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    28 Problem-Solving Products For Your Cat's Most Annoying Habits

    Because we *love* our kitties...but sometimes they drive us absolutely nuts.

    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 double-layered litter mat with a honeycomb design that catches and traps litter so it doesn't scatter across your floor. You can then press in on the sides to open up the mat and dump the trapped litter back into your litter box, or slide it into the trash can, whichever you prefer!

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    I've been using this trapper mat for about a month now, and while it's pretty much impossible to eliminate all litter from your home if you own a cat, 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 use the 24-by-15-inch mat on top of a mat I'd bought previously, but if I could go back I'd absolutely buy the larger 30-by-24-inch mat to extend the coverage area. 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.

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

    2. A motion-activated spray deterrent for cats who just LOVEEE to scratch your bedroom door at night or yank on the door handle (truly the loudest, most annoying sound ever). When it detects their presence within 3 feet, it'll release a harmless spray to scare them off and (hopefully) teach them to avoid the area.

    The photos show a SSSCat spray deterrent set up in front of a door and a cat encountering it and jumping in fear
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    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 that it uses four AAA batteries to operate.

    Promising review: "What it won't work for: keeping animals out of open areas. They can sprint past it and it won't register until they're gone. This spray senses heat more than motion, so the heat of the animal needs to register before it'll spray. What it'll work for: keeping animals away from objects or locations that you don't want them near. It'll keep them away from an area you don't want them to scratch or sit on. We close our bedroom door at night. Our cats' new 'game' was to jiggle our door handle in the middle of the night until one of us woke up and told them to knock it off. Then they would wait and do it again in an hour. Cats, am I right?! I came across this and read reviews and decided that it should work for what we need. We close the door at night, and place this beside our door frame so that it sprays when they're approaching and getting ready to jiggle the door. It works for us, and it may work for you if you're needing it for a similar situation." —Jesse Byahhh

    Get it from Amazon for $42.95 (replacement cans available for $16.95).

    3. Feliway calming spray designed to address multiple common cat problems, from scratching on furniture to peeing on the bed. Oftentimes, this behavior can be a stress reaction to their environment, so the calming pheromones can put them at ease and put an end to the damaging habit.

    A person's hand holding the Feliway Classic spray and a cat sniffing it
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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. It really works! Our indoor-only male tabby is 9 years old and thought it would be a good time to start spraying. We bought Feliway diffusers and spray, and the behavior completely stopped! We let the diffusers go dry without replacing and all was fine for a while. Then spring came and we opened windows — our boy started spraying again. We replenished diffusers and purchased more spray, and again, the behavior completely stopped! Amazing. Highly recommend." —Kelly B.

    "We have tried so many things to keep my daughter's cat from ruining our new fabric sofa and easy chair. I didn't think my daughter should spend the relatively high cost for this spray since it's too late for these pieces of furniture. However, much to my surprise, Feliway actually works. Her cat — over a month later now — is still refraining from scratching the furniture, yet does not seem at all intimidated by the spray or furniture area. And we only briefly noticed a very slight odor ourselves. When we visit the relatives with this cat, we will take the spray with us. We only wish we had purchased this earlier." —Erica OK

    Get it from Amazon for $21.10.

    4. A purring cat toy for anxious kitties who cry loudly and frequently. Designed for cats who struggle with separation anxiety, this soothing touch-activated toy emits a familiar purr that'll make it your baby's new favorite nap buddy.

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    If you have a single-cat home or have a cat who's grieving the loss of a companion, this toy can be a hypnotizing source of comfort. It's a good choice for kittens recently separated from their mother as well.

    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 $10.95.

    5. A pair of professional nail clippers because trimming those claws will help immensely if they're tearing up every bit of furniture in your home. It can also help if you have two cats who like to play a little too roughly and prevent them from accidentally hurting each other.

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    Seriously, using this should be part of your regular routine if it's not already! You can start with just one or two nails at a time to get them used to the process, and of course, be sure to give them a treat afterward 😊

    Promising review: "I have a new adult cat that I rescued who was scratching everything in sight. I ordered these and immediately sat her down to start work. I was terrified I was accidentally going to hurt her but it was so easy for both me and her!! I had to do one paw at a time because she started to squirm from being held still too long, but they worked great and I’m so happy with them!" —blushingsooner

    Get them from Amazon for $6.98.

    6. A wall-mounted scratching post for cats who like scratching on vertical surfaces (like your couch!). The nice thing about this wall-mounted post is that 1. it takes up way less space than a standard scratching post and 2. it's not an eyesore.

