Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review & Giveaway: PetBox Subscription Box (for Cats)



It is my honest opinion that cat products do not get enough love when it comes to subscription boxes.  So, when I heard about PetBox's cat option, I nearly jumped for joy, or I would have if my cat, Angel, hadn't been sleeping on me.

PetBox is a subscription box company that offers dog and cat subscriptions and gives you the option of choosing what exactly goes in your box.  Founded in April of 2013, PetBox was created to help pet owners discover healthy, premium brands and products at lower than retail prices.

Each month, you have the option of choosing the products in your box, or to be surprised and let them choose for you.  The boxes start at $29/month with a 12 month program and top out at $39/month with the month to month option.

If you are having troubles and need to talk to a person, they even have a number that if you call during business hours, you get a REAL person. I called outside of standard business hours and, though I did not get a real person, I did get the option to leave a voicemail or, using my smart phone, to put my name and number on a list in the correct department to get a call as soon as possible.


PetBox has teamed up with BOGO Bowl and with each box that is shipped, they feed a rescue animal. They utilize social media by having #PetBoxFridays, which allows the Twitter and Facebook communities to nominate a shelter to receive that week's shipment of food and supplies.  I think that this is a really neat thing, as it helps to spread the donations around the country.

Enclosed inside the box I recieved, neatly wrapped in black paper, were six products: Smittens cat treats; Bella's Blissful Hemp Pouch; Natural Balance Perfect Bites Cat Treats; Innovet Biopel Spray; Twigo Pet ID Tag; and Aussie Naturals Cat Set.

Smittens cat treats are interesting in the fact that they have only one ingredient, Icelandic Haddock.  They are crunchy little hearts that smell STRONGLY of fish.

Seriously, these things smell.  I opened the bag while we had some friends over, and EVERYONE knew the exact moment I opened it.

One of my friends decided to taste test them, and, according to him, they taste of a cooked fish patty that has been sitting under a heat lamp for too long, and they have a texture more forgiving than kibble.

Angel, however, devoured the small handful that was offered so fast, I didn't even get time to snap a picture.  These are definitely the preferred treat, even if I do have to keep them in an airtight container to keep the house from smelling.

The Natural Balance Perfect Bites Cat Treats were the other treats in the box.  These also have a fish flavor, this time salmon, which Angel also likes.

They do not, blissfully, smell anywhere nearly as strongly of fish as the Smitten treats do.

Natural Balance has formulated them to be a 1 calorie/treat that has no corn, soy, or wheat.

As you can see, Angel enjoys fishing for her salmon treats!




For the cat that doesn't want to jingle while she walks, the Twigo Pet ID Tag is a silent, no engraving required, tag.


All you need to do is write your information on the back with the enclosed pen (or any ball point pen if you lose it) and boil for three minutes to seal the ink.  While I love the idea of this, the clasp unfortunately broke while I was tightening it onto her collar.

Innovet BioPel Spray is a naturally formulated spray that repels fleas, ants, flies, and mosquitoes that is safe to use around pets and is made in the USA.

It is composed of lemongrass and cinnamon oil - both natural insect repellents, along with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, an insect repelling emulsifier. Unlike some other natural insect repellants, lemongrass is not harmful to cats.

Biopel Spray is touted as safe to use anywhere (including on your pet), other than into the eyes.

I am spraying it around the cat tree, the cat box, and the doorways.  It leaves behind a lemon scent that doesn't feel artificial, thanks to the lemongrass oil.

I have noticed a decrease in fly activity in the house, so I'm going to keep using it. I like having a non-toxic insect repellent on hand, especially because we also have a small child in the house.

I am always way more excited than Angel is about cat toys.  I suppose it's the optimist in me, hoping that I will one day interact with her beyond petting and feeding and cleaning the litter box.  So I was very excited to see the Aussie Naturals Cat Set.

The set of three appealed to me with its natural materials; the ball is made of wool and filled with coconut fibers, the mouse is leather, and the dangle toy is a bamboo fishing rod with a burlap fish attached via jute cord.

However, as with any other toy that is not stuffed to the brim with catnip, Angel wanted absolutely nothing to do with them.

Of these toys, the one that gets the most played with is the fishing pole, and that is by my three year old son.  I probably won't stop trying to get her to play, though, and neither will my son.


Bella's Blissful Hemp Pouch, however, was most definitely a hit with Angel. She would not wait for me to get it out of the packaging, not even to get a good picture, and she tore the bag open to get to the catnip goodness.


