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    31 Problem-Solving Pet Products Target Reviewers Swear By

    Grab some products that ~hit the mark~ according to pet owners.

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    1. A pet carrier if your cat or dog has decided that their carrier is Public Enemy No. 1. This bag is designed to keep them calm — it's roomy and has a heads-out design — so you can travel with and groom them without issue.

    Small dog sitting inside black mesh carrier

    Promising review: "I used this for my dog’s first flight and he loved it. He’s about 12 pounds and carrying him in it on my shoulder through ATL airport wasn’t too bad. It was easy to zip the top open so he can poke his head out and so I can give him treats. The sherpa lining is very soft and easy to put in the washing machine for cleaning. It’s definitely the best carrier especially for the price." —Jade

    Price: $34.99

    2. A bag of hairball control cat treats for kitties who are prone to leaving you furry surprises. Ensuring your cat gets frequent brushings and has plenty of fresh water should also help reduce the frequency of their hairy hack-ups.

    The treats, which have a crunchy outside and soft inside

    Promising review: "So my big furry cat was having trouble with hair balls. I saw these and thought I would try them. Guess what? They work for my cat. Plus she loves them and will do tricks for them. I hope they never discontinue them." —Gigiswanny

    Price: $1.69+ (available in two sizes)

    3. A Bissell Little Green Pet Pro, because who wants to spend hours on their hands and knees scrubbing cat vomit from the carpet? The answer: no one.

    Model using the carpet cleaner to remove a brown stain on a white carpet

    This portable carpet cleaner comes a tool attachment and a bottle of cleaner.

    Promising review: "Works great! My pet keeps having accidents in the same spot and this got the smell out and was super easy to use! Definitely glad I have this now for future accidents." —Katie

    Price: $159.99

    4. A pack of stain-removing pads that'll make you feel like you're taking the lazy way out of dealing with pet messes. Just place it on a stain — pee, poop, vomit, and even wine spills — and stomp. Then watch the spot disappear!


    Promising review: "These pet stain pads are honestly like magic. They've worked great for pet stains, but they also work well for other spills too. There was a large set-in coffee stain at my work that the custodians had tried several methods/cleaners to get up with no success. I brought in one of these pads and it completely removed the stain!" —Elizabeth

    Price: $24.99 for a 20-pack

    5. 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.

    Cat playing with wand toy

    Promising review: "This was my cat's first toy and she loves it so much! She’ll choose this toy over any. She also loved the bonus catnip so much she was able to chew into it after two months of playing. Overall definitely worth the $3.99!" —Pennykitty0514

    Price: $3.99

    6. An odor-eliminating spray so you can lift stains and odors fast. 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.

    The spray

    Promising review: "Wow! I tried everything to get rid of my dog's pee smell on my carpet. This stuff is like magic! Seriously worth every penny! The smell is gone and so is the stain! Don’t think about it twice and buy it!" —Emi10

    Price: $24.49

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

    7. A pack of Burt's Bees cat wipes 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.

    The wipes

    Promising review: "I like that these wipes are easy to use. My 17-year-old cat doesn’t like being told what to do, so I need something quick and easy to wipe him down with, because he doesn’t groom himself as well as he used to. They seem sturdy enough; I haven’t had one tear yet. I like that there is no scent. They leave him fresh, and after he gets over being ticked off at me, he seems to appreciate that I helped him with his grooming. We will keep using these wipes!" —Shabbymom1234

    Price: $6.99

    8. 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.

    The bottle

    Promising review: "I have been putting the Fresh dental water additive in my dog's water and it has made a world of difference. I recommend it to anyone who has this issue." —RuthieAnn

    Price: $6.99

    9. An immunity-boosting allergy supplement because your doggo deserves relief from their allergies and skin sensitivities. These soft chews 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.

    Dog sitting on a bench wearing sunglasses and sitting next to a bag of the supplement

    Promising review: "My dog likes the taste and they help with his itching." —lisajay99

    Price: $16.99

    10. A pooper scooper that'll scoop the dang poop so you don't have to kneel down to pick it up.

    Black rake and bin

    Promising review: "Really like this! I especially love that regular grocery bags can be used so you don't have to spend money on specific bags for the bin." —Valery

    Price: $19.99

    11. An automatic water fountain to encourage your picky cats to stay hydrated. Some cats hate drinking still water (long story short, it's a defense mechanism), so a fountain with running water may be more enticing.

    Cat drinking out of the fountain as water flows from a flower-shaped spout

    Promising review: "I have two kitties. When I first received this, which came very quickly, they stared at it for a few days, curious to what it was. It was easy to clean and set up. They love it and drink from it often. Usually fill it up every two to three days." —Danielle

    Price: $27.99

    12. A bag of Pill Pockets so you can disguise icky medication that your dog immediately sniffs out and avoids when you try to hide it in their food.

