Cuddle Crate is a monthly subscription box for pets. You can opt for a dog box (choose your dog size), a cat box, or a small animal box (select gerbil/hamster or rabbit/guinea pig). You can also combine pet types with higher tier subscriptions (i.e., get a combined cat/rabbit box) and opt for a bi-monthly box if monthly is too often for you.
This review is of the Bronze Level Cat subscription for $29.95 a month.
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About Cuddle Crate
The Subscription Box: Cuddle Crate (for cats)
The Cost: $29.95 per month for the bronze level (3-5 items for one type of pet); $39.95 a month for the silver level (6-8 items for up to two types of pet); $49.95 a month for the gold level (9+ items for three types of pets); save with longer subscriptions.
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The Products: Toys, treats, and supplies for your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, gerbil, or hamster.
Ships to: U.S. (free shipping to the continental U.S.)
Cuddle Crate November 2018 Review
Cuddle Crate typically sends out a variety of toy types as well as (usually) one package of treats if you have the single pet type option selected. Let’s see what the cats got this month:
They’ve moved away from an information card listing the items in the box and instead are directing you to a URL where you can look up more information about the items.
Freeze-dried treats are not my cats’ favorite, so I was a bit surprised to see Madison and Monkey gobble these down. (It goes without saying that Sneaky ate them. Sneaky once ate a needle and some beadwork – don’t worry, I got it out of her and she was OK.) Turkey is appropriate considering the season, I suppose.
Petlinks Rowdy Raccoon Plush Electronic Sound Cat Toy – Retail Value $7.99 (found here for $5.44)
This toy makes noise and my cats aren’t so into that, but they loved the furry texture. (I am not sure I would’ve guessed this was a raccoon but my cats don’t care what animal it is supposed to be.)
Ethical Pet Nice Catch Fish with Catnip – Retail Value $7.91
Oh, this has a BELL, so I have put it where Angus can have fun with it by himself at night and where we can’t hear it in the bedroom. This has a canvas-like texture that Monkey licked a bit. It is what I would call “medium-sized” and it could be tossed or kicked around (or Monkey could just keep licking it if he finds where I put it – I guess that means the catnip is good).
When this gets jostled, the eyes light up. I found it a bit creepy, but the cats didn’t really even seem to notice. For them, this toy was all about the long, long tail, which they loved. (The blinking eyes didn’t show up very well in photos.)
Ethical Pets Chenille Chaser Mouse Toy – Retail Value $9.08
This is knitted from chenille yarn and also ribbon so it has a new and interesting texture for my crew. I know I’ve been talking about textures quite a lot here but my cats are mostly older and they have become interested in different textures. (For Mr. Kitty, it’s probably because he can’t see, but the others show this trait, too.)
Gratuitous cat photos ahead:
Angus mostly just wanted to hang out with the toys under this coffee table. You can kind of see the lemur’s eyes lit up in the third photo.
Madison got into these treats. He wasn’t in a super playful mood, though.
Monkey liked the treats. He also played with the toys (or, in some cases, rubbed his face on them).
Sneaky wasn’t in a playful mood, either, but she would eat the treats as fast as I could get them out of the bag.
Mr. Kitty investigates some toys. (His eye looks oily due to some ointment we have been using. It is hard to put in and it goes everywhere.)
Verdict: I calculated a value of $35.96 for the November Cuddle Crate for cats subscription box. That is one of the better values I’ve seen for this box in awhile and is about $5 above the month-to-month cost of the subscription. I appreciated the variety of toys this month; although they were only from two companies, they all had really different features and textures that made them stand out, individually.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? November boxes all ship about the same time, so no. Also, there is some customization involved, especially for the multi-pet boxes, so there may be some variation even among November boxes.
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Value Breakdown: At $29.95 for the box, you are paying approximately the following for each item:
- Treats $4.16
- Raccoon $6.65
- Fish $6.59
- Lemur $4.99
- Chenille mouse $7.56
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