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    30 Clever Pet Products That’ll Probably Make A Huge Difference To Your Weekly Routine

    Because you shouldn't worry about your taxing routine when you can worry about playtime instead.

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    1. A Burt's Bees waterless shampoo to help wipe any dirt and debris from your cat after their backyard adventure. This is great for super finicky cats who would not even dare walk past a bath.

    Promising review: "I have a young Maine Coon. Since she has long hair (and a lot of it!), she never smells as good as my shorter-haired cat. I've tried giving her baths but she doesn't handle the stress well so this was the next best thing. She wasn't scared at all when I sprayed her with this (I let her check out the smell and bottle before hand and then let her play with the cap while I sprayed her). The scent of the shampoo isn't strong at all but it did completely remove/cover her smell. Also important to note, she didn't groom afterwards and try to lick this shampoo off. So it was all-in-all a raging success." —Bookish

    Get it from Amazon for $5.83 or Subscribe & Save for $5.54/month.

    2. A self-cleaning litter box to please the kitty in your life who absolutely, will NOT use their litter box if there is even a speck of, ahem, used litter inside.

    a cat using a self-cleaning litter box

    Promising review: "This product is absolutely amazing! I seriously was so blown away that I thought it must be using some kind of magic. No odor at all. I have two for two cats and they use this litter box for at least three weeks before I have to change it — and even then, it's just because of the look of the litter, not the smell. Hardly any tracking or cleanup at all. Super easy cleanup. I got my dad to buy one for his cats and he loves it too. I really can't say enough good about this product. It's astounding how well it works and how much easier it made things." —Cracknell97

    Get it from PetSmart for $139.95 (originally $154.99).

    3. An interactive toy that sporadically shoots out a feather from different holes in its side. It's basically like Whac-A-Mole for your cat — your cat will go wild over this.

    a cat starting at a white cat toy that has a feather sticking out of its side

    Promising review: "I adopted one kitten and she requires a lot of play. I love this toy because I can switch it on and she plays on her own. She enjoys the challenge of trying to catch the feather when it pokes out of the different openings on the toy." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in three colors).

    4. An Oxyfresh water additive for the cat in your life who is quite particular about their dental snacks. This water additive is flavorless, meaning that your cat won't even know that they're drinking something that will make their breath smell fresh and their teeth and gums stronger.

    a white green and blue water additive bottle in front of a cat food bowl and a water food bowl

    Promising review: "This is a miracle worker! I have three cats and one of them is very picky about her water and has terrible halitosis. After a couple of days of using this her breath is perfect! None of the three batted an eye at drinking it so I know there was no taste difference and it works like a charm!" —JeriA

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    5. A fluffy wall perch if your cat would prefer to lounge on top of your shelves instead of their bed. Suddenly you have control over your home again.

    a cat lounging on a wall perch

    Promising review: "I wasn’t sure how my picky cat would take to this hammock, but with her constantly annoyed by our dogs I thought it was worth a shot. It took a few times of us placing her in the hammock but it has quickly become her favorite spot to lounge, sleep, and watch what's going on in the house. It is sturdy, was easy to install, and worth the money." —Kimberly V.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.79.

    6. An automatic cat feeder for the feline in your life who seems to never stop meowing for food. This will ensure that your cat does not overeat, or undereat if you, by chance, forget that it's dinnertime for them.

    kibble dispensed onto a tray attacked to the automatic cat feeder

    Promising review: "The unit is very sleek and streamlined. Setup was really easy, just download the app and set your feeding schedule. I love the fact that I can control the unit remotely. I’m also impressed with how sturdy it is; my cats like to break into feeders so they can help themselves, but they cannot do it with this one!" —Irma Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    7. A jar of catnip buds so that your finicky cat can writhe around in the relaxation that comes with eating catnip. I have this catnip for my cats, and I find that since the catnip is still in its buds (as opposed to being ground), it stays fresher for longer.

    a mason jar full of catnip buds

    Promising review: "This is the third time I have bought this brand of catnip and I think it is the absolute best one I have ever come across. Most other brands are almost completely pulverized and like dust. These buds keep their shape and size until they are bitten into. My cats definitely like this brand better than any other. A little more expensive but it lasts much longer." —3CoolCats

    Get it from PetSmart for $19.99.

