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    25 Things Under $20 That’ll Help Solve Even Your Most Frustrating Cat-Owner Problems

    These items are so helpful and so affordable you'll be wondering why you didn't get them sooner.

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    1. 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

    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 $17.99 (available in 10 colors).

    2. A bottle of stain and odor eliminator, because there's no better way to keep your home smelling fresh and clean than to invest in a solid deodorizer. Yes, carpets are replaceable, but why punish yourself for your cat's leaky bladder? While you work to resolve that issue, keep your home smelling fresh and clean.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of pee-stained and then clean carpet with five-star caption "removed bright yellow pee stain from white rug!"

    Promising review: "This is the best stuff I have ever used. We have two cats and one cat decided to pee somewhere in my home and I couldn’t stand the smell I used this and let it sit for an hour and the smell it’s COMPLETELY gone. I also used it around the litter box and a few other places and my house now has 0 cat odor. I’m one happy mom." —Danielle Rangel

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two sizes).

    3. 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

    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 2-3x 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.

    4. A bag of premium clumping litter for the person who's constantly looking for the best litter on the market. If your cat is picky or is still learning how to use the litterbox, this widely beloved brand may just do the trick.

    Reviewer's cat in their litter box

    Promising review: "I've tried a lot of different litters when I got (actually he found me) my first cat. I starred with any ole' kind that was cheap and then quickly realized all litters are not the same... After Arm and Hammer (seriously the worst) and then Tidy Cat ( actually, not that bad) and some super-cheap dollar store stuff... I stumbled across Dr. Elseys and have been 100% happy with it. Absolutely NO scent, odor control is brilliant (full disclosure, I add baking soda, not because I think it needs it but because it can't hurt and it's cheap) -I've never had a problem with dust all over the house as I have with the others, and clumping is awesome. I never have a clump break into a million pieces and ruin the litter as with others. I save a ton of money on litter. I do a full box clean after each bag but honestly could go longer. Having it delivered is awesome, and yes... it's heavy. It's 40 pounds of dead weight. That's just the facts. bring it in and finally enjoy your cat instead of worrying about an awful litter box. this is what the pros use and I absolutely recommend it. My cat, Crockpot, loves it." —Marc Daniels

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in seven styles and six sizes).

    5. A natural hemp cat toy so your cat can play to their heart's content. It'll actually energize your cat and help them release some excess energy that they might normally reserve for bed time.

    The door stopper-like toy
    Boba & Vespa

    Get it from Nordstrom for $20.

    6. A set of cat grass for the cat who often gets an upset tummy. It's a great way to settle the system and to ensure your pet's teeth, gut, and whole being stay nice and healthy.

    The reviewer's photo of their cat with the cat grass

    Promising review: "Be patient. The seeds do germinate, if you follow the directions. So far, my cat likes the barley better than the other seed probably because it hangs out of the container. She didn't throw it back up as she does my Christmas cactus." —Akosha

    Get it from PetSmart for $9.99.

    7. A PetFusion scratcher because if your cat has taken to your newest piece of furniture as a scratching post, you're gonna want to stop that behavior in its tracks. By giving them a designated place to scratch, perhaps placing it next to or near the couch or other offending item, it'll encourage them to channel their energy in a positive way.

    The reviewer's photo of their cat with the scratching pad with the PetFusion logo in white

    Promising review: "My cat is obsessed with this thing. I've been using the cheap rectangular scratchers for years with some success, but they're too light, causing them to lift off the floor when scratched, ugly, and destroyed in a month or two. PetFusion has solved all of these problems. It's sturdy, thick, heavy, and does not lift off the floor when scratched. It's attractive enough to not have to hide behind the couch. My cat is in love. I took it out of the box and she immediately ran up and sat on top of it. She runs over to scratch it any time she wakes up, eats, uses the litter box, or just happens to be walking by it. Not only does she love scratching it, but she's napping on it right now. I was a little apprehensive spending $20 on a piece of cardboard but it's completely worth it. I'll probably buy a couple more to keep in other rooms." —O

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    8. A jar of Meowijuana catnip that will help your cat mellow out. It's a great way to give your cat a little boost and help them relax, which we could all use from time to time.

    The jar of Meowijuana catnip

    Promising review: "This is the third time I have bought this brand of catnip and I think it is the absolute best one I have ever come across. Most other brands are almost completely pulverized and like dust. These buds keep their shape and size until they are bitten into. My cats definitely like this brand better than any other. A little more expensive but it lasts much longer." —3CoolCats

    Get it from PetSmart for $19.99.

    9. A cat chew toy so you can keep your cat's teeth healthy, since they're gonna need them for life. It's a fun way to incorporate dental health into your pet's routine while ensuring they get the playtime they need.