    Cat scratching the oval wall-mounted sisal post
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    It's also very sturdy, so bigger cats won't have to worry about this wobbling around whenever they scratch it. The material here is sisal wood, not cheap cardboard, so it should last you a long time as well.

    Promising review: "The average cat scratching post is a hideous blend of string and beige carpet that sucks the soul from any room in which it is placed. Not this one. This scratching post is sleek, well made and unassuming, blending easily into any room. It arrived well packaged and was easy to install with the hardware provided. Furthermore, it is robustly constructed and stands up to constant use by my cat." —D James

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    7. A set of transparent couch protectors when absolutely nothing else will distract them from the grand appeal of ripping your sofa to shreds. You get 10 large self-adhesive pieces to apply around the spots they target the most, and eventually your kitty will learn they have to scratch elsewhere.

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    Promising review: "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.

    8. A ChomChom pet hair roller for pets who love to sprawl out on your furniture and leave a thick layer of hair behind. The ChomChom roller doesn't mess with sticky tapes or paper; instead, you get a reusable brush that grabs up every bit of hair and lint as you clean — just empty it out after, and you're good to go again!

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    Promising review: "Where has this been all my cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes, but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-pound tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing — he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    9. An automatic water fountain so your cat stops trying to drink out of the kitchen faucet. Cats prefer to drink from running water, and this fountain maintains a steady stream that should actually encourage them to drink more water, a healthy habit that can help with kidney issues down the road.

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    It comes with three replacement filters and a mat.

    Promising review: "My cat likes to drink out of the toilet. I bought her a $60 stainless-steel teardrop fountain which she never used (not to mention how loud it is). I tried closing the toilet to force her to drink out of it, but then she resorted to meowing next to the sink. So I asked my sister, who is a vet, what I should do. She suggested a flower fountain since cats are more inclined to drink out of them. This thing is amazing. It is DEAD silent with the flower cap on, and without it it has a nice waterfall sound. My cat, even with the toilet bowl open, consistently chooses to drink from this. It’s been a lifesaver. I honestly do not have a single bad thing to say about this." —Minno Durkin

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two colors).

    10. And an automatic cat feeder because those early morning wake-up calls from your cat letting you know it's TIME TO EAT are plain exhausting. You just program this feeder to dispense a certain amount of food up to four times a day, and it'll make sure your cat gets fed at that time.

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    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: "Pistol Pete is an adorable feline; however, the 4 a.m. 'wake up and feed me' calls were getting old. He would gently tap our faces, but if ignored, he'd go to the bedside table and start swatting stuff onto the floor. Subtle. The Petlibro automatic feeder is the perfect remedy, not just for those early morning wake-up calls but also to portion out the feedings. He used to nag us throughout the day as if he had not been fed in weeks. Only downside is he often sits vigil next to the feeder waiting. At first he tried to tamper with it, but the lid's on pretty secure. He's let that go." —K Flo

    Get it from Amazon for $62.99+ with a 10% off coupon (available in two colors and two sizes).

    11. Or a set of ceramic food bowls and a matching stand if your cat, without FAIL, spills food everywhere at dinner time or straight-up knocks over their bowl. This stand has an anti-slip grip and holds the bowls tight so there's no moving around, and the elevation actually makes it easier on your cat to eat, as they don't have to kneel down as far.

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    Promising review: "These are excellent! They're clean (keeping the floor and wall relatively clean as well) and beautiful. Great product!" —Vaughn Egge

    Get it from Vanilla Bean on Etsy for $78 (available in two colors).

    Vanilla Bean is a small business based in California that sells functional and beautiful home goods.

    12. An organic cat grass growing kit for fur babies who love to taste-test your indoor plants (some of which can be toxic!) or who struggle with hairballs. Give them a taste of the outdoors with this cat-safe, fiber-rich grass, which includes a healthy mix of wheat grass, oat, barley, and rye and helps digestion.

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    Plus, it comes in an adorable cat face mug!

    Promising review: "As far as the flavor goes; the kitties seem to find it top notch! Was tall enough after only five days; but we held off for day six to make sure 'little destroyer' didn't pull it out by the roots! The cup opening keeps the shoots tight together unlike some you buy in the pet store. We couldn't be more pleased. We ordered a refill at the same time and plan to order again just to have two cups so my kids don't fight for position. No mold problems if you follow watering directions." —Kathleen M.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    13. A UV black-light flashlight that, uh, may give you some very gross info about where your cat has been having accidents. There's nothing worse than detecting the vague smell of cat pee and not knowing where it's coming from.

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    Promising review: "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.

    14. And an odor-eliminating spray you should have on hand for when you locate that latest carpet accident. Not only does it lift away stains; it also releases enzymes that break down the deep and persistent odors left behind.

