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    If You Have A Pet And Don’t Own Any Of These 42 Essential Products, I’m Gonna Need You To Change That

    If your dog *hates* going to the groomer, check out this filing board that sneakily lets them trim their own nails.

    1. An Aspen self-warming bed that'll reflect your pet's own body heat and keep them oh-so-warm and cozy. If you're a "no pets on the bed" sort of person, this will give them the comfiest resting place of their own. 

    two cats in the red aspen self warming cat beds
    Jenae Sitzes / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Shopping's Jenae Sitzes has two cats who *love* these beds: "This is THE cat bed, y'all. Neither of my cats have ever really taken to a cat bed and much preferred to doze on their cat tree or curl up on a regular blanket — until I finally caved in and bought the Aspen self-warming bed a while back. IMMEDIATELY upon placing it on my couch, one of my cats crawled into it and happily began napping. As soon as he moved away, my other cat jumped in to take it for a test run as well — and immediately curled up as well. After about a week of them taking turns using it (literally, the cat *not* in the bed would lay next to it waiting for the other to leave — my polite boys 🥹), I realized I needed to buy a second one. They immediately took to that one as well, and now, they both have access to their favorite bed whenever they like! 

    "Whenever I put my hand underneath them, I can definitely feel how warm they are underneath, so the bed's self-warming feature seems to work well. I think what they love most about it is the shape and how unbelievably cushy it is. And the sides of the bed are supportive enough for them to put their heads on, but still flexible enough for them to stretch out however they like. While the listing recommends this bed for cats under 10 pounds, larger cats will be just fine, as my older cat Sneaky is quite large (his affectionate nickname is "Chonky"), and he adores this bed. Most of all, I love knowing they won't be cold at night, especially when I'm away from home. Knowing I'll never have to waste money on another cat bed that sits unused is just the cherry on top. Highly recommend!!"

    Get it from Amazon for $17.25 (also available in rectangular and pillow styles). 

    2. A *super* popular (100K+ 5-star ratings!) ChomChom pet hair remover to roll over furniture, bedding, clothes, or anywhere you'd like your beloved pet's out-of-control shedding to stop accumulating. Best of all? It's totally reusable and doesn't require any annoying sticky film, making it eco-friendly and cost-effective!

    gif of reviewer using the chom chom to easily remove pet hair from a couch
    reviewer holding up the fur-filled chom chom while their dog sniffs it

    Promising review: "This thing is magical and I wish I had found it sooner. Even the most stubborn of dog hairs that have been seemingly woven into the fabric of your couch are no match for the ChomChom. The satisfying click of the roller will have you ChomChom-ing every surface you possibly can, while your dog looks at you in cold betrayal for removing his precious fur deposits. He plots revenge against this new nemesis, revenge that is doomed to fail from the start, because the ChomChom is far too powerful. Meanwhile, you are transfixed by the serotonin rush filling your brain as your ChomChom fills with more and more hair, leaving a path of de-furred sofa in its wake. The dog barks in disapproval. You smile, finally sitting on fur-free furniture for the first time in a long time. Maybe you’ll even have friends over now." —Will

    Get it from Amazon for $25.45.

    3. Or a powerful handheld Bissell pet vacuum if your furry friend is a *major* shedder and you want those stray hairs sucked up fast. 

    reviewer before photo of a pet hair-covered armchair
    after photo of the same chair looking pet hair-free

    It comes with a 16-foot power cord and two nozzles for cleaning upholstery, carpeting, and the inside of your car.

    Promising review: "We’ve lived in our apartment for four years, and the cats are obsessed with the stairs. I say all that to add, I’ve never vacuumed the stairs. They were extremely hairy and gross, but our current vacuum wouldn’t work. I used this baby, and it was like magic! I couldn’t stop! I'd only planned to hit the stairs, but before it was over I hit the cat tree, the couch, and searched for hairy dust bunnies around the floor! The suction is so strong that I was able to suck up the dust bunnies floating in the air! I love this thing!" —Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $32.94 (also available with an extra filter). 

