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    29 Things That’ll Help You Conquer Even The Most Hard-To-Solve Pet Problems

    You won't even remember the days of dealing with these nuisances after these crafty solutions.

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    1. A quilted FurHaven orthopedic bed that is ideal for the pet with joint problems and arthritis. It's also a great preventative measure to take to ensure your pet stays in the best health for as long as possible.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my 120-lb Rottweiler/lab mix and it's so nice. A lot of times XL or Jumbo sizes aren't big enough for him, but he has plenty of room to sprawl out and get comfy along with his blankets and toys. Seems to be of good quality and he's happy, so I'm happy :)" —N. EM

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in 6 sizes, 9 styles, and 12 colors).

    2. A K9 liquid ear solution for the person whose pet always seems to be needing visits to the vet for minor issues. While an ear infection isn't a big problem in itself, it can lead to other health issues if left untreated. Avoid the expensive vet bill and use this tried and true solution to ear pain.

    The K9 ear solution in a white bottle with a green label
    Amazon

    Promising review: "A friend of mine told me about this product. I have been fighting ear infections with my two dogs for years. They have floppy ears and moisture doesn't dry out of the ears as it should. I have used all the medication and ear washes my vet has recommended with so-so results. After the first use of this stuff, there has been a marked improvement and after a couple of days my dog's ears look clean and smell good and she isn't shaking her head or scratching at her ears. I will continue to use this for a few more days but any time she has a bath or her ears start to look infected I am using this stuff K9 Ear Solutions Liquid Health is worth every penny." —Z-Blossom

    Get it from Amazon for $11.24.

    3. An Angry Orange odor eliminator because having pets doesn't mean your house has to smell like a zoo. It's a simple way to make your environment feel fresher and we're sure your pets will take notice, too.

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    Promising review: "Best product ever! !!!!! Went on vacation and left my 80+ pound Akita home for my neighbor to let out. Well he refused to go out for the neighbor. Therefore he broke out of the basement and used my upstairs hardwood floors for a potty! The house was so foul! I scrubbed four times with Pinesol and bleach! The house still smelled like a nasty kennel! I moped with this one time, and that delightful orange sent lasted for almost a week! ! When it was gone I put my face to the floor and sniffed the spots that had had poop or pee sitting there and bit a hint of dog mess is left! It is a Godsend! !!!!!! 100% recommend! !!" —kesha

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97.

    4. A pack of disposable diapers so you can ensure your home stays in the condition you left it. A leaky blatter or a pet that isn't quite house trained can cause a big mess. This cuts that possibility off right at the source.

    The reviewer's photo of their dog wearing the disposable diaper
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "A friend recommended that we try buying baby diapers and cutting a hole for our puppy’s tail. We had already been using the Simple Solutions diapers, but figured we would give it a try to save a couple bucks. In a word, sucky. The human diapers are just not built right for a dog. They were falling off. They were clearly uncomfortable. Not to mention trying to stick my scissors through the human diaper material was difficult, and then little pieces of the interior cotton were fluffing all over. Don’t waste your time. Yes, the dog diapers are more expensive, but in my opinion, it’s WELL WORTH IT. We bought another bag of the Simple Solution and we are all very happy again!" —Erin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in seven styles and two sizes).

    5. A pack of krill oil-shedding soft chews said to help prevent itching and keep your pet's coat in great shape. I'll also help with shedding so you won't find huge clumps of hair scattered across your house.

    The soft krill oil chews in their container
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been using this on my golden retriever and rottie for four weeks and I am buying it again. Last week I didn't vacuum for six straight days. I honestly was impressed on Saturday, little fur bunnies less than half of what I was vacuuming every four days. Being soft made it a slam dunk for my golden to actually eat them. She has spit everything else out. No lie." —Alycia

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 or Subscribe & Save for $20.89/month.

    6. An automatic pet feeder for the person who spends most of their day away from home. If you're constantly carving out time to feed your pet when it could easily be done without you present, this is for you.

    The automatic ped feeder in white and clear plastic
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This automatic pet feeder is great! I mainly purchased this for those occasions when I leave my cat alone for two to three days to go out of town either for work-related trips or to visit family. I've used a different smaller auto gravity feeder in past and had issues when it came to dry food not dispensing and bowl size being small. This product however gave me absolutely no issue! It's very convenient and I like that the dry food container has a lid so it can be refilled from the top. Many other ones have it so you'd have to flip it upside down and made it more tedious. The water container has a certain level that it won't fill past so no worries about it overflowing. The bowl sizes are perfect where my cat can eat and drink without his head bumping into the container. Cat and cat parent-approved! If you're searching for an auto gravity feeder, look no further. This is the one!" —K.G.

