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    39 Pet Products That'll Make You Think "Why Didn't I Buy This Years Ago"

    Don't terrier-self up about waiting so long to buy these—better now than never.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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 de-shedding FURminator (in cat, dog, AND small animal versions) for people who are tired of living in a house overrun by fur balls in every corner.,

    Promising review: "Fantastic deal. Feels solid and really gets the mats out with my long-haired german shepherd. She doesn't seem to mind it at all, so that's a bonus!" —AR

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. A nail grinder kit to trim your pup's nails without the worry of cutting them too short which could result in bleeding and future anxiety about nail trims. The grinder will safely grind their nails down to the desired length *and* is wireless for easy maneuvering around the puppo.

    A person is holding a nail grinder up to a dogs paw to trim their nails

    The nail grinder has two speeds to choose from and comes with the charging station and extra drum heads so you're always using an effective grinder.

    Promising review: "Pleasantly surprised as I’m not sure what I was expecting. I’ve used Dremel tools for years for household projects and was picturing that loud power tool. This isn’t exactly quiet but it isn’t horrible. However, I was pleased with how well it sanded down the nails and how easy it was to shape them so there were no sharp edges or angles like you always get with clippers. Our one-year old boxer mix took two people to use this but that was just to keep him calm and to help hold the paw. He mainly just wanted to pull away but was in no real distress and didn’t actually fight. Instructions say three seconds per nail in a rotation to keep them from getting hot. I found 5 to 6 seconds worked for me to make progress and I would feel the nail after and they were still cool. You do need to stabilize longer nails so they don’t vibrate. I would say once a week is optimum so you stay ahead of growth. Also don’t be stingy with sanding drums but they aren’t expensive and do last through multiple sessions. Definitely recommend over clippers." —MortyTheDog

    Get it from Chewy for $29.90.

    3. Matatabi cat chew sticks that are a perfect alternative for those kitties who don't really like catnip. Just rub some of the bark off the sticks to release the natural oils and watch your cat play away! Bonus: it also helps maintain healthy teeth!

    A cat chewing on a Matatabi stick
    Meowy Janes / Etsy

    Matatabi is a plant native to the mountains Japan and China and grows like an ivy on trees and rocks. It is more commonly used in East Asia instead of regular catnip.

    Meowy Janes is a small New Jersey-based business that sells all natural catnip and alternatives such as whole Silver Vine fruit.

    Promising review: "This was one of the best products for my cats! They loved each stick every single time. Best money spent on this product! Hands down! I definitely recommend!" —Jesse Sanchez

    Get it from Meowy Janes on Etsy for $10.86 or from Amazon for $9.97.

    4. A tennis ball launcher because your dog (and your arm) is really tired of your lame throws. This launcher will add speed and distance to your throw so you can really see Spot run.,

    Promising review: "Boy howdy can you launch a ball with this thing!!! We have a 6-month-old black lab puppy and he absolutely loves chasing tennis balls! Getting my dog his daily exercise has never been easier! It is so nice that regular size tennis balls work with this and that it doesn't require its own special size ball. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone with a high energy dog who loves to chase balls." —Blue Eyes

    Get it from Amazon for $4.19+ (available in three ball sizes and six lengths).

    5. A pet crate that doubles as an end table so your furry friend can have a cozy little room of their own to lay in while still being nearby when you're bingeing your favorite Netflix show.

    A dark brown crate with a pet bed in it

    Promising review: "Perfect size for our English Cocker spaniel. The clasp works great. Good quality for the price. My husband had it put together in about 30 minutes. It looks so much better than the plastic kennel we had before." —Kelly

    Get it from Wayfair for $130.80 (originally $170, available in four sizes and four colors)

    6. A hiking backpack so Freddie Pawcury can bring his own gear on your weekly adventures together. The breathable mesh keeps your pup cool and has expandable pockets to store all the treats!,

    Promising review: "I got this for my 30-pound dog. After I adjusted the straps it fit him perfectly. The compartments are big enough for his water bottle, food, and food containers." —Rae

    Get it from Amazon for $28.97 (available in sizes S-XL, three styles, and three colors).

    7. A mountable rock cave for snakes who just want a cozy little place to hide and look out. Attach this bad boy against the glass and they just might decide it's the best place for snoozin' and creepin'.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it. It works great for what I need. I have a garter snake who absolutely loves it." —MiniBlaz3

    Get it from Amazon for $22.16.

    8. An all-natural itch relief shampoo bar that'll nourish and moisturize your pup's skin while getting their fur clean and looking oh-so-luscious.

