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    32 Pet Products Reviewers Thought *Wouldn’t* Work…Until They Absolutely Did

    "King in the castle, king in the castle" —Borat + your dog or cat after you buy them everything on this list.

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

    1. A self-grooming toy if your baby needs 24/7 scritches and scratches and they just don't get the fact that you can't do that while you sleep/eat/use the bathroom. 

    Promising review: "Now I bought this out of the fact that my cat likes to rub her face on EVERYTHING, so I thought she would this and she absolutely LOVES THIS. Usually you think cheap cat things like this wouldn't work, and I thought the same, then my cat rubbed her face on it and it was like holy cow this actually works, like my cat actually likes this. A whole new experience tbh." —Raychelle Schar

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50

    2. A snout-soothing stick that helps with all sorts of nose woes from run-of-the-mill dryness and cracks to overgrowths and hyperkeratosis. The all-natural formula — with hemp seed oil, chamomile, jojoba oil, rosemary, and vitamin E — also includes SPF so it'll protect their snoot from the sun, too.

    Promising review: "I won't lie, I was skeptical after seeing this product on a BuzzFeed list of pet product must-haves. Our Skipper has had a dry, scaly nose for so long I thought it was just her nose forever. THREE DAYS. In three days it was totally different! I only put it on twice a day for three days and the dryness and flaky scales were gone! It's incredible!" —Lan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.65.

    3. A magnetic algae scraper you can use between deep cleans of your aquarium when you want to clear out stubborn stains and fish goo.

    aquarium cleaner magnetically attached to the tank
    a reviewer's before and after showing a half clean and half dirty tank

    Promising review: "I almost didn't buy this thinking there was no way it would really work. I was wrong. It's the bomb-diggity. Totally satisfied — threw my old scrapers away!" —JC

    Get it from Amazon for $7.55+ (available in three sizes).

    4. An all-natural itch relief shampoo bar made for fur babies with sensitive skin, hot spots, and/or seasonal allergies. The pet-safe formula includes olive, coconut, castor, and lavender oils as well as apple cider vinegar, which soothes irritated skin. 

    A person holding the shampoo bar in front of a dog in a basin
    Simple Sage Dog Treats / Etsy

    Simple Sage Dog Treats is a small business based in Norcross, Georgia, that specializes in all-natural paw balms and soaps for dogs with allergies or skin conditions.

    Promising review: "I was really hesitant to buy the bar soap because I wasn’t sure about how it would lather up, but when I read the great reviews I decided to try it. I am so glad I did! The soap lathered up really well, smells amazing and it really works. I will definitely be buying this again." —jdmiget

    Get it from Simply Sage Dog Treats on Etsy for $7.64 (originally $8.99).

    5. And — to accompany that — a curved shower attachment that shoots out water in a narrow, contoured spray so you can really get into your pup's thick coat and effectively wash away the goose poop they had so much fun rolling around in when you let them outside earlier. 🙃

    Promising review: "So I was skeptical because I thought 'how is this different or better than my current pullout showerhead?' Well, I dunno how to explain it but this thing was a HUGE lifesaver when washing my dogs. Unlike a regular round showerhead, this is kind of like a stick-shaped deal that gets into little crevices and, also, because it’s a line of water flow instead of a ring, like for humans, you can rinse off near their earlobes and eyes without splashing them. The water pressure is awesome, and the soap washed away so easily. I really love this product and my friends are buying it now too. I assembled it myself in about two minutes flat lol. My biggest dog is a 45-pound cockapoo with a LOT of freaking hair. This showerhead made my life much easier." —MangoMood

    Get it from Amazon for $33+ (available in two styles that offer different GPM).

    6. A "ripple rug" your kitty (or ferret — as seen below) can burrow into, scratch the ish out of, and generally just roll around on. The mat's non-slip rubber bottom keeps it in place and also allows you to prop it up in various configurations if your babies are a fan of tunneling. 

    a reviewer's two cats on top of and in the rug
    a different reviewer's ferret using the rug

    Promising review: "My cat is indifferent to cat houses, boxes, and shopping bags, which is why I didn't think she'd like this rug, but boy was I wrong! She loves it and it makes me so happy to watch her play in it. She seems to like it even when it's mostly flattened, just laying there, observing... possibly plotting. Give it a try." —Gven

    Get it from Amazon for $44

    7. A slow feeding bowl if your pup is known for scarfing down their dinner and then promptly throwing it back up ~completely~ unchewed. 

