20 things every cat owner needs from Chewy
Considering how much my cats dominate my house, they really should be paying rent. By the time I decided to adopt my kitties, I was prepared to go full cat lady—buying them designer knitwear, referring to them as my children, making them their own Instagram accounts, the full nine yards (lives?). What happened instead didn’t generate any social media fame, but it did make my life and my home brighter and fuller.
Although I was always thrilled to embark on feline motherhood, I was not looking forward to lugging home bags of cat food and litter—especially considering I live in a city and don’t have my own car. Thankfully, I got on the Chewy train quickly, and now I can’t imagine life with pets without it. Not only will Chewy ship pet essentials to your home for a stunningly good price, but they’ll also personalize the experience with little touches like handwritten birthday cards for your kitties. As a Chewy devotee, I have rounded up twenty of the best products to take your cat person antics to the next level.
1. A food bowl that’s easier on your kitty’s neck
Imagine having to crouch down and eat your food off of a plate on the floor–my neck hurts just thinking about it, and cats don’t have it any easier. Luckily, there are plenty of raised cat food bowls ergonomically designed to help your kitty eat—and to help the food go down in a more gravity-approved style. This raised bowl from Necoichi does just that. Reviewers like Bonnie also say it helps elderly cats with balance issues: “She doesn't have to bend over to eat and has yet to lose her balance while doing so. So glad I decided to try a raised bowl for her!"
2. Calming drops for stressful times
How do I know Rescue Remedy works? I spent my childhood coming down from tantrums with the stuff (thanks mom). Rescue Remedy is a simple homeopathic formula that helps ease fear and anxiety. This is a huge boon for anyone trying to take a cat on an extended trip, or even just to the vet. If your kitty is freaked out by slamming doors, vacuum cleaners, or new friends, this may help ease the tension.
Reviewer Kandi135 has had great success with the formula, writing, "I have used Rescue Remedy for more than 25 years! It is wonderful for dogs and cats that get stressed out with fireworks, thunderstorms or a lot of company! Just a couple of drops to the inside of their ears (not ear drops) and rub it gently. It works wonders!" While plenty of buyers swear by Rescue Remedy, no two cats are exactly the same, and responses may vary. As with any homeopathic treatment, it’s a good idea to check with your vet before using it on your pet.
3. Gentle wipes to keep eyes healthy and clear
My cat Llewyn is a young, sleek beauty king—he also happens to have some of the worst eye boogers I’ve ever seen on a cat. And as any pet parent can tell you, the only thing worse than seeing these eye boogers is having to pick them out with your fingers. Thankfully, these Miracle Care wipes are the perfect way to keep kitty’s eyes clear without making you feel like you need to bleach your hands afterwards.
Reviewers love these wipes, with one noting that they even appear to reduce the amount of debris accumulation over time. “My only complaint is that the pads are a little difficult to separate,” PashasMom writes. “Sometimes I grab a thin one, sometimes two at the same time. I have learned to take them out and set them on a saucer before I put the kitties on the counter to clean their eyes.”
4. A stain and odor remover, because you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your carpet
I am speaking to you today as someone who has experienced the profound misfortune of having a roommate’s cat pee under my bed. The poor guy spent the year in a state of confusion. The spot beneath my bed smelled like his pee, so it must be okay to go there again, right? I tried DIY fix after DIY fix, but none of them were up to the task. I lived in a cat pee room for a solid year, and I will never go back.
When your own shampoo concoction isn’t cutting it, it’s time to turn to the formidably named Urine Destroyer from Nature’s Miracle. Reviewers mention all kinds of uses for this stuff—some buyers love that you can add the formula to laundry and wash out pee-stained towels and rugs. Aubreyanna is a huge fan, writing, “This stuff is a true miracle (it says it right in the name!). I moved into an apartment where the previous tenant had 6 cats and let pee all over the carpet. After one use of this, the cat pee smell was completely gone! This stuff is absolutely amazing.”
5. A window perch where they can live deliciously
Cats sure love windows, huh? You probably would too if you were stuck inside all day. Personally, I’ve never related to my cats more than I have in quarantine. I spend so much time gazing longingly out at the wind blowing through the trees, I almost wish I could affix a permanent seat to the window so I wouldn’t have to crane my neck looking out over the back of the couch.