    4. And a TikTok-famous rubber broom with bristles that attract pet hair like a magnet. It works on carpets or any floor surface — and when your windows are in need of a little cleaning, it also comes with a handy built-in squeegee!

    review photo of a big blonde fur ball on a carpet next to a squeegee brush
    review photo of dark fur in a ball next to a dog and the brush

    Reviewers say using short, quick strokes is the most effective way of extracting the most pet hair from your rug. 

    Promising review: "So of course I saw this product on TikTok...and added it to the list of things that TikTok made me buy. But I'm very glad that I did. I have a Siberian husky who sheds a LOT, and in all seasons. I use this on my carpet before vacuuming and it loosens up the hair so easily that my vacuum never got. I never realized I had that much dog hair caked into my carpet until I used this!" —Alyssa Frey

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in several other styles and bundle sets). 

    5. Pet House candle specifically designed to mask all of those unpleasant odors any pet owner knows allll too well. No more mad dashes to spritz every corner in your home before company arrives!

    reviewer's dog staring at the lit vanilla creme brulee-scented candle
    reviewer's cat near the unlit candle

    It's made of soy wax and can burn for up to 60 hours!

    Promising review: "These candles are fantastic! They smell great and do a great job of eliminating any odors in your house, not only those from pets. They do work best if you burn them for one to two hours at a time, but will get rid of the smells of wet dog, fecal smells, urine odors, and I’ve even found them useful for cooking odors. I highly recommend these candles. I purchased the Vanilla Creme Brûlée scent. I often get headaches from powerful scents, but have never gotten one from these lovely candles!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (also available in packs of two and dozens of scents).

    6. double-layered litter mat with a smart honeycomb design that'll trap excess litter rather than sending it flying when your cat jumps out of the box. With this, you can either pour the little bits back in or shake 'em into the trash, and its nonslip, waterproof base will prevent urine and other liquids from ruining your floors. 

    A reviewer's photo of the trapper mat set up under their litter box on a carpet floor, with litter visible trapped in the honeycomb
    A close-up look at the litter trapped inside the mat's honeycomb design, Jenae Sitzes / BuzzFeed

    Jenae swears by this thing: "I've been using this trapper mat for over a year now, and while it's pretty much impossible to eliminate all litter from your home if you own even one cat, let alone multiple, this mat has made keeping the floor of my litter box room MUCH more manageable. Unlike other mats, where the litter just kind of sits on top and eventually gets kicked elsewhere, this mat is designed so that the litter falls through the holes and stays inside the mat until you're ready to dump it. It's made out of an EVA material that's supposed to be gentle enough for cat paws, and my two kitties don't seem to have a problem walking on it. I *highly* recommend getting the larger 30-by-24-inch mat to extend the coverage area — I initially got the smaller one but went back for the larger size and it's perfect. Note that the mat will probably have a fold down the middle when it first arrives, but just give it some time and weigh it down with something if needed; it'll lay flat."

    Promising review: "I can't live without it now. My cats are a big pain in my butt when it comes to pushing litter out of the litter box. Sometimes they even just play with it (which I don't understand) and this product saves me so much time and energy on cleaning up their mess!" —Naomi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    7. A pair of grooming gloves your cat or dog will adore being pet with, even if it means they'll end up with a lighter coat in the process. Reviewers say these pick up an impressive amount of fur and can be used on both long- and short-haired pets!

    Promising review: "My dogs are obsessed!! They will stay still just so I can 'pet them.' Little do they know I’m slowly removing a small animal off of them! (They are 60-pound black Labs that shed a lot!!)." —CFinley

    Get a pair from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five colors). 

    8. And for when you're not home — or just have your hands full! — a self-grooming brush, which helps remove excess hair while satisfying their ever-present itches. Now maybe they'll stop using the corner of your laptop while you ~attempt~ to get any work done!

    A reviewer's three-legged cat using the self-grooming cat toy to scratch its left cheek
    Reviewer's long hair calico cat laying on the ground rubbing it's face on the scratcher

    It comes with adhesive strips for mounting it to a corner in your home. 

