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    24 Pet Products That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses

    I'd like to personally thank whoever created each and every one of these things.

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    1. A Paw Plunger paw cleaner to prevent brown paw prints from decorating your clean floors after a walk.

    Promising review: "Best money I've ever spent on a dog with feet. We have a goldendoodle with curly hair and large paws, and a brand-new yard on the coast that is 95% sand. Our new veterinarian, upon hearing me whine about the situation, recommended I buy this product because she uses it with her own dogs. From the first time I used it I was sold! It looks like one of those oversized water jugs you can get at a convenience store, with a fitted insert for paws and legs. I stuck my hand (and my kids') inside to try it out and the bristles inside are very soft, and will not hurt sensitive paw pads. I wish I'd found this years ago; it would have saved my sanity and my floors many times over. I've already recommended it to my friends and family with dogs who understand the struggle." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    2. An automatic rotating laser cat toy, as if your cat needed another a reason to not require your measly human presence.

    Promising review: "The cats have started asking me to turn this thing on. Several times a day. They meow at me if I don't comply. The other day they tipped it over and the laser was sweeping across the ceiling. The orange cat was attempting parkour to try and get the ceiling red dot thingie. The other cat makes cooing noises as he chases the dot around the living room. He has never made cooing noises before. This has given them hours upon hours of entertainment and exercise... so I am quite pleased with the purchase." —Andrea Huckaba Rome

    Get it from Amazon for $22.45.

    3. Protective wax to shield your pup's sensitive lil' paws from the elements and painful rock salt (plus it also works on dry noses!).,

    My dog refuses to wear boots. I've tried three different types of boots, and if I'm lucky enough to even get him to walk a few steps in them, he'll inevitably kick them off before we've made it halfway up the block. After some desperate crowdsourcing from my Facebook friends last winter for a solution that wasn't a bootie but that would keep my pup's feet protected from both ice and rock salt during the snowy New York winter, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of this miracle product, Musher's Secret Paw Protection Wax.

    It's a thick wax that protects your dog's paw pads with a quick swipe — you can dip their lil' feetsies right in the tub or apply with a paper towel or cloth. And it works like a charm! No more paw-hopping on our daily walks because my pup has stepped in painful salt or ice. Just make sure to wipe any excess off before you get back into the house to prevent paw marks on your floors, if that's a concern. Seriously, every anti-boot dog needs this on his paws in the wintertime (2,900+ five-star reviews agree)! And while I've never used it for such a purpose, apparently it also works to protect their paws on hot pavement and sand.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 60g, 200g, and 1 lb).

    4. A fruit tart pet bed, because how can you even look at this photo and question whether or not you should buy a fruit tart pet bed?

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    Check out one BuzzFeed writer's full review of this truly fabulous pet bed here (#6).

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    5. The Furbo, a truly game-changing pet camera that takes things up a notch by allowing you to talk you your furry loved one and toss them treats via app.


    Read our full review of it here.

    Get it from Amazon or Furbo for $199.

    6. A doggie raincoat (!!) — which, apparently, also fits pygmy goats perfectly.,

    Promising review: "Love these raincoats. Ordered three altogether. They are tough, cute, and keep my dogs dry. I have purchased other flimsy raincoats that did not keep my dogs dry. I am extremely pleased with these. The little hoods are cute too. The purpose of the raincoats are so that I only have to dry off their feet when they return from their walk. These sturdy little coats are great. And my furry kids seem to like them and and they stay in place without slipping and sliding. Fantastic price for great product. Awesome! :-)" —Barbara N.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.24+ (available in sizes XS-2XL).

    7. A cat tree house that's also a piece of home decor so freakin' adorable and genius you've got to be kitten me right meow.,

    The tree is approximately 5 feet tall and each perch is adjustable and can be swiveled and secured in different positions.