    A bottle of the spray being used on carpet
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    Carpet messes are undoubtedly the worst to clean up — it's "funny" how they always choose to have their accident there — 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. 

    Promising review: "I have six elderly cats, and a few of them oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get 'peed off' about. It's not a litter box problem and, although I've caught one or two of them doing it, I can't blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee pods, I saturate the area with Rocco & Rossi's odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I've tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It's better than smelling that awful pee!" —mona mia

    Get it from Amazon for $19.93.

    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!

    15. A pair of food storage containers for particularly smart kitties (like mine) who will tear open their food bags if left out. These airtight bins keep your cat's food fresh for longer and also make it easy to reach in and scoop out the amount you need.

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    You get a large 33-quart bin and a smaller, stackable 12-quart bin, so if you also have a dog you could store your dog and cat food separately, or just use the top bin to store other cat supplies. You could also use the bottom bin for storing their 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: "These storage boxes are excellent for protecting pet food from bugs and mice. The smaller container can hold just under an 11-pound bag of cat food. The cat food we use has crunchy and soft morsels. The soft morsels stay soft and the scent from the food when opening the container is fresh and sustained. The bottom container holds up to 25-pound bag of dog food. It has the same results too. The wheels make it convenient to store in a pantry or closet and slide out when needed." —Shannon Campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in eight colors).

    16. For outdoor cats who like to spend their days rolling around in dirt, a waterless dry shampoo to clean their fur while also saving both of you the trauma of giving them a bath.

    a multi-colored persian cat with a clean coat
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    Promising review: "This product is great at helping me keep my long-haired Persian's hair smelling and feeling clean without actually having to bathe her multiple times a month. She is a rather messy eater and gets her chest dirty and this waterless foam cleans the mess right up." –Crystal M.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    17. A robotic cat toy so you can actually get through a Zoom meeting without your cat crying and begging for you to play with them. Thankfully, this rechargeable smart toy will keep them plenty entertained, with erratic movements and various accessories you can swap out to see which one your cat likes best.

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    Bonus: It can run on both carpet and smooth floors!

    Promising review: "I admit I spoil my cat and she has way too many toys, trees, etc. This one is a game-changer! She plays with everything for a very short time, then loses interest. I can't say enough about how much she loves this toy. The variety of attachments change it up, and she hasn't left it alone in days. I love that there are no batteries and it can be charged with a USB cable. It's durable and the sensor keeps it moving all around the room without getting stuck anywhere. Truly the best entertainment I've found for her!" —Stacey

    Get it from Amazon for $29.90.

    18. Grooming gloves for cats who shed huge wads of hair every time you go to pet them — at least now, your petting sessions can double as grooming time, and you can prevent some of that excess hair from ending up on your furniture. Plus, many cats really enjoy how this glove feels.

    The grooming gloves with cat fur on them, and a big wad of fur to the side that came off
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    Promising review: "WOW!!! I brushed the cat with our regular brush and got a bit of fur...then I used the glove and got enough fur off that cat to knit a wig for my bald head! AMAZING!!!! The cat purrs and seems to enjoy the process, or maybe she just likes all the new attention she gets from everyone wanting to see how much fur we can get off her..... poor cat looks like she's lost 10 pounds. The best part of this whole thing is that there aren't cat hairballs all over our hardwood floors. We can pick up the cat without a cloud of hair trailing behind us. This product is every bit as good as described." —GS

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19 with 20% off coupon (available in three colors).

    19. Matatabi cat chew sticks as an alternative for cats who don't respond to catnip! Just rub some of the bark off the stick to release the natural, cat-safe oils, then give it to your fur babe for the perfect distraction so you can go about your day.

    A cat chewing on a Matatabi stick
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    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.

    Promising review: "Love em! Both my boys are big chewers, and finding safe, durable non-plastic kitty chew toys is near impossible and very frustrating. So I thought I’d try these out, and lemme tell ya, the second these came out of the bag, my boys were hooked! Great quality, as after a half hour there was barely a dent in either, and I’m thrilled to find something they can safely chew AND helps to clean their teeth. 10/10 recommend." —kimberlyklewis

    Get it from Meowy Janes on Etsy for $10.86

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

    20. And speaking of chewers, a cord protector to end your cat's cable-chewing days for good. It can also double as a cable organizer if you have multiple in one area to conceal.

    A cord protector over cables
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    Promising review: "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 $8.99+ (available in 14 sizes and three colors).

    21. A calming spray designed to help tense, aggressive cats chill the heck out. Whether they're attacking other cats in the household or flip out when it's time to go to the vet, this calming formula can give them a little bit of zen and make your life easier.