    8. A double-duty litter deodorizer if, no matter what you do, your cat's litter box has a presence that just won't quit. This deodorizer will lock in unwanted scents that'll have you wondering if your cat even uses their litter box.

    the box of litter deodorizer next to a litter box

    This comes in a pack of two boxes.

    Promising review: "This is one of those products that you may think is nonessential. However, I've had cats for years and this really refreshes the cat litter. I clean the litter every single day, sometimes more than once a day, especially when I had two cats. This has the benefits of baking powder (which absorbs odors) plus a fresh scent. I know I like it and the cats certainly seem to." —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.85.

    9. An electronic odor eliminator, since, sometimes, the scents your cats make can almost be as demanding as they are. Use this deodorizer anywhere your cat's scent seems to be most prominent.

    an odor elminator hung over a litter box

    Promising review: "This little thing is so effective! I'm very impressed with it. I have four cats and sift the litter boxes twice a day but the room was still getting a little funky — this has totally neutralized any odors. The sensor works great on it and the scent is not too overpowering. It's also pretty much silent so it doesn't scare the cats while they're in the boxes at all!" —targetfan69420

    Get it from Target for $62.99.

    10. A bag of brushless toothpaste treats for your dog who prefers to munch on snacks rather than brush their teeth. These treats are great for controlling plaque buildup that can otherwise cause tooth decay.

    a dog with very white and clean front teeth

    Promising review: "One of these treats per day for the last five days has greatly improved my dog's breath and the whiteness of his teeth. His front teeth are the cleanest they’ve ever been, and his teeth are pretty great for him being a street rescue. I absolutely love these treats and so does he. He’s usually a picky eater, but he went straight for these when I first gave him one a few days ago. Would definitely recommend it to other dog owners." —Dani G.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or Subscribe & Save for $6.64/month.

    11. A pack of wool-felt cat toys, because your cats deserve something cute to play with that won't cause too much of a mess in your home. Since these toys are made of wool-felt, they're extremely simple to clean with a damp washcloth or a paper towel.

    three patterned toy mice.

    This comes in a set of three toy mice.

    Get it from ModernBeast for $22.

    12. A Greenies Pill Pocket for cats that's like a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Simply hide the pill inside the treat, press the treat to mold it around the pill, and watch your cat enjoy.

    a feline greenies pill pocket next to two pills and a dime for size

    Promising review: "These Pill Pockets make life so much easier! Saves a twice-a-day fight! It only takes a second to place the pills inside and pinch shut. My cat loves the treat!" –Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $6.48 or Subscribe & Save for $6.16/month (available in two flavors).

    13. An air purifier to rid the air in your home of pet hair, pet dander, and anything else that might be floating around you.

    before and after switching out an air purifier filter

    Promising review: "We have had this purifier for six months now and haven’t changed the filter until today. (I know, definitely should have sooner). But I wanted to show how well it really does work. On the left is of course the used and the right is the brand new filter I received today. This unit WORKS!" —Lindsey

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    14. A grooming rake with rotating metal teeth because whether your long-haired cat or furry dog deals with matted hair, you will want to groom them before their tresses ever become an issue.

    A husky beside a pile of fur removed from its coat after using the grooming brush

    Promising review: "I wish I could give this thing 7 stars, but 5 will have to do. I was able to pull entire sheets of undercoat out of our husky without disturbing the topcoat. I've never had anything work so well. It's even easier to keep the fur pile together. The fur stays clumped, instead of getting spread out and floating around like with the blade-style FURminator. This thing really digs the loose stuff out so much faster and easier." —pvfjr

    Get it from Amazon for $10.70.

    15. A calming spray, which is perfect for the rambunctious kitty in your life who needs a lesson in chill. This spray contains calming pheromones and catnip, so that your kitty can finally sit back and relax.

    the spray in a clear bottle with a green label, next to its packaging box

    Get it from ScientiaPet for $29.99 (originally $34.99).

