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    Updated on Oct 5, 2020. Posted on Oct 4, 2020

    25 Pet Products That'll Prevent The Mess In The First Place

    Just a bunch of nifty products that'll make owning a pet a little less wet, hairy, and stinky.

    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 grooming rake so you can loosen fur and lighten your dog's undercoat in one go instead of vacuuming up chunks of hair every day as they're shed. This brush is specifically designed for pooches with thick, dense fur or double coats.

    Reviewer photo of a husky sitting next to a pile of fur that's almost as big as itself and has been removed with the rake
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    Promising review: "I wish I could give this thing seven stars, but five 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. Check the photo to see what 20 minutes will get you." —pvfjr

    Get it from Amazon for $10.70.

    2. Or a hair-removing glove that'll do a similar job while also satisfying your fur baby's endless desire for some rubbies. It's great if your dog or cat goes running at the sight of a brush.

    The grooming glove with silicone nodules, full of hair held in front of a French bulldog
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    My colleague AnaMaria Glavan swears by this thing. In her own words:

    "The glove is super comfortable and using it couldn’t be more foolproof: just put it on and run your hands through your pet’s fur. That’s it! The silicone grooves pick up so much fur with ease. Like, my dog looks close to hairless. HOW is he shedding so much!?!? After a few runs, I found that I would have to remove fur from the glove before continuing (you can pick up the fur with your other hand or run the glove under some water — either works) but it’s no biggie. The silicone actually makes it really easy to keep this clean. We got Rockie when he was 5 and he’d been riddled with skin issues and allergies, so I was pretty nervous to use anything that could potentially aggravate his conditions. However! Not only does this *not* bother his skin, but he…loves this. A lot. He starts snoring after exactly two run-throughs on his back. Also, his coat looks SO shiny after each use! TL;DR: this is one of those inexpensive add-ons that any pet owner should have on hand."

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available for the right or left hand plus a two-in-one version).

    3. An electric pet shaver for giving your fur baby a speedy trim before their coat becomes a mess of knots and mats. This set comes with four guard combs so you won't accidentally nick the skin, as well as a set of clippers. Reviewers say it's quiet — a plus if your pets are sensitive to noise.

    Before photo of reviewer's dog with knotted, messy fur and after photo of the same dog looking neatly trimmed
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    Promising review: "These went through my dogs' extremely long fur LIKE BUTTER! So incredibly impressed and thrilled! I can now throw away my other two pairs or grooming shears and use these! With six dogs and how easily these cut and how fast they cut, it's well worth buying more!" —ScrappyKel

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

    4. An automatic water fountain to stop your cats from spilling water all over the floor. Cats generally don't like deep, narrow bowls, so they may try to tip over their water dish to drink comfortably. The open design of this fountain will encourage your picky cats to stay hydrated.

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    It also 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 $26.99 (available in two colors).

    5. And a set of elevated cat bowls if you wish Mittens would stop knocking over her food bowl. Just once, Mittens! These stainless-steel bowls are angled to reduce neck strain. The wide design of these bowls also helps prevent whisker fatigue (aka when the whiskers are overstimulated by being touched too much).

    The two bowls sitting in their holder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have always had a problem with my one cat vomiting undigested food. My vet told me she was probably eating too fast. I stumbled upon an ad on Facebook stating the bowl position was the reason for cats vomiting; bowls resting on the floor put their neck at an odd angle and can cause acid reflux. I’ve used them for about two weeks and my cat has not vomited once! It was almost a daily occurrence prior to purchasing these! I did have to rest their old bowls inside these to get them to eat. But after a few days I could put the food directly into these bowls and they did not complain." —kindlefire09-8

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    6. A slow feeder cat mat because it'll thwart your chonky boy (or girl) from gobbling their food (and their siblings' food) in a matter of minutes and — I hope! — prevent the dreaded after-dinner vomit that you have to clean up.

    Reviewer's dog licking the orange mat, which has dog food smushed on it
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    These mats are also a great outlet for your pet's energy or anxiety as repetitive licking increases endorphins and calms anxiety — and it's better that they lick this than they lick their paws raw.

    Promising review: "This is my second licking mat and is by far the best purchase I have ever made for my dog. My dog is an anxious mess. I love her to death but she is a mess. I was originally unsure about this mat with my first purchase. She is a chewer and has jaws of steel. The Kong extreme is no match for her. This tiny thing of plastic seemed like it would be destroyed in no time. She isn't food motivated, nor does she even care about food at all. And yet, this thing is a miracle worker. Licking is exactly how my dog loves to soothe her anxiety. And food that she won't touch in a bowl is irresistible on the licking mat." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    7. A scented clumping litter so the clumps go into the trash bag in one piece instead of crumbling all over the floor and making a stinky mess for you to sweep. And no more trying inhaling an ammonia-scented dust cloud after every scoop; this dust-free litter clumps together tightly and has 10-day odor control.

