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    25 Helpful Products From Amazon For Anyone Whose Cat’s Middle Name Is “Difficult”

    These are here to save the day and your house from all manner of cat chaos and destruction.

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    1. A space-saving cat window hammock for your bird-watching baby who is constantly dirtying up the windowsill with their litter-covered paws. Now they have their own special place to perch while soaking in the sunlight.

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    Promising review: "This is perfect for our situation. We needed something sturdy that could easily be placed, moved, replaced, and not lose its integrity or leave any marks or wear behind.After receiving and placing the item, I saw how sturdy the general frame, hammock, and suction cups were. This was clearly designed by someone who has cats. The wire that attaches it to the window is sturdy and thick. It seems like it will stand the test of time against my cats' teeth. Immediately I felt at ease that the structure will not be tampered with by their fangs. I am extremely picky when it comes to the safety of my cats, and what I leave them with unattended. I feel comfortable with this window seat, and I’m very happy with my purchase." —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $19.99+ (available in two colors)

    2. An escape-proof cat harness and leash featuring breathable and flexible reflective strips on the jacket which is perfect for cats who crave outdoor adventures but need to be kept from wandering off into the great unknown.

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    Promising review: "My cat is an inside cat and he always wants to go outside. He has come to realize this is the only way that he can get outside and he actually doesn't mind wearing this leash. It is easy to put on and my cat actually appears to be pretty laid back when wearing it. He will walk around the yard and house before he starts to get a little antsy and will want to go back in. He is brave but his bravery has its limits. The harness goes on easily, it doesn't bother my cat and he leads me around to where he wants to go. No fuss no muss. This is a pretty amazing item." —Chris

    Price: $14.98+ (available in two sizes and nine colors)

    3. A tall, interactive scratching post tree offering multiple play areas to help stop your kitty from clawing up the furniture while keeping them mentally stimulated at the same time. Cats need to scratch for a variety of reasons, so it's best they have a place to rake their paws over and get in those biiiig stretches without ruining your new chaise lounge.

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    Promising review: "Every one of my seven adult cats used this within hours. Easy to put together and well-priced. It is a multi-purpose item so some took right to scratching it while others quickly noticed the marbles. It was a party at the pole!" —Donna

    Price: $25.04

    4. An adjustable anti-scratch cat shower and grooming net bag so your otherwise fussy feline can stay relaxed and calm during nail trimming, bath, and medicine time. No more yowling and scratching at you.

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    Promising review: "Makes bathtime easy! My cat is an absolute menace when it comes to any type of grooming, and this bag made it so easy! She even seemed to enjoy her bathtime! I would definitely recommend this to anyone that deal with a cat that hates bathtime and getting nails trimmed." —Haley

    Price: $11.99 (available in three colors)

    5. A pack of Burt's Bees natural dander-reducing cat wipes for pet parents who are trying to keep their countertops, sheets, and carpets squeaky clean. Even the messiest of cats is no match for these, plus they help make your cat's fur soft and silky smooth.

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    Promising review: "I have a senior cat who had heavy dander and shedding even with frequent brushing. These wipes have greatly reduced both the dander and the amount of loose fur! I used to get three to four brushes full of fur when I brushed my short haired cat, even brushing her every other day. She also had very heavy dandruff which is common in older cats. I've been using one wipe three times a week and her dandruff is easily 90% less. The amount of loose fur is also. I brush her, then use one wipe all over her body wiping with her fur direction. It's really made a difference. Her fur is shinier and softer." —Etain

    Price: $5.83+ (available in four pack sizes)

    6. A portable two-speed electronic pet nail grinder that'll provide a safer and more effective method for trimming kitty's delicate claws than a traditional clipper, especially if they're the sensitive type.

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    Promising review: "Very easy to use! It makes filing our beloved cats' nails so much easier and faster! Pets, especially cats, are not particularly fond of nail clipping. I am grateful that using this nail grinder. I can get it done quicker so we can go back to playing!" —Sandra

    Price: $19.99

    7. A multi-cat calming diffuser kit to help keep your cat as soothed as you'd be during a spa trip when introducing a new feline friend to the household. This drug-free solution emits an odorless copy of a harmony marker pheromone, so it's like inhaling pure peace.