    16. A no-tug harness that'll make morning strolls pain-free. Harnesses are always the answer when looking for a pair to your leash because collars are a bit rough around dogs' necks (especially when it comes to our senior community).

    a havanese mix in a room with a harness on

    Promising review: "My Havanese mix is about 16 lbs and fit a small harness perfectly. It’s super padded and adjustable around the neck and behind their legs. Generous cut outs around legs prevent rubbing or restricting movement. It’s a little crooked in one of my pictures, but it fits snug and even when adjusted correctly. Great harness!" –J

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in ten colors).

    17. An LED dog collar that is ideal for dogs who prefer midnight runs in dimly-lit towns.

    two dogs wearing LED collars

    Promising review: "Awesome collar. It is bright and I can keep an eye on my dogs when they're running around at night. Worth it!" —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in six sizes and six colors).

    18. A dog-feeding reminder, because when you are feeding yourself, a family, and a dog all before logging into your daily string of Zoom meetings, sometimes things slip your mind. This'll make sure you never have to worry about your loyal friend missing a meal again.

    a silver dog feeder tracker

    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 $8.27 (available in four styles).

    19. An allergy supplement by Zesty Paws that's said to boost the immune system of pups who tend to spend their free time itching and scratching themselves.

    before and after taking the supplements. Before: dog with open wounds. After: dog with a shiny coat

    Promising review: "I have a Bichon who has lots of allergies. We tried a lot of treatments such as allergy testing, changes to her diet, allergy shampoo, Benadryl, shots, and a bunch of other stuff without any huge improvement. After all of these she would still be up all night licking and scratching until she would bleed. After we got these her scratching to excess as all but stopped and her licking her paws has too. After a while she stopped eating the peanut butter ones so we ordered the others. These work so well we cut them up and sprinkle on her food just to keep her on them. This is honestly the only thing we found that works for our girl." —Sonya

    Get it from Amazon for $25.96 or Subscribe & Save for $24.66/month.

    20. A cord protector for your kitty who thinks that all your charging cords are chew toys. This product provides that one-two punch of protecting your cats from chewing on dangerous wires while streamlining a corner of a room that may be riddled with cords.


    Promising review: "My cat like chewing electrical cords. In the past two years, I have tried several products to cover cords. But nothing seems can stop my kitten chewing them. What I most worried is that my kitten will get an electric shock when chewing cords. A few days ago I found this product. My cord is flexible after I install the protector. At the beginning my cat tried to chew, but she can not chew through the cord protector. She had to give up. Seems like my cat lost interest in chewing my cords. Wow, I win." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    21. A professional-strength odor and stain remover that I personally use whenever my cats have an accident. This spray works amazingly for puppy mistakes, too.

    a before and after image of a yellow stain on a carpet being lifted with the stain remover

    Promising review: "This product is great and works well. I have had a long standing pet urine smell in the 1930s wood floors from a prior occupant. After several applications, the smell is gone. The product has a mild pleasing smell that dissipates over time which I really appreciate given my sensitivity to smells. Highly recommended." —Roberto

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 or Subscribe & Save for $18.97/month.

    22. A pet moisturizing lotion to protect the cracked skin on your puppy's paws and nose. This natural formula contains shea butter, which is *amaaazing* for soothing cuts and dry skin.

    a paw lotion bar in the shape of a paw
    Pardo Naturals

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $10.

    23. A self-cleaning brush with retractable teeth to make cleanup after a good brushing experience so easy, you'll wish you had purchased it sooner.

    A white and grey cat sitting next to a huge ball of fur

    Promising review: "I brushed off enough cat hair to have another cat. I would recommend this brush if you want to brush your fur babies bald. It won't actually ever happen, them being bald, but it is so satisfying to see that fur pile up next you as you spend 30 minutes brushing your cat or dog." –Charly

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    24. A set of adjustable outdoor leggings to protect your dog's paws from city debris, deep puddles, or anything else that might hinder your daily stroll through the neighborhood.

    a chihuahua wearing polka dot outdoor dog leggings
    Walkee Paws

    Promising review: "I love the Walkee Paws. Unlike the other type of dog boots, these stay on her tiny feet. My little girl never liked walking in the rain or snow. The first time I put them on her inside the house, she was hesitant to walk but with a little coaxing she walked off the rug onto the wooden floor. When she realized that she didn't slip, she started acting silly running back and forth in the house. Now she loves walking in the snow and water puddles. Thank you Walkee Paws." —Cynthia C.

