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    30 Things For Your Pets You'll Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

    Pets everywhere are giving this stuff four paws up.

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

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    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 β€” 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 $12.75+ (available in 60g, 200g, and 1 lb).

    2. A gorgeous scratcher and lounge that doubles as a chic piece of furniture.

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    Promising review: "Amazing. I bought mine over a year ago now for my cat and my cats LOVE them. I have two cats, one we got as a kitten in July of 2014 and she has been just fine in keeping her claws because of this product β€” she knows to scratch on it and has never scratched our nice furniture! I hung them up like shelves and the cats love to climb on high to hang out on them, sleep, stretch & survey the house. My friends don't even realize they're cat shelves until the cats jump on them! Fast-forward over a year later and they're still in pretty good shape. Worth the money! I picked up some L brackets at home depot to hang them and they worked like a charm." β€”Jayni

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in white, gray, and brown).

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

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    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. In the past three months I've been wiping his paws ineffectively and spending most of my housekeeping time sweeping/vacuuming all the sand that he brings in. 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." β€”Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    4. A squeaking hide-a-squirrel toy for the insatiable squirrel-chaser to safely get their fix indoors.

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    Promising review: "I first got the smaller version, my 11-pound dog would work to get the squirrels out. After she would get all the squirrels out we would put them back and she again would work to get them out. She never tired of this game. She got too good and too quick so I wanted to increase the challenge I bought the biggest version. She plays tirelessly to free all the squirrels. This version has more squirrels so it takes her a bit longer. This toy is not heavy so it is easy for my small dog to throw and shake it to free the squirrels. Very entertaining!!"

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes and in also in bee, bird, and hedgehog varieties).

    5. A plush orthopedic bed that over 2,000 people (and their furry BFFs) love.

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    The bed is made from CertiPUR-US certified polyurethane foam and is designed to provide joint support and soothe pressure points so your floofer can get in some quality shut-eye. Comes with a zippered, removable, machine-washable cover.

    Promising review: "My German shepherd absolutely loves it! I got the jumbo size β€” he's a 90 lb dog, just for reference." β€”Kelsie Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    6. A paste for cleaning wrinkles and tear stains, to minimize itching and irritation in breeds like bulldogs, pugs, and Frenchies.

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    Promising review: "This cream is a miracle worker. My 2-year-old English bulldog had yeast in his wrinkles. I cleaned every day with hydrogen peroxide but it didn't clear it up. It just kept it from getting worse. Then I used a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar, but nothing. I also used products from the Natural Dog Company, but my bully hated the smell. One night I came across this product. Within 24 hours of using Squishface I noticed a huge difference. Within 48 hours it was almost gone. By 72 hours it had cleared up. I clean his face before bed and apply the cream. I only use once a day and that was enough for us. I can't say my bully loves it, because seriously what bully likes having their wrinkles cleaned? He tolerates it and I love that it worked for us. It has no smell, it's natural, and it WORKS!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon $20.72.

    7. A fruit tart pet bed, because how can you even look at these photos and question whether or not you should buy this thing if you have a cat??

    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

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

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    8. The Whistle 3, a GPS and activity tracker you can attach to your aspiring Houdini pet's collar to keep tabs on them and help obese pets get in the activity they need to reach weight goals.

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    Promising review: "This is an amazing product! I am able to see just where my kitty is at all times. He likes to explore outside for about an hour a day, and whenever he was outside, I worried so much about him. Now, I can see just where he is at all times. Worth every penny! I LOVE IT! When I opened the package, I thought it might too big for him, but it doesn't bother him at all." β€”Amazon Customer

    Read more on this nifty little device here.

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95 plus subscription plan.

    9. Douxo pads, fast-acting chlorhexidine wipes that can be used for antiseptic cleaning and relief of irritated or inflamed areas on your pet's skin.

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    I use these regularly for my allergy-prone dog after my vet recommended them, and they've made a world of difference in seemingly reducing his itchiness and irritation. My pup doesn't lick his paws red and raw after I've given them a swipe, and he actually gets excited when he sees me take out the container!

