We love pets. Old news, right, because we talk about it all the time? We love our pets, we love our friends’ pets, we love our families’ pets, and we’re pretty sure we’d love your pets if we were so lucky to meet them. Jack, CC, Libby, Maddie (RIP, sweet lady) and all of the furry critters we’ve loved throughout the years will always hold a place in our hearts. We seriously can’t imagine coming home to a house without an excited pup (or two) welcoming us in.
Pets do, however, require a lot of supplies that aren’t always the most attractive. We’ve received numerous reader requests for a roundup of nice looking pet supplies and – we assure you – they do exist! We searched high and low for items your pets need to eat, sleep, and play that will fit right into the style and mood that you’ve worked so hard to cultivate in your space. Simple and clean, or playful and silly, we’ve got your covered!
Of course, please keep in mind that different pets have different needs. Jack and CC, for example, require toys that can withstand their powerful chewing, so these black Goughnuts are the only items they won’t destroy in a matter of minutes! (And we have tried ev-er-y-thing.) As much as we’d love to toss them a hand-crocheted toy that looks like a cartoon taco, we know full well that we’d be wasting resources and creating a massive mess. We’ve categorized things by cat and dog below, and many of these items would support a small business maker! So go forth, and keep it cute.
cat | eat
1. stainless cat feeder | 2. kitty food scoop | 3. black marble treat canister | 4. kitty bowl | 5. pitch cat bowl | 6. purrr cat dish | 7. clay cat dish | 8. unicorn cat bowl | 9. cat feeder w/grass
cat | sleep
10. cat cave | 11. banana leaf bed | 12. flamingo pad | 13. cave for IKEA shelf | 14. floating padded shelf | 15. wicker pyramid | 16. burlap shelf | 17. Kitty Kasas | 18. elevele felt basket
cat | play
19. scratching post | 20. scratch lounger | 21. escape hatch | 22. scratcher | 23. sisal mat | 24. gold laser pointer | 25. catnip pierogis! | 26. lounger
dog | eat
1. stoneware dish | 2. black treat canister | 3. three bowl feeder | 4. feeding mat | 5. minimalist feeder | 6. cork top treat jar | 7. adjustable feeder | 8. slow-feed bowl | 9. food station | 10. elevated feeder | 11. storage feeder
dog | sleep
12. sherpa bed | 13. black onyx bed cover | 14. pet bed frame | 15. dog sofa | 16. green plaid bed | 17. piazza wrangler dog bed | 18. victoria dog bed | 19. dog cave | 20. plaid bed
dog | play
21. goughnuts | 22. best friends charm | 23. leash | 24. vegan leather leash | 25. buffalo check hoodie | 26. dino toy | 27. taco | 28. gingham collar | 29. peanut butter | 30. striped hoodie | 31. turtleneck sweater
We’ve gone through so many food mats over the years but our cat loves washing her paws in the water dish and gets water everywhere! Enter: the boot tray! Initially bought for our snow boots, it’s perfect because it’s plastic and has a lip that contains water spillage. Recommend for anyone else with water- loving pets.
Oooh, that’s an excellent tip!
This is such a good idea! Esp for when our 1 yr old also loves the cat water bowl!
I also use a boot tray for our dogs’ water bowl. They are sloppy drinkers and it helps keep some of the water off the floor.
Same with the boot tray. A life saver. She used to be just a super sloppy drinker but now has determined sloshing her water bowl is the best game. Boot tray keeps the sloshing contained. Can’t help the drippy mouth but one for two isn’t bad!
Ooh, thanks for the Goughnuts rec! We also have tough chewers and so far the West Paw Tux toy is the ONLY one we’ve found that can’t be destroyed… but one of our dog LOVES ring-shaped toys so I bet she’d love one of these!
They are SO good! I don’t know what it is, but they could gnaw on them ALL. DAY. LONG. (And they do!)
How do you guys deal with cat scratching on furniture. It makes me nervous to invest in nice pieces. We have posts, etc…
We must be pretty lucky in that area, because Libby isn’t a cat scratcher. She does have CRAZY sharp nails though, so we get them trimmed / trim them ourselves pretty frequently, which helps for when she ‘kneads biscuits’ onto throw blankets and pillows.
