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The best for cats
Meowbox’s cat treats and toys are cute and long-lasting, and delivery options are flexible.
We love Meowbox for its selection of high-quality cat treats and toys, customizable shipping options, and timely deliveries. Each cat subscription box is curated with a theme, which is something our human panelists adored. For example, there was a foul-weather “When It Rains, It Purrs!” box, which contained well-constructed toys shaped like rain clouds, rubber boots, and lightning bolts. The catnip-infused toys were well stitched and well stuffed. The US-made treats came in a variety of flavors and textures (and each had a long shelf life). Meowbox was also the only cat subscription-box service we found that offered monthly and every-other-month shipping options—and its shipments arrived like clockwork.
The best for dogs
PupJoy offers high-quality pet gear (although items sometimes repeat), customizable boxes, and flexible deliveries.
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PupJoy Power Chewers Box
For dogs who love to chew—and destroy—everything
This box includes excellent and durable toys and chews, customizable boxes, and flexible deliveries.
PupJoy Box makes it easy to spoil dogs, thanks to its wide selection of high-quality dog gear and treats. The toys (both stuffed and rubber) outlasted those from other services we tested. PupJoy Power Chewers boxes featured tougher gear and arrived with extra chews for dogs who love to gnaw on things. The treats were a favorite among our human testers for the range of dog-approved flavors, focus on natural ingredients, and long shelf life. (But duplicate treats or toys would occasionally arrive two months in a row, something our human testers found to be a letdown.) PupJoy Box can be extensively customized, which is especially handy if a dog has food allergies or is finicky about its toys. It’s also the only service we reviewed with built-in monthly, every-other-month, and quarterly shipping options, so subscribers can adjust the deliveries to match their particular budgets and schedules. The box offers a better value than any other service we tested, with the contents of each box being worth $18 to $24 more than the cost of the subscription, which ranges from $26 to $39 per box (depending on the version of the box you get and how long you sign up for). And it was the only dog subscription-box service we reviewed that had a loyalty rewards program. Deliveries arrived on time, and they were faster than those of most of the competition.
Better for puppies
The selection changes as your puppy grows, and there’s less chance of receiving repeat items each month than with other options.
We recommend PupBox for people who are raising a puppy or those who like more variety month to month. Each shipment includes a tip sheet tailored to the age of your pup, along with matching accessories—for example, one box included teething advice and teething chews for our puppy panelist. However, the cute accessories weren’t included with most PupBox boxes we tested for adult dogs, and some boxes didn’t consistently have the same number of goods each month. PupBox repeated toys and treats less often than PupJoy did, but there was also less flexibility in limiting materials and ingredients, and in setting less-frequent shipping. Pet owners who prefer surprises will like this box’s variety, but those who have picky pets or pets with stomach issues may not.
In October of 2020, PupBox disclosed a serious data breach (PDF). Customer information, including names, addresses, passwords, credit card numbers, CCV codes, and expiration dates, was exposed for orders made between February 11, 2020 and August 9, 2020. If you ordered during this time period, we recommend you change your PupBox password and consider requesting a new credit card (or at least watch your statement carefully). To keep your information safe online, we also suggest using a password manager, which generates and stores unique passwords for every site.
Source: The NY Times
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