16 Pet Products That’ll Solve Common Problems

Published on: Feb 18, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
problem-solving pet productsLindsay Lange

We take fur parenting very seriously. And just like with any other family member, we want our pets to be healthy and happy. 

But owning a pet can be stressful (hi, hair everywhere and stains you didn’t ask for). Pets are the best snuggle partners, but they’re a ton of work. Which is why we rounded up problem-solving products to make pet parenthood a bit easier.


absorbent pads that can clean up urine
A pad that can soak up pet stains with minimal effort on your end...

Seriously. Lay one of these pads on the stain and press down with your foot. The formula will be released into the rug. Wait about 30 minutes and then remove. Presto. ($24.99/pack of 20, Amazon)

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velcro treat bag for walks
A treat bag to help with obedience on walks…

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)

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self-grooming brush for cats
A self-grooming brush that can be mounted to a wall…

Your feline friend will immediately want to rub up against it. They’ll get daily massages. And you’ll get less interruptions as you WFH. When the brush gets filled with hair, simply remove it from the bracket and wash with soap and water. ($4.99, Amazon)

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rubber broom to collect pet hair
A rubber broom that’ll pick up fur like a dream...

We’re talking magic. It’ll work on carpet, tile, and wood floors. When you’re done, place the broom under running water to wash. It’s that easy. ($12.98, Amazon)

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anti-allergy bites to help pets with scratching, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms
An allergy supplement to soothe seasonal irritation, support digestion, and boost coat health…

You’re not the only one who itches and sneezes because of allergies. These chews can help with coat licking and biting. They also feature a blend of probiotics and salmon oil (for smooth fur). Goodbye, ruff life. ($25.96, Amazon)

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peanut butter-flavored pill paste to help mask the taste and smell of pet medication
A peanut-butter flavored pill paste to help pets take medication…

If you’ve ever struggled to give your pet a pill, listen up. This paste can totally 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)

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textured brush glove for at-home grooming
A glove brush for pets that get too spooked at the groomer…

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. ($13.99, Amazon)

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slow-feeding food bowl for pets with grooves to help them eat slower
A slow feeder bowl for pets that devour their kibble way too quickly…

Because slow eating can help digestion and decrease bloat. The grooves act like a mini maze, so your pet will have to search for food. Not just gobble it down in a few bites. ($14.99, Amazon)

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silent pet tag
A silent pet tag to stop that annoying jingle from happening all the time...

Aka, the silent option every pet owner has been dreaming about. The tag glows in the dark and is fade-proof, too. Totally pawsome. ($20, The Grommet)

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waterless cat bath formula works like a dry shampoo on fur
A waterless cat shampoo to make bathtime much less stressful…

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 their fur air dry naturally. It works on all types of fur, from long-haired to short-haired cats. And its formula is free of alcohol, silicone, and parabens. ($17.99, Amazon)

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chuck it ball launcher to help you throw your dog's ball further during play time
A ball launcher to help your pooch get exercise…

We’re not all pro baseball players with amazing throwing abilities. But with this launcher, you’ll be able to throw double the distance. So your pet runs further, getting as much exercise as possible. And it’s designed for a hands-free pick-up, so you never have to touch a slobbery ball. Win-win. ($7.95, Amazon)

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collar light
A rechargeable collar light so you can easily spot your pet at night…

They insist on being let out once more before you go to bed. When it’s very, very dark out. Now with this collar light, you’ll be able to see them roaming around the backyard. No more midnight flashlight searches. ($15.26, Chewy)

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harness for dog walking
A harness to make your afternoon walks more enjoyable…

Their leash can clip to the back of the harness. Meaning it won’t get tangled in their legs as they trot along. You’ll have more control of where they wander, too. Getting them to walk without stopping every three feet to sniff something? Well, that’s a different story. ($48, Wild One)

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thermal cat bed that reflects their body heat back to keep them warm
A self-warming quilted cat bed they can snooze on…

The electricity-free thermal insert reflects natural body heat (like space blankets), so the longer they lay on it, the warmer it gets. So they’ll stop snoozing on your laptop. And you can finally get some work done uninterrupted. ($9.99, Amazon)

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biodegradable poop bags
A set of biodegradable poop bags so you can pick up after your pet…

These bags will mask scent, are extra thick, and eco-friendly. So you’ll never be caught off guard when out and about. ($8, Wild One)

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waterproof dog booties for snow, mud, and salt
A pair of waterproof dog booties for snow and salt…

Protect your puppy’s paws from cold temps, salt mixtures, rocky terrains, and more with these booties. Their padding will act as a protective barrier (and will prevent muddy paws from dirtying your floor). Just make sure to measure your pup’s paw first to ensure the right fit. ($27.99, Amazon)

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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. Thanks.

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