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    Promising review: "One of my male cats had been peeing in two places and the vet suggested I try the diffuser. I plugged the diffuser in within six to ten feet of those areas. A month later the diffuser ran dry, so I put on a refill. Sometime between five to six weeks, the peeing suddenly stopped. That was two weeks ago it's still working. I recommend it highly. Just give it a long time to start working." —Susan

    Price: $24.99

    8. A self-massager scratcher brush toy that your cat can easily crawl under and use to get those super specific, hard-to-reach itch areas while keeping themselves thoroughly entertained and off of your furniture.

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    Promising review: "My cats are obsessed! I swear my cats will constantly take turns using this scratch pad, but mostly as a bed! I guess it’s comfortable as it is fun. Very pleased with this purchase and i love that it came with catnip. I wish I could’ve recorded my cat’s initial reaction. She was so content rolling around in it as soon as I set it up." —Lizbeth

    Price: $22.79 (available in three colors)

    9. A snuggly plush cat toy with a touch-activated purr to comfort even the most anxious and vocal of kittens. Not only does it make for an excellent nap-time buddy, it'll help keep your house a whole lot quieter.

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    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. She's pooped on it a couple times and I throw it in the washer and dryer minus the battery pack and it holds up great." —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $10.99+ (available in two styles and three colors)

    10. An automatic cat water fountain made for finicky felines who absolutely refuse to drink from an ordinary still bowl. Encourage hydration with this cute and ultra-quiet helper.

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    Promising review: "I love this fountain! I bought this because my cat is very finicky and very selective on how he drinks his water. This particular fountain was a very good choice because it is completely silent. Even the water makes no splash as it falls. Its silence is the reason my cat trusts it and drinks from that fountain exclusively. It comes with its own little free waterproof mats to protect the table or countertop from any drips that your cat leaves while drinking. The mat matches the fountain. It's an attractive pair. I very confidently give this product two strong thumbs up" —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $26.99 (available in two colors)

    11. A professional strength, odor-eliminating spray that basically destroys pee and prevents stains, odors, and residue on clothing, floors, and furniture. The scent also discourages cats from peeing on that same spot again.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of pee-stained white rug and then clean rug with five-star caption "removed bright yellow pee stain from white rug!"
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    Promising review: "Works great even on wood. This product is great and works well. I have had a long standing pet urine smell in the 1930's 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

    Price: $19.95+ (available in two sizes)

    12. An incredible undercoat Furminator de-shedding tool absolutely amazing at keeping your cat's relentless shedding at bay. It's super gentle and features a cool press-and-release ejector feature to rid the brush of all excess fuzz ASAP after using.

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    Promising review: "All I can say is, it's worth the hype. I started brushing one of my cats last night for about 20 minutes and removed a mound of fur that could be used to create another cat off of her. At no point did she seem uncomfortable, giving me the 'stop' signs like pawing at the brush or walking away. I continued to brush her this morning and even more fur came off. I know it likely has to do with it being summer, but I'll try and brush them for 15 or so minutes each a day over the next few weeks and see if it reduces the amount of hair floating around. The handle is really comfortable, and the brush itself is really effective at removing the hair. Overall I'm very pleased with this purchase." —Ashley

    Price: $28.90+ (available in three styles)

    13. A top-entry litter box ideal for preventing scatter and spraying. The perforated lid works to remove litter particles your cat's paws, and it even comes with a handy scoop.

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    Promising review: "We have tried every type of cat litter box, including self-cleaning. This simple box was the answer we were looking for. Couldn’t keep the dog out of the box until now. He walked up to it, sniff the side of it and walked away. No interest in eating treats out of the box. There is no litter on the floor anymore. The cat wipes her paws in the grates and the litter falls back into the box. So easy to clean. Large enough that my cat loves it. She took to it immediately. I would highly recommend this litter box over any other litter box on the market today. Very low to no odor. Greatest litter box ever!" —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $24.99+ (available in two colors)

    14. An automatic cat feeder including a twist lock lid for naughty kitties who like to break inside and snack outside of mealtime, a snazzy low food LED indication, and the ability to portion control each meal with the press of a button.

