General: Pets

Fun Gifts for Dogs, Cats, and More Pets

Got a cute kitten in the household? Are you a dog-lover? Surprise the pet in your family with a unique gift this holiday season. See more great gifts in our holiday gift guide.

11 Ways to Deal With Your Kids’ Anxieties

Certain rites of passage―first day of school, first flushed goldfish―are stress-inducing. Here’s how to help your children deal with them.

22 Silly Halloween Costumes for Pets

Don’t forget about your furry friend this Halloween. As though your dog or cat isn’t cute enough already, just picture him or her in one of these cute Halloween costumes. Whether your pet is greeting trick-or-treaters and party guests, or heading to the neighborhood costume parade, dress them in some unique costume ideas. If everyone in your family is dressing up, don’t leave them out—especially when there are so many fun opportunities. Sure, there are simple crafts to make your own pet costume if you’re feeling creative, but if you don’t have the time (or are unsure about your artistic abilities), there are plenty of options out there in stores and online. For your canine companions, we have some adorable dog costumes that range from silly (Where’s Waldo) to traditional (pumpkins). For cats, there’s an adorable sailor costume that’s just the perfect photo op. These disguises are easy to put on and safe your pets to wear—they’re not super tight and won’t make your pets immobile. Plus, they’re affordable, too, so it’s okay if Fido or Kitty ruins the look by the end of the day. We can’t guarantee that they’ll be happy to don these outfits, but you’ll have a great time taking pictures and showing your pets off.

4 Reasons Why It’s a Great Time to Be a Dog

In celebration of National Dog Day, we’ve hounded the best products and experiences for pampered pooches.

Where Should I Put a Cat-Litter Box?

Real Simple answers your questions.

Ask Real Simple: How Do I Get Rid of Pet Hair?

Real Simple answers your questions.

Pet Basics

How to pick a pet you'll love―and care for it properly once you bring it home.

Pet-Sitter Hiring Checklist

Heading out of town? Whether you're looking to book Buster a room at the nearest pet hotel or to find a sitter who makes house calls, follow these steps.

How to Take Pets on Road Trips

The plan is for Kitty and Fido to go? Here’s what you need to know.

Science Proves Your Dog Doesn’t Like Your Enemy Either

New research shows that your canine companion knows when someone is snubbing you—and will snub them right back.