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    28 Useful Things From Amazon For Pet Owners Who Live In Tiny Apartments

    Don't let your small apartment keep Wanda Meowximoff from enjoying the everyday pleasures of pet life.

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    1. A clever wooden cabinet that — get this — hides your cat's litter box! There's an opening where Captain Meowvel can enter, and the surface area is great to use as any small cabinet, like a desk lamp, a small TV, or a collection of books. Who invented this, and may I shake their hand?

    Promising review: "I am so happy with this litter box! It is in our laundry room of our new house and people are shocked when I say it is the litter box. It helps hide the smells and works as extra counter space for my husband’s shirt press. I plan to buy a new liner every six months or so because...I think it might hold the smells as my kitty occasionally goes a little outside of the box." —Beth Keysear

    Price: $249.99 (available in four styles)

    2. A toy hammock for storing all of Bucky Bark's stuffed animals. If you don't have the floor space for a storage basket, where else can you put all of your pet's things? Why, in the corner of the wall, of course!

    The hammock hung in a corner and filled with toys

    Promising review: "This product does exactly what it says it will. Holds many stuffed animals and frees up a lot of space. I even received an email from the company selling this to make sure I received my item and if I were happy with my purchase. I have never had a company do this before, this goes to show they are extremely customer-oriented. I would without a doubt buy from them again and highly suggest you do as well!" —Jennifer

    Price: $16.98 (available in two sizes and nine colors)

    3. A pet diner that can fit two bowls (one for water, one for food) aaand has storage space inside, so you can stash items like dry or canned food, treats, or poop bags. Um, genius!

    The diner with dog sniffing one of the bowls

    Promising review: "It's great for storage. This particular model is completely sealed, where you lift the entire top off to get to the food storage underneath, so there's no way for the food to get wet. And I like the ample storage space for food! Very convenient, where we don't have much storage space in our house. You also have some flexibility in the height you desire for your dog as he or she grows. Easy to clean, too. Overall, I highly recommend! Love it!!!" —Alicia

    Price: $39.95

    4. A collapsible footrest ottoman that — surprise! — is also a cozy sleeping cave for Meownica Rambeau. Why buy two separate pieces that'll just take up space when you can have a two-in-one solution? Consider it a gift for your small pet and for you.

    The footrest with dog inside and on top

    Promising review: "My cat loves it, whether it be laying on top or inside. I think the color is nice and goes with most color schemes. The material on the outside is very resistant to pointy-pokes from the kitty, too. I also use this for comfort when I have my gaming spot set up. I put a pillow over it and stretch my legs over it just fine. It doesn't wobble or anything. I assume it can handle 20 pounds of distributed weight easily if it can handle my legs." —Pat

    Price: $22.91 (available in three colors)

    5. A dog kennel that can be both an "apartment" for Peggy Pawrter and end table where you can place decorative items, table lamps, and remote controls on top.

    The crate with dog bed inside and decorative items on top

    Promising review: "Pretty easy, took 20 minutes. The thing is beautiful and can be a nice piece of furniture in your home, perfect as an end table. It has a nice finish applied to it, and it's heavy but inexpensive. Plenty roomy for my 15-pound Boston and keeps him safe. Packaged extremely well, normally stuff like this arrives with some kind of damage, usually dinged corners or chips. This one was perfect out of the box! Love that one side opens up completely, making removing the bedding and cleaning a breeze." —Ron Merritt

    Price: $199.99

    6. A foldable dog bed that you can collapse and story easily in your closet. You can just as easily pop it open when it's Clint Barkton's bedtime.

    Promising review: "So far I've been very happy with this product. It actually folded up much smaller than I expected to my delight and is veryyy light! Easily fits in my trunk. There are velcro straps to keep it folded up that are on the bottom on the bed once you unfold it, keeping them out of chew range. Overall, I think it's a very well-thought-out design. Takes seconds to set up and take down. Fantastic alternative to your typical place board if your pup was trained on one like mine, and you don't want to be taking one apart each time you go somewhere with your dog. And she seems comfortable!" —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $59.99

    7. An elevated feeder and food container for when there isn't enough space in the pantry, and the only other option is to have the bag of kibble lying out (not ideal). This is a *far* better alternative.

