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7 Best Cat Subscription Boxes to Gift

Seasonally curated treats, toys, and catnip. What more could a cat ask for — besides the cardboard box they were shipped in?

by Tim Barribeau
December 7, 2021
Black and white cat looking at red feather dangling above with a stack of meow boxes in the background with red bows

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The holidays are here, and while you may be puzzling over what to get your loved ones, buying for your cats is thankfully much easier. So while you’re heating up the latke oil for the last night this year, check out these seven subscription boxes that any pet would be happy to get as a present — even if they end up only playing with the box.

Meowbox

Meowbox is by far the most popular of the cat subscription boxes out there, and for good reason. They have a reputation of high-quality and long-lasting toys, with the added bonus of an every-other-month subscription option. The boxes go for $23 a month, which is on the more affordable side, though the price goes up for non-renewing gift options. You can scope out a couple of past year’s holiday boxes, the Feline Festive box and the Spurread The Holiday Cheer box. If you’re not feeling up for going in on an entire box, Meowbox has a pretty substantial online store, including a holiday section if you want to buy something small and thematic. Get your box here.

BoxCat

More so than most other pet subscription box, BoxCat lets you dial in to differing levels of product or commitment. BoxCat’s Christmas Box is available as part of three different plans. The Monthly Basic Box (starting at $28 per box) will come with “5-6 items including small Christmas toys and a bag of handmade treats;” the Luxury Box ($40 per month and up) carries “7-8 items including small Christmas plus toys, a bag of handmade treats, a coconut paw balm and a Christmas tree foraging mat for cats;” and the extra big Quarterly Seasonal Box (which starts at $45 a box) will include “8-10 items including small Christmas plus toys, a bag of handmade treats, a coconut paw balm, and your choice of large luxury items including cat velvet blankets, tunnels, foraging mats, beds, etc.” Get your box here.

CatLadyBox

Regardless if you’re a cat lady, cat gentleman, or cat theydy/gentlethem, the CatLadyBox’s combo of gifts for both cat and pet parent are a blast. In addition to the monthly subscription boxes, CatLadyBox also lets you pick up items piecemeal, so even if you don’t want to go in for a whole box, you can find some lovely gifts for pet, person, or yourself. Me, I’m absolutely vibing with this cat rope basket and this minimalish cat vase. The boxes come either for people only (starting at $35 per month for a six-month prepay) or can include a couple of cat toys for an extra $5 per month. Get your box here.

Pusheen

As with all companies, Pusheen is suffering from this season’s severe shipping delays, so buyer beware that your box may not arrive as you expect it to. However, we think it’s well worth the wait. In the decade plus that Pusheen has been around, it’s become impossible to avoid the juggernaut of cute she is. And you know what? I’m okay with that. The Pusheen Quarterly Box goes for $30 a box, or $108 if you pay for a year up front. We’re still waiting to see the exact details of this year’s Holiday Box, but the mix of Pusheen gear and ice-cream-themed fun from the Summer Box have us excited for what the winter one will look like. Get your box here.

KitNipBox

KitNipBox is a box with a mission to support cat charities around the USA — which makes them a perfect present if you want to give back a little, too. They’ve donated a portion of monthly proceeds and products to more than 100 shelters, rescues, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) efforts, and more. Designed for the ‘nip fan in your life (you know the one), each box comes loaded with toys, treats, grooming products, and, of course, catnip. You can grab one of two tiers of box: a smaller one for $23 a month with four or more items, or a larger one with six or more for $30 — though those numbers drop with a longer subscription. And if your cat’s on a diet, there’s a “no treat” option too. Get your box here.

RescueBox

“Spoil your pets. Help animals in need.” It’s a simple slogan, but one with a timeless message: You can give back while doting on your loved ones. With RescueBox, your cat will get five premium products and the proceeds from each box will be used to feed 142 shelter animals. Providing homeless pets with food while gifting your cat unique toys, treats, and chews with a value of $40, well, that’s a win-win. Plus, each box has a different theme so your cat will never tire of their shipments. Get your box here.

VetBox

Are you seeking a selection curated by the professionals? You’re in luck! VetBox, a health-focused subscription box tailored by veterinarians, is debuting their cat edition this spring. So, if you’ve been looking to get your fill of specialized presents for your cat this holiday season, look out for these essential subscription boxes, which are outfitted with tons of toys, treats, and seasonal surprises. Get your box here.

tim barribeau

Tim Barribeau

Tim Barribeau is a freelance writer, editor, cat dad, and “help your boyfriend buy a suit that actually fits for once” consultant. He was previously the Style and Pets editor at Wirecutter, and has bylines at a bunch of publications that don't exist anymore (and a couple that still do).