Some people love their pets as much as they love their children; others love their pets even more. And for the most obsessive pet owners, only the best accessories, grooming products, and toys will do. We’ve compiled all the best pet advice that’s been on the Strategist — from stuff for cats and dogs to cleaning products that’ll take care of any pet’s mess.
The Best Gifts for a Cat
Avowed cat lady Kristin Perrotta put together her wish list of the crème de la crème of cat products. From cat toys to cleaning products to fancy food, the cat lover tells all.
The Best Gifts for a Cat Lover
Writer Karen Iorio Adelson surveyed animal behavior specialists, advocates, and pet-store owners to find the best gifts for cat lovers who are human, not just cats.
The Best Cat Toy
Writer Alexandra Pechman tipped us off to this battery-operated cat toycalled the Cheese. “Though the wedge of Swiss cheese is riddled with indentations that resemble fake holes, there are only two yellow mice that poke out from actual holes in random order — that’s it.” But her cat Michael is obsessed with it.
he Best Gifts for Dog Lovers
Writer Maxine Builder talked with groomers, dog trainers, and the dog-parents of Marnie the Dog and Toast, among others, to find the best dog gifts for doting dog parents.
The Best Dog Toys
Writer Alice Gregory doesn’t understand why her dog loves this bear-octopus plush hybrid, but he really, really does. “Everything a dog might do with a toy, Mickey wants to do with the bear octopus: cuddle it, gum it, guard it territorially as though anyone but him would possibly want it. I almost put it in the trash every single day. ‘Mickey, why do you love this monstrosity?!’ I want to scream. But he does, and I love him, so the bear octopus stays.”
Mia Leimkuhler’s chew-happy rescue mini-schnauzer mix Reggie loves this rubber ball. “The Hol-ee Roller is a hybrid bouncy ball and chew toy, with big holes that make it easy for smaller mouths to catch and grip and fling about. The rubber is durable but not inflexibly hard, so errant tosses aren’t a breaking hazard, and the ball’s squishiness absorbs its own noise and shock, which is nice news for your downstairs neighbor.”
The Best Bathtub for Small Pets
Writer Alison Freer discovered the Pet Gear Pup Tub a few weeks after an incident involving one skunk, her three Chihuahuas, and a series of six back-breaking baths. This “well-designed hunk of plastic” is just the thing for “bathing pets under 20 pounds without having to bend over your human-size tub and break your back.”