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If you’ve read any of my past articles, chances are you know I have a Golden Retriever who I live to dote upon—she’s spoiled rotten, and she knows it. However, little Miss Addy isn’t my only pet! I also have a cat, Nugget, who’s been my faithful companion for more than six years now.
I’ll admit that Nugget doesn’t get nearly as much “stuff” as Addy does (mostly because he’s not nearly as high-maintenance). So I thought it would be nice to treat him to a fun surprise, and what better way than with a Goody Box from Chewy? Addy had a blast with her dog Goody Box, but there are also boxes full of cat toys and treats that I thought Nugget would like—and boy, was I right!
What is a Goody Box?
Goody Boxes are curated packages for your pets, sold by the popular pet retailer Chewy. Similar to BarkBox, Goody Boxes contain a surprise variety of toys and treats, but it’s not a subscription box—you simply buy one-off boxes whenever you want them. The boxes typically cost between $24 and $30, and most contain five or six items.
Chewy offers a variety of Goody Boxes, including versions for both cats and dogs. There are special birthday- and holiday-themed boxes, as well as options tailored toward pets of a particular age (ie. puppies) or size. They also update the contents of the Goody boxes periodically, so you can buy new ones without getting repeat items.
Here’s what we found inside our cat Goody Box
I expected that Nugget would be less-than-interested in opening the Goody Box with me, but to my surprise, he was very intrigued by its contents. (I’m guessing because the box smelled like catnip.)
Together, we opened up the “Kitty Purr-adise” Box and sorted through the contents, and here’s what it contained:
- Frisco Pouncin’ Produce Catnip Cat Toy
- Frisco Refillable Catnip Squirrel Cat Toy
- Frisco Cat Chute Toy
- Hartz Delectables Bisque Chicken & Tuna Lickable Cat Treat, Pack of 5
- Greenies Feline SmartBites Healthy Skin & Fur Salmon Flavor Cat Treats
- Purina Beyond Chicken & Egg Recipe Grain-Free Cat Treats
(Editor's Note: Though the “Kitty Purr-adise” Box is no longer sold, it's been replaced with Chewy's Retro Box for cats. See below.)
We also got him the “Retro Rewind” box, which was full of fun retro-themed goodies—perfect for a cool cat like Nugg. Inside, we found:
- Frisco Retro Cat Chute Cat Toy
- Frisco Retro Mice Cat Toys
- Frisco Retro Plush Comic Book Bubble Cat Toy
- Tiny Tiger Tuna Tidbits Flavor Filled Cat Treats
- Stella & Chewy's Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food
This box is a little different, because some of its contents are solely available in the Goody Box. You can’t buy the cat chute or retro mice on the Chewy site, so they’re more of an exclusive item, which I like!
Of course, if your cat is anything like mine, they’ll also enjoy sitting inside the box itself—Nugget had a grand old time ripping up the paper inside and making a mess for me to clean up.
My cat genuinely couldn’t get enough of the toys
One of the reasons I don’t usually buy cat toys is that they can be really hit-or-miss. A running joke in the cat community is that if you buy your kitty an expensive toy, they'll end up playing with a twist tie from the packaging instead.
For this reason, I didn’t have high expectations for the cat toys in the Goody Box—but I was quickly proven wrong. The catnip in the toys must have been F-R-E-S-H, because Nugget just about lost his mind for them.
When we opened the Purr-adise box, he ran around with the carrot, flinging it across the floor, and when it got lost under the couch, he attacked the pineapple. Finally, he took the squirrel and hid it upstairs in his dedicated cat area, where he knew it would be safe from the dog. (Addy did get a hold of the carrot and promptly ripped its stem off. RIP, carrot.) He even was excited to run through the tunnel and attack my fingers from inside it.
A few things worth noting:
- The pineapple and carrot aren’t the highest quality, and they may get torn apart if your cat plays too rough.
- I love that the squirrel comes with a tube of catnip for refilling, but the catnip tends to wiggle its way through the velcro closure, making a mess on the floor.
The toys in the Retro box were greeted with equal enthusiasm. The Comic Book Bubbles make a crinkling noise that he loves, and the catnip inside makes him a little crazy. (I’ve learned to watch out for the murder mittens when he gets that wild look in his eye.) He also really likes that the mice have string tails, which make them easy for him to carry around the house. This box also contained another play chute, and I especially liked that the retro model has tabs built in so that you can keep it folded up when it’s not in use. Both the mice and the tunnel have fun colorful retro prints, but I think I appreciated their vintage vibes more than he did.
All in all, I was happy that Nugget actually used the toys, and he still plays with them when he gets the post-dinner zoomies.
And he’ll never say no to treats, either
On the other hand, my cat’s one true love is food, so it was really no surprise that he was extremely enthusiastic when it was time to try all his new treats. Each and every one earned his seal of approval, and he happily comes running any time he hears the bag open.
As a pet parent, I was happy to find that all the treats included in the Goody Box were top-rated options on the Chewy site—a lot of subscription boxes are filled with excess inventory that companies are simply looking to get rid of, so it was nice to see that Chewy is actually dedicated to sending good treats! They’re not just measly sample-size bags, either. The Purina treats came in a 6-ounce bag that will probably last us for months.
They’re not just measly sample-size bags, either—well, most of them, anyway. The Purina treats came in a 6-ounce bag that will probably last us for months, and the Tiny Tiger Tuna Tidbits came in a huge 16-ounce bag. However, the raw cat food sample from Stella & Chewy’s was just a small single-serving pouch, so it balanced out.
Our final thoughts on the Goody Box for cats
Being a moderately frugal person, I wanted to know if I was actually saving money by buying a Goody Box, instead of just purchasing each item on its own. I sat there and did the math, and all the items in the Kitty Purradise Box cost around $31 on Chewy’s website, while the Goody Box was $24.99. As I mentioned, some of the toys in the Retro Rewind Box aren’t available individually on the Chewy website, so I wasn’t able to do a price comparison there, but the box’s description says you can save up to 30% on the MSRP of the items.
Overall, it was a really fun purchase, and I'd definitely buy Nugget another Goody Box—maybe for his birthday or Christmas! