Petco One Membership Cat Box Review


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Petco recently launched a new subscription box for cats called Petco One Membership. I love Petco, so I definitely wanted to see what Petco had to offer in the subscription box department.

side of the Petco box with illustration of cat whiskers and mouth

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Petco One Membership review

About This Box

The Subscription Box: Petco One Membership

The Cost: $35 + free shipping

The Products: A month’s supply of food, a treat, a toy, and a 30-pound bucket of Cat Litter!

Ships to: the US only

Good to Know: To receive your litter, access your online Petco account for a digital coupon that you redeem in store.

Petco One Membership July 2018 Review

This box came with an info sheet explaining the reasons why cats meow and showing some of the different toys this subscription box will send. Petco is clear about which products will be included when you sign up, so a more detailed information sheet isn’t necessary.

WholeHearted Grain Free Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, 5 lbs

WholeHearted Grain Free Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, 5 lbs – Retail Value $14.99

Since I first adopted Duchess when she was a few months old I have exclusively fed her Blue Buffalo, and once she graduated from kitten food I have been using the grain-free wilderness line. Because of this, I was pretty impressed with the quality of this cat food. It is grain-free and it actually has probiotics and omega-3s. While I over-analyzed this food, Duchess just happily ate it. It is too soon to tell if the omega-3’s are going to improve her fluffy coat (which, admittedly, is already pretty soft and smooth), but I am happy to report that it hasn’t upset her stomach or caused any digestive issues.

WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Food in Chicken, 5 cans – Estimated Value $4.95 (Buy a 12-pack of 2.8 oz. cans for $11.88)

WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Food in Chicken and Tuna, 5 cans – Estimated Value $4.95 (Buy a 12-pack of 2.8 oz. cans for $11.88)

WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Food in Tuna and Salmon, 5 cans – Estimated Value $4.95 (Buy a 12-pack of 2.8 oz. cans for $11.88)

I feed Duchess exclusively dry food, but I thought I would get the mix of both wet and dry food for this box to get the full experience and also treat Duchess. This has the same great properties as the dry food being grain free with probiotics and omega-3’s, and Duchess LOVED it.

She literally was licking her lips after her first wet food experience. These cans are solid until 2020, so while I am sticking with dry food I now have a stash of special meals for Duchess whenever the need arises (or if I need to disguise medicine in it, though thankfully Duchess does not currently take any).

WholeHearted Soft Center Crunchy Chicken Flavor Treats for Cats, 3 oz – Retail Value $1.99

Duchess is not a big treat kitty—I actually do not buy treats because she never eats them. She loves the way these smelled though, and I think if I put some in her regular meal dish she would happily munch away.

So Phresh Advanced Odor Control Scoopable Fragrance-Free Cat Litter, 30 lbs

So Phresh Advanced Odor Control Scoopable Fragrance-Free Cat Litter, 30 lbs – Retail Value $10.99

I have never purchased a 30-pound container of litter before, and I am not sure how long this will last in this single kitty household but it will definitely be more than a month. This litter clumps when wet and it does a great job of quelling any smells. My only complaint is it was pretty dusty when I was dumping the litter into the litter box, but that dissipated quickly.

Because of the weight and size, this was not actually included in the box itself, but an online voucher was loaded onto my Petco One profile that showed a barcode for the in-store cashier to scan. With your first month you get the litter and container for free, in future months you re-use the container and take it to Petco for refills. Each month a new voucher is issued to your Petco One account for you to get your monthly refill for free. I love the sustainability aspect of this—but WOW, thirty pounds of litter is heavy! I guess that is unavoidable, and I am sure for busy households this would be super helpful to not have to worry about running out throughout the month—especially if you have more than one kitty in your household!

Leaps & Bounds Fuzzy Mice Cat Toys with Catnip, Pack of 12 – Retail Value $9.99

Each month a new toy will be included for your kitty, and this month we have a 12-pack of mice. Duchess is a bit of a toy snob—some toys she won’t even look at (I am still bummed she never grew attached to the catnip filled crawfish plush I found), and some she is possessively obsessed with. These mice are the all-time holy grail toy for Duchess—she carries these mice around in her mouth and drops them in her food bowl to make sure they eat, drops them on my lap when she is feeling generous, and just generally adores them. These leaps and bounds mice don’t quite live up to the level of the Smarty Kat mice, but these definitely get more love than the sad crawfish. Having so many mice means that I can easily swap new mice in when the old ones get ratty, and when I wake up in the morning these mice are in new places across my apartment.