    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: "Great product! Very helpful! AMAZING! My dog doesn’t itch anymore and surprisingly it’s soothing for her. Usually after the bath she sleeps or lays down for hours. Just great." —T. French

    Get it from Simply Sage Dog Treats on Etsy for $8.99.

    9. A floating fetch toy sure to give your water pup the chance to doggy paddle to their heart's content while the weather is still nice.,

    Promising review: "My dog hates the water, but for this she happily dives in! It's a great toy for the lake or beach. My dog can't resist going after it even though she is not fond of the water or getting wet – she learned to love swimming by chasing this thing. It's easier for the dogs to see, find, and grab in the water than a tennis ball. They're well-made and hold up to rough play from big dogs." —Brian

    Get it from Amazon for $9.80+ (available in two sizes).

    10. A water fountain that'll filter your tank's water *and* give your lil tank friend's enclosure a unique accent piece. They'll basically be auditioning for the next season of MTV's Cribs.,

    Promising review: "My boyfriend and I bought the chameleon kit which came with the 'little dripper' which we regretted immediately. It was impossible to keep the perfect drip, she was either getting no water or way too much. Now we no longer worry about her getting enough water throughout the day. No mess or overflow and you can adjust the water drip speed." –Morgan Casteel

    Get it from Amazon for $32.89.

    11. A four-step pet stair so your fur babies will have no trouble getting up on the bed. Ultimate cuddle time: Activated. Best part? It's foldable so you can slide it under the bed when not in use.

    A small Yorkie terrier is standing at the top of the dog steps in front of a bed

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my 5-month-old Shih Tzu puppy and she absolutely loves it. After having fallen off our bed, I wanted her to have a means to get on and off the bed. She was shown once how to climb it and she loves it. I sometimes find her on the bed because she just loves climbing it. However, we are working on going down the stairs...that is a little more challenging for a puppy but we are getting there. Best thing I ever did for her." —PeggySue

    Get it from Chewy for $31.99 (available in three colors).

    12. A macrame cat hammock that will match your impeccable bohemian vibes while also giving your kitty a place to ~chill~, reducing the piles of fur they create on your bedsheets from all their naps.

    Two cats lounging on separate macrame hammock beds
    Macrame Beautiful / Etsy

    Macrame Beautiful is a small business based in Beijing that sells stunning macrame pieces like planters, wall decors, and baskets.

    Promising review: "This is my second purchase and I will continue to buy!! The craftsmanship is so beautiful. It is evident she enjoys what she does. Every item is packed with care and in adorable resealable pouches. Sweet stickers with handwritten notes and beautifully printed 'how to care for and clean the items.' My kittens love their hammock!" —Annie Zummo

    Get it from Macrame Beautiful on Etsy for $59.99+ (available in two styles and with one, two, or no cushions).

    13. Greenies Pill Pockets conveniently shaped to hide any pills you have to give your dog. "Oh this? Totally a normal pill in here, bud!" —you being the sneakiest dog parent of the year.


    You can also get these for cats.

    Promising review: "All of my animals line up when my dog gets her meds put in these. They love them. It's worth noting, the dog variety is so large you could probably use them for horse pills. My dog takes two pills, twice a day and we tend to just tear a hunk off and mash the pills in there. You can tear to the size you need. They are very soft and pliable." —Luke H

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (or Subscribe and Save for $7.58/month).

    14. A treat ball your guinea pig, rabbit, or hedgehog is sure to have a ~ball~ (get it?) playing with. It will not only keep them active, but will also engage their natural foraging instincts, and who doesn't want that?


    The adjustable opening makes this work for kibble, pea flakes, small diced carrot, dried herbs or dried fruit.

    Promising review: "I have two standard Rex rabbits. A fully grown one (about 10 pounds) and 9-week old baby (the size of a guinea pig). Both absolutely have a blast playing with these balls. The baby has even managed to get the ball into the water dish. So, I wonder if he's learned to pick it up and throw it by the treat dispensing opening. The ball's treat dispensing opening is adjustable in size to accommodate different sized yummy surprises or difficulty level. They get great enjoyment trying to get either pieces of vegetables or some food pellets out of it that I've put inside." —PPG

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    15. An obedience recall leash so you can have some peace of mind while teaching your pup to run and return. The leashes go up to 100 feet (!!!) so you can really wear out even your ridiculously energetic pup.

    A person is watching their dog run in a field with a long recall leash

    This also works great if your pup likes to swim!