    Get it from Walkee Paws for $36.99 (available in eight patterns and in sizes S-XL).

    25. A probiotic for dogs by Zesty Paws, since, sometimes, a bad breath doesn't even come from the mouth — it can come from the stomach! If your dog has tummy issues, any odors can travel up their digestive tract and exit through their mouth. Consider these probiotics if brushing alone does not help to ease their bad breath.

    a dog sitting next to the jar of probiotics

    Promising review: "I never understood why my Yorkie had such horrible breath at such a young age (my Roscoe is 2). I was sure his teeth were rotten, but the vet said they were fine. Enter Zesty Paws — bad breath GONE! Poor little guy— that smell was coming from his stomach was probably due to bad digestion." —VA Shopaholic

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97 or Subscribe & Save for $23.37/month (available in three flavors).

    26. A silicone cat bowl mat, because messes are inevitable when dinnertime rolls around. This will keep your floors food-free, and will also protect them from water damage if your cat is the type to splash their water bowl before drinking.

    a hot pink silicone mat in the shape of a rectangle under a food bowl and water fountain

    Promising review: "My kitten is a VERY messy eater and always digs and scratches everywhere around her bowl, so, food scatters all over the floor. This mat is great! The bowl isn’t able to slide or knock over and it is water-resistant, so it’s 100% easy to clean. It doesn’t roll up around the corners like some mats I've had, meaning food won’t get stuck underneath it." –Em

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in six colors).

    27. A Kong chew toy to keep your dog preoccupied as they dream of chewing up other things in your home, like the legs of chairs, or your favorite pair of sneakers.

    a frenchie looking at a kong chew toy

    Promising review: "My pup loves her kong. I give her breakfast with her kong by soaking her kibble in water for a minute then filling her kong up with the food and freezing it overnight. In the morning I put a dollop of peanut butter over the hole and she enjoys the challenge of getting to her food. I love being able to use this toy to entertain my dog and keep her healthy!" —Kris3294

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in six sizes).

    28. A Petmate litter pan for those of you who have dogs, too. Your dog will not be able to reach inside of this box to dig, and your cat's paws will remain dust-free thanks to the litter trap at the top of this box.

    a cat climbing out of a lidded litter box

    Promising review: "Bought this because my two small dogs would dig into my cat's litter box. My cat is 6 years old, ~12 lbs and doesn't like small enclosed spaces. He didn't want to use it for a week till I decided to remove the lid. I gave him time to use it without the lid (with an laundry basket next to it so he can jump in easily) and then replaced the lid a week later. He now uses it regularly and I've noticed a lower amount of litter outside the box." –T. Francisco

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    29. A furniture protector to ensure that your suede or leather couch stays as good as new, no matter how much your dog sheds, and no matter how much your cat loves to scratch at surfaces.

    a dog resting on a couch with a couch cover on it

    Promising review: "I love these couch protectors! The material is very sturdy and attractive. The best part is that they stay put, needing very little adjustment after I have been up and down on it throughout the evening. I really like the color, and it will look just as nice when I flip them over to the lighter color. I really think they were worth the extra money I paid for them." —Country Nana

    Get it from Amazon for $30.34.

    30. And a Gorilla Grips litter box mat so that you'll never have to worry about stepping on litter ever again. This mat traps litter and dust from your cat's paws, and is washable, too.

    a grey litter mat under a hooded litter box

    Promising review: "I hate stepping on stray cat litter! We have a cat it jumbo hooded box, which controls odor and most litter for our two adolescent male cats. I also recommend what another reviewer posted. Turn the box away so your cats have more chance to wipe their paws before hitting the linoleum." –Karyn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four sizes and in eight colors).

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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