    The kitty litter
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have not found a better quality litter than this. I frequently travel on the weekends so my kitty, Darwin, stays at home. My house never smells of urine or feces when I come home. If you forget to clean the box after a few days, don't sweat it. The litter covers the scent wonderfully and it clumps quite well too. Darwin and I are so glad for Fresh Step." —Carly Moore

    Get a 14-pound box from Amazon for $9.54.

    8. A litter box mat that'll trap any crystals that've hitched a ride on your cat's paws, or prevent the litter that your cat's kicked up from spreading. It's slip-resistant and gentle on your cat's paws. And! Cleaning is easy: shake out the litter (you'll probably want to do this outside), vacuum the mat, or rinse it with soap.

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    Promising review: "I love my two cats, but I hate the kitty litter that gets tracked all over my house. It’s just plain gross. I have been through a few mats of varying quality over the years; one of my cats is a scratcher. From the moment I received this mat, I could tell it was better quality. The mat is a perfect size and is thick and soft on my cats’ paws. The bottom also has some traction so it stays in place nicely. But true to its name, it really grips that kitty litter. The scratcher also happens to be a kicker and this mat really does a nice job of catching all the litter. There seems to be a good balance of mesh and the grooves between the mesh — this is where the litter is caught. I just use a small vacuum about once a week and it cleans up perfectly. Plus, the Gorilla Grip company that makes this mat really seems to care about its customers, offering a 10-year warranty. I did email them to ask what their warranty policy was if my scratching cat ruined this mat (since it says 'No questions asked') and they responded the same day saying that they would replace my mat for any reason, even if it was my cat's fault (that’s pretty amazing)." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four sizes and 10 colors).

    9. A top entry litter box for keeping the litter where it belongs: in the dang box and NOT all over your floors and carpet. It has a grooved lid to catch any litter that's attached itself to your cat's paws, plus it comes with scoop!

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this litter box. It comes with an adorable scooper and place to hang it, and the subtle color helps it blend in the the room without really screaming 'there’s poop in here.' It’s not only discreet, but it keeps my cat from making a mess as she leaves. I got one of the dome types last because after she finishes she feels the random urge to bolt from the litter like a ghost is after her. (Cats, amiright?!) but not with this. She has to take her time and jump out. And what little litter she does track out is caught on the top piece that is so easy to remove and clean. And the price point is perfect too!" —Shelly B.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    10. Or, a self-cleaning litter box to do the hard work for you. The crystal litter absorbs your cat's urine and dehydrates the poop so you won't smell a thing. Then, there's a motion sensor that detects when your cat has finished its business so a robotic rake can scoop the waste into a sealed trap. Every few weeks you'll need to toss the tray and replace it with a new one, but each one should last about a month for one cat.

    The hooded litter box
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The best thing ever invented for cat lovers. We got really tired of having to bend over and clean the litter boxes. This product has changed our lives! Our cats love it too. They might be scared of it at first but they will get use to it. I recommend buying litter box incentive to get them started using it. After awhile, they just become fascinated with it while it's cleaning and my cats will sit there and stare at it cleaning. This is so convenient to clean! Highly recommend!" —Michelle Foster

    Get it from Amazon for $169.95 (also available in taupe).

    11. An odor-eliminating spray if you're tired of your pet leaving you yellow presents in the same spot over and over again. This cleaner lifts stains and odors fast, releasing bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again.

    The spray
    Amazon

    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 & Roxie'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 $19.97.

    Check out our in-depth review of Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator.

    12. And on that note, a pack of pee pads, because your puppy is on his way to being fully potty trained but these'll prevent any big messes until they're doing their business outside like a pro. These are also a great option for families with older pets or those with mobility issues who have trouble telling you when they need to go or who can't hold it for long periods of time.

    Reviewer photo of their small dog sitting on the large square pad
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great deal! Nice heavy duty super large potty mats. We have a small dog, and we use these in the garage in the winter and on rainy days. She never has to venture out in the snow or rain and these pads work great, even one for an entire day, sometimes two days." —Renny

    Get 100 pads from Amazon for $19.05.

