28 Pet Products From Amazon That Are Kinda Boring But Totally Necessary

From collapsible water bowls to magical ear treatments, these products will make caring for your pet easier than ever.

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A paw-soother stick to ensure your pet’s footpads aren’t sore and achy. Whether your pup goes on lots of outdoor adventures with you or the winter is simply drying out their pads, this nourishing still will soothe their soles.


Promising review: “My dog has hyperkeratosis of her paws and after researching, I read about the paw soother and decided to purchase it and give it a try! It completely reversed her paws to being soft again! After putting it on, I normally put her shoes on until it completely absorbs so she doesn’t leave sticky paw prints everywhere. I also don’t have to worry about her licking her paws afterward since it’s all-natural. Love it!” –Helen

Get it from Amazon for $17.95.


A cat litter scoop, because this might not be super thrilling but comes in handy when your cat goes to the bathroom a lot. The slotted scoop makes picking up droppings easy, as it will filter out extra litter in the mix.


Promising review: “I had purchased some OkoCat litter (the paper pellet, non-clumping kind) and I quickly discovered my standard kitty scoop was too small to properly let the pellets through. So, after trying unsuccessfully to find a larger scoop in town I tried this one. I have to agree, even seeing the measurements, it simply doesn’t prepare you for the behemoth that is this scoop. I feel like I could fit a quarter of the entire litter pan into the bowl if it were solid. But, the wide circular holes are absolutely perfect for letting the large litter through while keeping the poop contained. Occasionally a really small turd might slip through, but I can usually just catch it and roll it against the side of the scoop for disposal. I’m really happy with it thus far, but I haven’t had it all that long.” –CasualOtaku

Get it from Amazon for $4.39+ (available in four colors).


An anti-fungal footpad spray so you can cater to your dog or cat’s paws. The antibacterial spray is formulated with cooling aloe to target everything from hot spots and rashes to cuts and scrapes.


Promising review: “I have a cat who I took in from the streets with ear mites and a yeast infection in his mouth. That yeast infection traveled to his skin by him licking it, and he had many ‘hot spots’ and even though he had no fleas, he constantly itches even after the ear mites were gone. He is scared of the spray sound, so I spray it into my hands and I lathered him all around his head, ears, neck, and all the hot spots a couple of times a day for about three days. It’s been a couple of months, the issues are gone and he is finally growing more than just his undercoat. This is so worth it. Now he’s back to being a weird little happy cat.” —J. Taylor

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.


An Exo Terra thermometer so your lizard’s environment stays the perfect temperature. Simply attach it to the terrarium and keep an eye on your reptile friend to ensure they’re as cozy as can be at all times.


Promising review: “Seems to be working the way it should, and sticks great to the side of the terrarium. Would buy again, great price also compared to PetSmart. One downside I have noticed, it only comes with one sticky pad. So, if your 16-year old decided to take it off like a dingleberry, uh… good luck getting it back on.” –Camarogril

Get it from Amazon for $5.16.


A collapsible water bowl for your furry friend. Whether you’re taking your pup to brunch or out on an adventure, it’s important that they stay hydrated. This leak-proof bowl can be folded up so small it will fit in your pocket, so there’s no excuse not to tote it along.


Promising review: “Serves its purpose. It’s a collapsible water dish that you can fold up and stick in your pocket. When placed upside down on a Cabbage Patch doll, it doubles as an ugly chef’s hat.” –Unbiased

Get it from Amazon for $5.58.


A box of 12 grain-free Greenies that your 25- to 50-pound dog will go nuts over. While the dental treats don’t replace brushing, they will make your pup’s mouth noticeably cleaner so that you don’t have to brush as often.


Promising review: “Our dog has a lot of allergies. And I mean A LOT of allergies. Allergies to things like grain, grass, and normal life, but these have always been there and never caused allergic reactions to my sweet boy. He loves them so much!” –Ruth Henderson

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $16.98.


A Petmate two-door pet crate for fur babies who like more than one entrance. The airline-approved crate is designed for small pets and will quickly become one of their favorite spots in the house.


