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CatLadyBox Subscription Box Review – December 2020

CatLadyBox is a monthly subscription box for cat ladies (or anyone who is crazy about cats)! The $34.99 per month CatLadyBox has 2-3 cat-themed items – wearables, items for the home, books, etc. The $39.99 per month Crazy CatLadyBox contains everything from the CatLadyBox plus a few items just for cats.

This is a review of the $39.99/month “Crazy” CatLadyBox.

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About CatLadyBox

The Subscription Box: CatLadyBox

The Cost: $39.99 per month + free U.S. shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: Unique and exclusive cat lady finds, from cat-themed jewelry and clothes to accessories, home décor, books, and more.

Ships to: The U.S. (free in the contiguous 48 states), U.K., Canada, and Alaska and Hawaii ($12.95)

CatLadyBox December 2020 Review

CatLadyBox is always full of fun, cat-themed lifestyle items. Let’s see what was in store for December:

 

I love how the information cards have custom artwork every month. And the back has more information about the items in the box. This month has a “Meowy Holidays” theme.

On to the items:

 

Cat’s Meow Hoodie – Listed Value $34.99

About once a year you’ll receive a hoodie, zip-up jacket, or something similar. I’ve been living in these all winter since around 2017 (and especially now that I am working from home) so I am always happy to receive another to add to the rotation. We received a customization email ahead of time. You could choose from ones that said “Purr,” “Hiss,” or “Meow” on the back. I don’t always choose when I get these emails, but I did this time. I told my husband the three choices and asked if he could guess which one I picked, and he got it right…

Anyway, something else I wanted to mention here was that CatLadyBox recently expanded their clothing size options. They now offer XS but I am glad I didn’t go for it because this was a snug fit (a standard outerwear sizing issue). Also, I have been living in Cat Lady Box t-shirts since I started working from home and I like the extra roominess of a slightly too-large shirt so I stayed with my usual size small. They also added at least one larger size at the other end of the range.

 

Ameowzing Ceramic Bowl Set – Listed Value $19.99

Usually, breakable items from Cat Lady Box come with a little more packaging than how these bowls arrived, and unfortunately, the largest of the three bowls was broken when I received it. I glued it back together and you can’t really tell but I think CatLadyBox is pretty responsive if you experience the same thing and were to ask for a replacement. I am most likely going to use these as decoration rather than their functional purpose so they don’t have to be perfect. The patterns on these go nicely with the towels from last month, too!

Meowy Cupcake Scented Hand Cream – Listed Value $6.99

You won’t receive beauty products often from CatLadyBox but every now and then you do. I’m glad this one is hand cream, which is something I’ve been consistently using, unlike makeup, which I haven’t worn since March and I stopped doing most of my skincare routine as well out of sheer laziness. But I have to take my dog out a lot so my hands are pretty dry and cracked. I used this at night so I can’t speak to whether or not it makes my keyboard greasy but I can say it smelled nice and didn’t irritate my sensitive skin, so that’s a win.

Pretty Purresent Catnip Toy – Listed Value $5.99

My cats mostly wanted to rub their faces and heads on this but they are older and I count that as interest.

A note on the toys in this box: In this version of the box, there are two cat toys. I have read some complaints in some of the comments on reviews that people didn’t receive the toys. Please do check which subscription you have as there is a slightly less-expensive version of this box that does not include the toys. But if you have an item missing in error, please do reach out to CatLadyBox; I find their customer service to be very responsive.

Swirly Candy Cane Cat Toy – Listed Value $6.99

Here is the second catnip toy. This one was a little more interactive although I don’t think my cats appreciated me hanging it over their heads or pulling on their legs with it  – Sneaky bit me in response. But then she bit the toy, too! Unfortunately for picture purposes, the camera went off *after* the interesting moments. But I’m sure anyone who tries to take pictures of cats has been through that!

Gratuitous cat photos:

 

Madison is the black cat, Sneaky is the calico, and Monkey is tan and white (I was asked in another review which one was which).

