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    33 Useful Pet Products That’ll Make You Wonder How You’ve Lived This Long Without Them

    Life's ruff, but living with your pet doesn't have to be...anymore.

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    1. A dog car seat so your pup can have their own designated spot in the car to sit without you having to worry about them rolling around the backseat at every turn.

    Promising review: "Years ago, I saw an Instagram dog who had this bed and rode along when his owner took him on car rides and road trips. I used to use a regular dog bed in the passenger seat, but one day, out of nowhere, my dog developed car anxiety. She went from being my errand buddy and riding along with me with no issues to panting, climbing up the passenger door to look out the window, and a couple of times even jumped into my lap! This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. The hook attaches to the dog's harness so she isn't able to jump up or jump out of the bed. It's also lifted so she's able to look out the window. Keeping her in place and able to look out has helped tremendously with her car anxiety, and I honestly don't know how I lived without this product. I highly recommend it, especially at this price point. Love it!" —Joseph Smorol

    Get it from Amazon for $57.85+ (available in five colors).

    2. Or a backseat car extender for bigger pups who need way more more leg room to spread out. The best part is that it ensures your pup won't go flying off the seat if you have to slam the brakes.

    A dog laying out in the backseat with the extender attached, allowing it to sit comfortably in a natural position
    Amazon

    Promising reviews: "Can't live without! I wish we would’ve found this amazing product years ago! It gives us peace of mind that our dog won’t lose his footing and fall between the front console and the back seat. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!" —Brian R. 

    "It is a good product, and I wish I had it years ago. The ride is easier on the dog as well as myself. She can sit comfortably, and since she is not standing on the center console, I don't have to worry about her ending up in the front seat if I have to stop short. As a side benefit, it makes it much easier to put things in the back seat of the truck (golf clubs, overnight bags, etc.) because of the flat surface, and I still have the room to put my backpack of tools and things underneath." —Dan A. Lichtner

    Get it from Amazon for $88.65+ (available in two colors).

    3. A motion-activated spray deterrent that'll keep your cat's late-night scratching sessions at your door finally at bay. It's actually really cool— when your cat reaches within three feet, the device will release a harmless spray that'll scare them off and ideally teach them to not do it again.

    It's a somewhat pricey solution, but if you're someone who can't get a good night's sleep because of your cat's late-night antics, this might just put an end to your issue for good. Note: it uses four AAA batteries to operate.

    Promising review: "This product is awesome! I wish I had known of it three years ago. As a newlywed, I inherited five cats which love to sleep on our bed (never had cats before). Their constant rhythmical motion of their paws pushing in and out against our blankets kept me awake all night. I started putting them out of the room and closing the doors. This brought more sleepless nights staring at the ceiling as they would not stop scratching the door to be let back in. Nothing has work to deter this behavior until I learned about the PetSafe SSScat. It worked as advertised, flawlessly from day one. What kept me awake the first night was the sound of the psssssss compressed air scaring the heck of each one of the cats and their subsequent landing. Apparently each had to test the SSScat and when it worked, they jumped high up in the air, based on the loud thump they made when landing and taking off down the hall. It was hilarious! After only two nights, I can now sleep soundly because there are no more cats scratching my doors. When we open the bedroom doors in the morning, we find five cats sitting in front of the door, just out of the SSSCat motion detector range, patiently waiting to be fed and loved." —Jose Esteban

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (replacement cans available for $16.10).

    4. A set of transparent couch protectors because it seems like *nothing* will deter your kitty from the siren calls of your upholstered couch. This includes 10 large adhesive pieces you can apply around the areas they're usually reaching for, keeping them off your furniture *and* your couch safe from harm!

    Reviewer photo of the clear protector on the leg of a recliner
    Reviewer photo of the clear protector blending into a couch leg

    Promising reviews: "Easy to use and is the first thing that has ever protected my sofa from cat paws! I wish I’d bought this product five years ago!" —Carol Palmer

    "Our cat was destroying the corner of our brand-new sectional, so I was excited to try these out. I didn’t want to try sprays or anything with pins that puncture the couches. I was a little worried about the quality of the adhesive, but the screen has been holding up, and my cat no longer scratches that corner. There are plenty of screens in the package to add more if she finds a new spot." —NKakanis

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $20.99 (available in multiple pack sizes).