    Promising reviews: "Awesome product. Our Frenchie was getting a bad reaction to plastic water bowls, and because we were living with my parents at the time, we couldn't avoid him sneaking water from their Labs' bowls. While other wipes didn't do much, these round pads were so easy to use! Lou hates getting groomed but these are easy to swipe across his face and the results in the photo are just a week worth of use. We could see results almost immediately β€” within 10 days his whole face cleared up! We now keep them on hand 24/7 and he hasn't had a flare up since." β€”Meg

    "Amazing! Absolutely amazing product for feline acne. I started using the product on December 10th; it is now December 29th and my cat's chin is completely cleared up. We are still using the wipes on him even though the acne has gotten better, just to be on the safe side." β€”Brooke Lowe

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    10. A handheld pet massager, because they deserve a little pampering after a long day of lounging around the house patiently awaiting your return.

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    Promising review: "My dog absolutely loved this. I've never seen her sit still for so long and she was thoroughly disappointed when I stopped." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get the small massage roller from Amazon for $14.98 or the dual-point massager for $14.98.

    11. A feeding mat you can hide your doggo's food in that'll mentally and physically stimulate them by encouraging them to dig and use their foraging skills.

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    Promising review: "My picky puppy often will refuse to eat his high-quality foods, despite the tough-love approach. This is the only way he shows any interest in kibble, which we use to supplement. I mix kibble and hide a few treats to spark his interest, and he happily snacks away. It fosters his need to dig and paw. I chose this version over the fleece ones on Etsy due to the neutral color, sturdier fabric, and upcycled materials." β€”Ss

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    12. A puzzle that'll keep your dog (or food-motivated cat!) occupied as they move the pieces around and open up compartments to access hidden treats.

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    Promising review: "As a pet parent to three rescues and a foster, we bought a few dog puzzles of various levels to see what would best engage and entertain them. This has been the pack favorite and ours as we can easily adapt it to each dog's level of skill. We appreciate how well made it is and would recommend it highly. Some reviews expressed concerns over dogs with larger snouts being unable to access treats in these toys. We have a Labrador, pit mix, Basenji mix, and German shepherd mix. They range in size from about 25 lbs. to 75 lbs. and have all enjoyed this toy!" β€”Liz Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88+ (available in six designs).

    13. An organic grass kit so you can grow the purrfect all-natural treat, which may help with hairballs and digestion (bunnies love it too!).

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    Promising review: "My cat LOVES this stuff. He was trying to eat any plant I brought in my apartment (including the fake ones) so I'm thrilled we found this! Very easy to use, the grass grew to this height within days. I want to order 10 more! Pretty to look at as well, and the mug is adorable." β€”Mary D

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    14. 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.

    Furbo, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was an hour away from home and it was sooooo wonderful to see my dogs and know they were doing ok! Then I talked to them and gave them all treats! It was incredibly cool. They went and laid back down and I watched them sleep happily while my husband drove us home β€” that hour drive was no longer stressful with me all kinds of anxious about the pups. I was super relaxed being able to see, talk and treat them. It works like a charm and is actually a rather attractive piece; the wooden top is a lovely touch! My family, two-legged and four-legged, absolutely adore our Furbo! Worth every cent. (The picture shows one of my girls as she hears the treat getting ready to pop out to her!)" β€”C. Klamert

    Read a full review of it here.

    Get it from Amazon for $134.99.

    15. A doggie raincoat (!!) β€” which, apparently, also fits pygmy goats perfectly.

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    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! :-)" β€”Barbara N.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.03+ (available in sizes XS-2XL).

    16. 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.

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    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." β€”Mitch

    Get it from Amazon for $144.99.

    17. 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 β€”Β 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 starting at $22/month with free shipping (options available for one-cat, two-cat, and multi-cat households).

    18. This all-natural Burt's Bees paw and nose lotion to moisturize and relieve your pup's dry nose and rough paw pads after braving the elements.

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    Promising reviews: "Used this on our dog's nose that was quite chapped β€” within a week it was looking normal again." β€”A

    "This stuff is really nice. After using it just a few times I noticed a difference in my dog's paws. He sleeps in the bed with me and I can hear his paws ripping up blankets and delicate things. Using this stuff helped a lot and his paws no longer scrape at me or the sheets." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.20.

    19. Sunscreen to protect your pooch while they're frolicking in the sun, because yes, some pups need protection too.

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    The product is FDA-compliant and designed for dogs (and horses!) with short, thin, and/or light hair and white or pink skin, and those subjected to excessive sun exposure.

    Promising review: "As you can see in the pictures, my little Joey loves the sun. He has light skin, and has yet to get a sunburn/tan in this Texas sun since using this stuff. The spray makes it easy to apply to his belly even while he's squirming around in my arms! I honestly don't know why he has an issue with it; it's a very quiet spray. Maybe he just doesn't like smelling good! (This stuff smells much better than human sunscreen if you ask me!) I use the leftovers on my hands from rubbing his belly to cover his ears. I only put it on his belly and ears, since that's where he's bald. It doesn't leave your hands sticky just as long as you use soap while washing it off of your hands. Also, my dog licks his belly/wee-wee a lot, but he doesn't lick this sunscreen off, it may even deter him from licking himself, which is great! Overall great product!" β€”Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $13.85.

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

    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    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!" β€”Mary W

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

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $24.99.

    21. A multi-tier water fountain to give your pet a fun and delightful experience in the name of #HydrationGoals.

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    Promising review: "I have four cats. Prior to buying this fountain I had housed a large 'automatic' water dispenser that was a plastic upside-down jug that held a lot of water and required little maintenance; however, my cats were not drinking much from it. They would try to drink from any cups I was using or get into the sinks. I was concerned they were not getting enough hydration and didn't want any urinary tract problems to develop. After some research, I took my chances on the PetSafe Drinkwell fountain and I'm happy I did! My cats have never been so interested in drinking water from their own bowl! Setting it up was easy and took all of five minutes (the hardest part was cutting the tape off the shipping box lol). Three of my cats were instantly drawn to the water fountain. My most cautious kitty (not pictured) was a little more reluctant but once he saw the others drinking, it was favorited right away." β€”Robin Ellen Dickson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    22. Grain-free freeze-dried treats that make for an excellent reward or meal topper β€” plus they're great to take with you on the go because they don't stink like some other meaty treats do.

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    My dog adores these treats, and I love that Stella & Chewy's donates a meal to an adult rescue dog with each bag of food purchased! They're made with grass-fed, cage-free and wild-caught proteins, with no added hormones or antibiotics.

    Promising review: "Both my dogs LOVE these treats. As a new dog dad I struggled a bit to find something that really excited my dogs, especially something that would help keep their attention on me during training. Stella & Chewy's seems to be a great, healthy option for treats. I have two chihuahua mixes (10 and 13 pounds) and they can easily eat a full treat but are also perfectly happy if I break one in half while helps the wallet since these are a bit expensive considering how fast I can go through them at times. Since the treats are freeze dried they are easy to carry around on walks or out in the yard to play. They don't smell horrible and they don't fall apart into a crumbling mess if they're in your treat bag or even a pocket. Definitely our go to treat for my pups!" β€”Josh

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in beef, turkey, chicken, and duck).

    23. Brushless toothpaste to keep your floofer's dental health in tip-top shape and bad breath at bay.

    amazon.com

    The toothpaste is safe for dogs and cats.

    Promising review: "This stuff is a miracle. One of our two dogs has especially bad halitosis. We paid over $200 getting his teeth cleaned about two months ago and was stinky again. I resorted to brushing and got nowhere but wrestling a 9 lb. dog. This is a brushless toothpaste as advertised. When it arrived the other day, used it on both dogs. Honest to god, both dogs have fresh, puppy breath and tolerate it wonderfully. Apparently dogs get very dry mouths and this eliminates that AND the bad breath." β€”Petunia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29.

