Cats are such wonderful little weirdos. So it stands to reason that there would also be a slew of cat-focused products that feel equally odd yet delightful. These random but useful items go beyond your typical self-cleaning litter boxes or litter that changes color based on your kitty’s health—we’re talking plaque-fighting water drops, ramps that double as scratching posts and multiple ways to finally remove all the cat hair from every surface in your home. Whether you’re shopping for your own feline or a friend and her new bundle of foster kittens, these are the 15 best cat-centric items to add to cart ASAP.
15 Random but Useful Things Cat Owners Swear By
1. oxyfresh Premium Pet Dental Care Solution Water Additive
If your kitty is suffering from poor oral hygiene, your vet may recommend attempting to brush your cat’s teeth. And it will likely go about as well as you imagine. If that happens, try these flavorless drops that go right into her water bowl to help fight bacteria and improve the health of her mouth and teeth.
2. furzapper Cat Hair Collection Tool
These handy little paw-shaped gadgets gently attract pet hair from fabric surfaces like you couch or winter coat. But our favorite way to use these reusable FurZappers is to toss one into your dryer and let it do all the work for you—your clothes will come out free of cat hair.
3. pieviev Cat Litter Mat
This innovative mat is great for the messy kitty who tends to spill their litter outside of the box. It’s designed to allow stray litter to fall right through the mesh top so you can easily pour it right back into the litter box or trash, no vacuuming or sweeping required.
7. alpha Paw Scratchy Ramp
This two-in-one collapsible ramp functions as a durable scratching post that won’t leave scraps of cardboard or sisal rope scattered all over and also as a convenient pathway for older cats or those that can’t jump up onto the bed or windowsill. Now they can still enjoy a late-night cuddle or some bird watching without stressing their hips or hind legs.
8. petlibro Automatic Cat Feeder
This machine links to an app on your phone so you can control Morris’s feeding no matter where you are. It’s a real lifesaver for any weekends out of town or dinners that run late so you don’t have to stress over finding a sitter or delaying him his crunchies.
9. smartykat Hot Pursuit Cat Toy
This motorized toy may not look like much but trust us Princess Buttercup will definitely understand the hype. The motor randomly moves the feather toy back and forth around the circle, keeping your cat entertained and active while you simply sit back and enjoy the show.
11. Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner
OK, so a pet hair vacuum is less random and more 100-percent necessary. And this Dyson model is one of the absolute versions we’ve ever tested, plus it’s also currently on sale, so we highly suggest you make the splurge while the discount lasts.
12. Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer Cat Brush
Mount this plastic brush on any corner or door frame in your house and watch as it becomes Brownie’s new favorite spot to scratch that itch. Trust us, he’ll love rubbing up against the gentle bristles, and you’ll love how easy it is to clean (just pop the bristle cover from the frame, rinse and pop it right back in).
13. Frisco Colorful Springs Cat Toy
We don’t know what it is about these silly little springs, but cats seem to go wild for them, no matter their age or breed. The plastic is super durable so even the most ferocious kitty won’t be able to destroy them, and they skitter and roll in the most unpredictable ways to keep your cat occupied for hours.
14. Cat Person Serve & Store Set
For the cat who gets half a cat of wet food in the morning and the other half at night, finding a way to keep her food fresh without resorting to cling wrap plastic is key. These machine-washable food covers should do just the trick, and the matching dry food scoop and wet food spoons are just as handy, if not adorable.
15. Temptations Hairball Control Cat Treats
Some cats are more prone to hairballs than others, which is no fun for them…or for you. These hairball control treats are some of the absolute highest rated at Amazon and will help your furry friend with digestion and prevent coughing, excess phlegm and icky clean-up situations.