    Promising review: "I saw this advertised on a different site for twice the price. So was happy to have found it for a more reasonable cost on Amazon. It’s a cute addition to my living room. It came in a ginormous heavy box. Was not difficult to put together by myself. The trunk is hard plastic in segments that fit over a central pole and and the levels screw onto the central pole between the trunk segments keeping them in place. It is heavy and sturdy. Good for climbing. My cat loves it. His favorite game now (a sentiment not shared by the dogs) is playing death from above. He hides behind the leaves and peeks out at the dogs. Then drops onto them like a leopard on a gazelle. Lots of fun for the cat. The dogs are slowly learning to avoid kitty’s death tree. He enjoys sharpening his claws on the grassy bit. And he will lay under the tree on the grass sometimes, like it’s a shade tree. He is getting exercise by climbing it. Now he can run right up it to the top without pausing. He gets quite the arm workout going between the levels when he dead-lifts himself with his front paws, like he’s doing dips. The dogs have noticed and again are becoming more wary. So in short: Cat gives it five stars. Dogs are wondering about the return policy." —Mitch

    Get it from Amazon for $124.49.

    8. An interactive ball launcher, for anyone whose arm has been getting pretty tired after trying to keep up with their furry little bundle of energy.,

    Select launch distances of 10, 20, or 30 feet with the touch of a button. Note: Many reviewers have suggested using Kong balls instead of the balls the device comes with if you've got an extreme chewer on the premises.

    Promising review:
    "Bought this for my 12-pound toy fox terrier. He LOVES it! We can play for hours. I was hesitant at first because of the size of the balls, but now that I've seen him with them I'm not worried. It is sooooo much fun! (CAUTION: Don't play for long periods of time on carpet. The pads of his feet became bloody and red from running and sliding across the floor to wall carpeting in my house. We now play outside in the grass and have had no issues.) Easy to travel with. I would buy this item again and recommend it to others." —Tamera

    Get it from Amazon for $139.

    9. A cleaning spray so incredible at removing pet stains and odors, it has over 5,000 five-star reviews from happy humans across the country.,

    Promising review: "We originally purchased this product because we have a fake-grass pee pad on our concrete patio for our dogs to use when we are not home, so we got Rocco & Roxie to clean and deodorize the pad and concrete. It worked like a charm.

    THEN, we just finished renovating my mother's (hoarder) house. She had previously had a dog who urinated on the carpet in one area so much that the carpet and pad had solidified to the wooden sub-floor. My husband had to use a chisel and hammer for hours to get it up. The smell was horrific and permeated throughout the house. The urine had crystallized to the wood floor and he was simply unable to get it all to release, so before we left for the night, we soaked three old rags in Rocco & Roxie and left them on the spot.

    The next morning, wow! He was able to scrape up the remaining crystallized urine from the wood floor. Then, that next night, we soaked an old blanket again in the Rocco & Roxie, pressed it down onto the stained area and left it again overnight. The next morning, not only was the stain virtually gone, but there was NO urine smell. Rocco & Roxie has a pleasant smell to it, but it does not linger — just fresh. It was truly amazing. I have posted six pics — you must see them to fully appreciate the power of this product. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT!!" —A Z

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    10. A cat feeder that'll encourage your kitty to eat more slowly while also engaging their natural hunting instincts.

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    Promising review: "I am taking care of two cats for a deployed military family. One of the cats prefers to be outside and hunt. I would prefer he not hunt, and since I started using these mice he is choosing to spend much more time inside!" —Mary W

    Read one BuzzFeed writer's full review of the product here (#1).

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $24.99.

    11. A seriously genius doggie doorbell so you can train your pup to communicate when they need to go outside to do their business and when they want to come back inside — no more scratching at the door (hopefully)!

    Promising review: "Our potty-bell prankster loves this! She learned how to use it in about two days, now no more accidents. We use it as a way for our Rott to tell us when she needs to go out. She sometimes uses it to play; pushing the button running out and in a circle like a crazy pup and then runs full speed back in. LoL. We find our potty-bell prankster hilarious so it works for us, and as long as you have a sense of humor with your pup, this is very worth it. We have a happy puppy and we're happy she's no longer pottying indoors." —Nikkie

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    12. Pretty Litter, a kitty litter that changes color if your cat's urine shows signs of potential health issues, like urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or kidney problems.