    Promising reviews: "I got this bowl for my Old English Bulldog puppy since bloat is one of the primary health concerns for the breed and she likes inhaling her meals. At first we thought it wouldn't help, but boy were we wrong. No more bloat. The only issue we have found is that the food sometimes gets stuck between ridges and meals now take a bit longer." —Seth

    "Absolutely great product. I don't know what else to say, but I love this plate! I have a blue nose pit bull and she would eat fast. After purchasing this bowl, I found that she is eating more slowly and she doesn't choke on her food! Great product for my money. I have had this for several months and it is still sturdy and strong (my dog is outdoors). At first I thought that it wouldn't work, but I was wrong. I'm happy!" —Andy Cruz

    Get it from Amazon for $7.56+ (available in three sizes and 12 colors and designs).

    8. bacon-flavored wishbone chew toy for aggressive chewers who *will* resort to gnawing on your brand-new Converse or the leg of your coffee table if no other options are present. 

    White dog chewing on the Y-shaped toy
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Really didn't think our 8-year-old Aussie would like this. We've tried other brands of this sort of thing and she wouldn't give them the time of day. But when our 12-year-old golden died a few weeks ago, we started letting Olivia sleep in bed with us, and we bought her several toys to try to take her mind off her loneliness. She loves this thing! It's definitely in the rotation of her top three things to chew and play with. And it seems to be safe... I've inspected it and despite all her chewing, there are no splinters or sharp pieces. But the main thing is that she really likes it!" —knb53

    Get it from Amazon for $9.65+ (available in four sizes and three flavors).

    9. A door latch that'll come in particularly clutch for blended pet families. Have a puppy that WON'T stop eating your cats food or — even worse — their poop?? Pop this on the door and it'll allow your feline just enough room to go in and out of their space while also blocking out their naughty sibling. 

    The white door strap
    a reviewer's cat poking their head out of a door that's latched with the strap

    Promising reviews: "Works like a charm!!! I have small dogs and was worried this wouldn't work for them but I decided to try it anyways. So glad that I did! It keeps them out of the poop and it stops them from eating my cats' food. The cats go in and out with no problem! My dogs are approximately 9 pounds. I have a Yorkie and a Morkie. It works great! So glad I purchased!" —Harmony A.

    "I was searching for a baby gate with a cat door on it to keep in the doorway to where we keep our litter box and I came across the Door Buddy. It was just what we needed. We need to keep the door open just enough for the cat to get in and out. We were worried it wouldn't be strong enough to keep our dog out, but it is. I like being able to adjust the strap and it is easy to open and close. We really do love our Door Buddy! We are happy, the cat is happy, and our dog's breath is happy. :)" —Brianne

    Get it from Amazon for $15.94.

    10. A fur-eliminating broom capable of squeegeeing enough fur from your carpet that if magically animated, it would transform into one of Martha Stewart's Chow Chows.

    Promising review: "I came across this broom idea before, but didn't think it would work or be helpful on my floors. It seemed like it was more suited to windows or garage floors. But my wife asked me to order one for her to use, and when we got it I tried it and loved it. It gathers dust and dog hair as well as my vacuum (unfortunately it doesn't pick them up, but...) but without all the noise that makes my dogs wild (so picking up the dust pile is worth the peace). I think I've used it nearly every day since we got it. Note: it takes a little bit of elbow grease to use on carpet compared to wood floor, but it does such a great job so it's worth it." —major tom

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in six configurations).

    11. A gentle deshedding glove because all cat owners know that if you go too long without a good brush, you *will* have soccer ball-sized fur bunnies blowing all around your home.

    A BuzzFeed editor brushing their cat with the blue deshedding glove
    reviewer's photo of the glove next to a giant ball of fur they removed from their cat
    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product since I kept seeing ads for it on Instagram, and usually when I see Instagram ads the product is trash. But this thing works! My cat always tries to chew on the brush before, and now, after some light coaxing, he gets excited when I take the glove out! He's so playful that he still tries to bite the glove but overall it probably feels like some great scritchies! For the most part I use it with the 'grain' of his hair but I will go back and forth to loosen up his winter coat. It's satisfying to peel off the layer of hair on the glove. The hair does end up going everywhere, in addition to filling up the glove. I usually end up lint rolling the cat and myself after I brush him because there's always a little residual hair floating around, which is to be expected. The nonrubber side of the glove quickly got stuck with hair, but it's not a huge deal. The fact that my kitty actually enjoys being brushed with his thing is more than worth it. I HIGHLY recommend this product; I have already told my friends about it and told them to buy it. I wish I was getting paid to write this!" —KB

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    12. An Alexa-enabled, treat-tossing Furbo so you can show your pup a lil' love even if you aren't home. The cam is also equipped with a barking sensor — it'll send you a notification every time your bb acts up — and two-way audio so you can calm them down. 

    the furbo
    a screenshot of a reviewer's dog staring into the camera waiting for a treat

