toy to get your chatty parrot to stop being, well — chatty.

    parrot playing with pinata toy

    Promising review: "Parrots need to have things to destroy to keep them happy. They are not simply contented with plastic, non-destructible toys, they need to shred and chew things. Some wood toys will suit their need to chew things up — but other toys, like this one, fulfill their needs to destroy and shred things. I've had these before and my bird loves to tear them apart. It keeps him busy and content for hours and quieter. If you're new to parrot keeping don't buy toys on the basis of longevity alone, but things that they can destroy to fulfill their need for more active chewing activities. I like the piñata because not only does it fulfill the shredding need but it also lasts a lot longer than other shreddable toys. Sometimes it may take a few days for them to get into them, but they provide good activity and are longer lasting." —Tomsde

    Get it from Amazon for $6.10+ (available in four sizes).

    19. A incredibly durable Kong toy for any intense chewers who destroy practically any toy you get them (relatable). My little Yorkipoo destroys every toy and these she has yet to destroy.,

    There's a hole in the bottom so you can also fill it with additional treat or some frozen peanut butter!

    Promising review: "Kongs are to dogs what Candy Crush is to humans. No, seriously. You pull the Kong out and they get this crazed, hyper-focused look on their faces and you know the fun is about to start! Stuff it with treats, peanut butter, cheese whiz, or literally nothing at all — it doesn't matter, your dog will go crazy for this toy, particularly if they're a chewer or chaser! They're great for fetch, and (shhh — don't tell my dog) I particularly like pulling ours out when I can see my Boston terrier Xander wants to play but I'm too busy with housework (or Facebook) to throw the same ball over and over and over." —berlee

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in six sizes).

    20. A state plush toy if you're raising your dog to be a hardcore New Yorker just like you. This detailed pet toy won't be an eyesore when it's left all over your house BUT, make sure to get one for each of your puppers if they don't like to share...

    NY state plush toy
    Modern Beast

    Modern Beast is a woman-owned small business whose mission is to give back to animals. They create contemporary, high quality toys, apparel and home goods for dogs and cats. Plus 100% of the profits go to an array of animal charities.

    Get it from Modern Beast for $17 (also available in California state design).

    21. And this cute cat fortune cookie toy that literally describes what their thinking is, "blame it on the dog." I may just have to get a cat just so I can snag this toy...

    cat playing with fortune cookie toy
    Modern Beast

    Get it from Modern Beast for $12.

    22. A colorful balsa stacker for your bird babes that'll not only add color to their cage, but will also keep them busy, busy, busy all day long. These feature both soft and wooden stackers so they get the best of both worlds for nibbling.

    foam and balsa stackers
    DaisysBirdToys / Etsy

    DaisysBirdToys is a small business located in Jackson Heights, New York where you're sure to find some great new toys your birds are sure to be obsessed with.

    Promising review: "We have a disabled macaw and she has to have easier toys. No feet means no leverage, so she likes softer stuff. She’s really enjoying these!" —Hardy

    Get it from DaisysBirdToys on Etsy for $5.95+ (available in four patterns two styles).

    23. A window perch so they can take a much-needed cat nap in cozy bliss. They'll love being lazy in this new spot and it attaches easily to any sliding door made of glass! Time to soak up some sun.


    Promising review: "He loves it! My cat Rory is really enjoying this perch. It was really easy to put together and install. I like the tightening suction cups so get a secure hold. I have not had any stability issues with this and he jumps up and down from it which can be fairly forceful. I will probably get another one in the future." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    24. A stimulating activity mat they'll love exploring since there's quite literally something new with every step.

    dogs playing with mat

    Promising review: "My puppy LOVES this mat! He gets super excited whenever he sees it. He sometimes doesn't like to eat his kibbles in his bowl, but he has so much fun finding and eating kibbles when I hide them into this mat. I heard nose work is also good for reducing separation anxiety in dogs, so I give him this mat whenever I need to leave more than two hours. He deals with separation way better with this. I'm 100% satisfied!" —Bom

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98+ (available in two sizes).

    25. A pack of catnip-infused felt balls that come in a such a fun variety of fun colors, they won't know which one to play with first.

    SimplyBVermont / Etsy

    For a cat-nip recharge, pop the balls back in the tin so they soak up more of the catnip smell (from the capsules in the tin) and your cat will be ready to play with them all over again.

    SimplyBVermont is a small business located in Vermont. They make all kinds of adorable pet accessories and toys for cats AND dogs.

    Promising review: "Fast shipping, seller was super thoughtful and attentive, and most important of all our kitties are obsessed with these balls! Even my shyer one is running around with these having an absolute blast even without my tossing them around. It’s also wearing her out which is quite hard to do. Highly recommend!" —Ketti Schulenberg

    Get a set from SimplyBVermont on Etsy for $12.99.

    26. A tunnel to keep your pet rodents occupied in their own personal playground dream.

    guinea pig inside tunnel

    Promising review: "I don’t really do reviews often but my piggies LOVE this tube toy. My black and white piggy named Yoshi likes to hide in it while Mojo runs around and plays. It’s adjustable with Velcro tabs so you can make it into a shape or keep it as a straight tube. It can be compacted so it’s easier to store. Plus it’s easy to clean!" —brittnee newell

    Get it from Amazon for $8.78+ (available in two sizes).

    27. And this adorable pet cake kit to give to them at the end of your work day so you can show them just how much you missed playing with them while you were working.,

    The kit includes a reusable, bone-shaped baking pan, a packet of carob cake mix, a packet of yogurt frosting, and one adorable party candle. The mixes don't contain corn, wheat, soy, sugar, salt, or preservatives! They'll LOVE this doggone sweet treat!

    Promising review: "This couldn’t have been easier to make and no mess! I can’t speak to the flavor myself, but my doggos ate it right up! The mold is reusable. I set aside a whole hour to 'bake' this treat; turns out it only took a couple of minutes zapped in the microwave." —Annie Mayo

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    Get ready for your pets to love you for all their new toys...


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