    The reviewer's photo of their cat with the cactus toy

    Promising review: "My cat just loves this little cactus!!! I cannot seem to find my cat without this cactus. She will carry it around from napping spot to napping spot, so that she has her little buddy with her wherever she goes. She uses it to chew on, scratch her face or just taunt the other cat with to make her jealous that she got the cactus first! I love this little cactus 10/10! Thanks for the awesome toy for my cat! It feels like part of the family!!!" —Zach

    Get it from Amazon for $8.21.

    10. 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

    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 $15.99.

    11. A pair of pet nail clippers that will make the arduous process of nail trimming a whole lot easier. It's ideal for the cat 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

    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!!! Except for the nail file it is dull and both hated it. Well worth the price!" —Just me

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    12. A cat litter scooper that gets every last clump. It's great for clumping and unclumping litter alike and will definitely become an essential home item.

    The cat litter scooper in silver with a blue handle

    Promising review: "This scoop is excellent. I am really impressed by how sturdy it is, how well it sifts, and how easy it is to clean any stuck-on litter (or other stuff!) off of it. The only thing I would change about it would be to make the edge more of a rolled/smooth edge. I haven't had any problems yet, but I worry it may scrape the plastic of the litter box a bit and make gouges long-term. But so far, no problem!" —Bert

    Get it from Chewy for $12.89.

    13. A set of cat de-shedding gloves for the person whose whole wardrobe has become covered in cat hair. It's also great for furniture, sheets, and taking hair directly form the source before it can spread across your whole house.

    A reviewer's photo of the set of cat deshedding gloves in blue

    Promising review: "These gloves work wonders for my long-haired German Shepherd puppy. My puppy is 11 months old and sheds like crazy. The gloves are perfect because my puppy does not like being brushed by those rough brushes and tries to bite them. With the gloves she doesn't care as much." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A calming refill diffuser because there's no better way to ensure a happy and healthy cat than to keep them feeling secure and relaxed. This omits a calming scent that will make even the most anxious cat feel at ease.

    Reviewer's cat calmly sniffing the diffuser with five-star caption "calming and noticeable behavior improvements after few weeks"

    Promising review: "I have two cats; one is a natural to moving and changes in her life, the other...not so much. My second cat was abandoned by his previous owners when he was about one. With this being said, he has been attached to me since Day One almost four years ago. My cat got a urinary blockage in September of 2018 that almost took his life and six months later we had to rush him back in due to another urinary issue. The vet attributed this to stress. We were moving a few weeks later and I was extremely worried about his moving; new place, new scents, possibly thinking we were leaving him like his previous owners. So his vet recommended Feliway. I did not get it in time for his first night, which was awful. He couldn't stop crying all night. As soon as I got it, I could tell a difference in him within a few days. Now, I can't speak long-term on this, but in the few months we have been using this, I can tell a difference and will continue to buy until given a reason otherwise!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in for sizes).

    15. A Pumpkin Patch Up! cat treat, because some cats tend to get upset stomachs and this Weruva treat pouch stops tummy aches in their tracks. With all the grooming cats do, it's inevitable they'd get a few hair balls, especially the cats with longer hair, so this is a great preventative measure.

    The cat treats

    Promising review: "While the ingredients are only pumpkin and water-- this is the only pumpkin product that my pickiest dog will eat! I attribute it to the fact that it is pureed, and seems very fresh. Perhaps the pouch packaging has something to do with it being so appealing. In any event, her GI system has never been better! I am feeding it, as a topper, to my other two dogs as well. We all love it!" —Rita

    Get it from Chewy for $9.19 (originally $9.49; available in two sizes).

    16. A super sized cat litter mat so you can make sure your cat doesn't track litter around your whole house. It's perfect for the pet who's able to get litter far and wide or makes a hobby out of jumping in and out of the litter box.

    The reviewer's photo of their cat on the litter matt in gray

    Promising review: "Apparently this litter mat doubles as a comfy bed. Going from no litter mat in 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

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    17. A 24-pack of Fancy Feast cat food that will ensure your pet never runs out of food. It's a great way to stock up before your cat inevitably starts whining for their next meal.

    The variety pack of food including turkey florentine, white meat chicken florentine, and tuna florentine

    Promising review: "I have any extremely picky cat. He turns his nose up on almost every canned cat food I buy him and flat out refuses to eat it. But he loves Friskies indoor canned food, but for some reason, NO ONE has it now. I can't find it anywhere, in-store or online. I've been trying for weeks. Anyways, so I searched forever for an alternative. He is attracted to the greens which is nearly impossible to find. I came across this canned food. So I bought 1 box for him to try. Omg, he LOVES this stuff! He would like for me to give it to him every couple of hours but that would be too much. I give him about 3-4 cans per day plus the hard cat food is available 24/7. A year ago he had struvite crystals and had to be flushed out and the vet gave him a prescription for Hills canned food for crystal prevention. But he wouldn't eat it. He has to have canned food for the moisture. So my only complaint is they don't have this canned Fancy Feast Florentine with garden greens in the 5.5 oz cans. These cans are only 3 ozs." —Grandma_of_6_and_counting

    Get it from Amazon for $17.24.

