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.
This is a review of the cat box.
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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.
The Products: Toys, treats, and supplies for your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, gerbil, or hamster.
Ships to: US (free shipping to continental US)
Cuddle Crate April 2019 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.
I am trying to turn Angus into the new Bubble Slayer since Mr. Kitty is no longer with us. He shows interest in bubbles but doesn’t attack them yet. He did like the smell of this liquid, but the included wand didn’t allow for very good bubbles (most just popped in my face). I’m going to try using a different wand and if that doesn’t work, I’ll probably dilute this with some regular bubbles so it still smells like catnip but works better.
Ethical Jittery Pets Mouse – Retail Value $6.43
I’m pretty sure I’ve linked to the same item, but the packaging is a little different now. You pull a string in the back of this and it vibrates for a bit. It really isn’t a long time, and I didn’t think my cats would go for this, but every single one of them stopped to inspect this toy, so I guess there was interest after all!
This is a new item from Ethical/SPOT and it doesn’t seem to be available for sale from anywhere yet, so I’ve provided a link to the manufacturer’s website. (We got another new toy from this brand last month. I do like getting items that aren’t on the market yet!) The most interesting part of this to my cats was the feathery tail, but I catch both Monkey and Angus wrestling with large toys on occasion so I’ll leave this out where they can find it.
These smell like fish food. Madison and Monkey were willing to sniff them, but only Sneaky ended up eating them. But that is OK, because we give Sneaky treats before and after her asthma inhaler, and we can use these at that time. These are grain-free and made in the US.
We’ve been getting a lot of these in Cuddle Crate lately, although it’s a different animal every time. So far, this one seems to be the favorite, and I think it’s a texture issue. This guy is fuzzy and has a fluffy tail and is also small and lightweight for batting around.
Gratuitous cat pictures:
I didn’t think Angus was sleepy when I was taking these photos but he sure looks like it when I view them afterward. He wanted to sniff everything.
Including the camera, while Monkey inspects a toy in the background.
Monkey rubbed his face on a toy and sniffed, but did not eat, a treat.
Madison likes feathers.
I offered Madison a treat and Sneaky stuck her face in there. They were both interested in this toy.
Sneaky likes treats. She also likes feathers.
Verdict: I didn’t calculate a total value for the April Cuddle Crate for cats subscription box because one toy was a new 2019 introduction and isn’t for sale anywhere yet. But for the four items I could find prices, the total was $19.58, which leaves about $10.37 for the kicker toy. After reviewing dozens of cat subscription boxes over the years, I can say that $8-9 seems entirely in line with what a typical retailer would charge for a toy like that (or slightly more from a third-party seller on Amazon), so I think you’re almost breaking even with this box. I am still committed to getting the bubbles to work, and the toys were better received than expected.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? April 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 April boxes. At any rate, it is now April and your first box would arrive in May.
Value Breakdown: The four items I found values for a total of about $19.58 leaving about $10.37 for the kicker toy.
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What do you think of the April Cuddle Crate? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?