    Pretty Litter

    It's often tough to tell if your cat is dealing with a health issue until it's progressed, since these little furballs are notoriously good at hiding any signs of illness — but this seriously amazing kitty litter can alert you to potential issues pretty much immediately, giving you peace of mind and likely saving you money in vet bills in the long run. It's clump-free, made with lightweight silica gel crystals, which are extremely absorbent, so you need less of it to do the same job; a 4 lb. bag can typically last the whole month.

    Get it from Pretty Litter starting at $22/month with free shipping (options available for one-cat, two-cat, and multi-cat households).

    13. A Chuckit dog-ball launcher so you can play fetch with your pupper without having to bend down or get slobber, mud, or dirt all over your hands from their grimy tennis ball.

    The launcher also helps increase the range and speed of your throw, so your pup can squeeze in a little more activity.

    Promising review: "While my dog struggles with the concept of returning the ball to me, she absolutely loves this! We visit a huge dog park frequently, and this lets me throw a ball far enough that she really gets to run full throttle! Running is her favorite. Then, she gets to play her second favorite game of 'keep away' with the ball. But she will actually let me have the ball back so I can sling it across the park again because she loves running so much. We now spend more time playing fetch than keep away. I could never throw it far enough on my own to keep her interested more than one or two times before getting the launcher. Now, we can spend an hour at the park playing with it. I have one super-tired dog when we go home. I also love that I don't have to pick up the slimy ball with my hands anymore, especially after she drops it in a puddle, because the launcher picks it right up. My dog gets so excited when she sees the launcher that she will bounce back and forth in front of me until I throw the ball. I only regret not buying one of these earlier!" —C Fritsche

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in 10 varieties).

    14. An Insta-worthy (and affordable!) shark bed for your small pupper that everyone who visits won't be able to stop talking about. I mean:

    Promising review: "I really, really, really love this bed. It's adorable. Everyone who sees it wants to get one for their dog. I love that even though it's so inexpensive it still has four fins, gills, eyes, and teeth that actually stay on. Half the time my chug wants to lay inside it and the other half, she loves squishing it and sitting on top of it. It always pops right back up and she can still go inside it. One of the best values for $17 I've ever spent in my life. Note: It was a little smaller than I thought it would be, but that is probably just from my perception of the photo. Just check the sides and know you may want to order a size larger than you think you do." —Dramagirl1

    Get it from Amazon for $28.98+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A cardboard DJ scratching pad...because c'mon.,

    Promising review: "I have scratch pads all over the house to discourage the cat from scratching the furniture. This scratching pad is great! Everyone comments on it. Even people who don't like cats! It's in our living room (next to our turntable)...much nicer to look at than the other cardboard scratch pads.

    I sprinkle catnip on it and cat jumps on the deck. ;) Now I just need a chew toy that looks like a mic for the dog." —M. Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (also available in a laptop design).

    16. The Whistle 3, a handy location and activity tracker that uses GPS so you can you keep tabs on a furry little escape artist's whereabouts — and also use it to track their daily activity levels and make sure they're getting the exercise they need.,

    Just attach it to their collar and download the app!

    Promising review: "We LOVE this product. After our skittish rescue dog got loose for three long and scary weeks (see photo), we researched dog trackers. He has had the Whistle 3 for a month now and it works great. It is easy to set up and use, holds its charge for at least one week, and has a great interface. We never want to go through what we went through again, and are happy we found the Whistle 3. Peace of mind! Highly recommend it." —Carole

    Read more about it here.

    Get it from Amazon for $94.99 (plus subscription plan).

    17. The Furminator, a seriously magical de-shedding brush for dogs, cats, and small animals, which can eliminate enough fur to make a life-sized version of your pet.,

    Promising review: "This thing is ridiculous. You may think you've brushed the hair off your dog, but oh no, my friend, you haven't. Let's get one thing clear, your dog has too much hair, and the Furminator was sent by aliens in the future to help you fix that. Stop when the fur piles are waist-high, or when the fur changes color. I'm convinced you would end up with a shaved dog if you just kept going, but the pile of fur would be unmanageable. The Furminator allegedly pulls the undercoat first, so when your brown dog starts getting lighter in color, we assume that means the top coat is getting attacked. But who cares? Go nuts, the d#mn beast will grow it all back in two minutes anyways, right? This is the be-all end-all of grooming products for your dog. If you hate having animal hair in your house, and have the discipline to use it every week, the Furminator will change your life." —Seth A. Ratner

    Get it from Amazon: the Furminator for dogs for $24.99+ (available in five sizes and for long or short hair); for cats for $24.41+ (available in two sizes and for long or short hair); or for small animals for $39.99.