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    7. A FurHaven pet playpen because we all want our pets to experience the best things in life, but also to ensure their safety while doing it. If you have an escape artist pet who will stop at nothing to get out the door, now they'll be able to in a safe way.

    The reviewer's image of their cat in the gray playpen
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Used this to house abandoned nursing queen and her newborn kittens and the X-Large had room for a standard litter pan for mom, bedding area for nursing/sleeping with kittens, food/water bowls for mom and even our nanny-cam so that we could keep a non-intrusive eye on them. It kept its shape and housed them for a few weeks, and then when they were old enough to have run-of-the-room, it packed away nicely. Full zip-opening on the top allows access for pet-parents to change bedding/bowls, and the door allowed for our injured mama to walk into her vet carrier on her own instead of having to lift her. Four-feline life-saver!" —Guy Incognito

    Get it from Amazon for $24.29+ (available in four sizes and three colors).

    8. A whitening shampoo so your pet's white fur stays that way. It's perfect for the dog who's always rolling around in the dirty and the pet owner who wants them to look and feel as pristine as possible.

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    Promising review: "I have a white Teddy Bear dog she is only 10 lbs. and I have tried every expensive and inexpensive whitening shampoo there is! This one far exceeded my expectations! I put some on each paw and rubbed it in really good. You will actually see while you are washing your dog the whitening effect. Mia is is so white and fluffy afterwards! I promise you will not be disappointed with this shampoo." —Holly R. Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $8.19 or Subscribe & Save for $7.78/month.

    9. A flopping fish rechargeable toy that will activate your cat's predatory instincts so they can refrain from jumping on you, furniture, or other pets. It's a great way to keep them stimulated and I'd argue that's an investment worth making.

    The reviewer's cat with the flopping fish toy
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a 20-lb young male Maine Coon who is still a giant kitten at heart, but given his size and strength (as well as his huge claws and teeth) buying those tiny pet store toys is asking for trouble. He shreds even solid objects and he isn't even interested in playing with things that don't have the weight he can bang around. I was a bit skeptical about the flipping fish, but it's been his favorite New Year present so far! It's very well made, it's thick and heavy enough for large cats to enjoy, but despite all the biting and scratching there is still no damage to it after several days. The fish is hilarious to look at for humans and really gets the kitty excited. You can turn the tipping motion sensor on or off depending on your kitty's preference. Some cats may be a bit spooked by the movement at first, and honestly, it works well even without the flipping tail. I very rarely write reviews, as most things just don't inspire that WOW I LOVE THIS reaction these days, but this toy is an exception." —Sophia

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in 10 styles).

    10. A high-sided cat litter pan for the cat who's able to track litter far and wide. This helpful litter tray will keep your cats litter from getting pushed out from where it should be — in their litter box.

    The reviewer's photo of the high sided cat litter pan in blue in an amazon box
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have two cats, and only of them has been urinating right on the edge of the wall of her litter box. I bought concrete mixing containers because they're bigger and I thought she'd go towards the middle, but no! So I recently bought one of these litter boxes because the walls are higher. I don't know which of the cats used the litter box, but there was no urine outside of it! I *just* purchased a second of these litter boxes today. Here's to no more urine on the floor!!" —Nicole M

    Get it from Amazon for $9.08.

    11. A pet food storage container, because keeping your cat's kibble fresh should definitely be priority. If you have a picky eater, serving your cat stale food is definitely not the way to go, which is why I'm such a big fan of this product.

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    Promising review: "At first I thought this thing was a bit pricey, but it was time to upgrade and based on the reviews I figured I'd give this a shot. I have two greyhounds, so something big enough for around a 40-pound bag of food was needed. It also had to fit in a smaller closet so dimensions mattered. I wasn't sure if I really needed the wheels or not, but after getting it and putting a full bag of food in there it actually rolled around pretty good on the carpet. The container itself is of decent thickness, not flimsy at all. The wheels easily press into the holes on the bottom. The lid is hinged, has a good latch and has a seal around the inside to keep out moisture. Great quality, worth the money. Will probably order more in other sizes." —richieo

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five sizes)

    12. A cat-grooming brush, so you can ensure your home stays dander-free. It's a simple way to bond with your pet and to also ensure your home isn't littered with cat hair.