    5. A double-layered litter mat with a honeycomb design that'll work tirelessly to catch all of the excess litter your cat may track outside of the box, rather than leaving traces all over your floor. When you're ready to clean it, simply press in on the sides to open up the mat and dump the trapped litter back into your litter box or throw it away. Easy peasy!

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

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

    Promising review: "I have three indoor cats, and they used to track cat litter everywhere in my house! I mean, it was everywhere! Since I've been using this mat, the amount of cat litter that gets tracked around has been reduced by about 95%. I'm not exaggerating. I used to have to vacuum up the tracked litter several times a day. Now I vacuum it up about once a week and it's still less than I used to have in 1 day. I wish I had gotten this mat years ago. My cats even love the texture of it, and roll around on it frequently. You don't really even have to empty it, you can vacuum the litter out of it with a dust buster or hose attachment. It truly is miraculous!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    6. An all-natural itch relief shampoo bar to nourish and moisturize your pup's skin while getting their fur clean and looking ~oh so luscious~. Do we expect anything less from Katy Pawry?

    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 $9.49.

    7. A pair of food storage containers that they'll endlessly thank you for because it means their kibble will no longer get stale and tasteless. Our cats will literally refuse to eat their dry food if it gets even a smidge stale. 

    Reviewer pic of the food storage containers next to a cat and bag of food
    Reviewer pic of the stacked food containers shown inside of a pantry

    You get a large 33-quart bin and a smaller, stackable 12-quart bin, so you could store dog and cat food separately, or just use the top bin to store other pet supplies. You could also use the bottom bin for storing a cat's litter bag and the top bin for food — the options here are endless! The wheels on the bottom bin make it easy to roll around, a helpful feature for those with limited mobility or less arm strength. A scoop is included!

    Promising review: "This is AWESOME. I wish I found this years ago. The castors roll well, even on carpet. The smaller bin is a great addition. We keep it on top of the big bin and fill it up as needed. Less bending over to feed the herd of puppies. The scoop is sturdy and easy to handle without being flimsy or too heavy. It's been dropped by little hands repeatedly and no cracks or breaks. Honestly, I cannot find a negative on it. I really like it." —Amy T

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in eight colors).

    8. A Furbo, a treat-tossing pet camera so you can keep an eye on your pet even when you're not home. With its 160-degree wide-angle view, night vision, and real-time barking alerts, you'll know exactly what your pup is up to.

    An optional, add-on subscription unlocks even more functionality with the camera, including tracking specific dog activities (like when they jump on furniture), alerting you when a person comes into view, taking selfies when the dog is looking at the camera, and creating a 60-second doggie diary that shows you the highlights of your dog's day. A 90-day free trial of this subscription is included!

    Promising reviews: "We love our Furbo. Got it for Christmas. No problems. Can't believe we went 12 years without one. Highly recommend." —John Iodice

    "I currently have two Great Danes, and the Furbo is absolutely essential when I leave the house. I had one that got sick when I was gone, so I was able to see that and get back home. I have a puppy now that requires lots of check-ins, and I am alerted to any extra movement, barking, etc. It also alerts me if a person is there, which definitely came in handy about a year ago when I was not expecting to see someone there. It also alerts me if the smoke detectors go off! I can't live without this!" —Lori L. Young

    Get it from Amazon for $169.

    9. Dog goggles (DOGGLES?!) to keep their precious eyeballs protected from the wind (and debris) while they stare out the window and contemplate how amazing they really are. Life's ~ruff~ when you're adorable and have no responsibilities.

    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 six colors).

    10. A UV black-light flashlight so the ruminating thought of "I swear it smells like pee in this random spot" won't plague you any longer. We got you now, Pee-casso.

    Reviewer pic of carpet in a house
    Reviewer pic of the same carpet shined with a UV black light

    Promising reviews: "I should have had this years ago. It is a flashlight, so it does not clean. I did not even know that the male dog had done a sprinkle in the living room. This flashlight lit it right up! You will be able to see the pet stains immediately. Absolute must have! My daughter got one after I told her about it. Same thing! Surprise areas that the dogs had stained." —Boomer

    "OMG, this is disgusting!!! I hope this isn't all just cat pee that shows up cause there is a lot! I bought this because I thought my cat was peeing in one room and couldn't find the exact spot so I bought this. Found the spot and more. Would recommend." —Momof3boys

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. cord protector that'll keep your sneaky fur baby from nibbling on all of your cables around the house. If they even dare ruin my New Girl time...

