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As any pet owner will promise you, dogs and cats require a lot of accessories, from slow-feeding food bowls to biodegradable poop bags to teeth-cleaning treats. All of that gear can quickly add up, which is why we were delighted to find a whole slew of Strategist-approved pet accessories on sale at Amazon this morning, as part of its first-ever Pet Deals event. The sale runs through the end of the month (though several of the below discounts end tomorrow, May 3) and includes just about every pet brand you can think of, from Outward Hound to Wild One to Greenies. We’ve separated the deals by animal below, but note that select accessories, such as toys, beds, and poop bags, can be used for both cats and dogs.
We first wrote about this puzzle dog toy in a sale post in November, after Strategist newsletter editor Mia Leimkuhler told us that it keeps her 6-ish-year-old rescue schnauzer, Reggie, “occupied for hours” while she works from home. (Leimkuhler has also gifted it to several of her dog-owning friends and promises that “it’s a hit every time.”) It’s since become one of our readers’ favorite dog toys — over 1,000 of you have already picked one up — for pups large and small.
Comedian Aidy Bryant told us this dog-food bowl has been a “total game changer” when feeding her pup. “My sweet li’l dumb dog loves food so much, but he eats so fast that he pukes,” she says. “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.” Because it’s lightweight and made from flexible BPA-free plastic, it’s also travel-friendly.
Keep your pup distracted during important work calls with this snuffle mat, another puzzlelike toy good for mental stimulation. You can also hide food in it, a game in itself, which can keep your dog from eating too fast.
This extremely discounted dog toy is a favorite of several pups and pet owners on Amazon. “I am going to be purchasing a couple more of these to stash,” writes one reviewer. “If something happens to Gumby, my dog is going to flip his lid.”
“Wild One makes the best poop bags,” says former Strategist writer Chloe Anello. They’re biodegradable, extra-thick, and come with a refillable dispenser that fastens to your leash or key chain for easy access.
Jisu Kim, co-founder and CEO of dog-apparel company Little Beast, uses these compostable wipes to “clean our dog’s paws after every walk.” With ingredients like shea butter, aloe, and chamomile, these not only wipe away grime but help keep pets’ fur and paw skin soft.
Several veterinarians we’ve spoken to recommend Greenies dental treats for removing plaque and freshening breath. They’re also a favorite of Strategist writer Liza Corsillo, whose dog, Uli, “loves playing with them.” For a limited time, this value-size box is an extra $15 off when you select the on-page coupon.
The brand also makes peanut-butter-flavored pill pockets for pups that need to take daily medication. This pack is also an extra $6 off with the on-page coupon.
Softer (and exponentially cuter) than a plastic cone, you’ll be glad to have this plush collar on hand in case of emergencies. With the on-page coupon, it’s now just $18 at checkout.
Rocco & Roxie makes our favorite litter-box odor eliminator, so we anticipate this odor- and stain-removing spray to be just as effective. It’s chlorine free and color-safe and can be used on carpets, furniture, floors, and even clothing.
Carhartt’s classic chore coat for dogs comes recommended by several pet owners we’ve spoken to for its heavy-duty duck canvas, water-resistant coating, and quilted nylon liner. Should you want your dog to carry its own poop bags or treats, there’s also two large pockets on the back.
This catnip-filled kicker toy is a favorite among Amazon reviewers — and their cats. “As soon as I put it down, [my cat] attacked it,” one writes. “I knew I had to buy her a second. She also loves to sit and lie on them.”
I’ve personally used several kinds of Earth Rated poop bags for scooping cat litter, and they’ve never once ripped, leaked, or torn. They’re also excellent at blocking odor.
“[My cats] will jump over each other and on me when they see me with the tub,” says politician (and cat fosterer) Curtis Sliwa of Temptations’ cat treats. “Sometimes they line up in almost military precision. There’s a queue, beginning with the patriarch and ending with the littlest kittens.” For a limited time, this value-size tub is an extra $5 off when you select the on-page coupon.
If your cat has been wreaking havoc on your upholstered furniture, mount this actually stylish scratching post to a nearby wall.
Though she almost always has to fish them out from under the stove or refrigerator, my own cat can’t get enough of these little catnip-filled mice.
Available in three different colors (and four sizes), this top-rated doughnut pet bed is ideal for cats and dogs of all sizes that like to curl up.
Last but not least, I purchased this round litter box after adopting my cat last year and quickly found that I (and she) preferred it to the old one. It looks more like an igloo or cat hut than a litter box and is the perfect size for small spaces.
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