40 Practical Things For Pets That You'll Probably Get A Ton Of Use Out Of
Including a chew stick for cats that works like catnip, a durable doggie pool for the summer, and stain-removing pads that work by stomping on 'em.
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1. A pet hair remover if you're tired of getting fur all over your clothes. Roll it over your couch, bed, favorite blanket, you name it, and watch it lift the fur away. See, we can own nice things!!
Promising review: "If I could give this product six stars, I would. My husband and I use it almost every day. We have three furry dogs and six fluffy cats, which makes for A LOT of hair. We were using a lint roller before we bought our ChomChom Roller. The lint roller didn't work very well and had to be replaced. We have had our ChomChom Roller for months and it still works just as well as it did when we first got it. We can actually invite our friends over now without worrying about all the pet hair." —Morgan Willis
Get it from Amazon for $24.95.
2. Or this pet hair remover to do the dang job. This thingamajig couldn't be easier to use; just run it over your carpet, couch, clothes, car seats, and more and it'll collect pet fur that's deeply embedded.
3. An allergy supplement so you're not distracted and annoyed by your dog constantly scratching and licking themselves. These soft chews are great for dogs with sensitive skin and allergies, and they deliver a dose of probiotics and other nutrients to help improve immune function, aide digestion, promote healthy skin, and add shine to a dog's coat.
Promising review: "Our 70-pound lab boxer mix was in misery due to skin allergies. We had spent a small fortune and he had two allergy related surgeries that left him weakened and with serious hair loss. We changed diet, went through food trials, twice! Various prescription allergy medications with no relief. We started using these treats and his coat now looks healthy and normal. His vitality has improved and we haven't visited the vet for months! We are amazed at the change in his skin. The itch has stopped completely. I only wish we had found relief for him sooner." —Kool-aide
4. An interactive cat toy to quickly replace the bin full of other playthings you've bought your kitty over the years...and that they now won't even look at.
Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo
Get it from Amazon for $2.99.
5. An odor-eliminating spray because the smell of pee wafting from your carpet — even though you've diligently cleaned up after every pet mess — makes relaxing in the living room near impossible. Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet's accidents, eliminating the urine completely and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again.
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 pads, 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
"I have used many products that claim to be odor eliminators and stain removers, but WOW! This one does EXACTLY what it says. I have some spots on my carpet from an elderly dog. I used it on some spots that I'd tried to remove with my carpet shampoo machine and it had little effect. I used this once on those spots and odor are GONE!!! The BIG plus for me, too, is that this product is made in the USA!!!! Great product and works absolutely as advertised. I will definitely be buying another bottle!!!" —desertrat
Get it from Amazon for $25.
Check out our in-depth Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator review.
6. A mounted brush that'll satisfy your cat's ceaseless demands for scritches. Just mount it to a corner with the included adhesive strips and watch as your beloved babies leave you for the warm embrace of this gray and white piece of plastic.
Promising review: "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 $3.74.
7. A pack of matatabi chew sticks if you're tired of wasting money on catnip toys that your kitty couldn't care less about. Matatabi is a plant native to Japan and a catnip alternative (great for kitties who show no interest in catnip!). Plus, the stick format helps keep their teeth clean.
MeowyJanes is a wonderfully named small business based in New Egypt, New Jersey. It specializes in catnip and catnip alternatives.
Promising review: "I have two young Siamese mix cats that chew wires, shoes, wooden spoons. These chew sticks are perfect for them. They sniff the sticks, run on them, and then start chewing. My two cats that are over 10 years old just rub on them but don't enjoy chewing them. If you have a very active cat that does destructive chewing, these are a great substitute." —JEM4612
Get them from Amazon for $9.97.
8. A hair-removing glove for curbing your dog's shedding as well as satisfying his endless desire for some rubbies. It's great if your dog or cat goes running at the sight of a brush.
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 $7.99.
9. A grooming rake so you can loosen fur and lighten your dog's undercoat and prevent future mats. This brush is specifically designed for pooches with thick, dense fur or double coats.
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
"We own, or should I say are owned, by two large breed dogs: a Newfoundland and a Pyrenees. We prefer a rake to help get those undercoats brushed out and it allows us to slowly work any knots out. Our last one had cracked during a move and eventually the brush had pulled out so we needed a new one. We have no complaints about this product and it does exactly what it is supposed to." —Dana S
Get it from Amazon for $8.98.