    13. Some fleece liners so your guinea pigs' cage doesn't even have a chance to get wet and smelly. This super absorbent bedding is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and odor-resistant, and it'll keep your furry friends' paws dry to help prevent bumblefoot.

    Reviewer's guinea pigs with their pink cage liner
    ponygirl79

    Promising review: "I love these cage liners from GuineaDad. They're made so well, and my guinea pigs love the pocket. Even the box it comes in is meant to be used as a place they can hide and chew on. It's absorbent; no odor at all and it takes me less than five minutes a day to clean my cage. I recommend two so you can switch them out and wash the dirty one." —ponygirl79

    Get it from GuineaDad for $53.95+ (available in three sizes and seven colors).

    14. A cardboard scratcher lounge that'll help your kitty satisfy their urge to scratch in a constructive way that doesn't involve your couch legs.

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    It also comes with catnip. These boards from Amazon are a cheaper alternative if your kitty loves scratching cardboard.

    Promising review: "I’m so happy I bought this!! I was skeptical so I almost didn’t buy it. I have four cats and they all love it!! My worst scratcher is Apollo; he’s torn up doors, walls, door jams, carpet, couches...just about everything you can think of and he even chews on furniture. He has completely stopped all of that now that he has this!! You can see how happy he is. In fact, once he decided he was willing to share the lounger (it took about two days of all-out war) they all use it and they all love it and use it daily. They like it so much they don’t use anything else. The lounger does leave cardboard pieces on the floor after they scratch it, but it’s worth it! I wish I would have purchased this sooner." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (available in three colors).

    15. And speaking of couch legs, a set of clear couch protectors to protect your furniture from your cat's wrath. These self-adhesive pads blend in with your couch and chairs and can be cut to size.

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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 six from Amazon for $15.98+ (also available in a pack of 10).

    16. A furniture cover to prevent your couch from ending up covered in fur. No more spending hours trying to suck up every visible pet hair; just toss this in the washing machine!

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    Promising review: "This cover has been a lifesaver for our fabric sofa. We had the sofa professionally cleaned and then put on the cover. When we have company, the cover comes off easily, stores easily, and leaves a hair-free, stain-free sofa for our guests. The cover's been on three months, and has been washed twice. All stains have come out without any special effort. We use a Chom Chom to get dog hair off the cover while it's on the sofa. There doesn't seem to be any deterioration of the cover even though we use the Chom Chom almost daily." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three sizes and 17 colors).

    17. A Ripple Rug if your pet needs a productive outlet for their energy and natural curiosity that doesn't involve causing a mess. You'll enjoy watching them hide, pounce, scratch, and dash in and out of this activity mat (which is made from recycled plastic water bottles!) — but what you'll love even more is that they're no longer destroying your couch legs.

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    It's large enough for a multi-cat household and has a nonslip rubber bottom so even the most rambunctious kitty can enjoy it.

    Promising review: "Straight out of the box, all five of my cats took to it, RIGHT AWAY! If only I was the genius who would have thought of this product, but I'm ecstatic nonetheless. I have a very timid cat who gets pushed out of everything, as you can see in the group picture (above, left); but later, she got to investigate and played for a good half hour! I can't get her to play with anything alone, so this was huge after seven whole years. I always have to instigate play with her, until this came into our lives today! I am so completely pleased. When she attacks the holes and hears the hook and loop pull, she freaks out and runs circles around it for her next attack. You won't be let down. This is the best entertainment ever, especially for the cat lady and cat dad involved. We hurt from laughing. JUST BUY IT!" —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $46.

    18. A stimulating activity mat, because a bored pup is bound to get into trouble. With this, you can keep your doggos entertained and challenged, especially if you hide treats and kibble in it.

    Two dogs interacting with the mat, which has felt sections
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    Promising review: "My puppy LOVES this mat! He gets super excited whenever he sees it. He sometimes doesn't like to eat his kibbles in his bowl, but he has so much fun finding and eating kibbles when I hide them into this mat. I heard nose work is also good for reducing separation anxiety in dogs, so I give him this mat whenever I need to leave more than two hours. He deals with separation way better with this. I'm 100% satisfied!" —Bom

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A robot vacuum you can run for a few hours every day so you don't have a mountain of pet fur to hoover on the weekend.

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    Promising review: "After running Eufy for nearly two months now, I can confidently say I absolutely LOVE it! It is amazing on my hardwood floors. It picks up sooo much fine dust brought in by my two German Shepards! They shed year-round! And it’s super effective with pet hair! Wow! I use Eufy once a day for a little more than hour, emptying and cleaning the brushes out about three to four times during use. It seriously has been life-changing, keeping my floors cleaner than sweeping! Great purchase and I would highly recommend!!" —Jacqueline M

    Get it from Amazon for $219.99 (also available in white).