    Promising review: "I was somewhat skeptical this would work, but it has suited our needs really well. We bought it to gradually transition our older dog from being crated to staying out while we are away. Our absolute requirements were: 1. The camera needed to be reliable about staying on the network, 2. We needed to be able to distract and calm our dog if the doorbell rang (that's her trigger), and 3. We needed access by app for several family members. We have been using the app for about a week now and I kept it open all day today while I was at work today. I noticed that my husband fed her a treat remotely while I was logged in, so you don't get booted if another member logs on with the same log-on. Reliability probably has a lot to do with your neighborhood's infrastructure, but our experience has been great. The dispenser works consistently and our dog has learned to come get her treats when she hears it after initially being afraid of it. The alerts told us at one point that she was howling and we talked to her remotely and gave her a treat. She barked a bit more but calmed down after that. Listening into the room isn't very audible above barking, but we kind of prefer that for privacy. All in all, this has been an A+ for us. I've had an aging dog before and it is awful worrying if you should go to work when they aren't feeling well. I can see this being really valuable for that kind of situation, too." —SheShopsOnline

    Get it from Amazon for $169.

    13. pet-specific stain remover sure to hide the fact that Sparky isn't the perfect angel you make him out to be on Instagram. But that's okay buddy, we all make mistakes.

    Reviewer image of a stained carpet
    Reviewer image of same carpet now clean

    Rocco & Roxie is a family-run small business making everything you and your pet need to live a clean and fun life. From treats to toys, they've got what you need!

    Promising review: "We purchased this after YEARS of trying 'the next best odor and/or stain remover.' You name it and we have tried it but we've never found any product to solve our issue...until NOW! We have NO stock in or claim to this product! This product is honestly a true miracle!!!! We had 2- and 3-year-old stains that are now completely gone! Our 6-year-old carpet looks new! This truly is a MUST-BUY product. The scent is fresh but does not mask any odors — it dissipates them! We used it to wash our dogs' linens and they came out fresh, clean, and zero odor! Buy this now! We only hope this is always available and always in stock. PERFECT MIRACLE PRODUCT!!!!" —T. 

    Get it from Rocco & Roxie on Amazon for $19.97.

    14. And some Bissell Stomp 'N Go pads capable of lifting whatever nasty stain your pet left you on your new Persian rug. Whether you're picking up slobber, mud, or an "accident" (let's be real — it was just raining and they didn't want to go outside) your fingers don't have to get anywhere near the mess — just throw on a house show, toss the pad on top of the stain, and give it a good ol' stomp. 

    a reviewer holding the pad which is covered in some sort of stain
    a reviewer's carpet with a rectangular clean spot where the pad was used

    Promising review: "It is actually working! I almost cried when I picked up the first pad!! Some genius builder put white carpet in our condo bedrooms. It's now 15 years old so it's definitely not the original white. We knew we were going to get a dog so we didn’t want to replace it right away though. Well, we rescued a dog that was barely potty trained and she did a number on the carpet. Luckily, the smell didn’t linger, but the stain did. We’ve tried numerous products and none of them helped the stain. The stains are now over a year old. We're waiting until after COVID to replace the carpet but I still wanted it to look nice in the meantime. I was skeptical for sure, but holy goodness it’s working!! You can literally see the rectangle where I used (and moved) the first pad!!!! I have a long way to go, but these pads are nothing short of a miracle! I just wish they were bigger because laying them out looks and feels like we’re laying tiles on the floor. Just buy it now. You won’t regret it." —Kimmy

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    15. A bag of Pill Pockets if your pup has outsmarted your "hide it in a piece of cheese" ruse and is now refusing to take their meds. 

    Promising review: "OK, so my dog can sniff out the tiniest pill in her food be it a piece of chicken, peanut butter, etc, etc, I have tried them all. My vet told me about these and I honestly didn't think they would work, since nothing else I tried had worked... well, I did give it a try and THEY WORK! She actually is excited when I open the Pill Pocket package, she has not sniffed out any pills and gobbles them up. Seriously, if you have a picky dog, give these a try. My dog is a lab mix, has to take thyroid and gabapentin pills, along with the occasional antibiotics, etc. She is elderly and has various health issues." —SoCalJules

    Get 30 pockets from Amazon for $8.53+ (available in three sizes and other flavors).

    16. A tub of paw butter that soothes dry and cracked tootsies (and even noses) with a pH-balanced blend of shea butter, oatmeal, mango, vitamins E and F, coconut and olive oils, and aloe vera. 

    reviewer photo of the jar of oatmeal paw butter
    reviewer photo showing their dog's paws before and after using the paw butter and how well it works

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but this actually worked! I've only put it on my Jack Russell terrier's paws two days in a row, but I can feel an improvement. You don't need to use a ton of it, which is good, because the container is smaller than I expected. If you have a larger pet, I'd advise buying two of these at a time. He has zero interest in licking it, and he will eat anything he thinks is food. He also has some allergies and this balm does not affect him at all." —Maureen H.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.13.