    Bag of chicken flavor pill pockets

    Promising review: "We've tried everything over the years from meatballs to peanut butter and our dogs would spit out the pill. Our vet tech let us know about these and they've worked out great. I don't use a whole capsule, just pinch off what is needed. We've done best with the chicken flavor. Perhaps they've changed the formula, but we found the peanut butter to be too crumbly." —T

    Price: $9.99 for 30 pockets

    13. A scented clumping litter if you're tired of inhaling an ammonia-scented dust cloud after every single scoop. No more trying to hold your breath the whole time; this dust-free litter clumps together tightly so it won't crumble mid-scoop and has 10-day odor control.

    The box of litter

    Promising review: "I pride myself in keeping a clean and good-smelling home. If you have pets you know that can be difficult at times. This kitty litter does that for me; it allows for my home to smell good and still have a cute little kitty. I have tried other brands and this by far is the best smelling one with little to no tracking residue. Great for small to medium size cats." —Johanna

    Price: $18.19 for a 25-pound box

    14. A nail grinder for trimming your pup's claws so you can cuddle without getting scratches all over your legs and arms. It's super quiet and smooth, which is ideal for dogs who get spooked by regular nail clippers.


    Promising review: "Very easy to use. My Yorkie does not like his feet messed with at all so I was very nervous about using this. I debated this over nail clippers. I made the 100% correct choice with this product!! He actually let me use this on him today. It was very quiet and worked fast!" —Rebekah M

    Price: $39.99

    15. A waterless cat bath because as much as we love Princess Fluffy, we hate when she stinks of poop and disdain for the human species. This leave-in formula can moisturize her skin and leave it squeaky clean.

    The spray bottle

    Promising review: "My cat would kill me if I ever tried to give him a regular bath with water, so this has been a saving grace for me. I'll just spritz him while doing his regular brushing, and he barely seems to notice. It leaves his coat feeling nice and refreshed." —Lu Reed

    Price: $6.99

    16. A rechargeable LED dog collar that'll grant you peace of mind if you have a large backyard and your pupper likes to go outside one more time before bed. No more losing your black dog!

    The collar

    Promising review: "LOVE this for my black dog. It is very bright and makes walking her at night a bit better." —Hales

    Price: $19.99

    17. A bag of oral hygiene sticks to loosen built-up plaque and tartar on your dog's teeth. They also contain hemp seed and fatty acids to help support your pooch's immune function and skin health.


    Promising review: "Great product. My dogs love these and their teeth are improving every day." —Nelsontrumpet

    Price: $10.89 for six (available in more quantities)

    18. A slow feeder bowl so you can stop your dog from inhaling their meal in a minute flat. These ridged bowls can help improve digestion, reduce bloating, and encourage your dog's foraging skills to keep their mind active.

    Dark gray pentagon-shaped food dish with ridges

    Promising review: "Bought this for my four cats. One is a really chonky man and hogs all the food. It took him a little bit but he’s got the hang of it and is actually losing weight. The other three took to the bowl like they have had it all along. Absolutely love it. —Catmom

    Price: $6.99 (available in three sizes and five colors).

    19. A pet-proof seat cover if you want to bring Fluffy on your hike or beach trip but don't want a backseat covered in sand, dirt, and fur.

    The seat cover in tan

    Promising review: "I work with animals and drive a lot of animals around and these car seats are amazing. They’re so easy to put on the seats, and easy to clean. They keep my seats clear of pet hair (even for dogs who shed A LOT). The seat covers are a little bit slippery but they’re still comfortable enough that my fur babies are safe and happy" —Am

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49+ (also available in tan).

    20. 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.

    The grooming glove with silicone nodules, full of hair held in front of a French bulldog
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    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."

    Price: $14.99

    21. An automatic pet feeder because it's time to regain your freedom from your furry overlords. No more being woken up at 6 a.m. by a hungry pet or having your Zoom meetings interrupted by yowling in the background because dinner is one minute late.

    Cat eating dry food out of the blue feeder

    This automatic feeder can hold up to 12 meals depending on the size of each portion (you can choose from 1/8 cup to 4 cups).

    Promising review: "We had the original automatic PetSafe and upgraded to this one. It’s expensive, but worth it over and over again. You can feed your pet from your phone! Running late? Drinking and staying out? Just feed from your phone! Plus the auto settings mean the cats don’t try to wake me up for food, they try to wake the feeder. Love it!!" —CatMom

    Price: $169.99

    22. An anti-itch spray that'll dry out hotspots so your poor pup isn't scratching and scratching. It's also great for relieving itchiness related to allergies, dry skin, or dermatitis.

    The spray bottle
    Pet Armor

    Promising review: "Used this on my cat who has dermatitis. Her back was covered in scabs and scratches. Since her vet couldn’t get her an appointment until a week later, I decided to give this a try. Absolutely AMAZING stuff! Five days later her back is completely scab-free and no longer scratching! Now there was one downside...she’s scared of spraying sounds so it was a special ops mission to find her once she saw the bottle in my hand. But with love and and cuddles we got through it!" —Sbbcr11

    Price: $15.95

    23. 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.