    Promising reviews: "Easy to use. Can't believe I've survived all these years without this. Highly recommend." —pangochic

    "So I have one of those cats who chews on electrical cords. I can't begin to tell you how many cords she has chewed through — alarm clocks, lamps, and all of the charging cords for our phones. I was pretty sure I'd find her fried one day. I was hoping for ANY kind of help to get her to stop chewing, and then I came across these sleeves. They're easy to install and can usually wrap around more than one cord at a time, which is helpful for the TV equipment (cable box and DVD player). Just open the sleeve and slide the cords inside. So far, my cat hasn't chewed any cords since I encased everything in these sleeves! Be sure to have scissors available for install, since you can cut these to any length you want. I've purchased this same item twice, to outfit all of the exposed cords I could find!" —impossible girl

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in 14 sizes and three colors).

    12. A ChomChom roller to gather up the pet hair that's accumulated on your chair from your fur baby making it their bed when you got up to use the bathroom. It also has a little compartment that stores the fur for easy cleaning!

    A gif of a reviewer using the chom chom roller
    A before reviewer photo of a chair with fur on it
    An after reviewer photo of a chair without fur on it
    Reviewer is holding the Chom Chom, showing the compartment holding all the fur it just picked up

    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 $28.95.

    13. A dog paw cleaning device so you can keep those paws squeaky clean after a long day of rolling around in dirt and mud in the yard and not have to worry about them getting your new shag rug dirty.

    reviewer pouring out the dirty, muddy water from the paw cleaner
    same reviewer showing their dog's paws completely cleaned and shiny

    Promising review: "I can’t believe I’ve had a dog for six years without having this paw cleaner. It’s not only easy to use and clean, but it cleans paws thoroughly and fast. Huge fan. Definitely recommend." —Zach S.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59+ (available in three sizes, six colors, and two sizes with or without a lid).

    14. A soothing anxiety jacket that will add moderate compression on your doggo's body, providing them a sense of safety and comfort, reducing their anxiety during scary times — like thunderstorms, fireworks, another Kanye West tweet. Just scary things, okay?

    A reviewer's senior dog wearing the anxiety jacket
    reviewer pic of a little dog wearing the pink vest while on a walk

    Promising reviews: "I honestly should have bought this YEARS ago, but I was skeptical that it would somehow magically help my 105-pound German Shepherd who is TERRIFIED of thunder and fireworks... WOW, just WOW! She was a completely DIFFERENT DOG this New Year's celebration, and if I could hear the fireworks, I know she could too! She did get a little nervous on some of the HUGE bangs but again, night and day difference for her!" —BS

    "I HIGHLY recommend this for any dogs who have that nervous energy or get overstimulated; that is where it has been most effective for us. I do suggest it for more 'typical' anxieties as well; it has helped cut out the anxious pacing and shaking, but it's not a miracle cure (at least for us) that makes them immune to those triggers. Definitely worth trying, we are kicking ourselves for not getting one years ago!" —Christine K. (Psst — read this full review for more deets; it's long but helpful!)

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95+ (available in seven sizes and two colors).

    15. clear toy blocker so you can ~finally~ stop all of their toys from "accidentally" rolling under the couch, oven, and even the fridge. 

    It can also help discourage them from hiding under furniture!

    Promising reviews: "WISH I WOULD HAVE FOUND THIS YEARS AGO FOR MY DOGS! I recently bought it because my 11-month-old is constantly throwing stuff and pushing things under couch. I was able to install this while the baby was climbing all over me and haven't had any problems with adhesive. Also keeps my two small dogs from hiding their bones and toys under the couch! Perfectly invisible. Literally life changing! I can finally throw away self-made blockers, which were pool noodles that always moved." —Crystal K

    "A must-have for ALL pet owners. This contraption is genius and will save cat (and dog) owners insane amounts of time and frustration retrieving toys. We used this beneath our oven and it works PERFECTLY. Cat can't destroy it (the way she shredded the foam insulation we had stuffed under there before), and we no longer have to get the yardstick out when literally all of her toys are 'gone.' Yes, this is a challenge to install, but 100% worth it. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat." —Allison Goldstein

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in three sizes).

    16. An automatic water fountain that'll make staying hydrated for your fur baby waaaay easier. The taller size makes it ergonomically ideal, it's ultra quiet, and it just looks so cute!