This fully biodegradable pouch is filled with catnip, buckwheat hulls, and silver vine.  Silver vine is part of the kiwi family and has a similar, though more intense, effect on cats as catnip.  Now, not all cats react to catnip, but Angel definitely loves the 'nip.  She will take this and, if she's feeling energetic, bat it around the house, pouncing and attacking.  Should she be feeling more lazy...er, lethargic, she'll carry it to her preferred perch and just lick it.

If it fits, I sits!
All in all, Angel and I really enjoyed the PetBox and all of the goodies within. I'm definitely telling my cat owner friends about this and I think it would be a wonderful catwarming gift!

Thank you PetBox for not only offering a cat subscription box, but also for giving back to rescue animals!

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Additionally, PetBox is generously offering a one PetBox (winner's choice of the Cat or Dog Box) to TWO of our readers.

This Giveaway is open to US residents only and will end at midnight (EDT) on July 31, 2014.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Rafflecopter, and then leave your Username and email in the Rafflecopter entry. This will open up additional option entries to increase your odds of winning.


Don't forget - There is only ONE mandatory entry requirement, but you have to do both parts - you have to COMMENT on this post, and then leave your Username and email in the Rafflecopter! That's so we can identify you and inform you that you've won!

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74 comments:

  1. Good spoiledness in these boxes, will have to pick one up!

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  2. I've got two dogs that would love some new toys and treats!

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  3. Our old beagle Sadie has mostly moved beyond toys but she sure does love her treats! Like Jess, I'm always hoping she'll go for the toys, though!

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  4. My kitties would love the rainbow mice. They love to play!

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  5. I have a 11 year old cocker spaniel named Wilson. He would love the Emerald Pet 9" Twizzies
    drellis500(AT)gmail.com

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  6. I have a big german shepherd.
    He'd love the pet treat launcher!
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  7. my dog Griffin is a 3 year old yorkie mix who loves to chew, so he'd love the twizzies!

    arifamily at comcast dot net

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  8. Mr. N is a Yorkie mix and he likes Buddy Biscuits.

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  9. I have 4 indoor only cats who are very spoiled and would love to try a PetBox. Chester is my youngest and he loves to play. He would love the Yeowww! Catnip Balls.

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  10. My dogs are Kota and Shunta. Kota is 14 years old and Shunta is his daughter and she is 11 years old. What they would love the most is the treats. They really like their treats.

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  11. I have 3 dogs, and they love getting goodies in the mail. They look for goodies in the mail every day when I check it. This would be perfect for them!

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  12. I love PetBox- I love the fact that you can choose the items in your box. My dogs have a lot of stuff, and there's also many things they can't have (either due to allergies, or they'd just destroy it fast, etc). While surprises are nice, I'd rather know I could use all the items. Last time I got a PetBox, the favorite items were Honest Kitchen "Smooches", and Barkworthies shin bone.

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  13. We have a few pets. We have a pitbull named Adonia and cat named Cat and 3 kittens we are still trying to find forever homes for. I love that Petbox has free shipping on all plans

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  14. Schooner and Skipper would love toys and treats!

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  15. What a great giveaway! I have three furbabies that would LOVE to play with the toys they offer.

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  16. Tucker loves treats and toys and would probably like to try the bacon spray for dog food!

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  17. LOL, as I'm watching one of my cats play with a glitter ball, I think they'd most like the PetCandy Squirrels!

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  18. My cats love any cat toys and treats.

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  19. Winning for my cousin Butters and would love the bacon spray

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  20. I have three rescued kitties and ten rescued dogs. I would love to win for my kitties! They would love the treats, toys, and BaaBaa bed! I would love the white gloves! Thank you!

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  21. My cats would love the toys. They aren't so much into treats.

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  22. I have 4 dogs and they would love any of the toys or treats

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  23. My cats would love treats or the brush products, they love to be brushed!

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  24. My pup Stella would adore the pet treat launcher! Treats & running are her favs!

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  25. My dogs would love Aussie Naturals Aussie Ear! :)

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  26. I have a large goldendoodle who is just a puppy. He would love playing with the AVD Camo Double Tennis Ball with Rope.

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  27. My two dogs are especially fond of treats. but I really can't decide what they would love most! I would probably try the in clover grin dental treats first though :) And they love rope toys

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  28. My dog Marshmellow would love to try the yummy paws apple snaps. She loves new treats. My email is CraziGurl514@aol.com

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  29. My cat, Archer, is 7 months old. He loves anything with feathers. He also loves chicken or turkey treats. He weirdly despises anything with fish flavors.

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  30. Thank you so much for stopping by Journeys of The Zoo and posting this giveaway to my weekly linky. Since it's US Only, it should be posted to my dedicated Facebook thread instead (new one every week) and not my linky (which is Canadian Friendly). This weeks can be found here --> https://www.facebook.com/JourneysofTheZoo2/posts/698650280202149

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  31. I have a cat and two dogs. Any sort of treats would please all of them equally.