    18. This octopus hideaway toy that your ferret needs immediately.


    Promising review: "Purchased this for my ferret, Cinder. Whoever designed this must have really understood ferrets, because this is her favorite toy! She loves to play in its arms and peek through its mouth. The toy has five arms, and is a bit smaller than I expected, but she doesn't care. I would recommend this to anyone with a ferret!" —Jordi

    Get it from Chewy for $19.99.

    19. A special doggie seat belt to keep your pooch safe on every car (and bike) ride, because they should always buckle up too!,

    Promising review: "On 2/8/17 my service dog and I were in a terrible accident. We spun on black ice into a concrete median, into a semi, and back into the concrete again. I was wearing my seat belt and walked away with just minor scrapes and bruises. Thanks to this device my service dog was not thrown from the vehicle and walked away with only a bruised paw. I almost lost my best friend and lifeline but thanks to this purchase and a safety harness I'm happy to say we're both here today!" —TeagenQueen613

    Read more about it here.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six colors).

    20. A candle specifically formulated to effectively mask any aroma of eau de dog in your home that actually smells delightful.

    One Fur All

    Promising review: "I have multiple dogs in the house and am always concerned that it smells like that to visitors, even cleaning every day. I have used other candles and melts that add a pleasant smell to the underlying odor, but One Fur All Pet House Candles do better. I have been able to leave the house for hours and when I first open the door, on my return, I don't smell dog. We recently had a house full of people (many of them pet parents) over for Christmas dinner and it was actually commented, 'Your house smells really nice. How do you keep the dog smell out?' I laughed and told them I was just wondering if the candles were working. I guess I got the BEST answer." —LLL Texas

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 20 scents).

    21. A brain teaser toy that requires your pocket pet to use their noggin in order to be rewarded with treats.

    Promising review: "I got this for my chinchilla for Christmas — she loved it. It's nice to see a toy for her that makes her have to use her nose and think rather than just some chew toys and exercise things." —GuineaCat12

    Get it from Amazon for $22.06.

    22. Blockhead Box subscription filled with ridiculously durable dog toys, for pet parents who know the struggle of toys being ripped to shreds within minutes all too well.

    Blockhead Box

    This subscription send you a delivery of ultra-durable dog toys capable of withstanding even the wrath of your power-chewer dog. Choose from three subscription varieties. A portion of all proceeds go to charities, rescues, and humane law enforcement to combat animal cruelty and dogfighting.

    Promising review: "Our 2-year-old street rescues destroyed every toy before we subscribed to this...they get so excited when the delivery truck pulls up now! So far all toys are still around, and I love getting an item for myself. Good job!!" —Kathleen

    Get it from Cratejoy for $20+/month.

    23. Dog tags that are sassy as hell, because everyone could use a conversation starter at the dog park.

    Rebel Dawg,

    Charms are also available for pets with special issues, like epileptic or deaf pups, as well as customizable tags with whatever your heart desires!

    Get them from Rebel Dawg: the "Zero F*cks Given" tag for $22, the "Straight Outta Rescue" tag for $22, or personalized tags for $25+.

    24. And the FrogLog, a critter-saving ramp to place in your pool to save frogs, rabbits, chipmunks, and more from drowning on your premises. (Okay, maybe they're not your pets yet, but they might be once you save their lives!),

    Read more about this wonderful contraption here.

    Promising review: "We had been inundated with frogs last year (I believe due to the borough removing a dam downstream, greatly improving the water quality of the stream behind our pool) and I kept finding little frogs in the skimmers, many of which did not make it until I could rescue them. This product is doing EXACTLY as I had hoped! Since I purchased this the frogs had not been getting in the skimmers and my frog tally for 2016 is now 28 rescued, 14 fatalities. Here is my proof." —Sandra J. Christian

    Get it from Amazon for $19.18.

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

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