    18. 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

    Promising review: "My cat scrapes litter like it is her job and she is following a mission statement. She does it before she goes and then with an unparalleled focused intensity after the 'event'. In her regular litter box, she would fling it in a pattern that would arc out about 6 feet in all directions. I don't know exactly what motivates her, but she checking was going to cover that piddle. Well, now that she has this new high-sided litter box she has stepped up her game. Swing away batter - this one is going out of the park. So, it didn't completely solve the problem because she is a dedicated little worker - but now the resulting scatter is much reduced." —J. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.08.

    19. A cat tracks toy because take it from me, your cat will end up playing with this for hours on end. It's an ideal way to tucker out a high-energy cat and the best part is, it's a game they can play all on their own.

    Reviewer's kitten playing with the toy

    Promising review: "I have four cats who are always looking for something to get into or make noise with. After reading reviews I decided to order this toy for my kids. They have all taken turns at it and have only stopped playing with it long enough to eat. I know that's par for a new toy, but this one is different, and YES, it is the one with the bar to protect from little heads getting stuck! It has received the same reception as the Bergan Catnip Hurricane Cat Toy (also sold on and green)-I bought it last Christmas for them and they still play with it daily. I had to order a new one because I accidentally stepped on it and broke the little tabs off that hold the little part on the big part. Both pieces still work fine separately but will donate to a local animal shelter anyways. It keeps them occupied and entertained for hours, but as any cat owner knows, if your cat likes it, he likes it and if he doesn't, try a little catnip!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98 (available in eight styles).

    20. A pack of litter liners so you can cut down on how often you have to clean your cat's litter box. It's arguably the worst part of cat ownership so why not make it the most infrequent task, too?

    Promising review: "I have been purchasing these liners on a regular basis. They fit around all three of my litter boxes which include IRIS Top Entry Litter Box, So Phresh Small Open Kitten Litter Box, and Arm&Hammer Jumbo Open Cat Litter Pan. They are quite thick and sturdy as I have never encountered any issues with the cats ripping the liners when they dig. I simply pull on the drawstring ties and toss the bag of used litter into the trash bin weekly. They make cleaning the litter box much easier!" —Callie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.28 (available in six sizes and four styles).

    21. A cat roller toy that makes the perfect gift for the mischievous cat in your life. It rolls around and makes a perfect toy for your cat to chase and grip for a super fun playtime.

    The cat roller toy being held by an orange and white cat

    Promising review: "Everything from the packaging to the toy itself are so thoughtful! It's fantastic to find an environmentally conscious toy and maker so our kitties can play safely. This is so well made and beautiful. Our one kitty took to it immediately and after the other saw him kicking he pounced for a go. We will be ordering another! The large size worked well for our growing kittens as it wasn't too intimidating when rolled on carpet but was big enough to hold and kick. David was also great to communicate with and our mail carrier even commented on the eco-friendly packaging!" —Leila Schey

    Get it from Hoffn Paw Pet Toys on Etsy for $14.50+ (available in four colors and three sizes).

    22. A box of Arm & Hammer cat litter deodorizer for the person who loves having a cat, but doesn't love all the scents that come with cat ownership. It's the perfect addition to any litter box and guests won't even know you have a cat until they see your fuzzy friend curled up on their bed.

    The reviewer's photo of the box of arm and hammer cat litter deodorizer in its packaging

    Promising review: "We have up to six cats in our house at any time (some outside who like to come in for naps). This product works wonders to help eliminate any odors from many cats. A little goes a long way! Highly recommend!!" —Gramma

    Get it from Chewy for $3.59 (originally $3.78; available in four sizes).

    23. A pet water refiller so you'll never have to worry about your cat's bowl running dry. No matter how busy you are or how long you have to be out of the house, rest assured that this water refiller will keep your cat hydrated.

    The pet water refiller in clear and gray plastic

    Promising review: "My dog drinks like he just came back from a desert. I love this dispenser so he can drink throughout the day without him going thirsty. I have to refill daily rather than 20 times a day." —Bettybfl

    Get it from Target for $13.99.

    24. 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.

    Reviewer's cat playfully sitting in the storage container

    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)

    25. An ethical hunting toy that encourages your cat's baser 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

    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.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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