If I might offer some suggestions on scratching? Having a variety of scratching material to offer the cat can help – I have some scratchers that are sisal rope, some that are cardboard, some that are wood… different cats like different surfaces. Adding catnip to the surfaces where you want your cat to scratch can help, too, especially if they’re into that stuff!
Amazon sells some plastic furniture guards (just search on that term) that I’ve heard have been helpful while training kitty to opt for more appropriate scratching options.
Jackson Galaxy has some awesome tips, too!
You’re the best, thanks for these suggestions!
These are great! Was hoping for suggestions for cat litter boxes, too – any ideas?
modkat has some great options! We’ve also used the cathole in the past! Link to our laundry room reveal here. Our little Libby is a sweet old lady and is very picky about where she uses the bathroom. In all honesty, our litter boxes are unattractive and out in the open because that’s what she needs!
I found modkat to be much too expensive (cats are so picky…you’re tempting fate spending that much money.) I bought this one instead which I feel still looks pretty dang nice: https://www.amazon.com/IRIS-Top-Entry-Litter-White/dp/B01MRV5YNO/ref=sr_1_4?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1549313486&sr=1-4&keywords=top+entry+litter+box I was nervous about switching the cats from a normal litter box to top entry but they took to it right away! highly recommend.
We have powerful chewers and struggled with finding toys until I came across Bullymake Box. It’s a subscription service for powerful chewers. It has been great for our dogs! You can customize your delivery to only contain toys or to contain toys and treats. If your dogs destroy any of the toys within the first 2 weeks of having them, they will replace them for free. All you have to do is send them a photo of anything they destroyed. We had to do that on a couple occasions and it worked out really well. After several months of the service, we put it on hold because we had quite the collection of toys. We can restart our subscription at any time.
These are all so lovely! My cat’s name is Rabbit and I just adore him. He had this truly atrocious cat tree, and one of the best things I’ve ever done for him, my apartment decor, and my sanity, was to completely remake the whole thing. I tore off all the gross, thin beige carpeting it was covered in, reupholstered it with new carpeting that looked a million times better (it was actually just an inexpensive accent rug I cut up), left some of the underlying wood exposed and cleaned up, and rewrapped all the supports with nice new sisal rope. I can’t even describe the difference it all made in just an afternoon and a total of maybe $30. Making sure his decor doesn’t clash so fantastically with my decor is much more important than I would have imagined.
I think finding budget or DIY options is crucial for a lot of owners of fairly destructive pets, like me. I’m definitely bookmarking several of these products you listed though, for those lovely pieces that Rabbit is less likely to ruin as quickly lol.
I also had to comment on someone else’s comment about litter boxes. My cat is also one of those picky enough to need his litter boxes out in the open. He can’t stand being boxed in, so enclosed boxes are a no-go. I’ve found that if I introduced it slowly, having the litter box under tables (one under a nightstand, one under a drop-leaf accent table) and then hanging a lightweight table skirt to hide it, but not to block out all the light … this created enough openness for him to be comfortable but also enough coverage that I don’t have to have his litter box right in everybody’s face. I’ve also seen cute little mini room divider screens, both for purchase and DIY versions – that people set their litter boxes behind. I live in a tiny apartment so there’s no avoiding those litter boxes in my main living spaces; any minimal amount of “hiding” makes a huge difference. Slow and steady introduction of these things was how I found it best to work with a pickier cat.
You’re the best! Thank you!
Everything on this list is too cute. Do y’all have any suggestions on how to protect wood floors from puppy paws? Our pup Winston is big and not a graceful guy. We both laugh and cringe when he zooms around, slipping and sliding.
Ooh, that’s a tough one. Honestly, we try to deter any sort of rough play with our dogs in the house, and if we feel like they’re getting stir crazy (especially in the winter!), we force ourselves to take really long walks to get them tired! We’re pretty strict about playtime being outside, which definitely helps, but we’ve yet to find a fool proof solution for floor protection!