10. A broom for pet hair to loosen the fur trapped in your carpet. It works just as well on wood and linoleum, with the rubber head working as a magnet to attract stray hairs. There's also a built-in squeegee for wiping up liquids or for cleaning glass. Plus, the handle extends from 36 to 60 inches so it can reach practically any mess.
My colleague Emma Lord, a self-professed shedder, also swears by this broom! Check out here full FURemover Broom review for more deets.
Promising review: "I bought this broom based on the tons of great reviews and I am not disappointed. I love this broom! It is lightweight but sturdy. I have used it on tile floors and carpet and it does a great job of getting the pet hair, lint, and dirt. I like this so much better than our traditional push broom. It is very easy to clean after use just using my hand, unlike our old broom. It also has a telescoping handle so that you can adjust it to whatever height you need. There is also a squeegee for doing the house windows and the car windows. I highly recommend it." —Joyce V
Get it from Amazon for $12.44.
11. A creamy paw butter because your pet deserves a little spoiling. This balm moisturizes dry, cracked paws and snoots and is safe if licked or swallowed.
Promising review: "We live in Chicago and the winters are brutal on our black lab's paws. The salt and snow were cracking his pads and although our dog wasn't whining or showing any pain, there is no way that a crack in his pad felt good. We put this on his paws once a day and noticed an improvement. We would take him out to play fetch and apply it the second we came back inside while he was still tired and panting so that he wouldn't lick it all off. It worked well enough that we'll buy it again next winter." —Todd Snyder
Get it from Amazon for $6.85.
12. An anti-fungal antibacterial spray made with cooling aloe that'll treat a range of skin conditions, including allergies, cuts, hot spots, infections, rashes, and scrapes.
Promising review: "My Frenchie chews on his paws night and day. I’ve tried raw diets, but it was not a food allergy. My dog just produces too much yeast in his paws and tail pocket that he just can’t help it but gnaw in this paws for hours on and scooting his butt to get that itch in that tail pocket. I’ve tried foot soaks, balms, and so many other products, wasting so much money. This is the first product that worked! The smell is very pleasant and easy application; be careful don’t let your dog ingest it. I love this product and won’t be using any other product. Since I’ve been using it, his paws are starting to look normal and not all red/raw and chewed up. I would recommend this to any animal owner to use this if the pets have skin issues." —Uyen Mai Thi Tran
Get it from Amazon for $16.95.
13. A bottle of Burt's Bees dander-reducing spray if you want your cat's coat soft, shiny, and free of dander and flakes. It's made with aloe vera and oatmeal to condition dry skin and reduce redness.
Promising review: "We have an overweight cat that has trouble grooming her back. She was so full of dandruff and greasy fur that I hated petting her. We took her to the vet, and he thought it was allergies. We tried prednisone for a while, and it was clear she was less itchy, but the dandruff remained. The vet suggested different food, so we switched to a different flavor (different ingredients) in the same line, and there was no change. Our poor girl looked miserable. We decided to try a bath, but she's 13 years old so we knew she wouldn't enjoy it. While looking for a shampoo for her, I came across this product and decided to try it before torturing her with a bath. After the first application there was a huge difference! After the second application, her dandruff is GONE. We spray her down and then brush her. She is so soft and shiny! She finally looks healthy, and feels good to pet." —Amber Steele
14. A pack of Burt's Bees cat wipes for reducing dander and keeping your cats fresh. They're pretty similar to the spray, so it's up to you which format you prefer using with your kitties.
Promising review: "Our son was having a lot of dander on his back near the base of his tail. We kept up the brushing but it wasn't going away. Looking at the reviews I decided to go for the dander wipes. Well I have used it twice and was blown away. His dander is pretty much all gone now. Plus his hair seems shinier and silkier after his brushing and using the wipes. Not to mention our baby boy looks just like the cat on the packaging. All around I will continue to buy these and use once a week or twice every two weeks to keep up his beautiful orange coat. Thanks Burt's Bees!" —Tom Cincotta
15. An adorable and basically tear-resistant stuffed duck so you can stop spending money on toys that your furry destroyer shreds in approximately 10 seconds. This lil' yellow duck doesn't look like it, but it's built to last.