Promising review: “Having just adopted brother and sister kittens that are so adorable they deserve nothing but the best, I chose the Petmate two door top load pet kennel. When the two kennels arrived I felt like I had won the lottery. There are so many to choose from and I wanted one that was safe, secure, and attractive and the Petmates checked the box on each level. To get the 5-month-old kittens used to the kennels, I put them on the floor, side by side, with the front doors open. It only took minutes for them to look them over and decide to walk inside. The side-by-side kennels reminded me of travel trailers (which they are in the end) so we call the space they occupy the ‘Trailer Park.’ The kittens are often in their ‘trailer homes’ napping and I feel sure when I need to take them to the vet’s they won’t be as spooked as if it was brand-new. I heartily recommend you consider this product and the bed as well.” –Everett

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two sizes and four colors).


A liquid tartar remover that will save you from so many doggy dentist visits. It’s essentially mouthwash for pups — simply pour some in your dog’s bowl, let them lap it up, and voila! Cleaner, brighter teeth and fresher-smelling breath one lap at a time.


Promising review: “My dog’s molars were turning black and he had a ton of buildup on his canines. In the photo (above), just imagine everywhere you see slight yellow, instead covered in black and brown gunk and hard plaque. His gums were beginning to look inflamed. And, of course, his breath could kill a horse. After one week of constant use (a cap full for every bowl of water) you could see an obvious difference in tooth color. I was blown away. (Why can’t human mouthwash do such a good job on our teeth?) After three weeks, his molars were almost completely clean. After a couple months of use, the plaque on his canines was soft enough to brush some of it off, which was totally impossible before. Plaque covered the canine approximately 70%. Obviously that’s no longer the case. I don’t know what insane solvent this is made of, but it keeps his gross mouth clean as a whistle. Now I don’t have to worry about my picky princess mutt losing his teeth because he can’t be bothered to chew anything.” —BaconPancakes

Get it from Amazon for $9.39 (or Subscribe & Save for $8.92/two months; available in two sizes and three flavors).


A grooming rake so your pet’s fur looks smooth and well-maintained whenever you want it to. The top-selling rake features rotating teeth to gently remove loose fur from the undercoat, making it a must for any pets who shed a lot.


Promising review: “I wish I could give this thing seven stars, but five will have to do. I was able to pull entire sheets of undercoat out of our Husky without disturbing the topcoat. I’ve never had anything work so well. It’s even easier to keep the fur pile together. The fur stays clumped, instead of getting spread out and floating around like with the blade-style FURminator. This thing really digs the loose stuff out so much faster and easier.” –pvfjr

Get it from Amazon for $9.89.


A box of Febreze-scented kitty litter that will keep your cat happy and your home smelling fresh. The litter is self-clumping so once your cat goes to the bathroom in the litter it will clump up for easy removal.


Promising review: “I am so pleased with this litter in every way! I adopted two shelter kittens who would not bury their business and I read it was because they didn’t like the litter. After I got this litter, they do what cats are supposed to do!! And the fragrance is not overpowering.” –JoAnn Pinkerton

Get it from Amazon for $9.54.


A pet storage container so you can keep your pet’s food fresh and organized. The two-compartment plastic container comes on wheels and includes a scoop for easy serving.


Promising review: “Super easy to assemble! Took less than two minutes as you just have to pop the wheels in. We washed it before putting food in it but it didn’t have a strong plastic smell or anything like that. The wheels don’t really roll, they drag unless you apply pressure on the container as you push. This isn’t really a problem as ours will stay in one place but the wheels are a nice touch. We got our pet’s name in a vinyl decal which was the perfect touch!” –Ashley M

Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in 10 colors).


A dog carrier backpack that might not be the cutest accessory but will come in super handy when adventuring with your pet. It’s water-resistant and can support small dogs and small-to-medium cats. And, don’t worry: There’s an opening for their head so that they can look around and enjoy the adventure, too.