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    Promising review: "Is your cat actually the devil? Does it poop up walls or start fights with the couch for no reason? Try this. Works like magic. I don't know what kind of dark magic is in it. I don't care. All I know is my cat does not try to eat the face of my other cats anymore. WIN." —graphicsgoddess13

    Get it from Amazon for $3.09.

    22. An all-natural litter attractant to help with litter box training *or* to remind older cats that the carpet isn't where they're supposed to go.

    The bottle of litter attractant sitting in a litter box
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    It's suggested that you use this with unscented clumping litter — any litter that has deodorizing properties can mask the smell of this attractant, making it ineffective.

    Promising review: "When I began using the product, my cat jumped into his litter box immediately. This has been a solution to our problem. I highly recommend this! I sprinkle it on top of litter." —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $11.92.

    23. Heavy-duty litter box liners capable of withstanding your cat's feverish scratching while in the litter box.

    On the left, a litter box with a liner installed, and on the right, the liner with the drawstring tied and ready to take out
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    Cats who like to tear big holes in litter box liners make them pretty much pointless to use, but reviewers say these heavy-duty liners are sturdy enough to withstand the shredding.

    Promising review: "This is a lifesaver! I wish I’d discovered these sooner; it would have saved me several unpleasant litter box cleanings. It’s very sturdy and thick enough to withstand my cat’s feverish scratching and burying. This is especially great if you have friends cat-sitting for you, as they can just throw away the bag to avoid having to deal with the litter." —Gabriela

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $2.88+ (also available in a 15-pack).

    24. A cat digger interactive toy made to slow down your cat's eating so they don't just throw up all of the food after! This tubular cat puzzle is designed to give them mental stimulation and let them work for it while having fun.

    A cat playing with an interactive toy
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    Promising review: "I've had my eye on this for a while, and I'm so glad I finally got it. It is well made, and even though it is a simple concept, it is great enrichment for my kitty. I can see how much he enjoys the stimulation of 'digging out' and 'catching' his treats like prey, and it's rather entertaining to watch. Be prepared for the consequences of your kitty realizing how many fantastic new things he can do and get into with his newfound dexterity. I have seen kitty dip his paw into my glass of kombucha to try to catch the bubbles!" —kAZ003

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    25. A feeding mat that does the job of keeping your cat's eating area clean while also looking cute and trendy. It's made of a waterproof silicone material to prevent sliding and make it super easy to clean.

    A green, yellow, and light pink geometric feeding mat with a bowl of cat food being set on top of it
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    Promising review: "It is good-looking, and the point is that it is particularly easy to clean, and it is easy to dry after washing. This material feels very good. You can put food or water and cans. It is quite fashionable at home." -—Jituna

    Get it from Happy & Polly for $19.99 (available in two colors). If you like the look of that elevated cat bowl in the photo, you can pick that up for $32.99.

    Happy & Polly is a small business with an incredible collection of cutesy cat and dog products, from carriers and scratching posts to water fountains and even apparel.

    26. A cat door you can install in a sliding glass door or window to stop your cat from constantly begging to go outside...and then begging to come back in 10 minutes later.

    The pet door is installed on a window
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    Promising review: "The pop up pet door was very simple to install — the instructions are in plain language and easy-to-read font. My cat wanted to explore it right away and, after some encouragement, quickly learned how to push the door open. It is robust and keeps the cold Northern California air out well. Customer service is excellent and quick to respond to questions." —suziebanshee

    Get it from Pop-Up Pet Door on Etsy for $59.99+ (available in two sizes or customized for your window). A transparent flap is available separately for $17.

    Pop-Up Pet Door is a Carlsbad, California-based small business specializing in pet doors.

    27. A multi-level cat tree to give your cat something else to climb on besides your counters and curtains. It also has scratching posts throughout, offering another place they can use their claws (besides your furniture).

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    Promising review: "We adopted a stray who constantly climbs (the curtains, cabinets, counters!) and opens drawers. My husband ordered this and it’s everything we’d hoped. It was easy for me to assemble and I’m a 60-year-old woman, and it is perfect sturdiness and stability — doesn’t even wobble on the hard floor when she jumps on it! We had to strategically place catnip on it for her to start using it, but it’s her favorite nap spot now!" —Elsbreath

    Get it from Amazon for $89.98+ (available in five colors).

    28. Finally, a self-grooming cat toy for the kitty who just loves you SO much, they can't get enough of your neck and cheek scratches. OK yes, this is definitely the *least* annoying habit on this list, but at least when you're not around, they'll have somewhere they can go for that sweet relief.

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    Promising review (get ready, this is my favorite cat name ever): "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 a 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.

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