16. A pet brush to do the hard work of detangling your pet's matted fur while also removing dead hair to reduce shedding and keep your vacuumed floors fur-free. The stainless-steel blade is packed with tiny teeth that are long enough to grasp loose hairs in your dog's or cat's undercoat.
17. A durable dog pool because the only reasonable thing to do on a sweltering hot day is hop in the pool. These are portable and fold down so you can store them in the garage for next summer. And reviewers say they're sturdy enough to stand up to pups roughhousing in them.
Promising review: "My dogs love this pool, and it has given us hours of entertainment so far. My two smallish terriers are not the most gentle of creatures and so far it is holding up to their abuse: crashing over the sides, digging at their toys on the bottom, stepping on it so water spills out, general roughhouse play. The vinyl appears heavy duty and the boards inside are quite thick. Very happy with it so far...it’s definitely going to be a big hit this COVID-19/social distancing summer with the entire family!" —MLA
Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in five sizes).
18. A bottle of Urine Gone, a stain- and odor-eliminating spray that'll penetrate carpet and break down dirt and grime. It's also safe for wood and tile, as well as on beds and couches.
19. A pack of catnip-infused felt balls if Mr. Whiskers is obsessed with catnip but you hate the mess it makes when it's loose.
For a cat-nip recharge, pop the balls back in the tin so they soak up more of the catnip smell (from the capsules in the tin) and your cat will be ready to play with them all over again.
Simply B Vermont is a small business located in Vermont. They make all kinds of adorable pet accessories and toys for cats AND dogs.
Promising review: "Fast shipping, seller was super thoughtful and attentive, and most important of all our kitties are obsessed with these balls! Even my shyer one is running around with these having an absolute blast even without my tossing them around. It’s also wearing her out which is quite hard to do. Highly recommend!" —Ketti Schulenberg
20. A swan fountain for picky cats who only want to drink out of the faucet. This sleek water fountain will keep them hydrated and save you from having to run to the bathroom every time Fluffy starts yowling because she's thirsty.
Promising review: "One of my cats has a health condition that makes it essential for her to drink as much water as possible, so I decided to try this fountain since it mimics the sink faucet more than the others I have. As soon as I turned it on, she came running and she's loving it. It's small and plastic, so it's lightweight but probably easier to break than the metal one I have. It's very quiet and the other cat (who doesn't seem to care about running water) has no problem drinking from the bowl portion. It was easy to assemble and seems easy to clean." —Bonnie A. Franz
Get it from Amazon for $35.84.
21. Or a no-spill water bowl so your floor isn't soaking wet after your pet grabs a drink. Water flows when your pet's tongue touches the floating disk in the center = they stay hydrated and your floors stay dry. The sides are also raised to prevent water from spilling out if you were to accidentally bump the bowl.
Promising review: "This bowl performs as advertised. I admit there is still a small amount of spillage, but nowhere near the amount my dog used to leave behind using a traditional water bowl. I easily mitigated this by using an absorbent bath mat. Overall, I am very pleased with this product and recommend it so as long as you don't have a 'water digger' LOL. I've seen some reviews stating moldy smell, but if you love your pets, you will refresh and clean their water bowl every day much as you would do with human beverage holders commonly called cups. I guarantee that daily refreshed water in a clean bowl will never have mold or stagnant water issues. It is super easy to take apart and clean; literally two minutes of your time once a day is worth it to give your beloved pet clean water. Moldy water bowls are not a result of a defective product, just lazy owners." —LT Odnol
Get it from Amazon for $15.99.
22. An ear treatment to clean your poor pet's ears of buildup and prevent inflammation and irritation. These ear drops are designed to protect against a variety of fungal and bacterial infections, like yeast and staph infections.
Promising review: "My dog has had chronic ear infections for years now. Every other month or so she’d get an infection and $200 later we’d have meds from the vet who confirmed what we already knew. I finally decided to give an unprescribed treatment a try and it worked AMAZINGLY. Followed the instructions for a week, and her ear is completely healed! Much easier to pay $20 as opposed to $200 when you get the same results! I highly recommend." —Fromal16
Get it from Amazon for $21.99.
