The Very Best Pet Products and Accessories

For the animal lovers.

Some people love their pets as much as they love their children; others love their pets even more. And for the most obsessive pet owners, only the best accessories, grooming products, and toys will do. We’ve compiled all the best pet advice that’s been on the Strategist — from stuff for cats and dogs to cleaning products that’ll take care of any pet’s mess.

The Best Gifts for a Cat

Avowed cat lady Kristin Perrotta put together her wish list of the crème de la crème of cat products. From cat toys to cleaning products to fancy food, the cat lover tells all.

The Best Dog Toy

KONG Wubba Friend Dog Toy
$8, Amazon

Writer Alice Gregory doesn’t understand why her dog loves this bear-octopus plush hybrid, but he really, really does. “Everything a dog might do with a toy, Mickey wants to do with the bear octopus: cuddle it, gum it, guard it territorially as though anyone but him would possibly want it. I almost put it in the trash every single day. ‘Mickey, why do you love this monstrosity?!’ I want to scream. But he does, and I love him, so the bear octopus stays.”

The Best Bathtub for Small Pets

Pet Gear Pup Tub
$45, Amazon

Writer Alison Freer discovered the Pet Gear Pup Tub a few weeks after an incident involving one skunk, her three Chihuahuas, and a series of six back-breaking baths. This “well-designed hunk of plastic” is just the thing for “bathing pets under 20 pounds without having to bend over your human-size tub and break your back.”

The Best Dog Products According to Doug the Pug

Instagram sensation Doug the Pug shared all his favorite must-haves. With Crusty Nose Balm for Dogs and Organic Antler Chews, it’s hard not to trust a dog sensible enough to bring a hoodie to an overly air-conditioned office setting.

The Best Spray Bark Collar

PetSafe Gentle Spray Bark Collar
$50, Amazon

Writer Alice Gregory found a way to save her sanity and lessen her dog’s barking — no pain necessary — with this citronella-infused PetSafe Gentle Spray Bark Collar. “I don’t mind when he begs for food, or lurches me into oncoming traffic in pursuit of a squirrel, or gnaws on my hand, or humps my foot, or wedges his way between my husband and me in the middle of the night. But I do mind his barking, which is bloodcurdlingly shrill — an objectively annoying bark, leagues worse than those of other dogs, and made more awful in the summer when the windows are down and every passing pedestrian provokes him to yelp.”

The Best (Looking) Litter Box

Modkat Litter Box
$95, Amazon

Vulture editor Abraham Riesman loves his Modkat litter box: “Unlike the garish, airplane-hangar-esque litter boxes that occupy the popular imagination, a Modkat box is a stylish, round-edged cube that looks more like a nifty, small table than a cat-waste container.”

The Best Dog-Food Bowl

Siensync Interactive Feeder Dog Bowl
$11, Amazon

SNL actor Aidy Bryant swears by this maze of a dog-food bowl: “My sweet, lil’ dumb dog loves food so much, but he eats so fast that he pukes! Very cute. I found this out of desperation because my poor little barf baby needed it. The bowl has been a total game changer. It’s a little puzzle for him to dig into the food, which actually slows him down so he doesn’t throw up from eating too fast.”

The Best Monitoring Device

Petcube Play
$165, Amazon

If you’re looking for a way to watch your dogs nap while you’re at work, or play with your cat via laser pointer on your lunch break, the Petcube Play is the answer. Writer Alison Freer praises the little cube that lets you interact with your pets through your smartphone. “For simple peace of mind — and home-intrusion monitoring — the Petcube is worth ten times the price.”

The Best Brush for Hair Balls

FURminator deShedding Tool for Cats
$18, Amazon

Writer Elizabeth Gumport was given the gift that keeps on giving by way of the FURminator. With a metal comb, the device reaches through your pet’s topcoat, collecting the fur, and then allowing it to be neatly tossed. “The benefits are more than fur deep, though, and include preventing hair balls — if you remove your cat’s excess fur with a FURminator, he doesn’t have to do it himself with his tongue.”

The Best Odor Eliminators

We’ve got you covered.

We sourced the best intel from dog walkers, groomers, and holistic-pet-care owners for their solutions to an array of accidents. For a mess all over the place or for a mess with specificity, here are all the products you need for poop, pee, and puke. Plus, we’ve got you covered for the general smelliness that can accompany a beloved pet.

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The Very Best Pet Products and Accessories