PetCoach.com Question – Retail Value $8

Petcoach.com is an online resource that connects pet owners with vet techs and licensed veterinarians in order to get help with any pet-related advice. Anyone can ask questions, in order to be immediately connected to a vet and receive a reply within minutes, you need to pay $8. There is a coupon for a free question on your Petco One Membership online account, and that code will waive the fee! This is extremely helpful if you have a pet that is prone to ailments or you’re a first-time pet owner—you can even attach photos when you ask your question to help illustrate what you were talking about. I believe with each month you get a new voucher for a question, and I think this is a really neat feature to be included in this subscription box. I am a confident pet owner (my dad was a veterinarian!), but it is nice to know that if Duchess starts acting funny I can immediately be connected with a vet and access some knowledge.

The Verdict: What an amazing box for cat owners! Petco is a known and trusted brand in the industry, and I am not shocked at all that their subscription box is such a knockout. This box is filled with great staples for cat parents, all of the items included (especially the food!) are of a high quality, and most importantly this box is Duchess approved! I calculated an estimated retail value of $60.81, which I think is an absolute deal considering the purchase price of $35. If you own a cat, staples like cat food and litter are unavoidable purchases. This box gives you an amazing convenience factor of having almost everything shipped to your door while also giving you a great discount on the items. This value will only increase after you’ve been subscribed for a while because once every four months a cat scratcher is also included for your kitty. I am bummed it doesn’t come in the initial box, but that doesn’t detract from the overall box greatness. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Sign up and your first box will ship within a few days and on a 30-day cycle from the sign-up date (not at the first of the month).

Value Breakdown: At $35 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Dry food: $8.63
  • Wet food: $8.55
  • Treats: $1.15
  • Litter: $6.33
  • Toy: $5.75
  • Petcoach: $4.60

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t go on pizza and when I’m not studying for law school I’m relaxing at home with my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like!

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22 Comments

  1. Do you receive different different dry and wet food every month? I wouldn’t want to switch what my kitty eats that frequently as it would be tough on her tummy.

    • I believe it is the same food every month!

  2. My kitties adore fur mice! I highly recommend the Tidy Cat Free and Clean literally no dust which cuts down on the dust that gets on anything near the box. I feed grain free too (Blue Buffalo) and my kids get treats with grains, yeah I know doesn’t make sense haha. They can’t figure out how to eat can food but trust me they drink a ton of water!

  3. LOL, that picture of Duchess looks straight out of a “Can I haz moar?” meme!

    This box is pretty tempting since its so practical. I’ve got a Petco nearby (next to a Target) so it would be pretty convenient for me too. I’ve looked at other boxes but as you fellow cat owners know, our feline masters can be picky and hard to please. I like that this box only has one toy so most of the value is in the practical stuff. I do wish it came with some catnip every month or every other month though. My cats are fiends.

    And, Happy World Cat Day!

  4. We use a very fine clay litter, from BoxieCat. This litter looks somewhat coarse, but it’s hard to know how close the camera was to the litter. Does anyone know about the texture of the litter? If it’s on the finer side, I’d consider this sub. The canned food is highly rated online by a very strict rating site!

    • The litter isn’t particularly fine. I find that the grains can definitely very and some bags are kinda dusty-er than others. Overall though if you are looking for a basic clay base litter definitely cost effective. (I’m personally a fan of natural base litters with like corn or wheat.)

  5. This box is a great value, but I wish there was an opportunity for customization – pate vs slices, fish vs meat – Mr Rocky is pretty particular about what he eats. Also one measly bag of treats for a whole month! not enough. I don’t think I could manage a 30 pound container of litter on the subway. Too bad – it looks great otherwise, and my cat loves getting packages.

  6. I just realized that the initial post for this sub a week or so ago also mentioned that a scratch pad would be included in each shipment. I don’t see one listed in this post…are they still including those?