    Promising review: "Great product! Fast delivery, lead came as described, and I’m very happy with it. We use it for our 67-pound coonhound. It’s great for taking her to a lake – it floats well and allows her safe freedom in the water. I also use it for obedience recall. If this one ever wears out I will definitely buy another. I use the orange so it is easy to see on both land and water. I recommend spray lubricant on the clasp so it doesn’t stick with use in sand and water." —79Blizzard

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in five lengths and 24 colors).

    16. A pet hair broom and squeegee to make your jaw drop when you see just how much hair your little rascal has been shedding into the grasps of your rug's fibers. There is a rake side and a squeegee side, which both effectively do the deed.,

    Promising review: "WOW! I did not think I would LOVE this as much as I do! I thought, 'ehh, it will be alright,' and if it doesn’t work great on carpets or hardwood, I’ll use the squeegee side when I wash my car. The handle is made of a lightweight alloy, which makes it easy to tote around the house. But the broom — holy smokes. We have a long-haired Australian Shepard and he sheds badly. I sweep and vacuum multiple times per day. This has made life so much easier and is incredible to use on carpet and hardwood!! Now, I am not reaching for any other broom, and my vacuum thanks me for getting all this hair pulled up before vacuuming (before I was emptying the canister twice per room). LOVE IT (and didn’t think I’d love a rubber broom)!" —Alexandra Friedman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

    17. A cardboard cat scratcher that'll help keep your feline friend's nails clean, healthy, *and* strong. Plus, it'll keep them away from the brand new sofa you just bought.


    Promising review: "My 20-pound Maine Coon loves these. It takes him six to eight months to completely demolish one. He does move them and knock them over occasionally when scratching the bottom 'legs' while standing on the floor, but they have never collapsed due to his weight or size." —Vincent Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $7.37+ (available in eight styles).

    18. An eye-safe laser toy you can set to play when you're busy at work or away from home, so your cat can constantly be on the hunt, looking for the elusive red dot that haunts him.

    Action shot of cat chasing laser with graphic that says "Play-All-Day mode lets your cat play while you are away"

    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 $21.95.

    19. A plush log toy that'll basically become their go-to toy until the end of time.

    A collie looking inside the plush tree stump with five squirrel dolls inside and around the stump

    Promising review: "My lab fell in love with it! I got the 'Ginormous' one. It is tall and comes with six squeaking squirrels. He is having a blast and already has removed one squeaker, but the squirrel is still intact. The stitching is very good and durable. He is particularly interested in chewing the cardboard base, (cardboard between the fabrics for support). Finally a toy that challenges and excites him." —Capt. Ken Caine

    Get it from Amazon for $9.60+ (available in four sizes and nine styles).

    20. A soothing behavioral aid toy with a faux heartbeat to help relax even the most anxious of puppies.

    Puppy sleeping beside toy

    Promising review: "My partner and I recently got a 4-month-old Italian greyhound puppy and this has been great. We slept with the stuffed animal a few nights before picking up our puppy and placed it in his crate before he arrived. After playing with us and exploring his new home he walked into his crate and curled up against it and went right to sleep. He slept right through the first night with no issue. Today is week two and the batteries are still going strong. I plan on buying one for my sister who will be getting a puppy in the next few months. This is cute and functional." —Jeb

    Get it from Amazon for $38.63+ (available in five colors).

    21. Or a purring cat toy that'll adorably soothe your nervous angel by giving them the sensation of curling up next to another purring buddy.,

    Promising review: "Works like a charm! I recently found myself a cat mama of an abandoned week-old kitten. I bought this knowing she needed just something to cuddle up to in her bed. Turns out it basically hypnotizes her to sleep. She crawls to it, kneads it and eventually her meows turn to silence. I wish the purring lasted longer but for $10 it is a lifesaver. She's pooped on it a couple times so I've had to throw it in the washer and dryer minus the battery pack. It's held up great." —S Leytem

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two styles).

    22. A cat groomer so your lil' stinky baby can groom and (hopefully) brush their loose hair off themselves for once. Plus, you can fill it with catnip to attract them to it! 😻

    reviewer photo showing their cat scratching their face on the cat groomer

    It comes with adhesive strips for damage-free mounting, but you can also choose to install it with screws.

    Promising reviews: "Worked great but I needed to buy additional adhesive to get it to stick to the wall. It's good for a cat who feels the need to rub a lot. In fact, if you have that sort of cat, make your life easier and get one of these. You can't train them to stop. I've tried." —R. Noel Burr

    "My cat Gambino Bambino would let you brush him bald!!! He loves to be groomed and comes running whenever the brush comes out. Though we love to accommodate, I know he wanted more. He was constantly rubbing his cheeks and ears on the corner of our walls to get even more scratching. I finally came across this product and knew he would love it! It took a little convincing but once he got the hang of it he’s been loving it! We have one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one at the top of the stairs, and one in the guest room! He is having a great time!!! Very easy to put together and place on the wall." —T. Mangiaracina

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    23. A car seat cover that'll extend the life of your car seats with all the adventures you two will go on. This cover is slip-resistant and waterproof for the ultimate comfort you'll both enjoy.

    A Golden Retriever laying down in the backseat of a car with a car seat cover over the seats

    Promising review: "This can be used as a bench seat cover or as a hammock. I chose the bench seat cover. It completely covers my Corolla rear seat. There are Velcro seams so that you can access the seat belts. I use an EzyDog clip adjustable seat belt restraint that I also got from Chewy." —Kate

    Get it from Chewy for $26.99 (available in sizes two sizes). 

    24. Grooming gloves because aren't we tired of petting our cats and getting a huge wad of fur in our hands? At least with these, you can pet them *and* be productive!

    The grooming gloves with fur on it

    Promising review: "These are awesome!! They get the hair off our dogs while giving them a nice scratch at the same time! They are really sturdy and washable, whoever designed these is a genius! We love them!!" —Tim and Amy Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three colors).

    25. A Chom-Chom roller to gather up pet hair from basically anywhere in your home. No really. Couches, clothes, bedding, cat towers, rugs — you name it. The best part? It has a little compartment that stores the fur for easy cleaning!

    Promising review: "I have had many different pet hair rollers and this beats everything hands-down. The compartment that traps the hair is genius. With many pet hair removal tools the hair sort of flies in the air a little, you have handfuls, or have to clean the brush on something....this baby traps the fur in a little compartment that is easy to empty. I sent links to this product to lots of my friends who are owned by cats and told them it will be life-changing." —DLB

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    26. Some 12-inch faux plants that are gonna make your fish tank look like the underwater jungle you've always imagined for your fish ever since you saw Finding Nemo.

    Reviewer photo of tall green fake plants in a large fish tank

    Promising review: "I put only about five of these in there and it filled out the tank sooooooo much!!! It gave my new babes a place to hide from the older grumpy fish, til they got more comfy in the tank and grow a bit. (I also have rock hideaways) if you can't have plants cause of your fish, this is a good way to give your tank color and a place for the fish to hide. for the amount this price is AMAZING!!!!" –Amazon customer

    Get a pack of ten from Amazon for $15.99.

    27. Dog goggles (DOGGLES?!) to protect their eyes from the sun, wind, and debris when they're going for a ride in the car and absolutely insist on sticking their heads out the window.

    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.

    Promising review: "The sun glasses fit my Newfoundland dog. Spud let me put them on and tolerated them well. We will be using them this summer when camping in the desert and it should keep the sun exposure down. Thank you." —Colette Taylor

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

    28. A cat feeder so your kitty can learn to eat more slowly. It'll help ease their digestion so they can feel good while hunting these around the house.

    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Writer Mallory Mower says: "I started a hunting system for my cats when I felt like they were getting lethargic during the winter. One of my cats was overweight because he would sit and eat the dry food left out when he was bored. With these he'll "hunt," eat one, and not eat again until he's ready to go hunting. I've written a full review on this clever feeding system before because I refuse to stop recommending it (#1)!"

    Get it from Amazon for $14.01.

    29. A cuddly bed to promote more naps so there's less time for them to be up screaming for treats. Yes, I'm talking about my cat Norman.

    Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

    As you can see, my cat absolutely loves this bed. He lays in it every single day, for hours. The bottom has extra fabric which promotes burrowing and is honestly the coziest looking bed I have ever seen.

    Promising review: "While this may be listed as a dog bed, I have been in the market for a large cat bed that would accommodate both of my feline children. Words cannot describe how happy I am with this purchase! Both cats have anxiety and this calming bed always puts them at ease. If you are looking for an incredibly comfortable, high quality bed for your pet/pets, this is the one!" —Rozhope

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in two sizes).

    30. A pet urine detector light so you don't have to guess where your pets may have done the deed in your home ever again. We got you now, Fido.


    Don't forget to get some AA batteries before you check out!

    Promising review: "I would give this LED black light flashlight more stars if I could. My nose told me there was urine somewhere in our family room, but I was unable to find it until the day my flashlight arrived. I waited until dark and found it almost immediately. I even found some very old urine spots." –Littlefoot

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    31. A dog anxiety jacket that applies gentle, constant pressure to help calm your pup's anxiety, fear, and over-excitement they may experience. This works great for vet visits, thunderstorms, fireworks, or any situation where your dog is feeling uneasy.