Promising review: “We bought this backpack for our Yosemite/Mammoth hiking trip with the dogs. Here are the highlights: It’s really well-made. It’s comfortable to wear – even lugging around a furry rascal. I love the water bottle pockets on the side and the laptop pocket inside. Our 13-pound Chihuahua fits in it perfectly and loves looking out the flap. The Chihuahua is just as happy being fully zipped in when transporting him.” –Zazzie Perez

Get it from Amazon for $134.99 (available in two colors).


A joint support chew for pups with achy limbs. It’s made with anti-inflammatory glucosamine which helps to alleviate aches and pains by lubricating the joint. Many reviewers swear by them for their older pups.


Promising review: “My 12-year-old mutt has arthritis and had knee surgery. This is a great product and really makes a noticeable difference in her ability to move around (no more groans), run, play, and go on walks again. It began working quickly—about a week of use and saw noticeable differences with full improvement after a few weeks. I followed the dosing guide on the back of the package and she had no digestive issues (she has a history of a sensitive tummy with grains especially, so I really limit her treats to single-ingredient items that I know are safe, but this item — even w/multi-ingredients — has been safe for her.” –The Jeshkes

Get it from Amazon for $39 (or Subscribe & Save for $37.10/month).


A de-shedding tool to keep your cat’s fur smooth and detangled. The FURminator comes with a stainless-steel cutting edge that gently removes any loose hair and the undercoat, all without snagging or pulling hair or damaging the skin.


Promising review: “Our cat is pain in the butt when it comes to brushing him. More than that, it’s a pain to brush his fur and get the undercoat. I’ve tried a bunch of different products that claimed to do what this brush did. Maybe a little bit of fur, but nothing like this after 20 minutes of brushing. No pulling and he loves it. It’s easy to clean the hair off with the push button on the back. I like the safety cover to keep it nice and clean. I have already recommended to a dozen friends.” –Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $31.95+ (available in two sizes and four models).


A pet ramp so your pet can easily access higher surfaces—whether that be the counter, bed, backseat of your car, or wherever else they may venture. The adjustable ramp can hold up to 400 pounds, though it only weighs 13 pounds itself.


Promising review: “This is perfect for my 120-pound German Shepherd. His joints get sore after running all day and jumping up in the back seat of my truck is a little rough on him at times. The grip feels like sandpaper but I’m sure it will be effective even when wet. The rubber feet make it very stable even with a heavy dog going up and down. It is also very stable using lengths in between the max and minimum length. It’s nice not having a fixed length because of the different areas it will be used to get him in and out. I didn’t see that many reviews of people using it for the back seat of a truck or something higher than a car so I hope the picture helps.” –Dustin

Get it from Amazon for $99.95.


A 130-count box of teenie Greenies for 5- to 15-pound dogs. The dental hygiene sticks will clean their teeth and freshen their breath while convincing them they’re chewing on a plain old bone.


Promising review: “I really want to know what’s in these things, because of all the treats my 6-year-old Poms have ever had, these are by far the ones they would literally kill me to get. They aren’t a substitute for brushing, but they can get you to where you only have to brush a few times a week versus every day. Most importantly, though, is that your dog will probably do anything to get one of these things. I have a prissy dog for whom food has never been a great motivator for training. But she will roll over or do just about anything when she hears the word ‘Greenie.’ It’s a little alarming, actually. Totally out of character for her, which makes me wonder what kind of doggy drug these things contain! I wish Greenies would come up with a training treat for dogs. My girls would be the best-trained dogs in the neighborhood.” –Knex

Get it from Amazon for $33.98 (or Subscribe & Save for $25.65/two months; available in eight assortments).


An automatic litter box so you won’t have to spend your spare time scooping up your cat’s poo. The top-rated litter box is renowned for its ultra-cleaning power which, believe it or not, extends beyond the box. After all, by cutting back on clumps inside, it reduces litter getting dragged throughout the house.


Promising review: “The crystals work so well, I didn’t think they were using the box, I thought they were just going in and out. I had to witness them using it to believe it. No smell at all!! I will be buying another down the road.” –Gloria Silvers

Get it from Amazon for $169.95.


