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    30 Underrated Pet Products That Are Actually Worth Purchasing

    Including dissolving tablets to relieve itchy paws, leggings to prevent snowballs, and an under-the-door cat toy.

    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. An immunity-boosting allergy supplement if your doggo needs some sweet, sweet relief from itchy hot spots. These soft chews deliver a dose of probiotics and other nutrients to improve immune function, aid digestion, promote healthy skin, and add shine to a dog's coat.

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    Promising review: "I never write reviews but this one deserves it. My dog was compulsively licking herself and losing her hair. I had tried multiple other brands before Zesty Paws and none of them helped at all. Took her to the vet and after several hundred dollars of testing they had no idea what it could be. They didn't feel allergies could be THAT bad in a dog but all bloodwork and testing came back perfect. They told me to just keep watching her and hoped as the seasons changed so would the problem if it actually was allergies. Three seasons later and nothing had changed, it was actually getting worse. Finally tried these and WOW! She's been on these for a month and her hair is coming back and she isn't licking herself at all now. The first product to actually help! As others have said it does take a few weeks for a change to be noticeable, but when that change happens you won't be disappointed. Would definitely recommend when all else has failed!! Will be keeping her on these long term." —hgb

    Get them from Amazon for $26.97+ (available in three styles).

    2. 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.

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    Promising review: "Nothing else would take pet hair off of my outdoor porch furniture cushions. This broom took it all off easily. One of the best brooms I have ever had for pet hair removal on floors and furniture." —Kelli Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

    Check out my colleague Emma Lord's Evrilholder FURemover broom review for more satisfying before and after photos!

    3. 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.

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    Promising review: "My dog Hazel LOVES this duck! She has had it for nine months now, and it’s still intact! It somehow made it through her teething as a puppy. She rips and tears apart all of her toys, but this one still looks decent!" —Emily Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $4.23.

    Check out my colleague's Multipet yellow duck toy review for more deets and some adorable photos of her pup and his quacker.

    4. 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.

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    Promising review: "None of my cats like to play with toys and it was driving me nuts! They have so much energy but would get bored with any toy within days. I tried rotating them and interactive toys, anything and everything for hours and at different times. There is nothing that has kept my cats busy like these grooming tools! I have literally never seen any of them sit and mess with something for more than a few minutes but my cats will rub on this for like 20 minutes at a time. 100% worth the money!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. An odor-eliminating spray for lifting 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.

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    Chewy

    Rocco & Roxie is a family-owned small business named after the Magleby family's pets Rocco, a Labradoodle, and Roxie, a former shelter tabby cat. They make a variety of pet supplies, including cleaners, treats, grooming tools, accessories, and toys.

    Promising review: "Keep this on hand if you have a pet, especially if your pet has a tendency toward urinary accidents. One of the best things to get cat pee smell out; just saturate, let sit for a few, throw in the washer, and you'd never know a cat peed on it. Works just as well with dog urine. Works on carpets, furniture, bedding... I cannot recommend this enough." —Melli

    Get it from Chewy for $15.98.

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

    6. 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.

    orange tabby cat sitting next to the black pet feeder
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    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 reviews: "My PetSafe automatic feeder allows me to sleep in peace without my cat nagging me, travel for up to four days, and controls the food amount." —caroline5

    "Our cat is fat. Her life is pretty much driven by food and the only way we've been able to keep her at a moderately sustainable weight is by giving her healthy food she hates and this pet feeder. Every time we come back from a trip, there are a few more claw and bite marks on it, but it holds strong. She's even tried to sit on it, but it's done nothing more than presumably horrify it a little. She used to move around the bowl so when feeding time came she could put her head where the chute is and feel the food rain down her head like Augustus Gloop in the chocolate factory. I would recommend this for anyone who has a cat who is consumed with eating and getting food. Her persistence has defeated every other one we have tried. Yes it is expensive. Yes it is absolutely worth it." —BMoney

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95 (originally $129).

    7. A pet hair remover if you love your fur baby but hate how much they shed...on everything. Roll it over your couch, bed, favorite blanket, you name it, and watch it lift the fur away. See, we can own nice things!!

    Reviewer photo of a black pillow covered in white dog hair and you can clearly see which side they brushed with the fur remover because all the dog hair is gone in that section
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    Promising review: "This thing is aahhhh-mazing! I’ve had several kinds of cat hair removers — adhesive strips, sticky rollers, rubber nubby gloves. Nothing else works as well and as quickly. Easy to clean out, too. I bought one handheld and a bigger one on a long handle for carpet and area rugs. Love them! They even clean the hair off the stupid red velvet drapes that came with the house when we bought it." —M. Bauer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    8. Or a nail file board to keep their claws from becoming overgrown. This is like an emery board for your dog and is great for pups who cannot handle clippers or grinders.