Verdict: I calculated a value of about $74.95 for the December 2020 “Crazy” CatLadyBox. This was a good box for me, primarily because the “hero” item (the hoodie) is very useful, and in fact I have been looking forward to it for a while, knowing it was likely to come this month. My cats liked snuggling with the toys and the other items are also useful and non-repetitive compared to past box contents.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You’re likely to receive January’s box. From CatLadyBox:

The cutoff day to order each month is at midnight EST on the 26th. If you order before the cutoff time, we’ll ship you the next month’s box. If you order after that date, your first box will be one after that. For example: Order by December 26th to get the January box. We’ll ship the January box at the very end of December so you get it in the beginning of January!

However, at time of publication December boxes are still available for purchase in the shop, along with individual items from past boxes. Way back when I signed up, I was contacted to say there were a few past boxes leftover and asked if I’d like one of those. So it may be worth inquiring if you’re interested in this particular box.

Value Breakdown: At a price of $39.99 for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Hoodie $18.67
  • Bowls $10.67
  • Hand Cream $3.73
  • Present Toy $3.20
  • Candy Cane Toy $3.73

Check out our other CatLadyBox reviews and find lots of other great boxes for cats, along with the best subscription boxes for women.

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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 CatLadyBox Reviews, Pet Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Cats| Tags: catladybox | 12 comments

Comments (12)

  1. I’ve been a long-time CatLady box subscriber, love it! But this box didn’t feel very “holiday”-ish to me. The bowls are super awesome (even my husband commented on how nice they are). I had asked for a “hiss” hoodie but received a “purr” instead (the bag that it was wrapped in was labeled correctly, but that’s not what’s inside). No big deal, I just won’t wear it when I am having a cranky day. (haha) My husband initially thought I was a crazy cat lady to subscribe to this box, but now he looks forward to it as much as I do.

    • I’m OK with that. Not every subscriber celebrates the same holidays at this time of year, and a lot of people aren’t going to be doing the usual holiday things because of the pandemic and maybe don’t want that reminder, and anyway, the toys and hand lotion packagingwere Christmas-related. The hoodie and bowls can be used outside of just December (the bowls actually match the kitchen towels from a previous month!).

      • Good points Ragan!

  2. I love reading the reviews for this box. It is definitely on my radar to subscribe one of these days! I now have 4 cats so I think I officially qualify as a crazy cat lady. I’m glad to see the comments about them having such good CS 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to receive this box! I ordered the PURR hoodie. FIngers crossed my bowls are intact.

  4. I had gotten this exact box, sent as a gift, with the “Hiss” shirt, too. The biggest bowl was broken. We contacted ccl and they’re going to replace the bowl. Great service!
    Oh, and the cats liked the toys!

  5. Hi Ragan!

    We’re so sorry that one of your bowls arrived broken. We wish we could hand deliver each box ourselves to make sure everything arrived purrfect, but unfortunately we have to rely on our shipping partners. We’re glad we could help lend a paw with your bowl and we hope your replacement arrives super soon! Thank mew for sharing this cattastic review and we loved seeing Madison, Sneaky and Monkey enjoying their new purresents – so adorable. Meowy Holiday to you and your family!

  6. They saw this review and they asked if I’d like to do something about the broken bowl and gave me some options, so that’s nice!

    • That is so nice. Their customer service is the best. They sent a different size tshirt for me once when the original sent was too small.

  7. I got PURR. I up sized for this box, expecting the outerwear, and I’m glad I did. It’s snug even jumping up one size, barely fitting over a tshirt. Love it though. The bowls are very pretty. My girls loved the toys, especially the cane. This was a really nice box.

  8. This is my third box from CatLady. Unfortunately, I received a size small hoodie instead of a 2x. Yikes! But I e-mailed them explaining the problem. Sue W. got right back to me. They are sending me another in the right size. I love those little bowls. I get Blue Apron and Sun Basket and I use them when I need a little bowl for sauces. I don’t do “mise en place”; too many dirty dishes. But if you do like to have all your ingredients ready to go, these are useful. Winter weather does a number on my hands. I have hand creams stashed everywhere. I am very happy with this sub, from customization and curation to customer service, I rate them highly

    • Sue is awesome. One time I panicked because their shop had run out of an item I wanted to buy as a birthday gift (the hamper that said “stuff with cat hair”). Sue went to the warehouse and searched and found two of them in a corner and I made the purchase.

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