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Hello and welcome back to Cuteness Picks, our weekly roundup of the best pet products from websites both big and smol. Catching our credit card's eye this week: a posh shampoo for posh pups, an interactive treat orb that also cleans fights bad breath, and a sweater knitted around the likeness of a reindog.
1. Laser Chasing Scratch Post
The red dot laser pointer gets a long overdue 2.0 makeover thanks to this mad genius invention straight out of the lair of a spy movie supervillain.
No matter how you do the math, literally everyone wins here: cats get perpetual playtime, humans get endless entertainment, and couch arms get a forever reprieve from claws and paws.
Available at Hammacher.
2. BarkBox Memory Foam Dog Bed
Good boys need a good bed — and no material is more conducive to a good night's sleep than ergonomic, ultra-plush memory foam, which has been demonstrated to ease the effects of body aches, joint pain, hip dysplasia and arthritis.
Available in four shades and as many sizes, BarkBox's Memory Foam Dog Bed includes gel inserts for added comfort, a machine-washable cover for easy care, and a free squeaker to pique the recipient's interest.
Available at Amazon.
3. IQ Treat Ball
Ward off doggy doldrums with this interactive toy that can be chased, pawed forward, and tumbled over. Made from a non-toxic, rugged rubber, the IQ Treat Ball challenges and rewards dogs at the same time with hidden treats that can be puzzled out.
As a bonus, the design's raised surface massages gums, breaks up tartar, and freshens breath. That's a WIN-WIN in our book!
Available at Amazon.
4. Flower Fountain
FACT: No one, cats included, likes drinking from a dirty bowl.
On the surface, that might not seem like the biggest problem but under-hydration can lead to big urinary tract problems—and even bigger bills from the vet.
Nip the problem in the, well, bud (sorry, not sorry), with this petal-shaped flower fountain from Catit, a French brand with a track record of developing products that "nourish, comfort, motivate and amuse cats" and look pretty dang cool at the same time.
With three settings (gentle, bubbling, and stream) and a built-in filter that strips magnesium and calcium from tap water, the Flower Fountain is perfect for even the finickiest of felines.
5. Cuddly-Coat Grooming Shampoo
Improving bath time for both pups and pup parents with game-changing product hacks is one of our core priorities in this column. And joining prior inductees the Lick Lick Pad and the Aquapaw in our soon-to-be-constructed Cuteness Picks Hall Of Fame this week is Kiehl's Cuddly Coat Grooming Shampoo.
Blending Chamomile-extract and plant derived Glycerin, the mild, soap-free shampoo is gentle but effective, and will leave your dog's coat glowing with a clean finish and smelling fresh like lavender.
Available at Kiehl's.
6. ScoopFree Automatic Cat Litter Box
Take the mess out of mess management with the original, hands-free self-cleaning litter box.
How does this magical device work? In truth, no one but the poop elves that tend to it really know — but judging by its multitude of positive reviews, both cats (and their people) adore it and odors hate it.
Available at Chewy.
7. Antlered Dog Knit Sweater
The Good News: this adorable knit sweater features a cute reindog with antlers on it.
Anyways, if you want your little ones to rock festive sweater season, bounce on over to Nordstrom.