    20. An absorbent doggy doormat that'll trap dirt from your pup's paws and prevent them from decorating your clean floors with muddy paw prints. There's a no-slip coating on the bottom, and the mat is machine-washable!

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    Promising review: "As I bought my fifth Doggy Place Mat, it occurred to me that I need to write a review [smh]. I can’t say enough good things about these mats. We have a dog that goes out both the front and back door of our house come rain or shine, and these mats mitigate his little paw prints being everywhere. They are easy to clean. Just shake them out and/or throw them in the washer. Also, keep in mind they aren't just for entryway use. We use them in our three bathrooms as bath mats. Brilliant!" —Heather M.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in five sizes and 13 colors).

    21. A super absorbent microfiber dog towel for drying your pup as soon as bath time is over so they don't leave puddles and wet spots all over your apartment.

    Hands drying a bulldog with the towel
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    Promising review: "I use it almost daily when we come in from a snow walk to get the damp off his fur; he's a tunneler and gets covered in snow. For just snow it only takes a few seconds to dry him off. We had a downpour the other day, (Yes! In the middle of winter! Crazy weather!) and he was soaked. This Super Shammy had him dry in minutes! Simply amazing! It dries quickly, doesn't drip while drying, and can be washed in the washing machine. Can you tell I really love this product?" —LoveToShop

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. A nail grinder if you want your wood floors and furniture to remain free of scratch marks. It'll trim your pup's claws to an acceptable length so they don't leave behind gouges in your beautiful oak flooring. Plus it's super quiet and smooth, which is ideal for dogs who get spooked by regular nail clippers.

    Before photo of a reviewer's dog with extremely long, thick nails and an after photo of the same dog with neatly trimmed nails
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    Promising review: "My older dog (15) has been suffering with long nails for some time. It's affected her ability to walk, and she's always falling. I've taken her to the groomer, tried to clip them myself, taken her walking and none of that helped. I even took her to the vet and had them put her under anesthesia to clip her nails. That didn't do much at all and they recommended I not do that often because of her age. So I got this and hoped for the best. I am beyond impressed and thankful! In one session this has made a huge difference. My dog didn't move or jerk around like she normally does. She just laid there and let me take care of her nails. I could not believe it When we were done and she got up to walk, I could no longer hear the loud tapping on the floors. She is gonna have to get used to walking normally again." —georgiadiva2k

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    23. A Wobble Wag Giggle ball because it'll hold your dog's attention with its exciting internal noisemaker and six pockets, leaving them too entertained to even think about nosing through the kitchen trash. Your pupperino will be rolling, fetching, and shaking it until they're panting.

    A very happy white, brown, and black dog sitting on grass with the ball in front of him
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    Promising review: "My dog has been inside because we are under quarantine and I wanted something that would pique his interest. He loves this!! He has been entertained for hours he is a very smart German shepherd and he can't seem to figure it out." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    24. A portable paw washer so your floors aren't covered in muddy footprints after letting your dog inside. Inside the container are soft bristles that lift dirt and grime from the pads of your pup's feet — all you need to do is add water.

    Progression shot showing a white dog's brown muddy paws emerging from the paw washer looking totally clean
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    Promising review: "Honestly so happy I bought this. My husband would get frustrated trying to clean the dogs' paws off when the yard gets muddy and I would end up cleaning mud off of our furniture. This is so much easier and even our finicky dogs allow us to use it with virtually no struggle. Easy to empty and refill, feels sturdy." —Jessica A Suggs

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

    25. A durable ring that'll actually stand up to aggressive chewers so you're not fishing bits of foam from between the carpet fibers or cleaning up strands of leftover rope that your dog chewed off, swallowed, and then threw up on the floor.

    A black and white Boston terrier with the blue textured ring in its mouth
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    Promising review: "Aside from antlers, Kongs, and Nylabones, we haven’t been able to find many toys that our cattle dog/shepherd mix can’t destroy within minutes — which is unfortunate because he loves toys! But we always have to take them away because he ingests small pieces or makes a mess of the carpet...but this toy was a HUGE success! He carries it around with him everywhere and has yet been able to chew through any of the rubber. It passed the 24-hour test, and to me that’s worth every penny." —Chrissy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in orange).

    Me @ all you pet owners:

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