    Reviewer's fur-filled brush
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My cat has short hair, but a thick undercoat. I have tried other types of brushes and they don't get much hair at all. Now, I KNOW this cat sheds cause when I go to pet him, it's like a puff of hair in the air. I was on Amazon and found this one and thought I'd give it a try and I am SO glad I did! I brush him up to three times a day and I always find a good amount on the brush. I didn't think I would care that it was self-cleaning, but it is seriously the best feature about this brush. So easy! He loves how it feels and I love how it works. I do have another cat who doesn't care for it, but she is picky about everything, so oh well! Haha! It is worth a try cat owners!" —Addo90

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    13. A pair of pet nail clippers that will make the arduous process of nail trimming a whole lot easier. It's ideal for the pet who hates this process and will avoid it at all costs as it's super-fast, effective, and quiet.

    The nail clippers in light blue and black
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have had all kinds of nail clippers, I didn't like any of them. I bought this pair a few weeks and absolutely love them, apparently, my dog does also, he sits perfectly still while I trimmed his nails, which he has never done! They are sharp and make a good clean cut without cutting the dogs nails to make them bleed. He is a 9-lb Maltese and a year old. I have a 12-year-old Maltapoo and knew I would have trouble cutting her nails, as the older she gets the grumpier she gets, sorta like all of us. She is quite a bit larger than the male. She weighs approximately 18 lbs. I sit her on my lap and she saw the clippers in my hand and got skittish, she is smarter. Anyway, after one nail trim, she did not flinch at all, she sits perfectly still until I clipped all her nails. She has dark nails so it is hard to see how far to cut, I read on the package instructions to cut a small amount the first time and cut them again the next week, it has worked fine! Better than paying to get their nails cut all the time. They get regular grooming, but their nails grow faster than the hair. I give these clippers 5-stars and the manufacturer 100-stars. THANK YOU!!!! Great clippers!!!" —Just me

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    14. A pack of dog poop bags for the person who's constantly on the go. It's the first thing that people often forget when running out the door and arguably one of the most important, which is why this pack is a total lifesaver. You can keep them in your car, bag, and jacket pockets for a quick fix to a messy problem.

    The reviewer's photo of the pack of dog poop bags attached to the leash
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have no issues with these bags. They smell wonderful. I wanted something to help conceal the odor before I took out the bags, and it does just that. I use these for scooping kitty litter multiple times a day. I haven’t had any problems with the scoop fitting or the clumps getting inside. It fits a few decent-sized clumps. These would not be good if you do not scoop the litter regularly because they are relatively small. I go through about two to three bags a day with consistent scooping. It’s much better than wasting a grocery bag or liner, which tear often in my experience, and are awkward to hold open. I haven’t had one of these rip yet." —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ or Subscribe & Save for $6.64/month (available in two sizes and two scents).

    15. A Chom Chom pet hair roller, because cat hair is absolutely one of the most frustrating pet owner problems. You may never be able to eliminate the mess that litter creates, but you can definitely help the scattering of pet hair.

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    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-lb. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." —Dahlia

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    16. A pack of five-layer training pads, so you can ensure nothing leaks through to your beloved hardwood floors and rugs. If you have a new puppy who's still working on potty training, these will be a godsend, as they are super absorbent and turn liquid to gel upon contact.

    The reviewer's image of the 5-layer training pad
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE these! They are amazing! I have a medium/large-sized senior dog, and she sometimes has accidents in the house. I am amazed at how well these work...they are almost magical. Because I am always home I tend to catch her accidents right as they happen. Before using my steam cleaner, all I do is place a pad over the spoiled area, step on it (making sure to step on the entire spoiled area), and remove it. No leaks, whatsoever, and the absorption strength of the pads is unreal! It's almost like there was nothing ever there on the carpet...though I know there was, which is why I also use the carpet cleaner! I love these so much that I have started using them for everything from spills in the kitchen to the arts and crafts table! You can absorb so much liquid into them without the worry of them leaking, it's amazing! These are the BEST! I plan to keep buying these, and I highly recommend them! I hope this review helped make your decision easier! :-)" —tarafarah7: Tara Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in four sizes and seven styles).

    17. A double door wire dog crate that will make crate training your pup a breeze. It has a divider panel that's perfect for growing dogs and a secure latch ensuring security for you and your pet.

    bloodhound in the large black crate
    PetSmart

    Promising review: "My dog was so happy to see this once we had it together. She is only five months old and as soon after I got it together she jumped right into it. She outgrew her other one fast and she loves the extra room. My son loves that if he needs to he can get in it with her if she gets scared of anything. She has even stopped using the bathroom in it. She was peeing in the other one even though she had just gone out. She didn't have enough room. Best money spent." —Tasha392

    Get it from PetSmart for $26.99+ (available in four sizes).

