We love pets, but they are small freeloaders. Between food, garbage, toys and all the other accessories, it can feel like you have a very sweet roommate who refuses to pay rent. Your prayers to “get a job” may go unanswered, but everyone knows that abdominal rubbing is invaluable. We here at WIRED have enough pets among us for a zoo – maybe two – and we have tested an awful lot of pet items, toys and equipment. For Cyber Monday, a few of our favorites are on offer.
Updated November 29: We have set prices and added new offers like Ruffwear’s jacket and Purple’s Pet Bed.
DNA tests and subscriptions
Your dog has a secret pedigree and they are not telling you just yet. Find out where their ancestors came from with our guides to dog DNA test kits, and while you’re at it, browse through our best subscription box gift guide for a few recommendations for your furry friend.
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Just as it’s interesting to see our ancestry, DNA testing for pets is a fun thing to help us learn more about our best friends. Some of them also offer a health aspect so you can get an idea of what they can struggle with in the future and hopefully help them live a long, healthy life. Embark is the most expensive dog test we have tried, but it is crammed with information. You can even find your dog’s relatives.
Enter the code DNAFRIDAY at checkout
Cats tend to be overlooked when it comes to DNA and breeds, but this DNA test is super comprehensive with lots of health and breed information. It dropped to $ 69 in 2019, but that’s not a bad deal. I found out that my orange girl, Eely-Rue, is at risk for dental disease, so now I’m trying to brush her little fangs.
This deal is for new members and you get essentially two BarkBoxes for the first month when you subscribe to a six- or 12-month plan. Your puppy gets a mix of toys, treats and chews. You probably will not review all the treats the company sends, but it’s nice to find good, affordable dog toys that have cute designs. The company donates 10 percent of its profits to shelters and rescues across the United States and Canada.
Kitty bedding is a great start, but you also need a lot more to make your home your cat’s home. Take a look at pet articles and tips for newly adopted cats and dogs and best cat toys and supplies.
Shouldn’t your cat get a delicious litter box so they can do their business in peace? I love Tuft & Paws products because they actually look great in your house without losing any appeal to cats, but they are expensive and rarely go on sale. The Cove cat tray is too heavy for itchy cats to tip over, and it has a spoon, a broom tray and a brush that fits right into their own holes in the box. I recommend adding the Shelter piece, which prevents debris from flying around and gives your pet an extra layer of privacy.
We saw this go down to $ 13 in June, but there are now more waste options, and therefore prices, available. The $ 20 sale price is for the clay waste, and you will need to sign up for the newsletter to access it, but this deal also includes a scoop and a dome box. Kitty Poo Club is a waste subscription with boxes made of robust recycled cardboard, which can also be recycled when you are done with them. As long as you actually change the box every month, it should not leak or fall apart. If you are a foster family or otherwise need temporary boxes for just a few months, it is a good subscription to try, but we think you should get your cat a permanent box eventually.
Offers on camera for pets
Go ahead and set up a monitoring mode to see what your pet is doing when you are not home. At least they do not know. We have tested a number of the best pet cameras and we have our opinion on them.
The price of the Furbo Dog Camera (9/10, WIRED recommends) fluctuates, and $ 118 is not an unusual deal. It’s still one of our favorite dog cameras. A barking alarm sends messages to your phone and you can throw treats to your pets from a distance. It even takes pictures when your dog looks into it.
Amazon (Primary Members Only), Petcube ($ 172)
The price of this camera also goes up and down, but $ 180 is where you find it most often. It’s another one of our favorites. It is designed with cats in mind and has a built-in laser pointer that you can control from the app. You can check in with two-way communication, have a remote play session, or ask Alexa to control the laser when you can not.
Amazon (click on the coupon button), Eufy (enter code WS24BFT7200 at checkout)
This camera is new and looks like the Furbo as it throws treats. I (Medea) have tested it with my cats, despite it being marketed against dogs. My chubby cat is very motivated by treats. Unlike the Furbo, you can rotate the camera 270 degrees to get more visibility into the room. Notifications are instantaneous, and when you click on them, it takes you directly to a live view instead of to the main page of the app, just like some other cameras.
