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VetPet Box Cat Subscription Review + Coupon – November 2018

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Box Review Front

VetPet Box is a subscription for dogs or cats with toys, treats, and other supplies curated by veterinarians. You can choose from boxes for single cats or multiple cats, and you can also input allergy information if necessary.

This review is for the multiple cat VetPet Box, which is $45.00 per month.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Inside

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.) 

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Review

About VetPet Box

The Subscription Box: VetPet Box (cat version)

The Cost: $45/month (Save with longer subscription options or get a single-cat subscription.)

COUPON: Use code VetPet15MSA to save $15 off your first box!

The Products: Toys, treats, and grooming supplies selected by veterinarians with the needs of your cat (or cats) in mind.

Ships to: US (free to the contiguous 48 states, $8 to Alaska or Hawaii), Canada ($15)

VetPet Box (Cat Version) November 2018 Review

Every month, Vet Pet Box sends toys, supplies, and wellness items:

  Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Booklet Front

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Booklet Back

Included was an information card with more information about the items in the box.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Education Front

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Education Back

There is always educational material in a full-color, fold-out brochure that is sturdy enough for storage and later reference. There is a different theme every month (this material is considered to be one of the benefits of paying for the subscription, so it is not reproduced here). At least some of the items each month relate to the theme.

On to the items:

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Candle 1

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Candle 2

Pet Odor Exterminator Candle in Orange Lemon Splash (13 oz) – Retail Value $9.95 (found here for $8.99)

Well, I did not even know that sold candles. (Not that I will need any of these for a while, this one is huge and I also received one in the dog version of this box.) This has a very fruity smell and is formulated specifically to attack pet odors. Unfortunately, we’ve had some kitty health issues lately and this has resulted in additional odors in the home, but so far this seems to be working.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Fish Treats

Wellness Kittles Grain-Free Whitefish and Cranberries Recipe (2 oz) – Retail Value $2.49 (found here for $2.37)

I tend to think of Wellness as a pretty good brand. These are small, crunchy treats that my cats (at least, the ones who can have them) seem to like. I like to use these to lure Sneaky into the bathroom for her asthma medication. (She is very food motivated.)

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Duck Treats

Wellness Kittles Grain-Free Duck and Cranberries Recipe (2 oz) – Retail Value $2.49 (found here for $2.37)

Here is another flavor of Kittles treats. These may not be suitable for cats with allergies because they do contain chicken meal, herring meal, and chicken fat, in addition to duck (which is the first ingredient). But Sneaky, Madison, and Monkey liked them.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Collars

Breakaway Collar by Hunter (2 count) – Listed Value $13.98

I can only find these on German sites and eBay in the UK and on the website of a brick-and-mortar retailer that doesn’t do e-commerce, so I’ve taken the value from the information card. My cats are indoor only and typically don’t wear collars, but there are sometimes when it is a good idea for even indoor cats to have identification. Maybe I will make an ID tag to go with these on an aluminum blank (since I have a micro-engraver sitting around the house somewhere, or I could use number/letter metal stamps).

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Mice

Nibblers Large Fur Mouse (2 count) – Listed Value $4.46 (buy a box of 12 for $39.99, found here for $30.29)

Simple toys like these are often the most popular with my crew. They have a fuzzy outer texture and they are relatively lightweight. I’ve put these in the office with Angus, who is currently quarantined while we get to the bottom of his gastrointestinal issues (no pun intended), so he can have new and interesting items to keep himself occupied.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Dinosaur

Jurassic Pals from All for Paws – Listed Value $8.99

This is a larger, cuddler-type catnip toy. I can find lots of pictures online, but no one who is actually selling these (other than eBay). I think this is a brand that typically is found in subscription boxes (not just VetPet Box, but others as well) and nowhere else. Anyway, this has some interesting textures and is a little too big for tossing around but definitely suitable for chin-rubbing. I’ve given this one to Angus for now, too.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Shampoo

Henry Schein PhytoVet EFA Mousse (6.8 oz) – Retail Value $12.59

This is rather like a waterless shampoo but you don’t wipe it off again (rather, you let it air dry). This may be useful in treating skin issues such as flaking and scaling. None of my cats are currently exhibiting skin issues, but Angus recently got over some (eosinophilic plaque) so this will be handy to have on hand in case he has another flare-up as we try to get his dietary issues sorted out.

Kitty photo time:

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Angus 1

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Angus 2

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Angus 3

Angus is all about rubbing his face on things these days. He is still wearing the e-collar since he was grooming his rear end excessively. His recent fecal test was negative for Giardia and other organisms so we are still trying to figure things out. He still has a good appetite and lots of energy, at least.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Madison 1

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Madison 2

Madison was in one of those “I’m not going to let you see my face” kinds of moods. But he did like the treats.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Madison Sneaky

Madison and Sneaky inspect the dinosaur (Godzilla?) toy.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Monkey 1

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Monkey 2

Monkey inspects items from the box.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Monkey Sparkles

I don’t know what it is about this toy that makes multiple cats like to sniff it at the same time.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Sneaky 1

They were all interested in sniffing this one.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Sneaky 2

Sneaky just after taking a treat from me.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Sneaky Madison 2

Sneaky trying to steal a treat from Madison.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Sparkles 1

Mr. Kitty posed for this one.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Sparkles 2

No, Nyx, that is not a dog toy.