You see where I’m going with this, right? This window perch from K&H Pet Products combines the two things cats love most: staring out the window and reclining. It uses strong suction cups to grip onto the window, which might sound a bit precarious, but reviewers are quick to assure it hasn’t been a problem. “Don’t worry about the suction cups,” says Zack, “they work great.” He also notes a bonus: “She hasn't bothered us as much in the mornings, as now she can chatter at the birds for hours while we snooze.” If that alone doesn’t convince you, I’m not sure what will.
6. Travel bowls so she’s never without food and water
If you live with a cat who is chill and focused enough to join you on a hike—well, I’m impressed. That is definitely not the case for my two indoor kitties, who prefer to run back and forth at top speed for fifteen minutes at a time, and then fall asleep for hours. That being said, nearly every cat is bound to find themselves in a car at some point, be it on a cross-country move or around the corner to the vet. With this set of collapsible travel bowls, you can be sure they’ll never be stuck without food or water.
This set from Mr. Peanut includes four dishwasher-safe silicone bowls, so you’ll always have one on hand when you need it. Toss one bowl in the glove compartment, stash one in the office (you never know!), and keep one in your bag, and you’ll be prepared no matter what. Reviewer Madeline says these are super easy to clean, adding that they are "Perfect size and great for traveling!”
7. A self-cleaning brush to get shedding out of your hair
Just because your cat has taken over your home symbolically doesn’t mean they have to do so physically. A cat lounging on a couch is cute—a couch covered permanently in hair, not so much. The easiest way to manage shedding is to brush your cat’s coat out yourself, catching all those little fine hairs that tend to come loose and fly away.
This Safari brush has a neat mechanism that makes the whole process a lot more painless. The bristles retract into the brush with the push of a button, so the captured fur will simply fall away. It’s simple, but super handy. Reviewers are all over the spectrum about how easy it is to convince their feline friend to submit to a brush (all cats are different!), they agree that this brush is amazingly convenient to use and clean. Buyer Petlover notes that their cat is not crazy about being brushed, but they still love this product, writing "I have a short hair cat and the hair gets nicely trapped in the brush. Then when you push the eject button you get a nice little square of cat hair for the trash.”
8. An effective cat hair remover so you can go out in public without looking like a cat yourself
If you live with a serious shedder, there will be times when the whole house looks like a surreal contemporary art installation. You can brush out Mr. Whiskers’s coat to the best of your abilities, but it’s still probably a good idea to have a plan B.
This pet hair remover may look like a lint roller, but it’s got a few tricks hidden up its sleeves. It’s entirely reusable and does not require adhesive rolls of refills—the texture of the roller itself is simply designed to collect cat hair, storing it inside the roller until it’s manually removed. Reviewers rave about this hair remover’s performance on beds, couches, and clothes. Danielle S. says she was a skeptic at first, but now declares, "The ChomChom is AWESOME!! picked up all the fur with a few swipes. I was amazed how well it worked; easy to use and clean. If you have shedding pets you need this."
9. A timed feeding bowl, so your kitty never has to wait for a meal
If you’re like me, you’ve tried everything in your power to get your cat’s eating and sleeping schedule to somewhat align with your own—at least enough that you’re not woken up at 6am every day by the plaintive cries of a creature ostensibly on the brink of death. I’ve tried feeding them a later dinner the night before, and even have had to resort to the spray bottle on particularly grumpy mornings. This timed feeding bowl that we’ve tested and loved could just be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers.
Reviewer Lacy says this bowl goes beyond mere convenience, and is actually helping with their cat’s behavior. “Before we got this our cat would beg constantly and demand his meals,” Lacy writes. “We tried our best to be consistent, but this works much better. Not only does he get fed at the exact same times but he also doesn’t come to us for food because it’s the machine that feeds him, so he’s begging less and less."
10. This pet carrier with a cult following
Cat carriers are not known for inspiring love, but this one is an exception. Sherpa has long boasted a cult following for its sturdily made, well ventilated, machine washable, and airline approved carriers. I’m personally a big fan of how this carrier opens at both the top and side—it’s a lot easier to drop my kitties into the carrier from the top than to try to force them through a single door.
While the soft construction means it might be an unwieldy choice for a small dog (or a particularly large cat), you may find your cat is more comfortable, and therefore more relaxed. Reviewer Banshee had this experience, saying "my 12-year-old cat gets very stressed out at the vet. I noticed she was much calmer and quieter in this soft carrier than she was a few weeks ago in the plastic one. She also didn't act aloof to punish me when we got home... she crawled into my lap and purred! I'm glad I made this purchase."