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    Promising review: "We purchased this feeder to replace an older one that was no longer reliable due to the food not being fully dispensed. This feeder is so much better. The locking feature on the top of the feeder ensures that the food won't come out if your cat tips it over. The feeding bowl locks tightly so it would take a pretty strong or smart cat to dislodge it from the feeder. I really love the colored light bar that makes it easy to see the status of the feeder at a glance. If it's all steady blue, you don't need to worry. I highly recommend this product." —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $69.99 (available in two colors)

    15. An easy-to-apply brushless toothpaste gel for cats (and dogs, if you have them, too) who hate using traditional toothbrushes but still suffer from stinky tuna breath. Simply add to your finger and apply to their teeth to help reduce tartar and plaque and prevent build-up.

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    Promising review: "My cats are too fussy. They only eat fancy feast tuna and those temptation treats. They scream as Siamese do to meet their demands. I am a hostage to serve them. They hate all toothbrushes and multiple tooth paste products. This works. They don’t get frantic. I think they are catching on to me sneaking cleansers in their water dish though. The slight gingivitis is almost gone after 48 hours of use. Wow! Another vet bill delayed." —Mike

    Price: $13.99

    16. A pack of clear self-adhesive, anti-scratching furniture cover protectors that work to stop cats from scratching all over that sofa you spent a pretty penny on and can't afford to get reupholstered. It also works well on leather in addition to fabric and is easy to install.

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    Promising review: "It's a great product, and it's extremely easy to use as well as effective. It took about ten seconds to remove the product from the box and to apply it to furniture and my cat hasn't touched the couch since then, so it definitely works. I received the product quickly and had no issues whatsoever with the seller, he/she was very prompt in delivering quality service and I'll definitely order from this seller in the future." —Julie

    Price: $17.98+ (available in two pack sizes)

    17. An ultra-effective pet hair-removal broom featuring a built-in squeegee, telescopic handle for an easy grip, and natural rubber material that attracts pesky fur like a magnet.

    Review photo of cat after the FURemover pet hair removal broom
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    Promising review: "Worked really well at getting pet hair off carpets. I vacuum weekly and had no idea there was that much fur and hair in my carpets. I have two fluffy cats though and saw an advertisement that convinced me I needed this. It cleaned really well. My beige bedroom carpet looked fresher afterward. Again, I had absolutely no idea that much hair/fur was on there. I expect it will save my vacuum some trouble." —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $14.76+ (available in six styles)

    18. An wall-mountable, self-groomer brush developed to fully activate your cat's senses and encourage rubbing up against this and not your furniture, laptop, and fresh pile of laundry you're trying to fold.

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    Promising review: "I got this for my 3-legged cat because he can't scratch his left side. He'll be trying to scratch and all you see is his little nub going crazy. I found these and he immediately LOVED it! The expression on his face when he first tried it was priceless. The product is for Floyd, not me, and he's happy so five stars." —Pippa

    Price: $4.99

    19. A super fun interactive electric rotating butterfly toy with a circular track and spinning, moving balls that give your cat a chance to get in their daily exercise while remaining totally entertained. Oh yeah, and you'll be thoroughly entertained too just watching them play with this.

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    Promising review: "My cat's favorite toy! My calico cat LOVES this toy! At first I thought it wasn't very durable, because she loves to literally catch the butterfly and sit on it, and the wire got misshapen and the butterfly dragged on the ground as it spun around. But I've learned to gently straighten the wire ONLY at the base where it is connected, just a tiny bit, and now all is well. I love these replacements though because God forbid she should ever be without her beloved butterfly for a day!" —Marty

    Price: $16.99

    20. A luxurious self-warming corduroy pet bed so comfortable your cat will think they're sleeping on a cloud (that's heated, of course). Great alternative for kitties who enjoy snoozing on heating pads and air vents, especially in the wintertime.

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    Promising review: "The bed is even bigger than I thought it would be, which is great. It is nice and smushy and the fabric is so soft and fluffy. My cat was able to mush the bed into the far corner. He can curl up, stretch out, or use the side for a pillow. The bottom is nice and full, very plush. The sides are like a bolster. I think two cat her size could easily get comfy in this bed." —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $25.50+ (available in three sizes and two colors)

    21. An interactive cat toy and treat dispenser that most definitely can be called a "good egg" to have around. Whether they're cuddling up to it or batting it around in an attempt to get a snack to fall out, it guarantees a good time for easily bored kitties who like a little challenge.

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    Promising review: "These are the greatest things ever. It has solved a couple of problems. I used to free feed my dry food and managed to have several fat cats. This has limited the food and it takes them longer to eat. I have one in particular eats her food so fast she throws up. This slows her down. No more problems. I put each egg in a separate dog bowl, they roll it around but it stays within the bowl. No searching under furniture for the egg. It is great that they are adjustable; start it out easy, with all the holes open until they get the hang of it. Then make it harder. Well worth it." —Terri

    Price: $5.99+ (available in three pack sizes)

    22. An extremely gentle formula eye rinse to help remove debris, reduce irritation, and prevent infection even on the most delicate and tear stained-prone of kitty lids.

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    Promising review: "This eye rinse really works! I adopted a beautiful cat a month ago but noticed his eyes were goopy and always wet, especially in the mornings. I would clean it off with a soaked paper towel but that did not help. I discovered this bottle after searching on Amazon and by the reviews I had to give it a chance. So glad I did; wish I had taken before pics but as you can see from my cat's eyes — it is so clean. He wakes up now with clean beautiful bright eyes and that's only on the fourth day using it morning and night! Works wonders so fast." —Amazon reviewer

    Price: $5.99

    23. A tasty pack of chicken- or tuna-flavored hairball control cat treats that are vet-recommended and promote a healthy digestion. Formulated with safe, natural ingredients, get ready for those nasty hairballs to be gone.

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    Promising review:"i really like that you can somewhat substitute dry food with these (they contain complete nutrition requirements in themselves), so I don't feel like i'm just enabling a future fat cat. As for the hairball control aspect, she has only had one or two hairballs in the past five months since she has been taking them. Considering she has a coat like a lion and grooms herself pretty much all day, I find this to be very impressive. She also has not had any stomach issues, which I was worried about initially. She loves every flavor of these things, but i think tuna is the favorite. You can't go wrong with these. Your cat will love you and possibly also sit on your face every morning to wake you up to feed them to her/him. Pretty sure these treats are at least 50% of the reason my cat likes me." —MB

    Price: $2.34+ (available in two flavors and three pack sizes)

    24. A pack of double-sided, anti-scratch cat-training tape you can easily apply to countertops, couches, chairs, and doors as an effective scratch-preventing method. Bonus: the packaging is just adorable.

    Reviewer holding the jar of tape with a cute cat illustration on the lid
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    Promising review: "This is a nice, clear, double-sided tape. You simply put it on the corners of the couch or wherever the cat likes to scratch, and they will not scratch there once they feel that stickiness. You can cut any size to fit just about anywhere." —Lisa

    Price: $9.98+ (originally $19.99+, available in two sizes)

    25. A flea and tick prevention collar including a six-month supply of topical flea treatment because some cats apparently "taste" so good to fleas, they can't seem to keep creepy-crawlies away from them (and you and all your stuff). This puts an end to that.

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    Promising review: "Although my cats are indoor only, our yard was terrible this year for fleas. Hubby is a dog groomer so he brings them home too. I treated the areas I could but have to be careful with pesticides because we keep several insectivores and their prey. Long story short, the cats got a few fleas that turned into a lot quick. Used Capguard to kill everything on the cats and then this a few days later (shipping delay or I would have used it in conjunction). Two weeks later and just combed through all four cats and only found two fleas. Considering there is always going to be the occasional flea coming in on the hubby, I am very pleased with this." —Jennifer

    Price: $39.59

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

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