Wackiest Pet Products
These wacky pet products reduce pet-parenting responsibilities, freeing you up to be a full-time cuddler
When you little buddy has a belly-ache, the clean-up doesn't have to be so difficult. You might want to try Poop-Freeze, a nontoxic aerosol stool-solidifying spray. And if that weren't enough, there's even a Poop-Freeze carry tote for just $14.95. $15 for a 10-ounce can, Poop Freeze
Kitties taken off the teat too soon will often find a household suckling substitute, as anyone with a nibbled couch corner can attest. Wean them, instead, on the Catsifier pillow. Baited with a pinch of catnip, it'd be pretty hard to resist. About $20, Catsifier
This DIY project is sure to please your pup. Stop your dog from barking at the neighbors by allowing him to see what's happening behind the fence. The PetPeek, a 9.5-inch acrylic dome can be installed into the side of your fence. Let's just hope that Fido doesn't try to chase the neighbor's cat. About $30, Pet Peek and Pet Gadgets
Somewhere between a litter box and a people toilet, is the Cat Genie: an appliance that pipes in fresh water to rinse away waste from a basin of washable litter granules. A sanitizing rinse eliminates odors, and a mechanical arm tosses the solids into the hopper and down the drain. Eliminating a smelly litter box, however, does come with a big price tag. About $330,
There's nothing better after a hard day of being a cat than to prop a paw up on the Kittie Kliner, and relax with a little Meow Mix in front of the tube. Upholstered with an organic catnip-infused fabric, the only thing lacking is a cup holder for milk. The designer also does love-seats and settees, for those of you whose interior aesthetic eschews the La-Z-Boy look. About $80,
If you worry about your pet's doggy paddle skills, the Skamper Ramp will ease your mind. Attach it to the side of the pool, dock, or boat, where pets will see its white surface and grip its carefully placed perforations as they clamber to safety. About $100 for the extra-strength “Super” model, Skamper Ramp
Destroying incriminating documents is hard on the conscience. Take comfort with the Hamster Shredder, a cage-top paper shredder that converts would-be evidence into fresh bedding for your little furball. As an added plus, the shredder is wheel-powered—he gets exercise while you get exonerated. Not yet available, Tom Ball Hatchet
Probably the saddest product in our pet lineup is the Talk-To-Me Treat Ball. It dispenses treats as your dog bats it around and also has a 15-second prerecorded voice message from you. So now you can be gone for days at a time, yet still feed the pup and even tell him that you love him. Of course, the latter will be up for debate.
About $27, A Trendy Home and
Talk to me Treat Ball
The dog sleeps in the garage—house rules—but you can feel a little better about his icy exile with a climate-controlled Komfort Pets carrier. Plug in the device, and it senses the ambient temperature and uses a convection/conduction combo to either warm the cage's bottom or blow a breath of cool air in the heat. An included adapter lets you plug the carrier into a car or boat's outlet, and the company is presently working on an airline-approved model. About $299,
If dogs could invent their own products, they might come up with something like the Fetch a Bubble, a bubble-blowing machine that fires off a swarm of chicken-scented bubbles. Definitely an outdoor toy, unless you want your house to smell like soapy bouillion.
Liven up your wall decor with the Hanging Fish Pod, a freshwater tank that brings your fishy friends to eye level. The pod makes a fine home for hardy goldfish, barbs, or other small species that can handle changing temperatures without a heater.
Cats will chase this laser pointer around until the wallpaper's shredded with claw marks. The Cat Laser Toy works kind of like a laser layout tool, spinning in circles and stopping intermittently to give the cat a moment to pounce. Best of all, if the kitty gets bored with it, you can use it to lay out some tile or wainscoting. About $20, Improvements Catalog
The nut from this chew toy actually turns along the bolt's thread—that is, until your toothy little Terrier finds a way to rip the hardware apart. As he does that, though, he'll massage his gums on the chewy nut and floss out plaque on the threads of the peppermint-scented bolt. Additionally, the recyclable toy's maker claims its use will increase "chompohydrates" and "rompoflavin." About $12,
Dial up your dog and the paws-free PetsCell automatically answers, letting your voice comfort (and maybe confuse a little) your pet. If the dog gets lost, the waterproof collar can also call your number, and a GPS-tracking device ensures you can find Fido anywhere on earth. Funny, it keeps reading the exact coordinates of our couch. About $399,
When it comes time to put a diaper on your bird—this one is called the Flight Suit—you probably need to admit that you didn't really want a bird in the house in the first place. But after all, who wants a stained shoulder, anyway? About $21,