    Reviewer pic of a cat dipping its paw in the fountain
    Reviewer pic of a cat sniffing the water as it flows from the flower-shaped spout

    It comes with three replacement filters and a mat.

    Promising review: "I wish I would’ve bought this years ago!! I have a cat who loves to play in water. He now gets the running water feel without having to dig in the water and make a mess. Amazing product and great buy." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    17. An automatic cat feeder so you no longer have to worry if you've fed your fur baby or not. It holds up to 17 cups and can release food up to four times a day!

    Reviewer gif of the automatic cat feeder dispensing food into a bowl
    Reviewer pic of a view of the top of the automatic cat feeder, where a bunch of dry kibble is pre-loaded

    It plugs into the wall, but it also accepts batteries in case of power outages. Also, you can record a 10-second clip of your voice saying something like, "Maggie! It's time to eat!", so they get a consistent verbal cue that they recognize.

    Promising review: "We held off for years telling ourselves our cat would eventually accept his feeding time if we were consistent in ignoring him. Well, here we are. Wish we bought this sooner; best money I've ever spent. Plus, we can more easily leave our cat for a few days without worrying as much. The battery backup is a nice feature, and it's easy to program, and once you get it set up, you basically don't need to do anything except monitor the amount of remaining food. My only slight complaint is that the bowl itself is a hollow plastic, so the food hitting the bowl was actually loud enough in the other room to wake us up. So we now just have it dispense onto the mat we have." —Jen E

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    18. Catnip-infused felted balls sure to be the perfect toy for them to bat around, *and* you don't have to deal with obnoxious bells and whistles like other toys!

    A cat lounging next to a metal tin with various colored felt balls inside
    Simply B Vermont / Etsy

    Simply B Vermont is a small business from Montpelier, Vermont that specializes in accessories and toys for cats and dogs.

    Promising review: "These little catnip scented balls are the perfect size and the perfect scent for my kitties. I bought some for me and some for my grand kitties, and they all absolutely love them!! Shipping was fast, and they arrived in perfect condition. I would highly recommend this product and this shop." —Jesselcat11

    Get it from Simply B Vermont on Etsy for $8.50+ (available in three tin colors).

    19. Or 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 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 $10.97 or from Amazon for $9.97.

    20. An odor-eliminating spray to lift stains and smells wicked fast. Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet's accidents, eliminating the urine completely and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again. Huzzah!

    a before and after reviewer pic of a carpet that was covered in all sorts of urine stains, with the after photo looking super clean with zero stains left
    reviewer pic of the bottle sitting on a sofa with the words

    Carpet messes are undoubtedly the worst to clean up, but you can also use this on clothes and other surfaces like concrete and hardwood. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully for noncarpet use. 

    Rocco & Roxie is a family-owned small business named after the Magleby family's pets Rocco, a Labradoodle, and Roxie, a former shelter tabby cat. They make a variety of pet supplies, including cleaners, treats, grooming tools, accessories, and toys. Check out our in-depth Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator review for more!

    Promising review: "I honestly have no idea how we managed without this product before. We’ve tried most everything, from carpet cleaners to products that just cover scent. Nothing truly worked or lasted to get the cat urine odor out of our carpets. We were at our wit’s end when it began to happen in our own room — one corner of the room has become nearly unbearable. We didn’t even want to enter our own room. I purchased this product as a Hail Mary, hoping the positive reviews were true. THEY ALL UNDERSTATED THIS PRODUCT!! My fiancé followed the instructions down to the T and the smell is COMPLETELY GONE. Not even the slightest hint of urine anymore. I admit, I’m more of a citrus/floral girl for smells so this more minty scent isn’t my style, but the fragrance doesn’t linger too long. But what remains is a completely neutralized smell. In addition, the carpet seems generally cleaner. I am so grateful to this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 32-ounce bottle from Amazon for $18.97 (also available in a gallon size).

    21. A tear-proof screen made of tough polyester yarn that'll not only keep your pets from bolting through the screen at the sight of a critter, but give *you* peace of mind knowing it won't happen! 

    reviewer's cat hanging on the door screen
    reviewer's two dogs on opposite sides of a screen door

    Promising review: "I have cats who like to hang on my screens, and this stuff has held up now for almost two months without even one spot that has ripped. It is a little darker than my old screen, but once it was in window, you can hardly tell difference. Regret not getting this years ago." —jen k

    Get it from Amazon for $16+ (available in three sizes).