Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve not had very much to say and I’ve been focused on other things, but I’m back with a review for an adorable subscription box.
First things first: I received this box for free. I got an email from Farah at Cattitude Box around the beginning of May asking if I wanted one of their leftover boxes in exchange for an honest review.
I was honestly in two minds about it: having not been active on my blog for several months, I didn’t think it would be fair to them to accept a free box for a review on a site that isn’t actively promoted.
But you know what? Most of my articles are timeless. People still come to take a gander and download a freebie or two. And I still pin my posts on Pinterest, so (assuming I liked the box), they wouldn’t be losing out on anything. And I was incredibly flattered to even be asked.
I said all this to Farah and she wanted to send me a box anyway, so I accepted — and I’m really glad I did.
What is the Cattitude Box?
From the Cattitude Box website itself:
Pamper your cats and show them how fur-tunate they are while enjoying new ways to parade your crazy cat lady status!
This basically means you get a subscription box that includes treats and goodies for both you and your cat. Their subscription page says “3-4 items for you” and “2-3 items for your cat”. In the box I received were 3 items for KitKat and 4 for me (not including the box and tissue paper themselves xD) so we did pretty well.
How much does it cost?
I didn’t check on pricing before I accepted, partly because I honestly just forgot and partly because I was curious to see how I’d react to the box without knowing how much it would cost.
I guessed on arrival that it would probably cost around £30 to buy, and I was actually right: monthly boxes are £27.95.
Postage is free, and they ship to the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
You can also get them bi-monthly for the same price every other month, or as a one-off gift box. (In fact, everything seems to be the same price, which makes things simpler to remember, unless you commit to the 3- or 6-month packages for £75 and £140 respectively.)
There’s no FAQ page, I’ll say that right up front. If you have questions, you’ll need to contact them.
However, their website does a pretty good job of outlining everything you need to know, especially if you have experience with other subscription boxes, so the lack of an FAQ page isn’t that big a deal.
There are no real previews of actual boxes on the website, and their Instagram (while cute and varied) doesn’t do a spectacular job of promoting their box. The hashtag #cattitudebox also isn’t very active yet (38 posts at the time of writing), or curated for obvious reasons, so there are a few pictures that aren’t exactly… relevant.
For that reason alone, I’d expect the website to have some sort of “here’s what you get!” promotion page. While they do have a block of reviews on the front page, it’s all text.
I probably wouldn’t commit to a subscription based on the website, so it’s good they have one-off boxes you can try before you subscribe.
Man, though, the artwork they use is freaking adorable. Cartoon kitties are my new jam.
I recorded the unboxing for YouTube, but for those of you who prefer to read:
I loved this box. It’s the double whammy of treating yourself and your kitty that pushes it past the desirability of “normal” cat subscriptions. The fact there’s more than one item for cats means even multi-cat households won’t get left out, too.
I will say, from what I have seen on Instagram, the Cattitude Box is not my normal cup of tea. I’m not big on jewellery, which seems to be the primary focus of the boxes I’ve seen so far. But their “how it works” section on the main page talks about telling them your “furry needs” so they can tailor boxes specifically to recipients (both kitty and human).
Getting to know meow is the most fun part! We want to build a profile of you and your kitty so we can tailor each Cattitude Box towards all your favourite things. So let us know how many cats you have, their likes and dislikes and whether they’ve any special dietary requirements so that we can substitute yummy treats with stimulating toys instead!
It doesn’t look like you get to see just how customisable the box is until you’ve signed up and have an account, so I can’t comment there. But just the fact that you can customise it sets the Cattitude Box apart from most other subscription services I’ve listed in the past.
Honestly, the longer I spend reviewing these guys, the more I’m struggling for a reason not to sign up. (Watch this space! Maybe we can afford the bi-monthly…)
But what did we actually get?
Well, the first thing out of the box was a catnip pillow made with a cotton fabric printed with cute black cats. (Welp, I’m sold already!)
There was also a catnip fish, but I didn’t manage to get a photo before it found its way onto the floor with all the other cat toys. It’s kind of ugly in a “real fish” way that makes it weirdly adorable, and it’s so soft.
Unfortunately, the pouch of wet food included (Meowing Heads) was really not to KitKat’s taste. I didn’t realise until the next morning that it had sardines and tuna in it (both of which she loathes), but I imagine that’s where the box’s personalisation comes in handy. (I did like that it was grain-free 93% meat+fish. It would have been good for her if she had liked it.)
And for me:
As I said, I’m not big on jewellery but these are lovely. I plan to re-use the necklace chain for a gift for someone else (not sure who yet) and the charm to make something for myself. I also can’t wait for my hair to be long enough to use the fat kitty bobble.
I don’t use coasters often, either, but this is too cute not to have lying around my house. (Have I said yet how much I adore the cartoon kitties they use?)
And finally, this weird little square of cotton that’s infused with beeswax, pine resin, and jojobo oil, designed to “replace the cling film” and wrap things like cheese, leftovers, and whatnot in your fridge.
The beeswax cloth feels disgusting, I have to admit. I don’t want to touch it at all. But the print is cute (and cat-related, of course), and I love the idea of going back to reusable, ecologically friendly techniques in the household. I wouldn’t have gone out and bought this, but you can be sure I’m going to use it.
There was also a postcard outlining what you get in this month’s box, and explaining that you can win a freebie if you share on Instagram. (Pretty standard stuff, really, but I have to admit the font and artwork Cattitude Box uses makes their version a real treat to read.)
I’m going to stick this on my wall because the front has more of their cartoon kitties on it and says I’m the “best cat mum ever”. How can I pass that up?
So, after all that, here’s my take:
Cattitude Box’s website could use a bit of work and I’d love to see more photographic reviews rather than just the text ones. (It’s nice to know people like what they received, but photos just say a heck of a lot more when you’re trying to decide if you should spend your money on something, you know?)
It would be nice to know what kind of things you can customise before you sign up, too, but I think this box will appeal to a lot of cat lovers who also like jewellery and lifestyle type stuff.
From start to finish, the process of receiving this box was a joy, from the art on the box and the fabric prints they use. Even the realistic, ugly-cute fish toy was as much fun for me as it was for my cat.
If you’re in the market for a subscription box for yourself that also includes a few treats for your kitty — or vice versa! — then definitely check out the Cattitude Box and let me know if you liked it!