    24. The Furminator (for cats and dogs AND small animals), a de-shedding tool that will leave you both shocked and disgusted at how much fur your pet is capable of shedding without going completely bald.

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    Yes, the photo of my cat's hair β€” the result of roughly 20 seconds of brushing β€” is gross, but holy crud look at all that hair!! Okay, so I used the "dog" version on my cat and it worked just as well. If this isn't convincing enough, how about these 11,000+ five-star reviews, eh Disposing of the ungodly amounts fur you may comb off is super easy: You just press the little button at the top and all the hair comes off in one big piece. The tool is also available in an array of sizes, as well as in options for both long- and short-haired pets.

    Get the Furminator for dogs from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes extra-small, small, medium, large, and giant, as well as for long and short hair); the Furminator for cats from Amazon for $26.43+ (available in sizes small and large, as well as for long and short hair); and the Furminator for small animals from Amazon for $39.20.

    25. A festive scarf and sweater, because your dog's been eyeing your winter wardrobe and wondering why you're the only one in the house who gets to wear chic chunky knits.

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    Bonus: Matching human sweaters are also available via the same link!

    Promising review: "I’ve had a lot of bad luck shopping for my dog online. Size just always seems to be an issue; if she were human, she would constantly complain about being 'between sizes' and shop at 5-7-9 (remember that store??). Anyway, my expectations were pretty low when I ordered this sweater. But I was pleasantly surprised! My pit bull mix is about 55 lbs, with long legs (for a pit) and a thick neck. I got her the 20-inch and it’s great! I probably could have gotten away with one size smaller but I would rather it be a little on the baggy side than too tight! The material is a nice soft knit, but still very much a synthetic. Pattern is adorable and very simple; my pup’s other Xmas sweater has a light-up tree on it, so this is a little classier for her in her old age! Overall, worth the price and will probably buy more patterns." β€”Joseph L. Jerolimo

    Get the scarf for $7.99+ (available in two sizes) and the sweater for $12.99+ (available in six sizes), both from Amazon.

    26. A booster seat for the car so you and your pup can head out on the open road comfortably and safely. (I mean...just look at how happy this lil' woofer is!)

    amazon.com

    Recommended for dogs up to approximately 20 lbs., but can hold up to 30 lbs.

    Promising review: "The seat took a little while for my dog to get used to because she is hesitant about anything to do with the car. She gets really carsick and I've tried just about everything else. This has helped so much! She is high enough where she can see out and I added some towels/padding so she feels secure and doesn't flop around." β€”MHunt

    Get it from Amazon for $58.49+ (available in six colors).

    27. A DJ scratching pad...because c'mon.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I got this as a gift for my sister who has two cats and it's absolutely wonderful and hilarious to watch πŸ˜‚." β€”Savvy True Dat

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    28. 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.

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    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." β€”Tamera

    Get it from Amazon for $95.99.

    29. NomNomNow, a pet-food delivery service that sends human-grade, fresh food right to your doorstep, so you can feel good knowing your pup or kitty is eating high-quality, perfectly portioned meals every day.

    NomNomNow

    My previously underweight dog was an extremely picky eater prior to trying NomNomNow β€”Β I'd never seen him inhale a meal so fast in my life! He'd let his kibble sit in his bowl all day long, and sometimes overnight, but NomNomNow not only changed that, it also inspired me to start cooking homemade food for him when I have the time. Meals come portioned in vacuum-sealed bags that you toss right in the fridge or freezer; and the first order comes with handy "transition" portions labeled 25%, 50%, and 75%, to help make the switch from your pet's current food as seamless and easy on their stomach as possible. (Over the course of a week, you mix the new food with your pet's existing food, and gradually up the proportion of the new food.)

    Read our full review of the service here.

    Get a week's worth (14 meals) of NomNomNow dog food or cat food starting at $30; pricing varies based on weight and activity level.

    30. And a pet candle to mask any aroma of eau de dog in your home β€” because you deserve something for being such a great pet parent too.

    amazon.com

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of this miraculous, delightfully scented candle here.

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

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

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