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    Just 30 Clever Pet Products You’ll Feel Smart For Investing In

    From a Furbo dog camera to a self-cleaning litter box, these clever pet products are well, well worth the investment.

    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 stuffing-free dog toy to ensure your pet is entertained ~all~ day long without the pesky mess of stuffing to clean up. After one playtime with this toy, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.


    Promising review: "My 19-lb squeaker-crazy dog loves this thing! She usually makes short work of squeaker toys by ripping off the covering in record time to get to the squeaker and once she gets the squeaker out, she's done with the toy. Other more expensive, name-brand dog toys have had their squeakers torn out in less than a day. After a couple of months, this little monkey has withstood her efforts and is still holding on to its squeaker. It may no longer be recognizable as a monkey because much of the fabric covering is shredded, but the squeaker is still intact, so she is still playing with the toy. That's a win in my book." —I purchased this item

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89+ (available in two designs).

    2. A pet GPS for the cat or dog who ~always~ seems to wander off outside — no matter how many times you triple check the leash or locks. You'll be able to know their location at all times with this *and* save yourself from worrying just a bit.


    Promising review: "My dog has a bad habit of running off and not coming back for hours. This device has given us a peace of mind to find our baby quickly and not have to worry where she is! If you have a dog who runs off, buy this, it’s easy to use and accurate!" —Brandi

    Get it from Chewy for $99.95.

    3. A smartly designed dog feeder bowl to help your pup eat slower. Instead of quickly eating the food (which, can cause hiccups and other problems), they'll eat slower and digest it better.

    Promising review: "Wow! Don’t look any further! We have had our puppy for about six weeks now. He is a 4-1/2-month old, 48-lb, black lab hound mix, and it would take him one minute to eat his food! He is currently getting 2 cups dry and a bit of raw with water. This morning was the first try with the new bowl and five minutes later I am writing the review! We went from one minute of scarfing down food to eating every drop and it took.... drum rolllllll...... THIRTEEN MINUTES!!!! How amazing is that! We chose the pink one due to the design. He didn’t seem to mind the color. 😉I think he may be getting another design for Christmas!" —Busyweaver

    Get it from Amazon for $9.70+ (available in three sizes and four designs).

    4. An aluminum weather-proof pet door for your pup to walk outside whenever they want. Although it can be used at all times, it can also be adjusted so that they can only use it when you want them to, if you prefer.

    The pet door in action

    Promising review: "I love our Petsafe Doggie Door! It allows us the freedom to be away from home and not worrying about leaving our two dogs alone too long. It also has a good seal keeping out the elements." –Carolinarose

    Get it from PetSmart for $44.95 (originally $69.99).

    5. An incognito litter box that's looks just like a real clay pot planter. No need to worry about that not-so-attractive litter box ruining your decor!

    a cat inside the clay pot litter box

    Promising review: "The BEST litterbox we've ever owned! Been searching years for something like this. Such a brilliant idea. Would love to see more products from this company!!. Funny, I actually don't hate cleaning the litter box now!!" —Paul

    Get it from Amazon for $64.14+ (available in two colors).

    6. A scratch- and waterproof car cover to protect your vehicles interior from getting ruin by your active furry friend. Built with four different layers, it'll establish a super protective barrier between the seats and your dog or cat while preventing damage.

    Promising review: "I have a Swiss shepherd and he often gets very messy. I used to take him to the park and lake without seat cover and my car was a big mess. My last cover broke pretty quickly so I replaced it with this one. I love the non-slip bottom, it is waterproof and protects my car seats from mud, water and fur. The seat belt openings are large enough. This is a great product, high quality and reasonably priced." —electric

    Get it from Amazon for $34.96+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    7. A bone-shaped lick pad that'll ensure your pet stays cool as a cucumber while you groom or bathe them. Just spread peanut butter on it and, bam, distracted pet!

    the lick pad being used for a dogs in the bath

    Promising review: "Our dog absolutely loves this! We put peanut butter, yogurt, and fruit purée on the lickimats and then freeze them. We stick them onto the tiled kitchen floor and let him take his time in finishing the treat. This works better for him vs a Kong toy because he’s a bit lazy! Suction is great on our floor surfaces and cleanup is very easy (our pup does most of the work!) Just soak it in hot soapy water, rinse, and you’re done!" —DoodlePawrents

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 for two.

    8. A Bissell SpotBot to help you avoid spending hours on end scrubbing pee off of your carpets. This clever purchase is one you definitely won't regret.


    Promising review: "This machine is amazing. I was shocked. My dogs had a severe diarrhea blowout from getting into some people food and garbage. My carpet looked beyond repair. We used the cleaning solution that came with it and also used Nature's Miracle Carpet Shampoo liquid. I am sold on the Spot Bot. It is fabulous and gets out any set in stain. Look at my pictures. Not a trace left and we didn't have to do a thing but move the machine to a different spot when it was done. No work for us!" —MK

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    9. A doggie doorbell for your pet to inform you when they need to go potty. Trust us, this is so much better than them barking or crying.

    a dog ringing the doorbell

    Promising review: "Love it. I have a dog who doesn't bark when he wants to come in, He just sat at the door and waited so I was constantly running to the back of the house to look out the window to see if he was there. It took less then three weeks for him to learn to use this and now he just rings the doorbell when he is ready to come in. It has saved me a lot of time running back and forth. I have had it for a year and have had no problems even in negative temps with lots of snow." —Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    10. A doggy life jacket so you can be 100% certain that your pup won't drown in the pool or ocean. Puppy safety is our number one priority!

    a reviewer's German Shepard wearing the life jacket in pink

    Promising review: "We purchased a life vest for a 11 week old puppy to ease him into water activities. It also gave us peace of mind after reading stories from other reviewers about their dogs falling off docks and boats and needing the handle on the back to fish them out. The vest is light weight with no sharp corners. It snaps on easily and is adjustable. It doesn't impede their natural ability to swim and just adds a little extra buoyancy to help keep them afloat." —Wendy

    Get it from Amazon for $17.89+ (available in six sizes and four colors).

    11. An interactive dog toy that'll uses obstacles and combinations with treats inside to keep your dog mentally stimulated and entertained. Basically, your pup will be busy for a while.

    a dog playing with the toy

    Promising review: "Our new rescued dog has heartworms, and is in the long process of being treated for it. This means months of keeping the dog calm and inactive. Friends recommended getting toys to draw out meal times, to mentally stimulate them since they can't get physical activity. I feed my dog with this puzzle toy, and then with a Kong that has been filled with kibble and chicken broth and frozen. She absolutely loves this toy. It fits a good amount of kibble. It's challenging enough that it kept her engaged as she figured it out. It was fun watching her get a little better at it every day. By now she can clean it out almost as fast as I can fill it, but she still loves it. We've been using it twice a day since we got it and it's still one of my dog's favorite toys to use. I've spent too much on toys she wasn't interested in or that didn't hold up, but this one is a keeper and a real value." —Megg

    Get it from Amazon for $13.80+ (available in two designs).

    12. A dog paw cleaning device so you can clean off those paws filled with mud *before* they reach your floors or carpets.

    dog paw going into tube with silicone bristles

    Promising review: "Best. Thing. Ever. This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it! I have a terrier/schnauzer who likes to dig, a mini golden doodle who is prissy about her paws and a standard labradoodle puppy who is still very fuzzy. We have a farm where it is extremely sandy and we stay in a travel trailer. The amount of sand they were tracking in to the camper was ridiculous. It takes me three minutes to clean and dry off all of their paws. Seriously the best purchase I have made!" —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    13. A Tile Mate that's a more affordable version of the pet GPS. While this isn't made specifically for pets, it's a great trinket to attach to your pet's collar to ensure you know where they are at all times.,

    Promising review: "I use it for my cat when we let her in the backyard. Sometimes she wanders off into the neighbor's yard but she has learned that when her collar starts singing that I’m looking for her. Keep in mind though that if you’re using this for an animal, you have to be in range of the tile to find it (which I’ve noticed is about 20 feet or so)." —Ctesta

    Get it from Amazon for $18.44.

    14. An odor-eliminating spray that'll lift stains and odors with ease. As someone who owns this, I can firsthand say it works wonders with pets!

    The spray

    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.

    15. An eye rinse to help get rid of tear stains — aka those annoying reddish streaks some pups have around their eyes.

    Reviewer's before and after photo showing the rinse got rid of their white dog's tear stains

    Promising review: "I have two Shih Tzus. They had watery eyes and a little tear staining, but this eye solution has worked wonderfully. One drop in their eyes every morning after I’ve cleaned them. At one point I stopped doing it for awhile, and my male ended up with a stye, so back to every day." —CG

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59 (or Subscribe & Save for $5.31/month).

    16. A self-warming pet bed for keeping your furry friend warm and toasty. Side note: reviewers with hairless cats and dogs say it's fabulous for keeping them cozy.,

    Promising review: "I had to order a second bed because my two cats are fighting over the first one I bought. But honestly, it's been kinda funny watching the battles. Trust me, your cat(s) will love this bed." —Leslie D. Van Damme

    Get it from Amazon for $19.73 (available in two colors).

    17. A Furbo pet camera so you can keep an eye on your snuggle bug all the time. Regardless of where you are, the pet-monitoring camera will keep you at ease knowing your pet is safe. Plus, it also dispenses treats, alerts you when they bark, and allows you to talk to them.

    Syd Robinson / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I was always concerned leaving my puppy home alone because he will cry a lot... When I got the Furbo, things got much better! Furbo sent me notifications to my phone when he was crying, so I would log on and talk to him right away. This changed everything!! My puppy knows I'm always there, so his separation anxiety is getting better. He cries less, and I feel much more relieved." —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $169 (originally $249).

    To learn why one BuzzFeeder loves this, check out their full Furbo review.

    18. A dog training collar that'll help you teach your pup commands like sit, stay, and come. The collar can beep, vibrate, and use static modes to alert your dog without causing them an ounce of pain.

    Reviewer Photo: A pup with the collar on

    Promising review: "I was a little iffy about the collar at first because Gus was so scared just by the vibration setting. Now he wags his tail when I pick up the collar (he knows he’s going out), and I only have to use the tone to correct any misbehaviors. He ignores prey animals on walks and I can fully relax at the dog park because he doesn’t try to mount other dogs anymore. The battery has a good life so far. The remote has great range, even when I use it hidden inside my pocket. Love this thing!!" –Allyssa Graafsm

    Get it from Amazon for $59.49.

    19. A self-cleaning litter box so you can use a handy app to clean the litter box. While you'll still have to clean it out every once in a while — you won't have to scoop it every time it's used as the machine does that itself.


    Promising review: "The Litter-Robot is a lifesaver! Our cat luckily took to it within a week. As a busy family, we were admittedly terrible at remembering to scoop our poor cat's litter box. We love Murphy, but this understandably made him a bit of a jerk. The Litter-Robot now gives him a clean litter bed every time which makes us both very happy. We've been using the Litter-Robot for about six months now and it's been perfect! It's easy to clean and change out the waste drawer when needed. Onboarding was a breeze and the app makes it super easy to track my cats habits. It also lets you know when the drawer is full so I can basically forget that we even have a litter box for a week or more at a time. We've also gone through way less litter than we did with just the regular litter boxes. I cannot say enough good things about the Litter-Robot. This will make both you and all of your cats much happier!" —Debbie

    Get it from Chewy for $499 (available in two colors).

    20. A backseat car extender for your furry friend to have a cozy spot to snooze in on long-road trips. Thanks to this extender, you won't have to worry about them falling off the seat while they catch some ZZZs.

    The backseat extender

    Promising review: "I have 13-year-old Scottie who insists on riding on the center console of my car. We don't travel far in the car, so she's safe. Rounding the corner, no matter how slow I go, sometimes she would slip off of the console and at times land on the floor. I was worried she would get hurt. This bridge solved the problem! She sits on it and pokes her head through the two seats. She doesn't fall at all as she is sitting on a flat surface now. This bridge rocks!" –Marty

    Get it from Amazon for $61.99+ (available in two colors).

    21. A travel bag made specifically for pups. It has two food carriers, a placement, two silicone bowls, and a spacious interior for tons of toys and blankets. The best part? The front pouch has a built-in place for poo bags. Doesn't this sound like a dog parent's dream bag?

    Reviewer's picture of the backpack in blue

    Promising review: "This is the best doggie bookbag ever! This is very well made. It’s beautiful and well worth the money. You won’t regret it. We love it!!!!" –Bethany mooney

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in four colors).

    22. A Casper dog bed with extra fabric to give your pup a cozy place to rest. Just imagine ~all~ the cute puppy sleeping faces you'll see — *sigh* too cute.

    The dog bed

    Promising review: "OK. In the world of dog beds, Casper has gotten this right. All too often people are forced to spend too much money on a substandard product that will just pancake out over time. This bed was easy to assemble, the fabric is incredibly durable, and it looks good with a nice thick cushion and sidewalls for head resting. The cushions themselves are also wrapped. I have a large borzoi and it fits him very perfectly. It's well worth the money spent and now Casper should think about adding more range to the cover color selection and they will have it made. Even my cats love this. Getting another for upstairs." –LindaH

    Get it from Amazon for $125 (available in three colors and three sizes).

    23. A backyard kitty compound to provide your cat with a safe and fun play area. With over 30 square feet of space and a durable mesh tent and tunnel, they'll have plenty of space to roam around.

    The backyard kitty compound

    Promising review: "Super easy to open and closed. It's roomy so my kitty doesn't feel like she's trapped in such a small space. It's also a mesh so she can smell the air and see birds too. My kitty is just chilling in it for hours while I'm working on the yard. It was a good buy." —Bengalkids

    Get it from Chewy for $69.95.

    24. A PupProtector™ faux fur, waterproof throw blanket to give your cuddle bug a place to get cozy — while protecting whatever is underneath from any stains whatsoever. Thanks to its unique internal waterproof lining, liquid will never make its way through the blanket so don't worry about your bed, sofa, or rugs getting stains.

    Dog sitting on the fuzzy blanket

    Promising review: "Love that it’s waterproof!!! Protects the furniture well!!!" —Anne G.

    Get it from for $119 (originally $298; available in three colors and two sizes).

    25. A Dyson air purifier that'll clear the air from dirt, dust, and gunk that your pet somehow brought into your home. Honestly, it'll help you both breathe easier.

    a reviewer showing their dog sitting next to the air purifier

    Promising review: "I bought this system as it is rated as a Hepa Air Filter. Since using this, the house air quality has changed significantly. With two inside dogs, the pet dander is down. Overall it's worked for me." —W. D. Qualls

    Get it from Amazon for $499.

    26. An electric water fountain with a flower-shaped dispenser to encourage your kitty to drink more water. Let's be real, getting them to drink is a challenge so this will help alleviate it!

    Cat drinking from the fountain

    Promising review: "Our cat would want to drink from the bathtub faucet whenever opportunity presented itself, so much that we noticed she wasn't drinking from her water dish as often. We wanted to find a small, dependable cat fountain that would mimic trickling water to encourage her to drink more water, and stop her from wanting to drink from the bathtub faucet. The fountain was very easy to assemble, holds a good amount of water (which provides enough weight to prevent the fountain from being tipped over), the pump is super-quiet and has a built-in flow regulator, and the fountain design provides three different water flow options depending whether or not you uses the removable flower accessory/flower cap. Our cat only drinks from her water fountain now, (thank goodness!), and her water intake has increased!" —Cat In the House
    Get it from PetSmart for $27.99 (originally $29.99).

    27. A de-shedding tool for large dogs that gently removes excess undercoat fur. It also includes an eject button so you can get rid of that fluffy mess very, very quickly.

    Promising review: "This was worth every penny! It gets deep in the coat and my dog actually likes being brushed now. I have never removed so much fur in one setting. Amazing!" —Serene

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in two sizes).

    28. A pair of indoor leggings for preventing your pup from slipping and sliding everywhere indoors. The stretchy cooling material and grippy bottoms allows air to circulate easily and ensures they don't go flying across the room.

    Dog wearing the indoor leggings
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    Promising review: "These are the best “grippy feet” EVER! Very comfortable and easy to put on. They make hardwood doable for our girl again!" —Rose M.

    Get it from Walkee Paws for $36.99+ (available in three sizes).

    29. A faux fur nest cushion bed from Fur Haven that will make your pup as cozy as can be. It'll help them relax after a long day and help comfort them during bouts of anxiety,

    Promising review: "I ended up buying two of these beds because my dog loved it so much! She’s a 10-pound Brussels Griffon who loves to nest and spread out. I started with the medium bed and later got a small for travel. My dog is a HEAVY nester. She will dig and dig to make her bed comfy and we had no issues with this bed. It forms nicely and she sleeps so much better than before. I did remove some of the filling to make it more flexible for her. (Use a dryer sheet to remove the static charge if you want to do the same and the foam comes out easily.) The outer shell wipes down easily too. She chewed one of those nylabones on the bed and it left little hard spots. Just used a wet paper towel and it came right off the fake fur." –JLP

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    30. A collapsible dog pool for your four-legged friend to splash around in on a hot summer day. Fair warning: don't put this too close to your door — there will be lots of splashing involved!,

    Promising review: "I really liked the thickness and quality of this pool.. my dog was already scratching at the sides and this thing is TOUGH!!! Love the drain plug as you can connect a hose to it. I bought the XXL for my husky!! She dunks her head under water all day! Great product!" –K

    Get it from Amazon for $37.29+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

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

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