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  32. I have 3 cats and 1 dog. It doesn't matter what the cats are playing with because as soon as the dog hears any of them having fun he has to investigate and stop there fun.

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  33. I have a kitty named Thomas who tends to keep to himself. This drives the kids nuts. He does, however, love catnip. I think the cosmic kitty catnip bubbles would be great to try. The cat would have fun and the kids would feel better about being able to play with him more.

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  34. I think Tia would love to play with the Go!Cat!Go! Rollin in Fun Balls.

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  35. Thank you for sharing your giveaway with our readers. Have a great day. inspiringsavings.com

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  36. My cat is lots of fun but she needs a way to get her energy out. She would like the Sojo's Organic Catnip!

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  37. I have a 9 yr old rat terrier who is very active and loves to watch the world go by in the living room window. She loves her treats and gets excited when she knows we are going to the store. I think she would really enjoy any type of new treat, especially if it has peanut butter in it. One treat that i saw that she may like is the Delightfully Daisy Bone Treats.

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  38. I have a Maine Coon Cat. He would love the Polydactyl's Popcorn Catnip Pouch!
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  39. We have a orange tabby! He is the sweetest! He would enjoy any of the toys on the site! I like the lazer toys and he doesn't have one yet, I bet that would be his favorite!

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  40. I have 2 dogs, a Corgi and a Labordoodle. The Corgi is in charge and the doodle in trouble always. The doodle does nothing but shed hair and we can't keep up with it. I would choose the SwiPets Double Pack White Gloves. I have tried everything including vinyl gloves but nothing works. I need the SwiPets Double Pack White Gloves.

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  41. I think they would enjoy the SafeMade Small Tug and Toss. I have a cat but I would be winning this for my mothers three dogs to share.

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  42. I have a rescue dog named Rocky. He would like the By Nature Canned Dog Food.

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  43. This is the best thing ever,,,,

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  44. My girls would love the Aussie Naturals Re-loadable Dolphin. They like soft toys that make noise!

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  45. Our dog would love the grain free biscuits.

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  46. We have 1 cat and he loves his treats.

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  47. My 15-year-old red tabby loves treats and toys with catnip in them, so he would love Polydactyl's Popcorn Catnip Pouch!

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  48. My dog Cerebus is a large rott, but a sweetheart and very gentle! I think that he would love the Dura Brite Bonus Treat Ball!

    Thanks!

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  49. Pepper would love the cat charmer!

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  50. I think my cat would really like the PetSafe Cat Egg-Cersizer because we typically don't give treats

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  51. I think my dog would like the Harry the Fire Hydrant toy. She loves anything with a squeaker in it (even though squeakers drive my husband nuts!).

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  53. My guys would love a new laser pointer, it's their favorite toy in the world

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  54. I have 3 dogs and would love the SafeMade Small Tug and Toss.

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  55. I've have three poochies! A boxer, cocker spaniel, Rottweiler x! They would be most excited about any sort of treats! (:

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  56. my little pom pom would love the toys they have and snacks he loves to play all the time

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  57. our cat would love the trick treat cat toy because he loves treats

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  59. Thank you for the great review. I wish I could afford to sign up for the petbox subscription, but with 2 dogs, 9 cats, 1 rabbit, 2 lovebirds and 1 hamster I can barely get by with the general necessities :) . Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

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  60. Id love to try the Bacon Spray for my dogs food - such a funny idea!!

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  61. Our cats love treas. any bag we open that may sound like hteir treat bag they come running out of any hiding spot they wer in, I think they would love the HUGS Trick Treat

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  62. I have four cats and a house rabbit. I think my cats would love the hug and kick toys - they all love those!

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  63. My dog Brinlee would love the water rover because she loves to go on walks.

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  64. i have a dog and she would love toys and treats

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  65. I've have two cats, a male and a female. Our male cat would probably enjoy some treats- he's a major foodie. Our female would love a new brush- she loves being pampered.

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  66. I have a Great Dane named Pinot. He would absolutely love the AVD Camo Double Tennis Ball with Rope!! He loves to just shake and shake his toys, like anti-stuffed animals, ropes, anything he just shake back and forth. He's a mess and absolutely spoiled!

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  67. Our cat Bebe would love the Petlinks Fun Beam. She is a Bengal so she has lots of energy!

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  68. He would love the tuff toys! My dog is a big guy, but loves his stuffed animals!

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  69. My dog, Spooky, would pretty much love ALL of the toys. She loves toys. She's 8 and acts like a puppy!

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  70. Well I would go for the Laser Classic 5-in-1 Pet Toy just to mess with my fiance (extremely silly) cats :)

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