    The feeder from which a dog is eating, the container filled with dog food

    Promising review: "We live in an RV for five months out of the year. Space gets very tight between having a large dog, storing food for her, and putting out her bowls. This is definitely a space saver, and looks good too! Before you order, measure for size. Our dog is fairly tall, and the large works great, but we tested by holding bowls at the height they’d be for this setup." —Kim

    Price: $16.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors)

    8. A wall-mounted cat hammock, so Meowgneto can enjoy looking down at his kingdom and human subjects. Plus, it's a space-saving alternative to a bulky cat tower that takes up *so* much space.

    The hammock, attached to the window with sleeping cat on top

    Promising review: "The suction on this is surprisingly amazing! My cats love this! I put this on my back window and they love to sun bathe and just take naps on it. They jump from the floor up, and it does not fall off. One of my cats weighs a little over 10 pounds and the other a little under 10 pounds. Both have been on at the same time and the perch stayed on perfectly. Would definitely recommend!" —Xiamy

    Price: $19.99

    9. An airtight food container with wheels, so you can roll it out when it's mealtime and roll it out of the way, into an unused corner, like the space between your wall and the fridge.

    The container tucked between the wall and the bureau

    Promising review: "Due to a mouse problem this winter...I was looking for somewhere to store our dog food, as that seems to be the first thing they go for. The wheels roll easily, even when loaded down with dog food, and the lid seals and latches. This product was exactly what we needed." —Darbisonlewis

    Price: $19.02+ (available in six sizes)

    10. A cat bed and scratch post that's actually an end table you can fit into any part of your apartment: the living room, bedroom, and even the entryway! This'll save you sooo much space at home.

    Promising review: "I purchased this a couple of weeks ago, and I absolutely love it! The assembly was pretty easy. It is a really beautiful piece. We have a small apt, and were looking for something to blend in like a piece of furniture. The quality is very good, not cheap looking at all! I love the fact that the cushion is washable, and the scratching pad is replaceable. A little cat nip to draw your cat in, and your all set!" —Bubbles

    Price: $99.99 (available in three styles)

    11. A suction tug-of-war toy for small- and medium-sized dogs, because you don't have the space to play without bumping into furniture or knocking items out of place. With this one, your dog can play in one spot *and* solo, so you can have some sweet ~me time~.

    A corgi pulling on the ball suctioned to the floor

    Promising review: "My dog is very smart and gets bored and into trouble if he doesn’t have mental stimulation during the day. I fill the ball up with his kibble, and he absolutely loves it! He easily figured out how to use it. The suction cups have good grip. It keeps him occupied until he gets all the kibble out of it, about 30 minutes. My dog loves it so much. The toy is worth the price." —Jennifer Wrage

    Price: $24.99 (available in a two-pack)

    12. A small cat tree that has everything Wanda Meowximoff needs — a scratching post, a feather toy, and perching spots — but in a manageable size that you can easily push into a corner of your apartment.

    The cat tree with cat lounging in its hammock

    Promising review: "We just adopted two brand new kittens, and this works perfectly. I like that it is smaller because we really didn't want something that was terribly large or obtrusive. It can easily be moved to a different room or tucked behind something. The kittens actually use all of the features of this: They sleep on both the perch and in the little 'basket'; they've started using the cylinder pieces for scratching; and they even play with the little feather. It takes five minutes to assemble, arrived in one day." —Hokiemommy35

    Price: $29.99

    13. A pet gate for keeping Pepper Pups contained to one side of the room, so she doesn't butt in on your Zoom calls for the third time this week. Sometimes you need your space, especially when you have a small home without a proper "office."

    A boxer watching from the other side of the closed gate

    Promising review: "Finding a gate that securely and easily installs into a door frame, comes with a latched walk-through strong enough to keep out a couple of 80 pound dogs, has a cat door small enough to keep the dogs from poking their big melons through, and doesn't cost several hundred dollars has been a challenge. This gate ticks all the boxes and is less than 40 bucks. Bingo!! Set up is easy enough for one person to do. The latch is easy to operate, even for older family members, and is also almost completely silent." —Radar626

    Price: $43.99

    14. A stackable storage bin for keeping all of Grrrmora's beloved treats and delicious grub. These are built so that you can place one bin on top of the other, with flap openings for easy access.

    The bins labeled for different pet food

    Promising review: "I bought them to store rabbet pellets, litter, and hay next to our rabbit's cage instead of the other containers we were using that took up so much space. They were smaller than I expected but surprisingly hold a lot. A 25-pound bag of rabbit pellets fit in one container with some more space left for more." —Kelli W.