A car seat cover to keep your car looking its best without having to forever leave your pup at home. The top-rated, waterproof seat cover features a hammock design that extends between the front and back seats to contain your pet while driving.


Promising review: “Today was the first time I used this. I have a 2017 Ford Escape, it covered the seats completely and as you see I have two nice size dogs. The quality is great. Nice thickness so you really don’t have to worry about any dampness or dirt going through. Easy to put in too! I really like it a lot. I think the only small downfall is that the fabric has an odd smell, but I’m sure a little air freshener will help that.” –Maria McKinney

Get it from Amazon for $34.96+ (available in three colors).


A Paw Plunger paw cleaner that’ll keep your pup’s feet (and your floors) squeaky clean post-adventure. The container is filled with soft bristles that gently remove any dirt or mud from the pads of your pup’s paws. Simply add water, plunge their paws, and you can stop worrying about paw prints all over your floor.


Promising review: “Best money I’ve ever spent on a dog with feet. We have a Goldendoodle with curly hair and large paws, and a brand-new yard on the coast that is 95% sand. Our new veterinarian, upon hearing me whine about the situation, recommended I buy this product because she uses it with her own dogs. From the first time I used it I was sold! It looks like one of those oversized water jugs you can get at a convenience store, with a fitted insert for paws and legs. I stuck my hand (and my kids’) inside to try it out and the bristles inside are very soft, and will not hurt sensitive paw pads. I wish I’d found this years ago; it would have saved my sanity and my floors many times over. I’ve already recommended it to my friends and family with dogs who understand the struggle.” —Heather

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).


A four-month supply of flea prevention for your small cat so you don’t have to worry about them getting sick from letting them outside. The pre-measured application tubes are easy to apply, waterproof after 24 hours, and designed to keep your cat protected for up to 30 days.


Promising review: “I am a firm believer in the Advantage II product. We have four cats, two of which require the small cat dosage. Living in the flea capital of the world, it was just a matter of time before my fur babies got fleas. They are indoor/lanai kitties. When the fleas first hit we tried frontline plus. This proved to not be effective for our cats at all. We tried many natural remedies, again all of them failed. Alas, we stumbled upon Advantage II, and we have been flea-free ever since! This medication does not prevent or treat ticks. But if all you are concerned about is fleas, then I highly recommend this product!” –KtK

Get it from Amazon for $43.98 (or Subscribe & Save for $41.78/two months; available in four different doses).


An immunity-boosting allergy supplement to help sensitive dogs be, well, a little less sensitive. These soft chew supplements dose your pup with much-needed probiotics to boost their immune system and alleviate symptoms like sensitive skin and inflammation.


Promising review: “Absolutely amazing! The pictures speak for themselves but these are pictures less than one month after starting my dog on the Allergy Immune Bites. He was absolutely miserable but after less than one week of daily doses, he showed a significant drop in his chewing, licking, and scratching and it’s only gotten better. He loves his daily treat and all I can say is we are thrilled that they actually work without harsh chemicals or nasty side effects.” –Nicole P.

Get them from Amazon for $25.96 (or Subscribe & Save for $24.66/two months).


A seat belt to keep your fur baby safe while traveling in the car from point A to point B. As much fun as letting your pup roam around may be, like people, they deserve to be safe and secure while en route. Luckily, this latch-on design will keep them cozy and protected, all without restricting however they want to sit.


Promising review: “My car was totaled when a car going 45 miles per hour in the opposite direction crossed lanes and hit us. My dog was wearing her seatbelt and the police and EMTs were shocked that she was OK and didn’t fly through the windshield on impact. They could barely get my door open and I went to the hospital, but my dog was injury-free. I just purchased a new set for my new car, and I would recommend these without question to any dog owner!” —Coral Smith

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six colors).


A pack of chicken nesting pads so your clucking feather babies have a cozy place to sit. Made with ultra-thin wood shavings, these beds ensure that your chicken’s eggs will stay dry and cushioned.


