This is a review of the $45/month multi-cat box.
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.)
About VetPet Box
The Subscription Box: VetPet Box (multi-cat option)
The Cost: $45.00 per month (save with longer subscription options or get a single-cat subscription)
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $15 off your first box!
The Products: Toys, treats, and grooming supplies selected by veterinarians with your cats’ needs in mind.
Ships to: The U.S. (free to the contiguous 48 states, $5.00 to Alaska or Hawaii), Canada ($10-12.00, depending on subscription term)
VetPet Box (Multi-Cat Version) February 2021 Review
Every month, VetPet Box sends toys, supplies, and wellness items. You always get a pamphlet with information on a health topic (part of the benefit of subscribing is the health information, which is curated by vets. Sorry, but no photos of the inside of the pamphlet):
On to the items:
This is odorless and flavorless, and you add it to your pet’s water to support oral health. It advertises “Biotrate technology,” and I don’t honestly know what that means (it’s a nice trademark term, though, I guess), but since this has citric acid, I’m guessing that’s where the “trate” part of “Biotrate” comes from (e.g., citrate ions when the acid dissociates in solution). It also has zinc chloride. Some combination of these apparently breaks down biofilms, which are formed by plaque-producing bacteria. What’s nice about this is that it doesn’t have flavorings; I really could’ve used this back when I had Mr. Kitty and/or Angus, who both had terrible teeth but also inflammatory bowel disease (so flavorings were out). This does not seem to prevent my cats from drinking their water, but none of my current ones have much in the way of dental problems, either. Still, prevention is good!
Feline Greenies Dental Treats, Savory Salmon Flavor (2.5 oz) – Buy 4.6 oz for $3.74
Because this is the multi-cat version of the box, we get a lot of treats. But we go through a lot of treats in my house (trying to get Monkey and Madison to gain a little weight). These are crunchy treats with a salmon flavor. Thankfully they do not smell like fish, and the cats like them. I think Sneaky is the biggest fan of this flavor. These are made in the US and the package is resealable. I couldn’t find this particular size online so I linked to a slightly smaller one.
The cats all seem to like these as well. Monkey and Madison are perhaps more enthusiastic about catnip than Sneaky is, but it’s a close call. These are also crunchy treats that are supposed to help clean the teeth as your cat chews. I don’t know if it works but I like the idea of approaching the problem of pet dental health from several angles, none of which involve toothbrushes.
Here is another type of dental treat; these are a little different from the Greenies. These are supposed to also help reduce plaque and tartar, like the Greenies, through chewing action. My cats are not so big on the chewing (except for Madison, I think he actually chews instead of gulping food down like a pelican, Sneaky-style) but we will see. The first ingredient here is beef rawhide so it is not surprising that Sneaky was the biggest fan (she is the household BEEF EXPERT).
From the Field Catnip Essential Oil Rejuvenator (1 fl oz) – Retail Value $6.49
I was thinking just the other day how I needed some catnip spray, and here it is! Sometimes a toy gets a little old and there’s less interest in it, but a quick spray of this is all it takes to make it brand new to your kitty. (I also got Monkey to repeatedly lick a cardboard box I’d sprayed this on, so be careful where you use it…) This is a good brand that usually gets pretty dramatic results from my cats and that was the case here as well.
Go Cat Kitty Kopter Cat Toy – Retail Value $4.49
You can throw this and your cats can chase it, or mine just like to bat at the feathers (in Sneaky’s case, CHEW the feathers, so we’re keeping this one up on a shelf when we’re not around to supervise). Toys from this subscription are usually very well-liked by my cats and this is no exception.
This is a small, tossable toy, with a few spots for hooking a claw. The middle part is supposed to help remove soft tartar. I have had cats chew on these in the past (it was something Mr. Kitty especially liked to do) although my current crew is just playing with it as they would with any other small catnip toy (although technically this is stuffed with mint instead of catnip).
This appears to be part of a larger set of wine and cheese themed toys and it sold out from a couple of places I found it listed. (I linked to the manufacturer in case it ever comes back in stock.) We’ve received a cheese wedge and the wine bottle in past months, so maybe eventually we will get the whole set? Anyway, this is a catnip plush and it does have crinkle paper or something noisy inside. Madison spent an unusual amount of time examining this one although I think ultimately, it will be a Monkey kind of toy due to the size and roundness (Monkey likes things that roll).
From the Field Ultimate Blend Sample, Silvervine and Catnip Mix – Buy 2 oz for $7.99
Silvervine is a plant that some cats respond to, similarly to how they respond to catnip, but this product has both. I used this to refresh a scratch pad and Madison immediately went over and started licking it, which I suppose is to be expected since he has always been the silvervine fan among my bunch.
Gratuitous cat photos:
(Sneaky is the calico, Madison is black, and Monkey is tan and white.)
Verdict: I couldn’t calculate a total value for the February VetPet Box for cats because some of the items weren’t available online at all, or were not available in the sizes we received here. The values of the items I could find were more than the month-to-month cost of the box. Furthermore, I think cat dental health is really important but if you have ever tried to use a chlorhexidine rinse or a cat toothbrush, you will know it is not easy, and I appreciated that several alternatives were presented here (water additive, treats, toy). My cats also liked the treats and toys.
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 VetPet Box, you can get a past month’s box (for instance, if you really want to get the dental box more than once, because your cat has bad teeth).
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $15 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $45.00 for the multi-cat box, you are paying approximately $9.00 per item.
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