    Price: $59.87

    15. A storage box for aaall of Nick Furry's toys, because when your apartment is small, it's not a good idea to have toys littered all over the place where they could be tripping hazards (yikes!).

    The box with one compartment closed and the other opened with toys inside

    Promising review: "Needing room to move in with a roommate, I had to give up a considerable area where I kept my dogs’ stuff. This is not only a great value for the money, but it is pleasing to the eye and a great dog-stuff organization area."SpecialK

    Price: $21.99 (available in 11 styles)

    16. A bamboo dog leash holder you can mount on your wall for when you're running out of places to stash Agatha Barkness's collars, leashes, poop bags, and harnesses.

    The holder with leashes hanging from hooks

    Promising review: "Just what I was looking for! Holds leash, harness, keys, and doggie bags. Everything I need for walks is now in the same spot! Also it's very nice to look at. I love the look of bamboo and its sustainability." —1not2

    Price: $25.95

    17. A Kong chew toy because when Arooo Man starts running around your studio with the zoomies, you *know* he'll be leaving a trail of fallen items in his wake. This'll keep him well entertained, chewing, and ~stationary~ when he has a burst of energy.

    A boxer chewing on the toy

    Promising review: "These really are the world's best dog toy! It's a perfect slow feeder for dogs who bolt their food. It can be used with wet food, dry kibble, or a mixture of both. Stick it in the refrigerator or freezer to get a nice cooling effect for sore gums in teething puppies. It is a stimulating, problem-solving puzzle for bored dogs, especially high energy dogs that always need something to do. They also work as a nice bouncy ball for fetch." —Faye

    Price: $10.99+ (available in six sizes)

    18. A two-in-one toy that, once ripped apart, reveals *GASP* yet another one inside! (What is this sorcery?!) That way, you won't buy extra toys that will take up more room in your storage bin.

    The toy's ripped outer layer revealing another toy inside

    Promising review: "I am so glad I decided to try this Bark box interactive acorn. I have a 7-month-old Husky who is a pretty aggressive chewer, and he has yet to crack it open to get the toy inside. I love the concept of a toy within a toy. So once he does finally crack it open, I think it will be a nice surprise for him to find another toy instead of stuffing! (That's a win for both of us! LOL.) Overall, so far seems like a great buy." —Keira

    Price: $10.99

    19. A collapsible dog bowl because a small apartment is usually fitted with limited storage space, and you certainly *don't* have enough room in your cupboard for Pietro Meowximoff's food bowls. These you can fold flat for easy slippage in a corner of your shelf.

    One of the bowls expanded and held up to the camera

    Promising review: "These are great bowls for travel. I use them for my dog when we're in the car, on our boat. The bowls stand and do not collapse when being used, they clean up nicely and store flat. I would definitely recommend this for travel purposes." —Chris

    Price: $9.99

    20. A small pet camera that is so petite, you can tuck it in any part of your apartment, place it on any surface, without taking much space! (T'Chewka won't even notice it's there spying on him.)

    The camera placed on a shelf

    Promising review: "This little camera is a great value. The video image is clearer, sharper and superior compared to 1080p. It was easy to set up, and the pan-tilt feature provides whole-room coverage of my living room. Having lots of fun talking to my pets with the two-way audio." —LeNoirT

    Price: $49.99 (available in two-pack)

    21. A tote organizer that can store all of Peter Pawrker's things, like food bowls, leashes, cans of food, and toys. This'll keep everything all in one place, and you can easily fold and stash it in your closet when not in use.

    The tote, opened, with items inside

    Promising review: "Wow, how did I ever live without this bag? It has everything you need for traveling with your pet. I take my pup on trips and to the dog park frequently. This bag holds everything you need. I pack his food, water, toys, puppy pads (just in case), blanket, and treats. I can pull out the collapsible bowls wherever needed and fill with his food and water. They each have a carrying case for storing. There are plenty of pockets, and I love the pad so I can put his food and water on dirt without the water spilling and creating mud for my pup to play in and get dirty. This truly was a life changer for me and my dog." —Stephanie Simpson

    Price: $38.99 (available in black)

    22. A sleeping mat for Kang the Conquerawr. If you don't have floor space for a dog bed, this is a comfortable alternative. Plus, when not in use, you can simply roll this up and stuff it in the bag it comes with!