23. A top entry litter box because litter 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 a scoop!
Promising review: "Had been awhile since I was a cat owner, but decided to give this top entry version a whirl when I came home with a new buddy on Easter. I wanted to try a less expensive version that the higher priced because I was worried the cat might not figure out the logistics. But, after setup he hopped right on in and did his business. So far it's as advertised; the lid with grooves does help capture loose litter on the way out. And this design would be much easier to clean out without the sharp box edges." —Serena
Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in four colors).
24. A pack of stain-removing pads to tackle the inevitable messes that come with owning a pet. Pee? Check! Poop? Check! Vomit? Check! (You can even use them to clean up your wine spills.)
Promising review: "Our poor older pup started having some incontinence issues and had several accidents in the house. I was really frustrated until I found these. They work amazingly well. They're small, so if the area was larger I had to use two or three, but they pulled up stains and saved the house from being smelly. I even used one on an older stain (that I'm pretty sure wasn't pet related) and it came up after leaving it on for about 24 hours. I make sure to keep a supply of these in the house at all times now." —MC
Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.
25. A bacon-flavored wishbone chew toy if you want your pooch to channel their energy into destroying this and not your shoes. The curved shape makes it easy for lil' paws to grip, plus reviewers say it lasts a long time...a really long time.
Promising review: "As a former vet tech, rescuer, and pup momma, I've come across some chewers that take the cake. Of course, one of my own is the worse of the worst. My monster lab/poodle mix can DESTROY just about anything I buy for him. He snaps the ultra Kongs in half without blinking and will crack even the largest Nylabones within a few minutes. Even toys marketed as indestructible with money back warranties fall to their death in his jaws. That said...HE LOVES THIS BONE and hasn't managed to do much damage to it, which makes it one of the best chew toys I've ever encountered." —CKayy
Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in four sizes and three flavors).
26. A liquid tartar remover for dogs who desperately need their teeth cleaned but who also won't let you near them with a toothbrush. (Think of it as doggy mouthwash!) Just add this to their water and you'll notice your dog's plaque and bad breath subside.
Promising review: "My dog's molars were turning black and he had a ton of build up on his canines. In the photo (above), just imagine everywhere you see slight yellow, instead covered in black and brown gunk and hard plaque. His gums were beginning to look inflamed. And, of course, his breath could kill a horse. After one week of constant use (a cap full for every bowl of water) you could see an obvious difference in tooth color. I was blown away. (Why can’t human mouthwash do such a good job on our teeth?) After three weeks, his molars were almost completely clean. After a couple months of use, the plaque on his canines was soft enough to brush some of it off, which was totally impossible before. Plaque covered the canine approximately 70%. Obviously that's no longer the case. Idk what insane solvent this is made of, but it keeps his gross mouth clean as a whistle. Now I don’t have to worry about my picky princess mutt losing his teeth because he can’t be bothered to chew anything." —BaconPancakes
Get it from Amazon for $10.12.
27. A snout soother so your pup's snoot stays soft, moisturized, and oh-so boopable.
Promising review: "Works as advertised. Love this product!! I have a 15-year-old pug/beagle/bulldog mix and have tried so many natural things to get the top of her nose to be smooth again and not look dry and crusty. This product made her nose look completely normal in two days!! I used it three times a day. Simply amazing." —sharon smith
28. A pair of dog leggings (!!!!!) to keep Fido's legs — not just his paws — protected from all his summer adventures (read: mud everywhere).
Walkee Paws is a small biz started by pet owner Lisa Baronoff. You may have seen them on Shark Tank! Get 15% off site-wide with the code WALKEEBUZZ.
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." —Cynthia C.
Get them from Walkee Paws for $36.99 (available in sizes XS–L and a variety of colors).
29. An alcohol-free doggie ~pawfume~ because you've definitely buried your face in your dog's soft fur and then instantly pulled back because they smell like hot garbage. This helps get rid of their funk while also conditioning their coat.
Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned small business helmed by Rita Pardo, a mom who was looking for natural hair, body, and home products that wouldn't irritate her daughter's severe eczema.
Get it from Pardo Naturals for $14.99 (available in two scents).
