Cat Claws Club Subscription Box Review – August 2018
Cat Claws Club is a bi-monthly subscription box for cats filled with lots of toys, treats, and other surprises. (They just use whatever box will fit the items, so it varies from month to month, but it allows for some unusual item shapes, which can be fun!)
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About Cat Claws Club
The Subscription Box: Cat Claws Club
The Cost: $24.95 every other month (currently on sale for $19.96) + $8.95 shipping
The Products: Lots of cat items, mostly toys, including some exclusive and/or new items.
Good to know: Although PayPal checkout shows as an option for this subscription, you can’t actually pay for the subscription with PayPal. I checked out that way the first time and they contacted me, processed a PayPal refund, and I had to resubscribe with a credit card number.
Ships to: U.S.
Cat Claws Club August 2018 Review
This subscription is pretty heavy on the toys and is often, but not always, holiday-themed. This is also one of the only cat subscriptions where you get scratch pads regularly. Let’s see what was in the box this month:
There’s usually a booklet with more information on the items. This month had an “under the sea” theme.
Shrimp and Tadpole Cat Toys – Retail Value $4.95
This is a pair of catnip toys with an interesting selection of textures – the shrimp is a reflective, almost crinkly outer material with ribbons for legs and the tadpole is fuzzy with string antennae. These are both small and a great size for kitties to toss around on their own, and my older cats, especially, have been very interested in different textures lately.
Inaba Ciao Grilled Extra Tender Tuna Filet – Retail Value $1.99
This is a pretty simple treat, just a piece of tuna in a vacuum-sealed package. All the cats who were able to eat it (so, everyone other than Mr. Kitty) thought it was great. I’m pretty sure Sneaky got the most, though. It is helpful with these to break them up with a fork into smaller pieces.
Felt Fish Refillable Catnip Toy – Retail Value $3.99
This comes with a packet of catnip to put inside the fish. I would not have expected it, but Madison had a ball with this, and rolled all over the floor with it, and rolled himself on top of it, and you can see some photos of that below.
Dangling Fish Toy with Bell – Estimated Value $2.99
A different item was described in the information booklet, but we received a substitution. This has a long enough string on it that I would consider it a “finger dangler” type toy, and would probably only allow my cats to play with this while supervised, but I have a few kitties with appetites for inappropriate items (Sneaky eats all manner of stringy things if I leave them out). I think this is mostly going to be an Angus item going forward, but as you will see below, he is in an e-collar at the moment and not his usual playful self.
Tropical Fish Toy – Estimated Value $6.50
There are several versions of this toy in the Cat Claws shop, but this particular color pattern isn’t currently available. I’ve taken the value from a similar toy. This is another Angus item for sure, probably when he gets his e-collar off, as he has enjoyed some of the other colors of these in the past. This is made from a very soft material and is a little larger than this month’s other toys, but still small enough for Angus to bat around.
Crab Shaped Cat Scratcher – Retail Value $16.32
You won’t get a scratcher with every shipment of this subscription, but they still come fairly often. They always have fun shapes. I find these to be very sturdy, as scratchers go, and my cats seem to like them as well. The only thing I would change would be to cover the bottom in some kind of paper or cardboard because otherwise, the catnip (supplied with the scratcher, though you can refresh it with your own) falls through to the floor. I’ve left this in Angus’s isolation room with him so he can have some stimulation, but most of the cats were interested in checking it out.
Kitty photo time:
Angus with the tuna. You will notice an angry pink area on his chest. That is called an eosinophilic plaque and it is why he was in the e-collar. We are treating it with a topical medication and trying to figure out what he is allergic to (which is unlikely to be tuna…).
Angus was very interested in this treat, though he didn’t eat much of it. I think he was a little mad at being shut in the back bedroom, but he is so hard to catch for his medication.
Angus with the tropical fish toy. I have left all the toys from this box in the room with him so he has something to keep him occupied (I mean, something aside from scratching up the carpet in an attempt to get out of the room).
Here is Madison having a good old time.
And here he is with his tongue out.
Monkey investigates a toy. I think he is missing Angus (who is isolated right now) a little bit. They are buddies.
Sneaky and Monkey with the scratcher.
Sneaky with some of the items from the box.
Sharing the scratcher.
Cleaning up the tuna!
And here is the part of the review where I pose Mr. Kitty with toys. Poor guy really wanted the tuna but I know for a fact that would give him nasty tummy troubles so I couldn’t let him have it.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $36.74 for the August Cat Claws Club. This is a little bit over the cost of the subscription plus shipping. I did have to estimate the value of one item, but everything else was available as-is (or in a different color) from the Cat Claws shop. Personally, I liked this month’s shipment. There were more toys than usual in a variety of sizes, types, and textures, plus there was a very popular treat, and there was a scratcher. Everything stuck to the “under the sea” theme well, too – even the treat was tuna!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Cat Claws Club ships once every other month. Your first box would be October’s box if you signed up now. (But, a fair number of the items are available for individual purchase from CatClaws.com.)
Value Breakdown: At $33.90 for the subscription plus shipping, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Shrimp and tadpole toys $4.57
- Tuna filet $1.84
- Felt refillable fish toy $3.68
- Dangling fish toy $2.76
- Tropical fish toy $6
- Scratcher $15.06
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