    The squeeze bottle

    Promising review: "Incredible! My Aussie had a pretty nasty, smelly ear infection. I tried numerous wipes and decided to give this a shot before dropping $$$$ on a vet trip and within two days his ear was no longer hot or smelly. He stopped head shaking and was back to his goofy self. 10/10 recommend!!!" —Hannah

    Price: $6.99

    24. A snout soother so your pup's snoot stays soft, moisturized, and oh-so boopable.

    Before of a boxer with a dried nose and the same dog after the balm has been applied and their nose looks moisturized

    Promising review: "This PRODUCT IS LEGIT!!!!! I have a Newfoundland who is a senior and her nose was very dry and cracking. Within four applications it was close to being nearly healed. There is no smell, and the taste did not offend my big girl. She did lick some off but it soaks in quickly so no worries that it won’t work. I’m very happy with this purchase!" —Christine

    Price: $14.99

    25. A set of folding stairs because your fur baby just wants to join you on the couch for cuddles. It's great for senior pups and short-legged dogs who have trouble jumping or can't reach higher surfaces like a couch or bed. And despite it weighing only 5 pounds, it's sturdy enough to be able to support up to 150 pounds.

    Small dog climbing the sage green stairs

    Promising review: "Needed something for my elderly cat. This was perfect. Made very well and very sturdy. Very easy to put together. Would highly recommend." —marianne

    Price: $28.99

    26. A splurge-worthy pack of unscented poop bags for holding, as the name implies, poop! They're extra thick for big messes, made of cornstarch, and have easy-to-tear seams so you can grab your pet's mess and go.

    Pink bag that says Wild One on it

    Promising review: "These are by far the best poop bags I have ever used. They are strong, easy to open, and effective in keeping the odor in the bag. I absolutely love these bags and will never buy any other. Hopefully Target will keep them. My local store appears to be doing away with the bags, so I grabbed as many as I could!" —mmmartin

    Price: $9.79 for 60 bags

    My coworker loves these bags. Check out her Wild One dog poop bag review (#21) for more deets!

    27. A Chuckit! ball launcher because you want to tire out your energetic pup with minimum effort on your part. You'll both have a ball — literally and figuratively!

    Pet owner throwing a ball using the launcher as a dog runs after the ball

    Promising review: "I used to make fun of my neighbors because when I first saw them using it, I thought 'You’ve got to be super lazy to want to use another contraption to throw the ball for you and then also pick it up cause you’re too lazy to bend over and grab it.' I realized later what I had been missing out on. I had grown disgusted with grabbing slimy toys and balls from my dog’s mouth. This thing keeps fetch a clean game and even throws a greater distance than I can!" —Beatriz Gonzalez

    Price: $9.99

    28. A slicker brush that'll loosen fur, lighten your dog's undercoat, and prevent future mats.


    Promising review: "I recently adopted a goldendoodle puppy and soon realized I need to brush his hair at least every other day. This is exactly what is needed to help untangle any mats that may have started on his coat. The teeth are sharp to help reach down to the skin to get the underlying hair, but apparently not enough that it causes my puppy any discomfort. He doesn't seem to mind the brush. The handle is solid and provides great grip for long use, and the hair ejector button works effectively to very quickly remove almost all of the hair that has built up in the teeth. After several weeks of using this brush nearly every other day, I am still very happy with the product and would recommend it to any other hairy dog owners out there." —Dan

    Price: $6.99

    29. A 20-pound food storage container to keep your pets' kibble fresh and out of their greedy paws. The snap lock latches will prevent moisture and pests from getting in and there's even an integrated scoop holder.

    Plastic container with gray lid

    Promising review: "This storage container for Sadie's food is amazing. I was so tired of wrangling that 20-pound bag of food that I kept in the pantry each time I fed her. It's perfect. Holds the 20-pound amount, and all I have to do is pop the lid and dig in! Thanks, Target! You just made my life easier! WOOF!" —Sandy

    Price: $16.99

    30. An adorable squirrel toy so your furry friend has an equally cute cuddle buddy. It has a built-in squeaker so you can encourage your pet to get a little exercise with a frisky game of fetch.

    The soft gray toy, which has a white tail with black strips

    Promising review: "Perfect size for my mini Schnauzer and he loves it!! The body has a squeaker and the tail has a rustling sound like scrunching a piece of paper." —DW

    Price: $3.99.

    31. A durable chew toy if your dog is a vigorous chewer who's destroyed every other toy that's crossed his path. It has a large opening in the base so you can stuff it with peanut butter or treats to keep them occupied for hours.

    Dog running with a red Kong toy in its mouth

    Promising review: "This is the only thing that has been able to hold off my dog's separation anxiety. We smear some peanut butter in it every day when we leave for work and it really keeps her busy on our way out. She loves her Kong so much that we find her bringing it in her bed and snuggling it." —Alysa

    Price: $8.99

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