    Reviewer photo of a yellow lab in an anxiety jacket laying on a couch

    Promising review: "Got this in a medium for my (very petite) pitbull/Lab mix with noise sensitivity and separation anxiety. I've been putting it on her every morning since the day it arrived because it works better than anything else I've tried. She's finally comfortable and not running back and forth crying, hiding behind the couch, or digging at her neck when something upsets her. It works perfectly." –Su O

    Get it from Amazon for $43.17+ (available in sizes 2XS–2XL).

    32. A lick pad so you can easily distract them with some tasty peanut butter while you do the most daunting tasks they hate, like grooming or bathing them.

    A yellow lab licking a blue lick pad on a window while someone brushes them
    The Grommet

    The pad can stick on any shiny or polished surface, such as tile, granite, or glass!

    Promising review: "Kept the dog busy and distracted long enough for me to finish bathing her with no injuries for either of us!! I call that a huge win!!" —Kelley

    Get it from Lick Lick Pad on The Grommet for $14.95 (available in two colors).

    33. A pooper scooper with a bin and rake to save you from having to bend down and pick up poop in your yard. You'll finally be able to clean up after your dog while keeping some dignity. "Yeah, clean my poop." –Your dog, without a doubt.

    A person scooping from the grass into the bin

    Extends up to 32 inches!

    Promising review: "With three dogs, two small and one large, scooping the yard is a never-ending job. But with the Arm & Hammer swivel bin and rake, there is no more bending to pick of the doggy droppings. I am able to easily use the rake to push the droppings into the bag covered bin. When I am done cleaning up the yard, I just simply remove the plastic bag from the scoop, tie it off, and dispose. I do spray the rake off with the hose sprayer and then clip the rake onto the scooper for easy storage." –Kelly Eldred

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    34. An artificial grass bathroom mat perfect for training puppies, elderly dogs, or for apartments that don't have constant access to a nice yard. Everyone deserves a designated poop area.

    Reviewer photo of a corgi sitting on the grass mat

    It has a three-layer system that makes clean up effortless! The mat sits on top of the plastic insert that locks in and allows liquid to drain into the durable collection tray.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest thing on earth! OMG. This is so useful for our patio. We are still potty training our puppy and sometimes we let her potty every hour and having this little patch of grass in our patio works wonders. If you take care of it and use it with puppy pads, this could last you a long time. " –Kym

    Get it from Amazon for $17.05+ (available in two sizes).

    35. A portable water bottle because did you actually expect them to drink out of a...*gag* lake? or a ...*barf* river? Please. Only filtered water, thanks.

    A dog drinking out of a portable water bottle

    Promising review: "This water bottle is truly a godsend! I cannot imagine using any other travel water bottle for my pups! It is slim, fits perfectly in a bottle slot in my travel bag; it is lightweight and has a loop to put around my wrist when I walk with my pups. It is extremely convenient on car rides, when my pup is thirsty and needs a quick pick-me-up! I especially love the fact that it sucks the water back in, so that I am not wasting unused water." —Lv4nmls

    Get a 12-ounce from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two sizes and two colors).

    36. A paw soother stick that will help heal dry, cracked, or irritated dog paw pads so they can continue trotting along with no pain. ♫These paws were made for walkin'..♫


    The vegan product has jojoba oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter *and* natural vitamin E which leave paws smooth, hydrated, and super healthy.

    Promising review: "My Doberman had one pad, in particular, that was painfully cracked. He limped constantly. Took him to vet to make sure it was not a knee, shoulder, foot etc issue. I tried another product and it did only so so. WELL let me tell you after three days of this stuff NO LIMP. One week later NO CRACK. SOLD. Just ordered the set with the protector too." —D Sal

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in two sizes).

    37. A chewing deterrent spray to keep Hairy Pawter from nibbling on your favorite pair of shoes or things that could cause him harm.

    The white bottle that says "Stop chewing, sour apple and orange spray"
    Ella Grace Essentials / Etsy

    Ella Grace Essentials is a small business based out of DeKalb, Illinois that sells essential oil products for babies, adults, and pets. 

    Get it from Ella Grace Essentials on Etsy for $4.99+ (available in two sizes). 

    38. A dog-feeding reminder, because sometimes it's hard to remember if we really ~did~ feed the pup. Especially when they always act like they haven't eaten in 64 days. Nice try, Frito Paws.

    Reviewer photo of the reminder with daily slots to answer yes or no to "did you feed the dog"

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if not I feed them and indicate it, we all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.65.

    Your pet, realizing how much you love them:


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