    Dog rubbing its nails on a pink board
    Scratchpad for Dogs / Etsy

    Scratchpad for Dogs is a small biz based in Atlanta. Jen Fleming, the store's owner, came up with the idea after adopting a shelter dog named Ripley who absolutely hated having his nails trimmed. 

    Promising review: "Love this scratch pad! We adopted our dog almost a year ago and he's been terrified of clippers and grinders since day one. We've never been able to maintain his nails due to his super-reactive anxiety around nail care. That's all changed since we got the Scratchpad a few weeks ago! He took to it right away and his nails have shown significant improvement in just a few sessions!" —Kira Armajani

    Get it from Scratchpad for Dogs on Etsy for $41.95+ (available in two styles and three grit levels).

    9. A cozy window hammock so your cat always has something interesting to look at. This is key to helping your pets stay active, because bored kitties often won't want to exercise.

    Cat in hammock that is suction cupped to the window
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    Promising review: "Our cats love their new sun beds! Perfect for snoozing, spying on the neighbors, and squirrel watching! Easy to assemble, sturdy, and attractive." —26.2 Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    10. Some calming bites for high-strung and high-energy pets that are designed to comfort and soothe without causing drowsiness. Use them before a long car ride if you know travel winds up your dog. Or give them a chew after dinner to help settle them before bed and prevent some 11 p.m. living room zoomies.

    Reviewer holding the orange tub with a dog in the background
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    Promising review: "We have two Great Dane puppies that get a burst of energy every day around 6 p.m. They run full speed through the house. We send them outside to play but it still doesn’t make them tired. We bought the calming treats and started giving them to the puppies around 6 p.m. and by 6:30 they were laying on the couch sleeping." —Smokey

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    11. An ergonomic litter scoop because it solves a lot of the struggles of scooping poop. The scoop itself is large enough to hold several loads so you don't need to make as many trips from the litter box to the trash can. (And when you do unload in the garbage, simply press a button and the bottom flap opens up to deposit the nuggets in the trash!) Plus the tall side walls excavate more litter than your shallower scoop while keeping your hands far away from the danger zone.

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    Promising review: "This was delivered today and I scooped the box right after. This thing is phenomenal. It is ergonomic and easy to hold and use, so no getting your hands dirty. The bag doesn't fall into the trash because it's a precise slide from the scoop straight into the can. It's just the right size to sift out the good and dump the rest without it sliding through. The button is easy to use and snappy. It's got a really good-sized scoop and a plenty big enough shoot out the bottom. I think I'm in love with my new pooper-scooper hahahaha! I rarely write reviews but I had to write one for this lil' item! Must-have!" —Nicole Diddle

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    12. A pack of matatabi chew sticks if your cat doesn't give a lick about catnip. Matatabi is a plant native to Japan and a catnip alternative. Plus, the stick format helps keep their teeth clean.

    cat chewing on the stick
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    Meowy Janes 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, rub 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.

    13. Or a wall-mounted catnip toy to gift your kitty a fun treat. This groove board contains four balls to pique their interest — catnip, silvervine, gall fruit, and cat sugar. And it has the added benefit of helping keep you feline's teeth clean as they try to bite the balls.

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    Promising review: "I have never seen my cat so happy! He really liked his flavor explorer toy! It has very good adhesion and you can place it where you prefer, even on the floor. I think it is an excellent purchase to see my cat super happy!" —Karla Villafuerte

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79 (originally $16.99).

    14. 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.

    Reviewer photo of the bowl with dog food in it
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    Promising review: "We adopted a sweet three-legged 50-pound Dutch shepherd from the Humane Society recently. Her former two homes were bad, and she had to fight for her food. Because of this, she has crazy food aggression and inhales her food in a regular bowl. A friend recommended this bowl to us and it is FAB-U-LOUS! We mix up some homemade dog food (wet) along with grain-free kibble and spread it around the bowl. Our girl takes FAR longer to eat now. I'm guessing around five to seven minutes? The bowl works best on a smooth, noncarpeted surface as it has grip on the bottom. This ensures that the bowl doesn't slide around. It is also heavy-duty, durable plastic that can go in the dishwasher (if I hand clean it, I soak in soapy water and scour with kitchen scrubber). Great product! I highly recommend this bowl for your fur baby too." —Shan the Painter

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in a variety of sizes and designs).

    15. A Wobble Wag Giggle ball with an internal noisemaker and six pockets that'll engage your pet's natural curiosity and having them 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: "WE FOUND IT! A play ball that can stand up to our 14-week-old part black Lab, part shark. We have tried several toys that would stand up to the extremely sharp teeth. Nothing has worked for over 15 minutes of intensive playtime. We heard about this ball from a fellow puppy owner and ordered immediately. Added bonus: She is exhausted after chasing this thing around, so naptime comes quickly." —james Bennett

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A low-effort pet hair remover for collecting pet fur that's deeply embedded. Just run it over your carpet, couch, clothes, and car seats!

    Reviewer photo showing the pile of fur this tool removed from a chair
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    Promising review: "Just as advertised. Easy to use and definitely removes the hair." —ksh

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $21.53.

    17. 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.

    Reviewer before and after showing the butter moisturized their dog's dry paw
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    Promising review: "I love this paw butter. For so long my Aussie had the driest, most cracked paws. I would cry and stress out because nothing worked. I tried shea butter and coconut oil but it wasn’t enough so one night I ended up buying this paw butter and tried it on my dog. First off it smells amazing — so good that my Aussie licks his paws for an hour after applying the product, so I had to put regular baby socks on his paws to stop him from licking. I'm almost done with the product and my dog's paws have improved enormously. He no longer has super-dried-up, cracked paws. They are soft and pink how a dog's paws should be! I love this products. It saved my dog's paws and I use it every other day, sometimes twice a day. Lifesaver!" —Juliet Betancourt

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    18. A pack of paw-cleaning tablets if your dog is experiencing itchy and irritated paws but licks off any salves you apply. These tablets dissolve in water, so all your pet needs to do is soak their paws for a few minutes and let the tea tree oil and seaweed extract treat hot spots and moisturize their paws.

    black bull mastiff resting its paws in a blue bowl of water
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    Promising review: "This worked great! I have an itchy Boston, so itchy it was said that it would probably be better to put him down by a vet. Defective dog or not, this was not going to happen. Many weeks of trying to figure out what was causing his itches, CHICKEN! Took that out of his diet and no more itches! Wow, rocket science, right. Nonetheless, left my Boston with the in-laws for two days and came back to a flared-out, itchy dog. He didn’t sleep, I didn’t sleep. He was digging at his paws so bad they were swollen. I looked on Amazon and saw this item, tried it, and within an hour of the five-minute paw soak, no more itch!" —geniphre

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $15.99.

    19. 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.

    Reviewer photo of the fountain, which has a flower-shaped spout
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    Promising review: "Cats aren't prone to drinking enough water, and they also abhor getting their whiskers wet. This fountain, recommended by a friend, was a huge hit from the moment I set it up and solved both of those problems. My kitty now guzzles water any time she wishes, which is definitely more than before (and yay, I don't have to turn the sink on for her now, which was the only way she'd drink water). This is fantastic!" —Pgilly

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (also available in green).

    20. A wood polish so you can hide the scratch marks from your dog's overgrown nails along the bottom of your doors and on your wood floor.

    Before and after showing the scratch marks along the base of a door completely removed with the wood polish
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    Promising review: "I honestly can’t believe how well this stuff works. Like magic it restored pet claw– AND pet water bowl–damaged wood all over my house. I am amazed at the results. Thank you!" —Nicole Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    21. An adorably ~a-peel-ing~ fruit tart pet bed that'll keep your fur baby cozy and provide tons of cute Instagram photo ops. I'll be ~berry~ sad if you don't get this!

    BuzzFeed editor's photo of their hairless cat sitting in the fruit tart bed
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    Check out my colleague's review of the fruit tart bed (#6) for more deets and some seriously cute photos of her cats enjoying it.

    Promising review: "My kitten loves this bed. Along with looking cute, it is incredibly soft. The fruit give extra support for her to lie on, and she loves to play with the fruit. The lemon and kiwi are her favorite to play with. It doubles as a bed and some toys. She took to this bed immediately, and she often won't leave it. It's also pretty flexible, so I can put it in her carrier for vet visits so she'll feel comfortable. Everyone I show this bed to thinks it's the cutest thing ever, and I'm so glad to have found this." —Casandra B

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    22. A pair of dog leggings (!!!!!) for keeping Fido's legs — not just his paws — protected from many of the hazards of winter. Now he can play in all the puddles and snow and you don't have to deep clean your carpets. A win-win!

    Walkee Paws

    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 $39.99 (available in sizes XS–L).

    23. A durable three-level cat tower because it's equal parts practical and equal parts fun. It comes preassembled, so it's literally ready to use out of the box. Which means your cats can immediately stop destroying your couch legs and instead shred the sisal sides. On top is a plush cat bed (and ofc each level provides a cozy resting spot with a bit more privacy), and on each level is a hanging ball they'll love batting around.

    tan cylindrical cat tower with sisal sides, a bed on top, and three circles on each level to allow the cat to jump inside
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    Promising review: "I purchased this to give one of my cats a place to rest near me while I was on the couch. The couch isn't big enough for cats + me (it can take one cat and myself, presuming I have not put other items on it). This scratching post has been great for getting my cats to stop scratching at the couch. I put it right next to the couch. It's the same sisal cord of the other cat trees, so my cats immediately knew it was for their claws. Since putting this next to the couch, the clawing of the couch has gone down 90%. I often find various different cats napping in the top of the tower as well, which is nice. They're able to be by me, I'm able to be by them, and neither of us is disturbing the other (I usually knit at the couch; which all of my cats have been trained not to bother yarn, but they have not quite yet learned not to bother charging cables for my phone/electronics). This works so well, I am likely to purchase additional cat trees like this as I increase the amount of furniture I have in that room." —Heidi N. Clinefelter

    Get it from Amazon for $94.99.

    24. An easy-to-use dental powder you sprinkle in your pet's food to protect their teeth from plaque and to ward off bad breath. Each sprinkle is packed with probiotics and nutrients like zinc, taurine, cranberry powder, and vegetable fats to support gum health.

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    Promising review: "My smaller dog unfortunately has pretty bad breath (not your typical dog breath, much worse). Brushing her teeth regularly helps somewhat alleviate the problem, as do dental foams and rinses, but nothing has worked as noticeably as this powder. She has no issues eating it (although, she'd eat anything) and it lasts a while considering that she only goes through one teaspoon a day. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if nothing else is working and medical reasons have been ruled out." —DG

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    25. A "Did you feed the dog?" sign if Fido is taking advantage of confusion re: whether he was fed to trick you into giving him another scoop of kibble.

    The sign, which has little levers you push to green in the a.m. and p.m. when you feed the dog
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    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

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in a cat version).

    26. A purring cat toy so your anxious kitty can enjoy the sensation of curling up to another purring "cat." It also plays calming, comforting sounds.

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    Promising review: "My cat used to WAIL in the car all the way to the vet. I tried crating her, not crating her, letting her ride in my lap, nothing helped. On a whim I googled solutions and came across this. Tried it and IT WORKS!!!! She was quiet the whole way. I put her in a small crate with her cat bed, put it in the front passenger seat, put this toy right next to the crate door. I had to leave the toy outside because it times out after a minute or two and you have to keep squeezing it. But it worked like a charm! I suggest introducing your cat to it before the car ride so it’s not new and scary. But the sound is very soothing. Even the ladies at the vet commented it would put them to sleep!" —Jde19630

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    27. An interactive cat toy that'll 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.

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    Promising review: "Simply the best cat toy you can buy. My cats go wild as soon as I pull this out. Nothing else gets them up and moving like this toy now that they’re getting older. Seems silly that they love a simple wire with a cardboard tip, but there’s something about it that’s irresistible. Buy it. Your cats will love it." —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $1.73.

    28. A pack of recordable answer buzzers for anyone who's seen the TikToks of people training their pets to "talk" and have wanted to try it themselves. Now you don't have to worry about accidents in the house because they can tell you when they need to go.

    Reviewer photo of four buttons on a piece of cardboard and they're labelled play, food, outside, and help
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    Promising review: "We're using these to give my dog a voice. I've recorded 'potty outside,' 'water please,' and 'treat' into these buttons and put them around the house for her to use. Now when she needs to use the restroom she says 'potty outside.' When she comes back in, she goes straight to 'treat' and asks for her reward. When her bowl is empty she lets me know by pushing 'water, please.' She is a 9-pound Chihuahua with arthritis in her front paw and has no problems pushing the buttons down to make them speak. Great purchase. I want to buy more and add more phrases (like 'play,' 'car ride,' 'bedtime,' and 'cuddles!'). 100% happy!" —Tye Rannosaurus

    Get it from Amazon for $17.72.

    29. An under-the-door cat toy because you didn't think there was a toy made specifically for using under a door...but there totally is. If your kitty loves chasing strings under the door, or likes to paw or bite at fingers under the door, they'll probably love this knitted toy.

    Knit Wit Boutique / Etsy

    Knit Wit Boutique is an Ohio-based small business that specializes in handmade knitted items.

    Promising review: "I bought two of these for my cats and they arrived quickly. My cats love them, especially with the catnip. There are so many colors to choose from and they are well made for lots of kitty fun. A great gift for any cat or cat owner. The owner of this shop was delightful to work with. I asked several questions and she responded immediately. 😺" —Ann Casey

    Get a set from Knit Wit Boutique on Etsy for $10 (available in a variety of colors).

    30. A set of elevated cat bowls if you're looking for a hella functional yet stylish option for mealtime. Treat Mittens like the princess she is with these stainless-steel bowls that are angled to reduce neck strain. The design of these deep, wide 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.

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