Vet Pet Box Cat November 2018 - Sparkles 3

Sadly, I don’t even think he can see this when it is like one inch from his face.

Verdict: I calculated a value of $54.95 for November’s VetPet Box. That’s comfortably over the cost of the box. I always have to worry about pet odors and the treats were popular, and it is good to have the mousse on hand in case Angus’s skin issues flare up again.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? New subscribers usually get an introductory box. However, if you contact Vet Pet Box, you can get a past month’s box (like say you really want to get the dental one more than once, because your cat has bad teeth).

Value Breakdown: At $45 for the multi-cat box, you are paying approximately the following per item (double items counted as one in the list below):

  • Candle $8.15
  • Whitefish treats $2.04
  • Duck treats $2.04
  • Collars $11.45
  • Mouse toys $3.65
  • Godzilla toy $7.36
  • Mousse $10.31

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Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

Posted in Pet Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Cats, VetPet Box Reviews| Tags: vetpet box | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. Hi Beth and thank you so much for the concern. The point you bring up is a very common misconception when it comes to pets and essential oils, so we’re happy to have the opportunity to address it! Unfortunately, there have been quite a few posts on social media from well-intentioned lay people that have led to the spread of misinformation regarding the subject of essential oils. While the scent of citrus in the candles we sent out may not be the favorite of most cats, it certainly is not toxic to them. There was actually a study done investigating which scents cats preferred most and citrus scored lower that fish and cedar (Am Coll Vet Behavior & Am Vet Soc Anim Behav : ACVB-AVSAB 2008. Jacqueline C. Neilson). Our customers likely wouldn’t have enjoyed fish scented candles, though!
    The major clinical concern veterinarians worry about regarding essential oil exposure and cats is absorption through the skin or through oral ingestion. With this particular candle, we would be more concerned with the burns associated with exposure to the wax in the candle than the very small amount of scent that is present. As you mention, problems could arise if a cat had exposure to LARGE amounts of pure and concentrated essential oils via topical or oral routes. However, simply lighting a candle with the scent of citrus is not a clinically relevant concern. In regards to inhalation… a cat would first need to be in a small room that they could not retreat from and an essential oil would need to be nebulized/ diffused into small enough droplets to be inhaled, in which case respiratory irritation and a cough may arise.
    As you mention, a major component of VetPet Box is to inform pet owners about potential dangers and things that are clinically relevant, such as Lily plant intoxication, etc. We really appreciate you giving us this opportunity to briefly discuss essential oils and the misconceptions that surround them.
    I urge you to take a look at this helpful article that Dr. Shelton wrote regarding this topic. She is a practicing veterinarian that practices aromatic medicine and is an international lecturer on the subject of pets and essential oils/ aromatherapy.

    Dr. Steph

  2. Ragan, another great review! Thanks.

    I’m actually shocked to see a citrus-scented candle in a sub box curated by vets for homes with cats.

    Cats are super sensitive to scents — much, much more so than are humans. (We have 5 million cells for sensing smells, cats have 200 million!)

    Plus, citrus scents are extremely irritating to cats, and citrus oil is toxic to them. The molecule responsible for the citrus scent has a phenol ring, and cats are deficient in the enzyme that metabolizes those (glucuronyl transferase).

    I realize that cats aren’t (hopefully) eating the candles, but they are still inhaling the oils from them. That really concerns me.

    • Thank you Beth! I didn’t know this…and I’ve been a cat-mom for almost 50 years.

      • You are most welcome. I think most cat owners are not aware of the risk. I’ve had cats for 35 years, and I just learned this a year ago.

        Unfortunately some of the most toxic/ irritating oils are those frequently used, like tea tree, eucalyptus, citrus, peppermint, and cinnamon. See or other reputable, objective sites for more details.

    • I’m pretty sure that this candle is scented with artificial fragrance instead of actual citrus oil (this has paraffin in it so the makers aren’t going the “all natural” route, plus the products in this box are curated by vets). Also, of course, the cats aren’t eating it. Not that your point doesn’t stand about sensitive noses, of course. My cats don’t seem to mind candles but we don’t burn them if Sneaky’s asthma is acting up.

      Also, FWIW, glucuronyl transferases make up a huge class of enzymes spanning pretty much all life. Humans have at least 22 glucuronyl transferase genes identified (so far) but there are a lot of these enzymes in plants, as well. Cats probably lost a very specific one a long time ago, evolutionarily speaking, since they typically didn’t eat plants and didn’t have a need to digest certain plant materials, so the mutation wasn’t deleterious and spread.

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