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    36 Things Good For Your Home *And* Your Pet

    Genius pet inventions, top-rated cleaning products, and some adorable photos of pets along the way.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A tear-proof screen so you and your fur babies can enjoy fresh air without having to worry about claws ripping right through the screen door. It's made out of tough polyester specifically designed to resist tears and damage caused by pets.

    reviewer's cat hanging on the door screen
    reviewer's two dogs on opposite sides of a screen door

    Promising review: "I have cats who like to hang on my screens and this stuff has held up now for almost two months without even one spot that has ripped. It is a little darker than my old screen but once it was in window, you can hardly tell difference. Regret not getting this years ago." —jen k

    Get it from Amazon for $16+ (available in three sizes).

    2. A genius pet gate with a cat door that'll let your feline friends into places the big pups can't go. Reviewers say it works great for rabbits and other small pets, too!

    Fellow BuzzFeed Editor Jenae Sitzes has used this gate and thinks it's great!:

    I've used this exact gate in the past and found it really easy to set up in my doorway, and it's *extremely* sturdy once you adjust the tension properly — I can't see any dogs being able to break through, and it's made of metal, which discourages chewing. I personally used it when I adopted my younger cat and needed to slowly introduce him to my older cat. The space between the bars were wide enough for them to see and sniff each other without any possibility of them fighting. I will say that once the younger cat got braver, he was able to leap over the top of it, but my older, bigger cat could not (which meant the younger cat always had a means of escape). So keep that in mind, depending on your use case. You can also install it a few inches above the ground to get some extra height.

    Promising review: "I wish we bought this gate years ago since it was a constant game of figuring out how to keep the dog away from the cat's food and box. We even occasionally used a rollaway suitcase in a doorway as our makeshift solution. FINALLY — peace, cleanliness, and less money spent on extra cat food that our dog would devour every time she got a chance. Great gate!" —HillsideHaven

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    3. pet hair remover to make sure your pet's shedding does minimal damage to your sinuses and your furniture. It's like a lint roller without the annoying sticky pads that you have to constantly replace. All you have to do is empty the roller when it's full, and it's as good as new. 

    reviewer shows the inside of a used roller full of hair
    Reviewer using ChomChom to remove pet hair from black fabric

    Promising review: "I have allergic reactions to dog hair and dander so imagine my surprise when we learned our new quarantine pup wasn’t hypoallergenic as we had thought. Cue a mad dash to buy every product under the sun to keep my allergies in check because from the moment she came home we were in love...Then enter the Chom Chom roller, the roller to end the need for any other roller. Gone are the days of stripping and sticking with a disposable lint roller. Gone are the days of dragging that red lint brush paddle over the furniture. And definitely gone are the days hauling out the vacuum just to zip away the excess dog fur on the couch. If you use it right— and I mean vigorously roll back and forth, up and down, to and from like your life depended on it— the Chom never fails...Truthfully, it picks up more than enough for me to be satisfied." —L. White

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    4. convertible cat scratching pad that can be used as a side table and a cat toy. It can rotate 90 degrees, hold up to 26 pounds, and can be moved in three different positions!

    the table being used as a side table
    the cut in scratching post mode

    Promising reviews: "My cats love this and it fit well with my home decor. It is easy to assemble and very good-looking. You can use it as a side table too!" —Che Bian

    "Totally money worthy! It’s very sturdy and my cats are in love with this scratch board<3, highly recommend!" —Quan Gan

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in two colors).

    5. A pack of 10 transparent couch protectors because ruined furniture is *very* noticeable and if your fur baby is anything like my cat, the couch corners are fair game. Simply apply these self-adhesive protectors to the spots they target the most, and eventually they will learn they have to scratch elsewhere. 

    Reviewer photo of the clear protector on the leg of a recliner
    Reviewer photo of the clear protector blending into a couch leg

    Promising reviews: "Easy to use and is the first thing that has ever protected my sofa from cat paws! I wish I’d bought this product five years ago!" —Carol Palmer

    "Our cat was destroying the corner of our brand-new sectional, so I was excited to try these out. I didn’t want to try sprays or anything with pins that puncture the couches. I was a little worried about the quality of the adhesive, but the screen has been holding up and my cat no longer scratches that corner. There are plenty of screens in the package to add more if she finds a new spot." —NKakanis

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $20.99 (available in multiple pack sizes).