Offers on pet equipment
We understand that. There is no cost to the health and safety of your special fur ball. Pet health care has become just as high-tech as human health care these days. Take a cruise through the best veterinary telemedicine services and technologies to keep your dog happy and healthy to see what is pure magic and what is more magic trick.
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We tried the older Fi collar and loved it. It uses your home’s Wi-Fi, mobile and GPS networks to locate your dog if it gets lost and tracks their fitness (step counting is not just for Fitbit users!). There is a light included on the collar to go at night and the brand says the battery should last for three months. While using this, senior associate editor Adrienne So received a message that her dog had fled. She turned around to see her trotting towards a neighbor’s house.
Catit is of course made for cats, but the brand’s fountain can also be used for dogs if you think they liked it. We tried this one and the one in stainless steel, which is also reduced to $ 33 ($ 11 off), and think you’ll be happy with either. Whatever you choose, keep it very clean and replace the filter once a month. Almost everything on the Catit side is 25 percent off, including the Vesper seat mentioned below.
It’s not a huge discount, but this is the cheapest we’ve seen this pet bed. It has never required any incentive to get my (Julian) dog on it. He sleeps for long stretches, so I walk on one leg and say it’s comfortable. It is made by the manufacturer of Purple mattresses which we generally like. You can take the cover off and machine wash it.
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This is one of our favorite pet carriers. It can be fastened to a car seat, the fleece-lined bottom can act as a bed, and the handle can be used as a string. There is also a side pocket for storing goodies, and it complies with the size requirements of most major airlines. We also like the Pet Tote for $ 119 ($ 30 off) to take our dogs on the New York City subway, where they have to be in a bag.
We love Ruffwear’s dog jackets, and Cloud Chaser is my favorite for my puppy when it snows in New York City. The fleece-lined bottom panel does not attract too much dirt, it sticks well and the reflective trim shines clearly at night. Be sure to measure your puppy before you buy to get the right size (and use Ruffwear’s size guide).
More pet friendly deals
As much as we love them, pets are autonomous, mobile mess-making machines. It is only fair that the machines to clean up after them are also autonomous and mobile. Grab yourself an automatic, vacuum-cleaning robot, but first check out our guide to the best robot vacuum cleaners. Also, check out our guides to the best dog technology and accessories and the best cat toys and accessories for more.
Walmart, Amazon (Primary Members Only)
Having a pet means fur, usually everywhere. A robotic vacuum cleaner can keep most things in check without you having to lift more than your phone. This Roborock is our favorite for pets as it is designed specifically for them. Its ReactiveAI uses two stereoscopic cameras to identify and avoid obstacles such as power rails and, most importantly, animal feces. My cats will occasionally get a piece of their excrement stuck in their hair and then sprint around the house until it flies away. If it happens when I am not paying attention (or not at home), I will not look up to find any clutter smeared all over every inch of my floor.
This was our favorite robotic vacuum cleaner of all the models we tried. It is not the smartest or most functional, and it does not have bracing detection, but at a lower price than most of the worthy competitors, it cleans well and can empty its own trash can. Senior associate review editor, Adrienne So, says it’s the only robotic vacuum cleaner with a self-emptying container that works well right out of the box.
QVC, EyeVac ($ 97 with code EVHOLIDAY)
You may have seen a larger version of an EyeVac at your local beauty salon or barbershop. Infrared sensors at the bottom of the device activate the vacuum when you sweep near it, so you just have to brush animal hair in its direction instead of bending down and using a forehead and brush. Of course, it’s lazy, but it can make it easier to clean up after your pets.
Chewy is my favorite place to shop my pets because shipping is fast, prices are usually low, and you can sign up for automatic shipping for a small discount. Right now, the company has a buy-two, get-a-free campaign across all animal products, including toys, treats, trash and pet parent products. Chewy also doesn’t just cater to cats and dogs; there are supplies for birds, fish, reptiles and small pets, such as hamsters, chickens and even horses.
Catit’s website is almost completely marked, including this Vesper Box, which my cats love. There are three seats to choose from: a top seat that should reach most windows, a center seat with a scratch and a closed bottom compartment. There are also larger trees in the Vesper line.