11. A litter box that you will (almost) never have to clean
No one on earth likes scooping litter (if you’re the one exception, congratulations, and feel free to scroll past this one). There are some seriously futuristic tech options for self-cleaning litter boxes on the market now—but for a fraction of the price, and just as much buyer satisfaction, there’s this non-electric little number.
This self-scooping box owes everything to clever engineering. The bottom of the back wall features a grated section, beneath a pull-out tray. When you roll the entire box backward, clean litter falls through the grate, while clumped litter gets caught in the tray. All that’s left is to take the tray out and dump it, no scooping necessary. Buyer Amber mentions that the box does its job, but it sometimes misses smaller kitten poops. Amber goes on to say that the box is “really easy to clean (and definitely recommended since the waste receptacle and grates do get a bit filthy) since the top and filter screen detach." Some reviewers mention needing to periodically clean the grate, which, depending on your perspective, may be more or less annoying than just scooping poop the old fashioned way.
12. The hero of my life, the Litter Genie
If you have a cat, get a Litter Genie. That is my most uncompromising recommendation of this whole list. If you’re not familiar, let me break it down: the Litter Genie is a neutral-looking pail, about the size of a small waste paper basket, that holds a refillable roll of plastic bags. The plastic bags are covered with two doors, effectively blocking out nasty smells. You can scoop about two weeks’s worth of litter without needing to take it out, and without being confronted by the sight or smell of cat pee. Glorious!
Reviewer BibiMar is speaking my language, saying, "This thing is freakin’ amazing. It does a great job at masking poo stink and is so easy to use. Says it holds 14 days worth of poop. I have one kitty and you could probably go even a bit longer without emptying." The one downside is in the process of refilling the plastic bags—you will need to pry open a small (and sometimes dirty) interior latch, which can be gross. For the service of keeping litter locked away for weeks, though, it’s worth it.
13. A strong tick collar so you don’t have to curb your kitty’s adventures
It’s a question every cat parent will have to confront at some point: indoors or outdoors? Keeping your cats inside might be easier in a lot of ways, but there are definitely some cats who can’t be contained. My two indoor babies would quiver in front of the barn cats of my childhood. Once you’ve decided that your cats are best suited to the great outdoors, there’s a whole new set of questions to answer. How will you keep them healthy and safe in the big, uncontrollable world?
One small answer is to invest in a tick and flea collar. This medicated collar from Seresto will kill and repel fleas and ticks for up to eight months—a huge relief if you’re used to combing larva out of your kitty’s fur. Reviewer BBRN says the investment paid off, writing that “my cats and I love the Seresto Flea Collars. Haven't seen fleas, seen my cats scratching like crazy, or felt flea bites myself since I started using this product.” Some reviewers do mention seeing their cats develop a reaction to the collar, so be careful to monitor your kitty’s skin in the days after introducing the collar.
14. Water-free cleanser, because bath time shouldn’t make anyone scratch and cry
The self-cleaning functionality on a cat is one of my favorite parts of its design. What paragons of self-sufficiency! That being said, any cat parent can tell you that those rough tongues, unfortunately, are far from infallible. Who can honestly say they’ve never taken a good whiff of their feline friend and thought man, you stink? Thankfully, when times get tough, this water-free cat cleanser from Vet’s Best is there for you.
Keyword here is, of course, “water-free.” Everyone knows most cats hate water—just the idea of trying to give my cats a traditional bath makes me feel phantom claws in my forearms. This formula is instead a foaming shampoo that cleanses your cat’s fur, soothes her skin, and doesn’t require rinsing out afterwards. The best part? It’s made with natural ingredients (aloe vera, neem oil, and oatmeal), and even leaves behind a subtle calming fragrance that helps your cat feel relaxed.
Needless to say, reviewers love this product. AshCat says, "This product helps make bath time quick, simple, and even pleasurable for my little guy! We just lock him in the bathroom, brush him really quick, and then use this to bathe him. It's super easy and it leaves my kitty feeling SO soft and smelling really nice but not perfumey. This is the 4th time I've bought it and it won't be the last! Thanks Chewy!"
15. The world’s trustiest cat toy, the laser pointer
In my house, the laser pointer reigns supreme as my cats’ toy of choice. It’s also the best trick I have up my sleeve to redirect them when I’m working. I’ve got the move down: I can type an email with one hand while using the other to send my kitties running to the opposite side of the house. They get to hunt their natural enemy (small red light), and I get to feel like a genius for distracting them while I’m on a video call.
