We recently adopted a puppy and were thinking about getting her a monthly dog treat and toy subscription. We’ve found that they can be kind of expensive, though. Are pet subscription boxes worth it?
Shopping for Goodies in Garden Oaks
Dear Shopping for Goodies,
Pet subscription boxes can be a lot of fun for both your pet and for you! There are lots of different subscription boxes on the market and most of them are customizable, so you can make sure your pet gets all of her favorite types of toys and treats every month. For many people, subscription boxes are a fun, extra surprise to delight their pet every month. But there is also a chance that a subscription box might not be all that it’s cracked up to be.
Here are some pros and cons of investing in a subscription box for your pet.
Pro: Lots of fun, new toys each month
If your dog loves toys, a subscription box is a great way to introduce new and engaging toys to your dog’s routine. Many subscription boxes have a theme each month, so expect to receive adorable toys that go along with the theme.
Con: Lots of toys to store in your home
While some dogs are rather destructive and can reduce each month’s toys to chewed wads of rubble by the time the next subscription box arrives, if your dog isn’t as destructive, you might find that you amass quite a collection of toys that your dog might ignore. If this happens, consider donating the gently used toys to your local animal shelter to keep a handle on the clutter in your home.
Pro: New treats for your pets to try every month
Especially if your puppy hasn’t yet been exposed to many different types of treats, a subscription box might be a great way to see just what flavors of treats she enjoys.
Con: Too many treats for your dog
While it’s fun to get new treats in the mail every month, you have to be careful not to overindulge your dog with the delicious new treats. If you find yourself with more treats than you (and your dog) can handle, consider giving some to other dog friends or, again, donating the unopened treats to an animal shelter.
Pro: For a set price each month, you get a box full of entertainment for your dog
Most pet subscription boxes start at about $30 a month — which, if you make a monthly trip to the pet store to buy treats and toys for your pet, you can easily spend more than that. So in this case, a subscription box might make sense for your family.
Con: Subscription boxes can get expensive
If your pet doesn’t love the toys and treats as much as you’d hoped, you might find that you don’t have quite as much room in your budget for a subscription box. In that case, consider cutting back to one box every other month or canceling all together.
These days there are subscription boxes for most every kind of pet. A quick internet search found lots of dog subscription boxes, several cat subscription boxes, and even a reptile subscription box! If you have your heart set on trying out a pet subscription box but don’t feel comfortable committing to that monthly expense, consider asking a close family member or friend (who might be looking for a meaningful holiday or birthday gift for you) to gift you with a subscription for your pooch. The gift giver will be overjoyed to know that they’re giving a meaningful and fun gift and you, while your dog enjoys the excitement of a monthly gift without either of you stressing about the cost of such an indulgence!
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