Owning a pet is the definition of fun...until they make a mess while eating, shed everywhere, and refuse to take a bath. Not everything is morning snuggles and cute selfies (despite what Instagram-famous dogs and cats may lead you to believe).
To help you handle the unavoidably inconvenient parts of pet parenthood, we rounded up products that are sure to solve some common problems. Totally pawsome.
You’ll be able to pick up after your pet without any fear of dirtying your hands. The bags are strong, leak-proof, and housed in recyclable packaging. You can tie the handles together to trap smells inside, and the light-green bags are compostable too. Your dog walk just got a lot more pleasant. ($6.95/120 pack, Hive)
It comes with a dustpan, scoop, and hand brush. Your cat will have more than enough room to do their business, but the compact design won’t hog much floor space. The grippy bottom is an added bonus and will help the box stay put while your cat moves around. Psst...use code BEST15 to get 15% off all bestselling cat furniture. ($149, Tuft+Paw)
Made from plant-based ingredients, this kibble is flavored with roasted peanuts and sweet potatoes. Everything is oven-baked, which helps preserve nutrients and flavors. Ingredients are organic, corn- and soy-free, and the packaging included is made from renewable, plant-based fibers, which cuts single-use plastic waste by 40%. Do good for your pooch and the planet. ($34.95+, Petaluma)
If you’re confused about how to feed your cat nutritiously, listen up. All you’ve got to do is fill out a questionnaire about your feline friend. You’ll be asked about their likes, dislikes, food history, and more. You’ll be able to choose proteins and textures. Once you’re finished, you’ll get a sampler mailed to your door to see how your cat responds. If things go well (they will), you can sign up for a monthly subscription. But no worries — if things change, you can always switch up recipes, skip a month, and readjust based on their picky preferences. (Prices vary, Smalls)
Stop fumbling with a Ziploc. This one can clip to a leash and has a Velcro closure. So you can open and close it with one hand. And when they do something good, you can quickly reward them. Positive reinforcement, coming right up. ($17.99, The Treat Teek on Etsy)
The silicone mat will hug the floor, so the bowls inside won’t get knocked around while your pet dines. The raised lip can help catch spills, just in case some water dribbles out. And the bowls can pop out easily when you need to fill ‘em. It’s really a great solution for sloppy eaters. ($34.95, Grommet)
Once you find the right size, you can buy the clippers that match your pet’s nails. This means that only a predetermined amount of nail will be cut each time. Aka you won’t cut too close and possibly hurt them in the process. How to find the right size is fully explained on the page (just in case you’re a bit confused). ($16.95, Grommet)
Your feline friend will immediately want to rub up against it. They’ll get daily massages. And you’ll get fewer interruptions as you WFH. When the brush gets filled with hair, simply remove it from the bracket and wash with soap and water. ($3.74, Amazon)
Time to DIY. The gloves work on long- or short-haired dogs, cats, and horses. The petting motion helps soothe them and clean their coat at the same time. So they look their best and you don’t have to worry about a nervous, shaking pup. ($13.99, Amazon)
Just add a little water, insert your pup’s paw, and twist. The silicone bristles will gently wash away dirt and grime that would otherwise wind up all over your kitchen floor. Pro tip: leave it by your back door and do a lil’ wash before entering. ($14.41+, Amazon)
It works much like a weighted blanket for humans. The jacket gently hugs your pet, applying light pressure to calm them. Think of it like a constant hug (or like swaddling a baby). It can help dogs that get easily worked up during car trips, vet visits, and more. Customers rave about the results. ($39.99+, Amazon)
It’s pretty simple: fill the mat with a tasty treat (like peanut butter) and stick it to the shower wall. It’ll keep your pupper busy while you shampoo and condition them. The tiny silicone nubs will trap whatever treat you use, so they’ll need to keep licking to actually get every bit out. ($10.95, Amazon)
Like during vet visits, on car rides, or while cutting their nails. The bag itself has a little opening for seat belts to pass through and shoulder straps for convenient carry. It’s also pretty thick just in case they get a little feisty and wanna claw. It looks kinda funny (we admit it), but reviewers really love how well it works. ($35+, Amazon)
Yep, even dogs can have allergies. To help ‘em out, this chew packs a powerful punch. It’s got colostrum and apple cider vinegar to help boost their immunity and digestive system. It also includes omega-3 fatty acids to support their skin, coat, heart, and joint health. Cheers to more belly rubs. ($24.99, Amazon)
Now you can enjoy a boat day without having to worry about a pup falling overboard. This jacket will keep’ em afloat. The top has grab handles just in case you need to swoop them up quickly. Psst...everything is adjustable (thanks to the buckles), so you can get a snug fit. Time to take a dip. ($17.99+, Chewy)
So your pet can stay hydrated on long walks. Oh, and so you don’t have to lug around a bowl or try to get them to drink from a water bottle or fountain. Now when you hear them panting, you can flip the cup up, squeeze, and presto — the cup will fill up. Excess water they don’t want will drain back into the bottle for later. ($15.97, Amazon)
Psst...Now you can adopt a shelter with help from Amazon. How does it work? Glad you asked. Each shelter has created a wishlist for the supplies they need most. The charities included help save dogs, cats, horses, sea turtles, wild birds, and even humpback whales. It’s time to do some good.
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