    BuzzFeed Shopping's Jessica Hall highly recommends it: "I have had at least one of these in my house (I've moved three times) since I got my cats four years ago. My one cat absolutely loves this thing. He is almost always begging for face scratches, rubbing his face against our computers, or going to town on this little contraption. I have it at the bottom of my stairs so he pretty much uses it constantly, especially when he is about to go upstairs — he will always pause at the bottom to rub his face for a few minutes. It took a little trial and error to find the perfect height for him, but I found the best technique was to just force him to sit near where I was going to put it and use that as a guide to decide how high to put it. This little thing is so great for the time when I'm working and can't stop to brush him for hours on end. As a bonus, he sometimes likes to chew on the little pegs, and doing that distracts him from chewing on cords or other things he shouldn't chew, so I'll take it!"

    Promising review: "My cat loves to brush up against my MacBook and I have been worried she was going to bite it and ruin it, so I gave this a chance. I am so glad I did. I attached it to the bottom of one of our end tables with the included adhesive strips. It stuck fine, hasn't come off, and my cat will not leave it alone. She's in love! I can barely get her to sit on my lap now (I might be a tad jealous!) Definitely worth the purchase and I will be buying a couple more for other areas around the house!" —Jill Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $5.93.

    9. An allergy supplement to help boost your pup's immune system if they're prone to itchy, sensitive skin and seasonal ailments. It's packed with things like salmon oil, colostrum, and astragalus root, along with a probiotic blend to support skin and gut health.

    Reviewer before and after photos showing the allergy supplements helped treat their dog's bald patches
    Before photo of a dog with a red, irritated belly
    Same reviewer's dog after taking the allergy supplements, which calmed the dog's skin and made it less red

    Promising review: "Our 70-pound lab boxer mix was in misery due to skin allergies. We had spent a small fortune and he had two allergy related surgeries that left him weakened and with serious hair loss. We changed diet, went through food trials, twice! Various prescription allergy medications with no relief. We started using these treats and his coat now looks healthy and normal. His vitality has improved and we haven't visited the vet for months! We are amazed at the change in his skin. The itch has stopped completely. I only wish we had found relief for him sooner." —Kool-aide

    Get a pack of 90 chews from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in five varieties as well as other packs, including a sample pack).

    10. A bottle of Carpet Miracle deodorizing solution, because you love your pet, but having stained carpets and a house that reeks of pee 24/7? Yeah, not so much. Reviewers say it'll take care of stubborn messes and nasty lingering odors with its refreshingly minty scent, and since you use it with your vacuum, it's super low-maintenance!

    reviewer before photo showing a dirty carpet with lots of stains
    same reviewer's after photo showing the carpet without stains after being cleaned with the solution

    This solution works great with Bissell, Hoover, McCulloch, Rug Doctor, Kenmore, and Carpet Express vacuum cleaners.

    Sunny & Honey is a family-run small business making cleaning products designed for pet owners who want keep their homes stain- and odor-free. 

    Promising review: "A true sensory experience while completing a mundane, laborious chore! The scent from this cleaner was pleasing versus the harsh chemical smell from the other brands out there. Yet, it was able to remove old stains that had been in the carpet fiber for well over seven years. This surprised me as I had just accepted that those stains were there to stay. Plus, it's concentrated so I just used over a bit of the recommended amount. Now the carpet looks great with no grainy feel to it when you walk on it with bare feet; although I did vacuum afterwards. Just as important, the carpet does not have the unpleasant odor that has lingered and would rear its ugly head from time to time! Thanks to Amazon for carrying this and making it easy for me to locate on the site!!!" —Marie J.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

    11. Or a pet odor and stain removing spray made from natural enzymes you can spritz onto your rug to combat everything from urine stenches to unsightly vomit remnants. Upon making contact with the problem spot, the enzymes are activated to leave your carpets looking nice and clean without any funky smells. 

    before reviewer image with a huge pet stain on a rug
    the same rug now stain-free

    Rocco & Roxie is a family-run small business specializing in all things pets, from treats and supplements to grooming products and toys. 