    The mat with a lounging dog on top

    Promising review: "This outdoor bed is exactly what I was looking for to make my dog comfortable on camping trips and long afternoons outside while I'm working in the yard. The material is easy to wipe down for a quick cleaning, and the bag is great for storage, especially during those times when you can't give the bed a quick wipe down. The large size is perfect for my 65-pound pit bull. I would recommend!" —Julie2Knee

    Price: $31.99+ (available in six colors)

    23. An Arm and Hammer diffuser that'll chase away the residual stink that comes with Rameownda's oopsies. And we all know smells can quickly fill up your home, especially small apartments.

    The diffuser placed on a table by a plant

    Promising review: "This definitely helps with masking the odors from our cat, and it lasts for a very long time. It’s been three months, and it’s still going strong." —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $11.66 (available in three scents)

    24. And an automatic pet feeder because speaking of smells, you can reduce yours at home by not leaving out food for hours. This device dispenses according to the right portion for your pet (so no leftovers!), while storing the rest in its container.

    The feeder after dispensing food

    Promising review: "This feeder is working great for me and my fur babies! It has many ways of controlling the portion. You can set the exact amount of grams to be fed, six times daily. On the app you choose how much you want it to dispense, title of feeding (ex. breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack), and you can add a pre-recorded personalized voice message to play when it dispenses their meals. Overall I have found this to not only meet the needs of fine-tuned portion control, but also many other neat features that have made feeding my cats so convenient and most of all FUN! I personally feel this is a great addition to any home with pets for a variety of reasons and therefore would highly recommend!" —BlueMoonMom&Dad

    Price: $149.99

    25. A lick pad that you can smear peanut butter on and stick to your tub, to better relax M'Barku during bath time. No need to bring out a bowl that your dog would step on or kick around, creating all sorts of messes in your small bathroom.

    The pad suctioned to the tub with dog eating off peanut butter from it

    Promising review: "If you’re considering this product, just do yourself a favor and buy it. We use this for our black lab who hates baths. This thing bought me a good five minutes with no struggling. It sticks to the wall securely and stays in place even with aggressive licking. The best part is that now every night before bed she goes and checks the bathtub to see if any new peanut butter has appeared, which I’m hoping will translate to a more positive association with baths over time." —Arae

    Price: $10.95+ (available in two sizes)

    26. A wall-mounted cat bed that you can attach to your window sill, so you don't have to purchase a floor bed that would take up too much precious space. If Paw Machine wants to perch, let him perch! Don't let your small apartment stop him.

    The bed attached to the window sill with cat on top

    Oh and FYI, although this product comes with a velcro to stick it on, make sure to screw this on to your window sill so it stays in place and better support your cat's weight.

    Promising review: "I like that it's sleek and fairly out of the way, which is good in my small space. But they [the cats] just can't get enough of it. It took them a day or two to figure out it was there, but for the past year it's been occupied almost 100% of the day. One of my cats is kind of large, and it supports him, no problem. Plus, the washable cover makes it easy to clean when necessary." —MB

    Price: $28.99

    27. A rotating cat toy because when Meowstique has the zoomies, this will keep her well entertained and not running around the house like some sort of jungle predator.

    A cat playing with the cat toy

    Promising review: "My cat loved it! She played with it for an hour the first day she got it, and about a week later, hasn't seemed to have lost interest. I was initially worried about the durability of the product, as my cat tends to play rough. However, the toy itself can withstand some pretty aggressive play time. My kitty was entertained by both the butterfly and the ball, so overall I’m super happy with this purchase." —Patricia Beck

    Price: $20.99 (available in three colors)

    28. A wall-mounted scratch post because towers and floor posts just take up too much space, and when you live in a small apartment, that is a precious and scarce resource.

    A cat scratching on the scratch post mounted to a wall

    Promising review: "This is no ordinary cat scratcher! It's sleek, well made, and takes up minimal space (which makes a big difference in our smaller home)! Our cat has been a complete terror lately, moving on from shredding our couch to literally tearing the paint off our walls. This seemed like the perfect fix, as it attaches to the wall. I rubbed some cat nip on it and set it down flat to get our cat used to it and then hung it on the wall a few hours later. So far so good, he seemed to take to it really quickly! Quality, style, and excellent customer service! I would 100% buy this product again and anything else they make!" —Bearash

    Price: $38.99

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