Reviewer TanksServant says their cat is equally obsessed with this laser, and adds this interesting note: they find that they can integrate laser time into their cat’s daily routine, helping to wear them down before bedtime. “When the sun goes down,” they write, "’hunting time’ mode kicks in. If you play with them around this time, and allow a few catches, it naturally leads to 'eating the caught dinner' instinct. Which then leads to hunkering down to groom and sleep." I’ll try that on my hyperactive one-year-old tonight!
16. A covered cat bed to make him feel secure
We spend so much time thinking about our own mattresses, it's inevitable we'd do the same for our cats. Between my two cats, I have one major snuggler, and one proud soul who likes to have his own space sometimes. A soft cat bed can give him the option to curl up cozy and warm by himself, until he’s ready to come join the family again. This much loved cat bed is covered, meaning it can provide some extra warmth and safety for a nervous (or just sleepy) kitty. Buyer KSDenergy had great luck with this cat bed, writing that their cat "climbed right in and lounged there for a few hours. I keep my house a little chilly, about 69°, and I am always wondering if he is warm enough. Now I know he is cozy and warm.”
Other reviewers acknowledge what we all know—that cats are capricious creatures, and may take some time to warm up to the bed. One reviewer says they had the bed a full six months before either of their cats tried it out, and they’re now both big fans. If your kitty doesn’t want to snuggle up in their new house right away, don’t be too quick to give it away! They might just need time to adjust to the idea.
17. Their own houseplant, so they don’t have to chow down on yours
I never in a million years would have come up with the concept of a kitty garden, but now I can’t believe I’ve lived without it. It’s common knowledge that the decision to be a cat parent is often in direct competition with attempts to be a plant parent. Almost all my plants are hanging from the ceiling now, safe from the paws and teeth of my inquisitive babies.
This grow-at-home grass kit is a totally different player. Unlike many common houseplants, it’s actually good for your cats to consume, providing vitamins, enzymes, and gentle fiber. It can satisfy your cat’s impulse to chew away at grass and may even help calm a queasy stomach. And who doesn’t like having a little extra greenery around? Reviewers love that it’s easy to grow—buyer Bellyrina claims to have a “black thumb,” but says they managed these with no problem, and appreciate that they last a few weeks. Nicole agrees that growing the grass is easy, and adds that their cats “absolutely loved it. They were so enthusiastic I got a few finger bites - that never happens for any other type of treat. I hope this helps with hairballs and digestive health, and expect that this is now a household staple."
18. A litter deodorizer that’s up to even the smelliest challenge
If you’re reading this, I think it’s safe to assume you’re a cat parent, in which case I think it’s also safe to assume you don’t really need to be sold on the concept of a litter deodorizer. When a cat decides to hit ‘em with her best shot (read: smelliest poo), even the toughest odor-obliterating litter is no match. For that extra line of defense, there’s litter deodorizer–and personally, I’ve had the best luck with Arm & Hammer.
It works simply enough: after scooping out the box, shake a light, even coating of this powder over the litter. When changing the litter completely, be sure to also shake some out onto the bottom of the box before putting new litter in. The results, in my experience and in that of many reviewers, is noticeable. JennyA writes, “Put it this way: if you walk into our home, you wouldn’t know if we have cats. That’s how amazing this product is. Highly recommend for all cat parents out there.”
19. A sleek piece of furniture to turn the litter box into decor
I’m guessing that your interior design Pinterest board does not include a picture of a bulky gray litter box. If you’re lucky, you might have a big bathroom, or a perfect tiny closet with no purpose except to keep the litter box out of sight. For many of us, though, that’s not an option. If you’ve plunked your litter box down in a less-than-ideal location, you can make the most of it with this elegant neutral litter box cover.
Lilypadthai writes that "the piece is cute, and people don’t realize it’s a litter box container. I wish I’d bought these sooner. I found this very easy to put together; I did it myself. The kits do still track litter out, but I’ve put mats inside which helps with that.” They go on to mention that they use a jumbo-sized litter box, so they have removed the interior partition to make the box fit—but if you have a smaller box, you’ll also have plenty of room to store the litter itself.
20. The greatest innovation of all: automatic food and litter shipments
I can’t tell you exactly what food is right for your kitty (talk to your vet for that!), but I can say this much—getting it shipped automatically to your house will make your life better. I love Chewy for its range of products, its cute personalized service, and its awesome prices, but nothing can beat the knowledge that I will never again worry about running out of food, litter, or other kitty essentials. Especially during this time when many people are struggling to find human essentials, knowing I don’t have the same questions about my cats is a real relief. Here are my favorite food and litter brands that I get shipped to my home:
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