30. A cozy window hammock that'll provide Sir Fluffington II with his own little perch *and* satisfy his natural curiosity by letting him watch the birds, the squirrels, and your next door neighbor walk to the mailbox in their underwear.
31. A brightening shampoo if your pup's white coat is looking a little dull. This soap-free shampoo is made for white and light colored coats, and can help soften your dog's fur while making it shine. (Psst! If your dog's coat is changing colors, you may want to schedule an appointment with a vet as this may be a sign of health issues.)
The Barke Shoppe is a small Black-owned business based in New York City. They have a physical location in Harlem if you live nearby and your pet is in need of a groom or a training session. You can snag their pet care products and merch on their website if you're not local!
Get it from The Bark Shoppe for $16.99.
32. A combination of dog treats and cat treats for pet ~paw-rents~ who know that if you buy something for one kid, you gotta get the other one a treat too. Now no one can accuse you of playing favorites!
Ava's Pet Palace is a small Black-owned business started by Ava Dorsey when she was just 13 years old!
You get two best-selling treats: Cheeze Pleeze Bites, a dog treat made with organic Parmesan and cheddar, and Salmon Snacks, a cat treat made with 100% wild-caught Sockeye salmon jerky.
Get them from Ava's Pet Palace for $14.50.
33. A portable paw cleaner 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.
34. A conditioner concentrate to make you envious of the shine on your dog's fur. It's great for all breeds and hair lengths, and it can help reduce tangles, prevent urine stains, and repel against dirt.
35. A "Did you feed the dog?" sign because Fido is taking advantage of confusion re: whether he was fed to trick you into giving him another scoop of kibble.
Promising review: "I don’t usually bother to review but this was so much nicer than I expected! Larger, well made, WOW! I hate to admit senility. I love my dog. Imagine forgetting if I fed her or not? I don’t want her overfed or overweight. This is the best thing! I stuck it to the top of her food storage. Now no question. A++++ Seriously such better quality and size than I expected!!!" —Suzy
36. A cat bracelet toy that'll captivate your easily bored kitty and convince them to give you back your hair ties. If your feline is obsessed with milk jug rings, this is the toy for them.
Promising review: "When I opened the package I had serious doubts that these were worth the money. Now? Well, I do not fully comprehend the magic involved in creating these ring...things...but they were an instant hit, to the point that I feel certain I will be stocking these babies for the rest of my cat's life. They're not flat; they're a 'wiggly' shape with little nubs sticking up at various intervals. My cat loves flinging them about and carrying them around in her mouth. They're a fairly sturdy plastic, not like the flexible plastic rings off of milk jugs and whatnot. Upside: They're hefty enough that they can easily be tossed a considerable distance, which is a huge plus if you have a fetch-loving kitty. Downside: Stepping on one while stumbling sleepily through the dark will make you pray for death. Both for yourself and others." —Tinkerfly
Get a four-pack from Amazon for $2.09.
37. A digging toy if you'd like a backyard that's barbecue ready and not one that's filled with holes your dog has been digging while you're not looking. This toy encourages your pup's natural instinct to dig while getting those brain muscles working as they try to find treats hidden in the flaps.
Promising review: "One thing I always struggle with is finding a puzzle-type toy for my dog to use that doesn't get solved in 10 seconds and is durable enough to withstand a 55-pound shepherd mix. This definitely works! It's marketed for diggers but it's also great for sniffers!" —LL
Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in two styles).
38. Door Buddy, a special strap for keeping your dog out of places he's not supposed to be — like the office during your very important Monday morning meeting. It's also great for barring sneaky sniffers who have learned to open the door to the garage for their daily trip to the litter box for an afternoon snack. 🤢
Promising review: "I love the Door Buddy! I found another use for it. The Door Buddy is also good for introducing a new cat into the household. I adopted a new kitten and my adult cat was outraged! I separated the kitten by putting him in the guest room. After a couple of days I used the Door Buddy to just crack the door open so my adult cat could safely sniff the new kitten. Every two days I adjusted the DB to allow the door to open a little more. In a week my adult cat was trying to play with the kitten through the door! This is a great product and so easy to set up and use. Thanks!" —A. Hill
Get it from Amazon for $15.94.