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. With five cats and occasional fosters, I can't live without this. I've even called a professional cleaner out to clean my couch after my cat had peed on it. After several visits, the smell was still very strong. One use of this and it was completely gone! I wish I would have found it sooner." —Kayla Mason

    Another promising review: “I never write reviews but I'm writing one for this amazing spray!! I know what you're thinking, I thought the same: that's an awful lot to pay for a bottle of spray cleaner. I get it, and it's worth every penny!!! I have two large dogs who are potty-trained, however my niece accidentally shut them in one of the spare rooms while we were upstairs (bless her tiny heart) so they took it upon themselves to hate-pee allllll over the carpet in there!! When we finally took a black light to the carpet, we discovered the true horror of our situation; CSI crime scenes had nothing on us! We tried EVERYTHING. I found this product, read the reviews, and hit the 'buy now' button with all of my hope riding on Prime shipping and a spray bottle. NO ODOR, NO STANK, LIGHT CLEAN SMELL BUT NO FAKE FLOWERY COATED AIR!!!! This stuff is a MIRACLE!!!” —N. Garcia

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

    12. A pair of professional nail clippers equipped with easy-grip handles for better control when handling your squirmy friend, and strong, sharp blades for making this often unpleasant task as swift as possible. It's designed for practically any small pet, whether you have a cat, rabbit, or guinea pig!

    Reviewer photo of the clippers
    Reviewer photo of their cat's clipped claws

    Promising review: "I have a new adult cat that I rescued who was scratching everything in sight. I ordered these and immediately sat her down to start work. I was terrified I was accidentally going to hurt her but it was so easy for both me and her!! I had to do one paw at a time because she started to squirm from being held still too long, but they worked great and I’m so happy with them!" —blushingsooner

    Get them from Amazon for $7.68.

    13. Or a gentle nail grinder, which has a super quiet motor and low vibration so anxious pets won't be as scared when you turn it on. It painlessly sands down their nails, and reviewers say even their groomers recommend it!

    Promising review: "I've got one of those dogs who doesn't like his nails touched and he's got a devoted owner who tried clipping his nails and cut one too short so that was traumatic for both of us! My dog gets horribly car sick and taking him anywhere in the car creates so much angst, but he has to have those nails trimmed. The groomer suggested this product which she actually has and uses on her own dogs and urged me to buy it and give it a try. I ordered it and got it and then was scared to use it on him! But the company follow up provided me with some helpful suggestions and a great amount of encouragement and there is a very happy ending to this story! So I absolutely recommend it." —jazziejay5

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in six colors).

    14. Or (!) a dog nail filing board that'll sneakily have them trimming their own dang nails if you'd rather not get too close to those claws. Since they probably love scratching everything in sight anyway, they'll find this really satisfying and you'll appreciate not having to endure a stressful nail clipping session. 

    Dog rubbing its nails on a pink board
    before photo of a dog's overgrown nails, and an after photo of the same dog's nails looking much shorter and blunter after one scratchpad session
    ScratchPad for Dogs / Etsy, ScratchPad for Dogs / Etsy

    ScratchPad for Dogs is the Atlanta-based small biz behind this absolutely genius product!

    Promising review: "Love this scratch pad! We adopted our dog almost a year ago and he's been terrified of clippers and grinders since day one. We've never been able to maintain his nails due to his super reactive anxiety around nail care. That's all changed since we got the Scratch Pad a few weeks ago! He took to it right away and his nails have shown significant improvement in just a few sessions!" —Kira Armajani

    Get it from ScratchPad for Dogs on Etsy for $46.95+ (available in four styles and three grit levels).

    15. tooth-cleaning toy, which is basically like a super fun toothbrush your dog will actually like using. All you do is apply your pup's toothbrush in between the grooves of the cactus "bristles," and let them have at it! It has a satisfyingly soft, chewy texture, but it's also sturdy and won't need a replacement in two weeks.

    reviewer's corgi puppy gnawing on cactus toy
    reviewer bernese dog chewing on cactus toy

    Promising review: "This toy is very durable — we’ve had it for about two months and it’s in still completely intact. Every single toy is ruined within minutes. But this one is winning the battle. And it keeps her entertained for a good while! It’s a must-buy!" —Hector Flores

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).