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 bimonthly box if monthly is too often for you. This is a review of the cat option.
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About Cuddle Crate
The Subscription Box: Cuddle Crate (for cats)
The Cost: Starting at $29.95 per month for the bronze level (3-5 items for one type of pet) with slight increases for higher levels (where you can combine multiple pet types); save with longer subscriptions. This review is for the “bronze” level.
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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 December 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.
Imperial Cat Candystick – Retail Value $3.99
This is filled with catnip only – no stuffing. (Not that my cats typically remove stuffing from toys…) It has a cotton/canvas sort of texture that is really appealing to Monkey (he licks it, which he seems to enjoy but which doesn’t make for the best pictures). It is pretty small and could be tossed around easily.
Imperial Cat 3 Holiday Color Mice – Estimated Value $4.95
You can only get (to my knowledge) Imperial Cat toys from Cat Claws, and I didn’t see this in stock on their website, so I am linking to a similar item from which I took the value. Small mice like these are some of my cats’ favorite items; the tails were particularly interesting to my crew.
Imperial Cat Refillable Snowman – Retail Value $6.50
We’ve received this toy before (not necessarily from this subscription box). These seem popular in proportion to how much catnip I spill while trying to fill them up. (The toy comes with a little pouch of catnip, which is more than enough for one use.) Several of my cats just sat there and licked catnip off the back of this. Well, whatever works!
Imperial Cat Refillable Felt Stocking – Estimated Value $3.99
This is another Cat Claws item that I couldn’t find for sale, but here is a similar one, which is where I got the value. This is also a refillable catnip toy (that also comes with a pouch of catnip) but it is made from felt so it has a somewhat different texture from the snowman up above. (My cats are very into different textures lately.)
Fruitables Wildly Natural Salmon Flavored Cat Treats (2.5 oz) – Retail Value $2.99 (found here for $1.40)
These are small, crunchy treats in a resealable bag. They don’t have a strong smell. All the cats who can have them (so Sneaky, Madison, and Monkey) thought they were pretty great. We are now using them to lure Sneaky into the bathroom for her asthma inhaler.
Gratuitous cat photos ahead:
Angus was being weird and only wanted to play with toys on the landing of our staircase.
Madison liked the treats. He was not so amused in the third photo, however.
Monkey licks things and eats treats.
Giving treats to Sneaky is dangerous…
You will notice there are no pictures of Mr. Kitty. He is just getting over an ear infection (he’s all better now, don’t worry) and his head is kind of oily and crusty because I inevitably ended up using way more ear ointment than needed, mostly because he was fighting me the whole time I was trying to put it in. Anyway, he’s just not looking his best at the moment but we are cleaning him a little every day and hopefully, he will be back soon.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $22.42 for the December Cuddle Crate for cats subscription box. That is quite a bit below the month-to-month cost of the subscription, which is a little disappointing, although I do find that the value of this subscription tends to average out over time (so last month it was considerably higher than the month-to-month cost of the box, for example). Also, for what it’s worth, although you can buy the same or similar toys from Cat Claws, they have a rather high shipping charge that you would have to pay, and you’d end up in about the same place as the cost of the subscription to order the items separately. At any rate, the toys were all pretty popular with my cats and we appreciated the different types of toys.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? December 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 December boxes.
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Value Breakdown: At $29.95 for the box, you are paying approximately the following for each item:
- Candy Stick $5.33
- Mice $6.61
- Snowman $8.68
- Stocking $5.33
- Treats $3.99
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