    17. A window hammock with suction cups strong enough to hold 50 pounds. If you're thinking that seems like a lot, just consider how quickly the weight of multiple cats, a blanket, their favorite toys, and a pillow adds up.

    a BuzzFeed editor's cat using the window hammock
    front view of a reviewer's cat using the tan hammock
    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    Sleeping and being nosy are two of my cats' favorite activities so they were instantly drawn to this hammock. I have it on a window that faces our backyard so they can watch birds, people, and trash that just floats by (<3 you Brooklyn). It's very sturdy and we haven't had any issues with it falling — even when they both pile on there. 

    Promising review: "I have a new sunroom that overlooks a golf course. Believe it or not, my cat loves to watch the golfers. I decided that she would have a better view if she was up higher. I tried cat trees. They were too wobbly and she wouldn't go near them. I tried a bar stool but it looked awful. I bought one of these cat hammocks and she loves it. I was skeptical that it would stick to the glass and not fall down, but it has been up a month and it hasn't moved at all. It is really sturdy and my cat feels free to just up and down without fear. This is an excellent product. I just purchased a second one that I intend to put higher in step fashion. There is on other nice thing about it. It is not really visible. You don't even notice it and it doesn't block my view." —Kathryn

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in five colors).

    18. A trusty lick mat meant to be slathered in wet food, lactose-free yogurt, or peanut butter. Your pup will think they won the lottery, *and* you'll get a few minutes to yourself while they scrounge for every last drop of food. 

    a reviewer's Yorkie using a green lick mat
    a different reviewer's dogs using two orange lick mats

    Promising review: "My pup has pretty bad seasonal allergies leading to itching, flapping, and licking. The vet recommended we give him allergy medicine two times a day...well, this dog can smell a pill in the middle of a cheese wad and figure out how to eat the cheese, and spit out the pill. So, we have to crush up his pills and mix them into peanut butter. I was tired of using our human plates to complete this twice-daily ritual, so I found these. I figured it would be worth a shot and, at a minimum, he would have his own 'plate' for medicine time. He LOVES these things. I mix up the concoction and smear the peanut butter on one of these, and he's engrossed for at least 30–40 minutes. No more begging us for our breakfast. No more licking his paws all day. No more boredom. I was highly skeptical of this, but I've seen it in action and I can promise you it works." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three styles and colors). 

    19. Or — if you're struggling with bath time, specifically — a suction-cupped version you can slap on the side of your tub in order to persuade your pup to take a nice (read: splash-free) bath. 

    a reviewer's dog licking PB off the blue lickmat
    a different reviewer's dog using the lickmat while taking a bath

    Promising review: "I love this, it’s the second one we bought. I found the first one at a dog show and was a little skeptical, but thought we’d try it because I have two pups afraid of baths and who hate getting brushed. It has worked great with peanut butter and fat free yogurt. I will say the key is to freeze them, hence the need for two...but also be careful with the suction cups, they work very well, but my puppy bit the corner off one, it still works but looks silly." —Shortcake

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95

    20. A set of elevated ceramic bowls that are not only super sleek, but also ergonomically designed so your cat can eat in a comfortable position and avoid whisker fatigue.

    a reviewer's black and white cat eating from the elevated feeder
    different reviewer's grey cat eating from the bowls

    Promising review: "I must admit I was skeptical that the angle and height of a bowl could make a difference in preventing my cat from vomiting, but I am now a believer. My cat routinely threw up two to three times a week — she is on a limited-ingredient soft food diet which was recommended by my vet. These did stop the daily vomiting, but I still was cleaning up after her each week. Since she has been using this product, she has not vomited in over three weeks. I truly think she feels better and I know I am much happier!"Karen U.

    Get the two-bowl stand from Amazon for $25.97+ (available in two finishes).

    21. A pair of polarized doggie goggles should your pup's *absolute* favorite activity be sticking their head out of a car window while going 60 mph. The lenses offer UV protection, and side air holes prevent them from fogging up so your bebe will have an optimal view. 

    A Dalmatian wearing black dog goggles in a backyard
    Paw 2 Paws / Etsy

    Paw 2 Paws is a small business that specializes in stylish and affordable pet gear. These goggles have an adjustable elastic chin strap and headband that ensures a tight, secure fit. 

    Promising review: "Doggie shades are super cute and great quality. My poodle has a little face and I was worried they weren’t going to fit but the straps are adjustable and can fit small dogs as well. My little Rudolph looks like a stud in these! Love them. Thank you!" —Judy Ferrao

    Get it from Paw 2 Paws on Etsy for $9.99 (available in six colors).

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