    6. An air purifier to trap all the pet dander, dust, and cleanse the air in your home. If you can avoid worrying about and dealing with allergens while relaxing at home, it should *definitely* be at the top of your to-do list. This makes it easy! Reviewers say it also does a great job getting rid of funky smells, too.

    a corgi puppy laying next the white purifier
    Reviewer photo of the air purifier's filter showing how much dust and debris it's caught

    Promising reviews: "This product is amazing. We do cat I'll just leave it at that. It immediately changed the smell in our home. No more smell, unless it's immediately after someone uses a box. Air just smells cleaner, more fresh. We started with one and bought two more!" —M. Otto

    "I originally bought this product because of my family's pet allergies. The purifier is compact and extremely quiet (compared to my previous experiences with other purifiers). So far so good! No one in my home has any pet allergic reactions and it really helps the smell. This device really helps regulate the air and I basically use this 24/7. The night-light comes in handy and my pup sleeps next to the purifier 75% of the time. I really recommend this product to anyone with allergies, pets, or stuffy houses." —Lien Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in black and white).

    7. A handy personalized feeding tracker so the pups, cats, iguanas — or any other animal children you may have — don't get double fed (again).

    a gif of the tracker going from breakfast to dinner
    Weeping Birch Home / Etsy

    Weeping Birch Home is a small biz based in Illinois that creates handmade and laser-cut home decor and gifts. They've got tons of different versions of this tracker for dirty dishes, medication, and more!

    Promising review: "This is absolutely everything I was looking for. The craftsmanship alone is outstanding. It spins seamlessly and the magnet is beyond strong. Shipping was also extremely fast. I am beyond happy with this, though I can’t say the pups are…. They’re likely heart broken that second breakfast will no longer be a thing." —Tracy Capote-Sanchez

    Get it from Weeping Birch Home on Etsy for $16.99+ (available with or without a back magnet).

    8. A couch cover that'll protect the furniture that your pets, kids, or (very) messy significant others love laying on. To be fair, where else are they gonna lounge!? This cover will make sure everyone is comfortable and happy.

    a reviewer's dog sitting on the brown cover
    a different reviewer's cat sitting on a green cover

    Promising review: "These are really nice! I wasn't expecting much in the way of quality at this price point but was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package. The fabric is really durable and the construction of the covers is excellent. I bought two of these, the regular-sized couch cover and the oversized chair cover. Both fit perfectly....The fabric on the covers is a microfiber that is very soft while still being tough enough to handle abuse from my four cats. I ordered the green color for my sage green furniture and found the reverse side with the lighter green to be a pretty close match. I haven't used the straps and probably won't. My furniture is made of a micro suede fabric and the covers haven't slipped at all, so there's really no need to strap them down. All in all, very pleased with this purchase. An excellent value!" —Kathy V.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in five sizes and 20 colors/patterns).

    9. An odor-eliminating candle because when you're around your pet 24/7, you may not even notice the smell taking over your home (trust me, it's there). This candle will make your home smell deliciously clean with scents like apple cider, fresh citrus, vanilla sandalwood, and TONS more. 

    a reviewer's cat next to the scented candle jar
    German Shepherd next to purple Pet House odor-eliminating candle

    Each candle is made with 100% soy wax and can burn for up to 60 hours. Feline parents also swear by this product for eliminating odors around the house!

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Elizabeth Lilly also finds this candle helpful and said:

    "Cleo clocks in hours luxuriating on the couch on the reg. So I light this bad boy to make the joint smell nice and eliminate any dog smells. Sure, regular candles help some. But this candle acts fast and I don't have to keep it lit for long, which is safe/good because I'm terribly forgetful. It comes in so many ~regular~ candle smells like Fresh Citrus and Pumpkin Spice — not just the de rigueur odor-neutralizing Clean Laundry or Fresh Air. And in case you're wondering, Mango Peach smells divine." 

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in multiple scents and 2-packs).

    10. And a stain and odor-eliminating spray for those carpet incidents that happen every now and then. This spray lifts stains away and removes that odor that comes along with it. 

    Carpet messes are undoubtedly the worst to clean up, but you can also use this on clothes and other surfaces like concrete and hardwood. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully for noncarpet use. 

    Rocco & Roxie is a family-owned small business named after the Magleby family's pets Rocco, a Labradoodle, and Roxie, a former shelter tabby cat. They make a variety of pet supplies, including cleaners, treats, grooming tools, accessories, and toys. 

    Promising review: "I honestly have no idea how we managed without this product before. We’ve tried most everything, from carpet cleaners to products that just cover scent. Nothing truly worked or lasted to get the cat urine odor out of our carpets. We were at our wit’s end when it began to happen in our own room — one corner of the room has become nearly unbearable. We didn’t even want to enter our own room. I purchased this product as a Hail Mary, hoping the positive reviews were true. THEY ALL UNDERSTATED THIS PRODUCT!! My fiancé followed the instructions down to the T and the smell is COMPLETELY GONE. Not even the slightest hint of urine anymore. I admit, I’m more of a citrus/floral girl for smells so this more minty scent isn’t my style, but the fragrance doesn’t linger too long. But what remains is a completely neutralized smell. In addition, the carpet seems generally cleaner. I am so grateful to this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 32-ounce bottle from Amazon for $19.97 (also available in a gallon size).