    18. A furminator pet hair removal tool for the pet who's constantly shedding. This will help your carpet shed some layers of fuzz and prevent your pet's hair from spreading to further corners of your house so you can keep your home looking its best.

    The furminator pet hair removal tool
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing just plain works. We got a mature golden retriever last year and were told he didn't shed. Then in the spring, he started shedding badly. We were tired of hair everywhere and somehow I realized that dragging my shoe across the carpet balled the hair up. I found this product on a whim one day and knew it had to be better than my shoe! I ordered it and it was tough at first. The bristles pulled the hair up but then caught the tufts and spread them around. I found that using short quick strokes with the rake turned upside down got the best results. The backside is more like a squeegee and helps pull the hair up in long rolls and keeps the hair in one big pile." —Nick V.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

    19. A pet oral care gel, because keeping up with your pet's oral health will definitely pay off in the long term. Daily or even weekly use will keep expensive dental bills and invasive cleanings from creeping up on you.

    a reviewer' dog's white teeth
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a 3-year-old rescued Maltese. When we got him, his teeth were not in great shape already, lots of plaque. I tried to brush his teeth, and it was always a struggle. And I kind of just stopped doing it. I know: my bad. I recently noticed that not only does he have plaque but the gum around the base of his teeth is quite red. I felt so bad and was debating if I should take him to do a teeth cleaning. After research, I found it really costs too much money ($500-$1,000) around here. So I came across this product and decided to give it a try first. I brushed his teeth with this gel two times a day. It is still a struggle to brush his teeth, but I feel it will be more effective than just putting the gel in his mouth. After about two and a half weeks, there is still redness abound the base of his teeth, but I can totally see the inflammation and redness to improve. Too bad I didn't take a picture before I started using this gel. Will continue to brush and to use this gel, good product." —Sharon

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    20. A four-step pet staircase, so any pup can have access to the bed, couch, or other high surfaces (no matter their age or health). This is perfect for elderly pets who have trouble getting on and off of furniture or small, clumsy puppies.

    The four-step pet staircase in tan
    PetSmart

    Promising review: "We bought a new bed that is about 30 inches tall. We have two dachshunds and were concerned about them hurting themselves from jumping. It took a bit of training and coaxing to get the younger dog (age 1) to use the step. She now flies up and down the step. Occasionally she jumps off of the bed when she gets excited. The older dog (age 11) is still working on using the step. It's not as easy for him, but he will get there. The step is well made with carpet on the steps to provide traction." —jpr1104

    Get it from PetSmart for $57.99 (originally $119.99; available in two colors).

    21. An ethical hunting toy that encourages your cat's instincts since they're sure to come out one way or another. Why not encourage positive behavior with a toy they'll love?

    The ethical hunting toy being used by a cat
    Target

    Promising review: "I bought this because my cat is on a diet. He needed a way to play while getting treats. I typically leave it out while I'm at work. It is challenging and you can adjust how challenging by how wide the opening is. The more challenging the more my cat has to work and chase for it. My other two cats enjoy playing with it too and all of them have been able to figure it out." —Alpaca

    Get it from Target for $6.99.

    22. A natural cat deterrent spray for the person who wants to discourage their pet from going places they shouldn't. It's an all-natural product made by a small business and it'll definitely get the job done.

    The spray
    FMN Natural Apothecary / Etsy

    FMN Natural Apothecary is a small business based out of North Carolina.

    Promising review: "Simply cannot believe how well this has worked for my kitten! Sprayed it on my son's rocking chair and the sides of our sofa where she would always scratch and after just a few days of spraying it consistently, she doesn’t even try to scratch either piece of furniture! Also, she absolutely loves the adorable little mouse toy and catnip that was included with the spray! 😍" —Monica Volz

    Get it from FMN Natural Apothecary on Etsy for $13.59 (originally $15.99).

    23. A double-duty odor eliminating litter, because there's no better way to ensure your house stays smelling fresh than cutting the scent off at the source. This is perfect for multi-cat households and will make the days of crumbly, hard to manage litter a thing of the past.

    The double duty odor eliminating litter
    Target

    Promising review: "Your litter is the absolute best paws down. I love the way it gives hard clumps and covers the scent of the urine & feces. Having three cats of my own this is critical and a requirement with the litter I use. Your litter is the best and the only brand I use or trust. Thank you for an amazing product." —jessicat

    Get it from Target for $17.19.

    24. A Swiffer Heavy Duty Pet wet pad refills, so you can keep your house kempt and tidy. Pop one on your Swiffer to prevent pet dander and odors from taking control of your home.