Promising review: “The chickens love these. I love them because it stays dry unlike straw which can mildew easily. And because it grabs onto itself so well, it doesn’t fall out easily like straw or pine shaving. It keeps the eggs from hitting the hard wood — I do mix in pine shavings to bulk it up a bit. They can pull it and move it around easily after you do a little fluffing when you stick it in their boxes.” —Amazon Hansen

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $29.95.


A hydrocortisone ear treatment that’ll help your pet’s ears feel better. Designed for cats and dogs, this treatment soothes ear infections, redness, and inflammation caused by bacteria, fungi, and yeast. Simply squirt it in and let it get to work.


Promising review: “I was hoping this eat drop was everything everyone said it was. Thankfully this drop has been life-changing for us. My 1-year-old has had ear infection after ear infection for at least seven months. Just like everyone else, multiple different treatments, doctor’s visits, etc. and no relief. It may appear to go away but comes back quick and bad. She always scratched it until it was bleeding. I was so excited to get these drops in the mail. As soon as they arrived I started treating her. She has made huge improvements! Before now, she wouldn’t even let me look at her ear. Her ear was swollen and bloody, now it looks just like the other one! She is so much happier now! Will definitely continue using this product to keep my baby girl happy and healthy!” –KrisBarn

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizes).


A 90-count pack of disposable pet waste bags so you’re always prepared to pick up after your pet. Unlike most pet waste bags, these handy blue bags are infused with baking soda mask and overwhelming odors wafting from within.


Promising review: “These bags are a perfect size for cleaning out my cats’ litter boxes. Also, it does a great job of keeping the smell contained.” –JavaDragon

Get it from Amazon for $9.15.


A pet-hair remover to save you and your guests from getting covered in cat and dog hair every time you sit down on the couch. Simply swipe it over the surface and ogle as it magically lifts the hair away.


Promising review: “I have owned many devices from handheld sweepers to sticky tape to help keep my house as hair-free as I can. It is somewhat of a challenge since I own four hairy dogs. Since I purchased the Kurgo Shed Sweeper it has made removing hair from bed covers to couches to dog beds much easier and more successful. The sweeper will allow you to sweep all the hair easily in one pile and then be picked up by hand or vacuum. I have actually purchased three more since my first so that I can have a Kurgo Sweeper in every corner of my house.” —Tat

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


A pack of stain-removing pads so you can easily clean up your pet’s accidents (because, face it, they happen). These pads can lift the nastiest stains — whether from pee, poop, or vomit — and proceeds actually support pets in need.


Promising review: “These things are AMAZING. They are magical. If you have a pet that has accidents in the house, these are a MUST-HAVE. After your pet has an accident, all you need to do is open up the packet, place the pad on the accident spot, and then step on the pad to release the magic formula. Leave it there for at least a half an hour or up to 24 hours. Why the discrepancy, you might be asking? Because these pads work on DRIED STAINS. Holla!!!! My puppy has been driving me bonkers with accidents in the house, but I don’t sweat it any more thanks to these pads. They are seriously miracle workers and I will always have a supply of them in my house going forward.” –Lisa Koivu

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two assortments).


A pet nail Dremel to give your cat or dog a manicure so they’ll stop scratching you (at least a little). This nail tool features two speeds and a 60-grit for safe filing.


Promising review: “Wow, this is a GREAT tool for doing dog nails! We recently adopted an 80-pound, 3-year-old Labradoodle who hates going to the groomer (plus it’s super expensive) and hates having his feet touched. I bathe him at home once a week and want to start trimming his nails on my own too but frankly, it scared me to death because he’s got really long quicks. I decided to buy this and try it out. Once my dog got used to it (it took a few tries and lots of treats for him to get comfortable letting me use it on him for all his feet) it is SO EASY to use and works amazingly well and FAST! I use it on the high setting and it really isn’t very loud at all. It only takes 5-10 seconds per nail on that setting, at least in my experience.” –Kate Mahoney

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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

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