    11. pet grooming tool you can use on both cats and dogs. It not only grooms and detangles fur for a clean and healthy coat, but it also catches the loose hair that would otherwise end up all over the house. 

    a reviewer shows the results after brushing their dog
    the same reviewer shows results with their cat

    Promising reviews: "Life changing. I'm mad that I didn't buy this two years ago... works so well! I think my dog was super happy because it definitely got rid of a bunch of loose hair that I'm sure was making her very hot!" —Jessica

    "Finally a tool that easily and harmlessly removes Joy's shedding hair. She is a Pomeranian and it's hard to keep her brushed. She loved the combing and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to less hairy clothes and upholstery. I wish I had seen this years ago..." —Corinne

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    12. A collapsible pet bed ottoman that'll fit a cat or a small-sized pup! You'll be able to kick your feet up knowing they're relaxing right below.

    a tiny dog sitting inside the gray ottoman
    a reviewer's dog on the bigger ottoman and a cat below

    Promising reviews: "I needed to purchase an ottoman for my bedroom and also replace my dog's little dog house. This product is literally perfect! I have a small Maltese who weighs 10 pounds and she absolutely loves it." —Melissa 

    "The perfect cat bed for my Maine Coons. They got in it immediately. It's large, sturdy, and looks great in my living room. Room for one inside and one on top." —khakitag

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in two sizes and 13 colors/patterns).

    13. A waterproof (and urine-proof) double-layered litter trapping mat to catch any leftover litter before your cat makes the entire home dusty and litter-filled. When your cat steps out of the litter box, it'll collect the litter with its honeycomb design, and keep it there until you clean it out!

    gray honeycomb-patterned square mat next to cat litter box in bathroom
    a reviewer holding the mat open to show the inside

    And in case you're wondering, it is *very* easy to clean. You can open it up (like the photo on the right) and dump leftover litter back in the box, wash it under a sink, or suck up any leftover litter with a vacuum!

    Promising review: "Going from no litter mat for this box to using this new mat there is a noticeable decrease in litter strewn across the floor, which is what I wanted. The cats certainly don't mind the texture so they have no problems with it either. Would recommend."  —Kelliar

    "I was pleased to find that [the litter mat] works very well. The litter falls down the holes and is not seen so it looks clean all the time. Very few granules are being tracked off the mat and I see the litter falling down through to the lower layer to be poured out later."  —LyricMama

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    14. Or a top-entry litter box with a grooved lid to help catch and remove the litter particles from their toe beans before they hop out after doing their business.  It's got a discreet enough look to be placed in multiple rooms, *and* if you have a dog who likes to go digging in litter boxes, this design is great way to prevent that.

    reviewer's cat on top of the top-entry litter box
    A photo of the grooved litter box lid and a cat inside of it

    Reviewers say it works for both small and bigger cats alike! One reviewer's tip: Make sure the side without the grooved lid is facing a wall so that cats can't jump out that way (the grooved side is what prevents litter tracking).

    Note that if you have a senior cat with limited mobility, you'd want to provide a litter box with low, easy access for that cat.

    Promising reviews: "Wow — I can't believe I went four years without this. My house is sooooo much cleaner now; my two (fairly big) Ragdolls barely track any litter now. Great product." —Josh

    "This box is seriously amazing. My cat went right in and has plenty of room to go to the bathroom without missing or spreading litter everywhere. I would have loved to have had this six years ago when I got her." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors and two sizes).

    15. clear toy blocker because rescuing the toys with a broom every five minutes is ~not~ a way to live. This toy blocker can be put under the stove, the couch, and tons more places to stop toys and balls from getting lost in the Upside-down.  And because it's made of durable plastic, it's not something pets will be able to rip up and destroy! LOVE IT 👏

    It can also help discourage them from hiding under furniture!

    Promising reviews: "WISH I WOULD HAVE FOUND THIS YEARS AGO FOR MY DOGS! I recently bought it because my 11-month-old is constantly throwing stuff and pushing things under couch. I was able to install this while the baby was climbing all over me and haven't had any problems with adhesive. Also keeps my two small dogs from hiding their bones and toys under the couch! Perfectly invisible. Literally life changing! I can finally throw away self-made blockers, which were pool noodles that always moved." —Crystal K

    "A must-have for ALL pet owners. This contraption is genius and will save cat (and dog) owners insane amounts of time and frustration retrieving toys. We used this beneath our oven and it works PERFECTLY. Cat can't destroy it (the way she shredded the foam insulation we had stuffed under there before) and we no longer have to get the yardstick out when literally all of her toys are 'gone.' Yes, this is a challenge to install, but 100% worth it. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat." —Allison Goldstein

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in three sizes).

