12 Pet Products You Didn't Know You Needed

Take some of the work out of caring for your pet with clever gadgets and gear from Chewy.

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July 07, 2020

There are some things — like food and water bowls, a crate or carrier, toys, etc. — that every pet parent knows to purchase before getting a cat or dog. And then there are the things that only seasoned pet parents know to purchase, usually after many years of trial and error. (Or, in my case, asking my dog over and over again, "Why are you like this?")

To spare you the long and sometimes expensive search for items that will make both of your lives easier, I've put together a list of clever products that solve common, pet-related problems. Scroll on to see my top picks for cats and dogs that you didn't know you needed but won't be able to live without. They're all from Chewy, so they're affordable and can be shipped straight to your door!


The reviews don't lie; cat parents everywhere consider this Frisco litter box a total life-saver. Though it looks like your standard kitty container, this smart solution actually has high sides to successfully trap stray litter and curb cat spray. It's also made from durable plastic that's BPA-free and incredibly easy to clean.

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$12.56 $11
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Bathtime doesn't have to be such a bad thing. Take a page out of the positive reinforcement playbook and keep your pup busy in the tub with this silicone treat dispenser. Nubs across the front help slow down their licking so you can clean with little resistance, while a suction wings make it easy to remove and toss in the dishwasher.

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$29.95 $26
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You might not be able to control their need to bark and scratch at every passing sound, but you can control and minimize the damage they leave behind. Simply snag this heavy-duty door shield, which is made from 100-percent recyclable plastic, and create a barrier between your front door and your furbaby. One side of the shield even has ridges, so you can hear when their back to those bad scratching habits and intervene as needed.

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Now here's a cat condo that you can both agree on. With its sleek, cube-like design and curved cutouts, this inconspicuous play structure easily passes for a work of modern art — and so few people will guess that it's actually a hangout for your feline, complete with fluffy cushions they can curl up in. Stick it in the corner, and everyone will think it's just a cool sculpture.

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These hypoallergenic, coconut-derived wipes are safe for cats and dogs — and will keep them clean between baths with aloe to soothe and vitamin B5 to nourish coats. This is great for paws after a muddy walk, too.

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$11.95 $9
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Let no wet food go to waste with a set of these ORE can covers. We love that these covers are made from flexible, food-safe silicone and can stretch to fit three different can sizes. They're also dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.

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Removing pet hair from your car or home is practically effortless with this pink eraser. The intentionally simple tool features four sides that lift, gather and remove hair from fabric. It's so small that you can keep it in a glove compartment or purse and never have to worry about unwanted fur.

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Has your furry coworker forgotten the dress code? Help them keep it business casual while you're working from home with this hilarious collar-turned-tie that's perfect for pets. You'll get a kick out of the polka-dotted piece and how it dresses up their daily look, while they'll barely notice it because it's so comfortable.

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$9.99 - $11.99

If your pup refuses to go when it's raining out, then do yourself a favor now and invest in this water-resistant coat from Frisco. It will keep them dry and encourage them to do their business instead of hightailing it back inside. Plus, you'll love the adorable rubber ducky print and the small leash hole for extra convenience.

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$11.04 - $18.29
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Because playtime shouldn't have to end when the sun goes down, right? Help your pet stretch their legs, no matter what time of day it is, with this glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball from Chuckit! The toy runs on bright light (so you don't need to worry about harsh chemicals or batteries), floats on water (so you can use it anywhere) and helps make your pet more visible after dark.

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$54.99 $40
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Take some of the work out of packing for an overnight trip by scooping up this pet-specific weekender. Though compact enough to fit anywhere in the car, the bag is big enough to fit two collapsible bowls for food and water, leashes, waste bags, toys and more. The gear practically sorts itself out!

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The puzzle-like design in this slow feeder helps dogs who eat too fast (and can get sick after) pace themselves — which can help support digestive health. It won't move around easily and is dishwasher-safe.

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