    The wet pet swiffer cloth refill pack
    PetSmart

    Promising review: "We have tried all sorts of more expensive specialty products to clean up cat urine and this one works better than the rest. I wish I could buy it as a hand wipe version to wipe down the sides of the litter box." —farls

    Get it from Petsmart for $5.59 (originally $5.99).

    25. An interactive toy that's ideal for the pooch who tends to get restless easily. If you have to leave the house for extended periods of time and want to keep your pup occupied, this is the perfect solution.

    The reviewer's image of their dog with the interactive toy in beige with blue buttons
    Chewy

    Promising review: "I have a curious hound and I love to see her think. I bought this as step-up enrichment for her from solo toys. She figured it out in three tries so now I don't hide treats in every opening. She loves to play with it and her tail wags vigorously when I take it out. I'm going to purchase more complex ones. I don't really understand complaints about loose parts: this toy is meant to be interactive between human and dog. Think of it like playing a board game with your pet- It's not solitaire. If you want a walk-away toy like that, a snuffle mat would be more appropriate." —Daniette

    Get it from Chewy for $9.99 (originally $13.99)

    26. A self-cleaning litter box for the person who values quick and easy cleanup above all else. Its no-scoop and odor-free technology make this an incredible deal. Plus, it prevents tracking and has a leak-proof base so you really can't go wrong.

    The self cleaning litter box with a cat in it
    PetSmart

    Promising review: "This product is absolutely amazing! I seriously was so blown away that I thought it must be using some kind of magic. No odor at all. I have two for two cats and they go at least three weeks before I have to change them, and even then it's just because of the look of the litter, not the smell. Hardly any tracking or cleanup at all. Super easy cleanup. I got my dad to buy one for his cats and he loves it too, so I'm buying him one more for Christmas...I really can't say enough good about this product. It's astounding how well it works and how much easier it made things." —Cracknell97

    Get it from Petsmart for $139.95 (originally $154.99).

    27. A cactus scratching toy, because there's no better way to ensure your furniture, rugs, and other expensive items stay in good condition. It's paramount that you give your pets a healthy outlet for naughty behavior and this sturdy solution is one of the best.

    a cat playing with a cactus-shaped scratching toy
    Chewy

    Promising review: "This is our Norwegian Forest cat’s new best friend. She is a 16lb floof so the larger size was a must. When we first adopted her, we tried a regular scratching post but she is so large that normal cat-sized posts, beds, etc look miniature next to her and she showed no interest. She took to this instantly and ignores her old floor scratch pads now. We placed it strategically near the couch ends she was using and she has stopped clawing our couches. Fortunately, it’s so cute we don’t mind that it’s in the middle of our living room :-D It is VERY sturdy and has never tipped or wobbled, when she is scratching and pulling away." —ChicantheMan

    Get it from Chewy for $16.99 (available in two sizes).

    28. A flea treatment for ferrets so you can ensure that no matter what pet you have, they're well protected. Fleas can be a major pest and super uncomfortable for both you and your fuzzy friend so best to nip them in the bud.

    The pack of flea treatment for ferrets
    Chewy

    Promising review: "Last year, this stuff took some time to work because I had a bad infestation. I usually only treat the cat who goes outside every month, but my mom’s cat visited from out of state and came with fleas that were resistant to the flea meds. We didn’t have to switch this medication for the ferret. It took two months but the fleas were gone. I also recommend a flea comb and regular brushing. The pets like it. Last month, I found a flea on my indoor cat because I used the comb. If I hadn’t, I probably would not have noticed fleas on the animals until they spread to the ferret, or hopped on my child. You probably are aware that fleas are easy to spot on a white ferret, especially with a comb. No one is on her. The animals have been treated and are flea-free." —Rachel

    Get it from Chewy for $29.99.

    29. A pack of small animal bedding that will make keeping your fuzzy friend from having accidents outside the box way easier. It's great for guinea pigs, hamsters, and other small pets and will keep their homes smelling clean for longer.

    The pack of small animal bedding
    Chewy

    Promising review: "I have two rabbits and I tried some other litters before this and we had a lot more out of box pee accidents. With this litter it seems to absorb so well they don’t feel the need to pee anywhere other than the litter box. My younger rabbit had the urge to dig in it for the first month but eventually he stopped. They also didn’t like scented litters or dyed litter so this works well for them. I get a good amount in a package and can make it last about a month to a month and a half." —Lanie

    Get it from Chewy for $16.49+ (originally $22.99; available in three sizes).

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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