Living in a two bedroom apartment with two cats and a dog means I rely heavily on a few key products to stay sane. I’m a pretty neat and tidy person and having so many animals in such a small space sometimes feels like I’m voluntarily driving myself slowly insane. There’s the noise (the cats’ favourite time to play is the middle of the night), the smells and of course, the hair.
Luckily, there are a few products that help keep of these things in check. They aren’t cheap, and it costs us about $60 per month to provide all of the necessities to our pets, but it’s totally worth it to have a clean and orderly house full of animals we love. Here are my top splurge-worthy pet products for animal owners in the city:
I knew that when I moved to the city I’d need to be very diligent about keeping our cat’s litter box clean. In such a small space, with two cats, even skipping one day of cleaning can get smelly quickly. I wanted to make cleaning the litter box less of a hassle, and the Litterlocker does just that. It stores used litter in an easy and convenient way and minimizes that nasty smells that come with cleaning the litter box. Plus, you can order a 5 pack of refill cartridges easily off Amazon, quick and convenient. You can read my full review of this product here.
My dog Molly is thankfully low energy. She’s not the kind of dog that needs to run for hours or else she’ll turn destructive. That said, she needs at least a half hour walk every day. With our Dogtra Ecollar she can go off leash almost anywhere, and I don’t have to worry about her taking off into traffic. This helps drain her energy much faster and gives her a chance to really be a dog, even though we don’t have a backyard for her to romp in. It took me a long time to decide to spring for an Ecollar, but it was worth it.
Living in the city means a whole new set of noises to upset my darling dog. She’s a sweetie, but she’s a bit of a coward and even the slightest scary sound can send her careening into the bedroom to hide. So for days and nights that I know are going to be particularly nerve-wracking for her, I pull out the Thundershirt. Its constant and steady pressure is like a big hug and calms her down almost instantly. Fireworks? Drunk people making noise at the bus stop outside? Sirens? These sounds are no match for the Thundershirt.
This is an anti-shedding brush for cats, and it is a godsend. After all, the best way to reduce the build up of pet hair is to collect it at the source – straight from the cat’s coat. If you haven’t heard of the Furminator Deshedding Tool before, watch this video. It works so, so well.
My vacuum isn’t so much for cleaning floors as it is a pet hair removal machine. Three pets in a two bedroom apartment makes fighting pet hair an ongoing battle. That stuff gets everywhere, and if I don’t stay on top of it, it quickly starts to take over everything. The furniture, the floors, even the counters, window sills and the tops of the washer and dryer. Fortunately, I have a Dyson vacuum cleaner and paying extra for a high performing machine has been worth every penny. I’ve used cheap vacuum cleaners and there really is no comparison. If mine broke today, I wouldn’t hesitate to spend the money to replace it. My sanity hangs in the balance!
I love my pets. They were definitely a lot less work when we lived in a three bedroom house on an acreage, but I wouldn’t give them up for anything. They provide so much joy, they are so good for stress and anxiety, and my dog Molly gives me a reason to get out for some exercise every single day. I don’t mind having to spend a few hours a week cleaning up after them, especially with the tools I listed above.
What are your go-to pet care tools and supplies? I want to know!