    16. A multi-tasking dog feeder with bowls and built-in food storage so you have everything in one place. It can hold at least 22 pounds of food in the lower section (but many reviewers noted more) and even has a side lock to prevent pups from sneaking an early dinner. Some pet parents even use the storage space for toys! Mind. Blown. 🤯

    This set comes with two 32-ounce stainless-steel bowls and a huge plastic zip bag that'll keep your pup's food fresh. 

    Promising review: "This is the BEST dog food feeder on the market!!! I already bought one a few years back for my two dog's. I used the bowls for feeding, they had a separate water dish...They are really FANTASTIC!! The top slides so you can put the dog food in it. It also comes with a plastic zip bag and has a lock. Unlike some out there, the slider is all one piece with a bottom, so if your dog is able to remove bowls they CAN'T get to the food. I can't say enough good things about it!! ...It's definitely worth the money, this feeder will last forever. It's not made of wood, but some kind of plastic, you wouldn't know it by looking at it, cause it looks like wood grain. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT!!!" —Charlene

    Get it from Amazon for $64.89+ (available in three colors).

    17. OR a pair of food storage containers on wheels if you'd rather store the food away and keep your feeding area small. These are airtight bins and will keep your pet's food fresh for longer. 

    a reviewer shows the food inside the big bin
    The stacked food containers shown inside of a pantry

    You get a large 33-quart bin and a smaller, stackable 12-quart bin, so you could store dog and cat food separately, or just use the top bin to store other pet supplies. You could also use the bottom bin for storing a cat's litter bag and the top bin for food — the options here are endless! The wheels on the bottom bin make it easy to roll around, a helpful feature for those with limited mobility or less arm strength. A scoop is included!

    Promising review: "This is AWESOME. I wish I found this years ago. The castors roll well, even on carpet. The smaller bin is a great addition. We keep it on top of the big bin and fill it up as needed. Less bending over to feed the herd of puppies. The scoop is sturdy and easy to handle without being flimsy or too heavy. It's been dropped by little hands repeatedly and no cracks or breaks. Honestly, I cannot find a negative on it. I really like it." —Amy T

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in seven colors).

    18. A hanging, portable, multi-level cat condo for homes where a cat tree will just take up too much space. This condo can easily be put away when needed, easily packed when moving, and just frees up so much floor space!

    a close up of a reviewer's cat in the cat condo
    The four-level cat condo, which has entrances/ peepholes on multiple floors, and attaches to the back of doors with built-in straps

    Promising reviews: "I purchased this because we live in a small home and our cat tree was taking up too much space in the living room. I am super happy with my purchase. I have three cats and they all go in it! In the photo [on the right] on the top is our 16-pound cat and it is holding him good! I was a bit worried when I saw how high it was off the ground but they jump into it easily! I love how much space it has saved me and how easy it was to assemble, it took me like three minutes. Really great material too. I think it is thicker than the canopy for my gazebo haha." —Ariel

    "I originally bought this 1.5 years ago because I wanted to give my kitty more space in our micro apartment and create a sort of ladder to the loft. It has since traveled around the country with the kitty and myself. It packs well during a move, is very simple to set up, and provides a nice, high, cozy place for her to watch the apartment from. I feel that this was the best thing I've gotten for her. I bought the small version because my kitty is small. At one point we lived with another, very large (16-pound) cat who had trouble fitting into the kitty condo and could only fit in the bottom floor." —Rae-O

    Get it from Amazon $66.79.

    19. A small silicone-bristled paw washer to get the (very important) job done and prevent dirty paws from walking around your house — without taking up much storage space. With this you can clean muddy or dusty paws quickly and easily.

    a before image of a reviewer's dog's muddy paw
    the after of a clean paw and the green washer below it

    Promising review: "This works great! Quality is great and it comes apart easily to rinse off every few uses. My 75-pound lab always has dirty feet after a stroll in the winter/spring/fall in the Midwest, and living in an apartment with no garage space or mudroom to clean him up is not ideal! The paw washer is easy to use and after dunking each foot a few times, we just wipe his feet off with a towel to get any remaining (sometimes dirty) water off of his paws without having to give him a full bath. I ordered the Large but we could have probably done better with the medium." —Haley Albright

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors)