If you’re new to pet parenthood, congrats. Joy and unconditional love, coming right up. But taking care of a cat or dog can also be challenging. Especially because they can’t speak and tell you how they’re feeling or what they want. Seriously, where’s Eliza Thornberry when you need her?
While we can’t talk to animals, we can help you take care of that precious furball you take so many photos of. From making sure they eat the right food, to keeping them happy and healthy with daily exercise, we got ya covered. We’ve rounded up the products that’ll make life easier for the both of you. Four paws up.
And if you're also looking for recs for your human little ones, check out products to help make parenting a little simpler.
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’s also got omega-3 fatty acids to support their skin, coat, heart, and joint health. Cheers to more belly rubs. ($24.99, 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)
It works like a dry shampoo. Just add a few pumps to your hands and rub the solution in your cat’s fur. You can dry them with a towel, or let ‘em air dry naturally. You can use it on both long-haired and short-haired cats. And its formula is free of alcohol, silicone, and parabens. ($17.99, Amazon)
If you’ve ever struggled to give your pet a pill, listen up. This paste can disguise the smell, helping them to swallow medication without instantly spitting it up. It’ll fit pills of any size, and is safe for both cats and dogs. It also comes in other flavors. Problem = solved. ($11.99, Amazon)
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. ($13.99, Amazon)
Going for a leisurely walk? Relaxing. Getting pulled every which way by your dog the entire time? Not so much. The leash attaches in two places, to help communicate to your pet when to go and stop. The front attachment is kinda like power steering, so you can better dictate where they walk. It’s also a great tool for training (or everyday use, especially if you have a large dog). ($38.56+, Amazon)
It’s designed to help sharpen claws, while also removing dead layers. It’ll give them a place to play and exercise, and since it comes with a bag of catnip, it’ll keep their attention. It’s time for them to leave the leg of your coffee table alone. ($32.99, Chewy)
We’re not all pro baseball players with amazing throwing abilities. But with this launcher, you’ll be able to reach double the distance. So your pet runs further, getting as much exercise as possible. And it’s designed for a hands-free pickup, so you never have to touch a slobbery ball. Win-win. ($6.07, Chewy)
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 change up recipes, skip a month, and readjust based on their picky preferences. (Prices vary, Smalls)
First personalize the plan to fit your pet. Then everything will be delivered to you. The food used is nutrient-packed, with real ingredients. Plus it's all cooked in USDA kitchens, the same way human food is prepped. So you know you’re getting high-quality meals. Food will also be portioned when it arrives at your home, so you won’t have to worry about running out. (Prices vary, PetPlate)
Maybe they hate the car. Maybe they hate thunder. Whatever it is, these supplements work to reduce hyperactivity. Reviewed by a board-certified vet, each chew has a blend of hemp seed powder, organic chamomile, and organic passionflower. So your pooch won’t get so worked up in certain situations. ($28, Wild One)
A classic Kong toy is shipped with your first box, and each month following that will include treats, a training toy, a hand-picked toy just for them, and easy-to-make recipes they’ll love. They also have themed boxes focused on issues like separation anxiety, boredom, crate training, and more. And don’t worry, Kong toys are very durable and made from all-natural rubber that’s been FDA-approved. ($39.95/month, Kong Box)
PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published (and all prices were accurate too). Thanks.
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