    • They’re included on a quarterly basis.

  7. Oh wow, looks awesome. I have a multi-cat household and this would be fun to try. Too bad I don’t live anywhere near a Petco.

  8. This box looks great. And I’m loving that the value was more than what you paid for the box. As someone who is constantly looking for deals while shopping, it makes the bix way more appealing. Except the litter. My two cats will only use the pine litter. Otherwise I get evil, going to cut you in your sleep stares 🤣

  9. This box looks great, so many other cat boxes just throw together a couple of toys and treats and call it a day. This would be the perfect gift for a cat owner, if only the litter was delivered too. Maybe that could be an option, I’d be happy to pay more for that.I know my parents would be thrilled to receive this as a gift.

  10. Hahaha, 30 pounds of litter is like nothing in my house. I was using 100 pounds when I change litter boxes, with 25 pounds added here or there as a refill, but am probably going to have to add a 6th litter box and go up to 125 pounds per box change because Mr. Kitty and Sneaky are on prednisolone, which causes increased urine output. We have to take the elevator instead of the cart escalator at Target because it can’t handle the weight of my cart when I buy kitty litter (in quantities greater than my own body weight…).

    I have to use unscented, clumping Fresh Step though, because Monkey has allergic skin reactions to scented litters, a medical condition wherein my vet suggested to use clumping clay litter, and I find it better for controlling odors and less dusty than some of the other brands.

  11. Hi Jessica! Thanks for the review. I did just want to say I caution against an exclusively grain free diet. It can cause some pretty serious health consequences in kitties as they get older. Here is a pretty basic article from the Tufts Veterinary School:

    http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2016/06/grain-free-diets-big-on-marketing-small-on-truth/

    Also, many grain free foods are extremely high in phosphorus, which can lead to kidney disease in cats. Just something to think about…

    Also, I am glad you let your baby eat wet food. It is actually quite healthy to feed your cat wet food every day. It helps keep them hydrated and offers different vitamins and nutrients thank crunchies.

    I am by no means an expert. I am a vet tech at a cat hospital and I see cats all the time that have developed kidney disease and diabetes due to their diet and it is heartbreaking. I just want to offer a different perspective:)

    • I was going to make a similar comment! Cats don’t generally drink enough water on their own, so giving them wet food provides the necessary liquid into their diet. My kitty gets wet food and dry every day – plus we have a water fountain for him to drink out of.

      I’m not a vet tech, just a loving pet owner – but I wanted to second what Trish said!

    • Hi Trish!
      Thanks for your input! Duchess actually had her yearly checkup with her vet, and Dr. Leonard said she was in tip top shape. I asked about his opinions of a grain free diet based on the comments on this review, and he said that it seems to be working perfectly for Duchess due to her overall health and weight.

      Also, I just need to brag and be a proud cat mama bear. Duchess didn’t try to bite or scratch Dr. Leonard once, even when he was looking at her teeth and under her tongue. She didn’t even flinch when she got her shots (though I definitely did)Dr. Leonard said if all cat visits were like Duchess he would do cat appointments all day every day.

      I can’t imagine what I am going to be like when I have a baby and take them to the doctor, if this is how I am with Duchess. Thanks again for your thoughts!

  12. Although I prefer PetSmart, as a rule, this is interesting. I wonder if they are going to start a box for dogs. I wouldn’t be happy to get that much food though, unless they asked what brand you current use. Most pet parents that I know, don’t just change their furbaby food like that Glad Duchess did good with it.

    • I was also hoping for a dog box, and then I remembered how anything new gives my dog really bad diarrhea. I think dogs stomachs are a lot more sensitive

      • You have obviously never played the “who did this” runny stool litter box guessing game in my house. (It is *not* always Mr. Kitty, either.)

    • I’m pretty sure they can only offer this great price because they have an agreement or help manufacture that specific food brand. My cats are on prescription food so I can’t get this… but this looks like great quality for the price.

  13. I really love this concept, the only thing holding me back is the litter. I’m very picky about the litter that I use for my boys and really prefer to avoid clay based litters.

    Hmmm…might be worth it just to try once at any rate! I’m glad you reviewed it!

    • Same! And having to go to the store for it is lame.

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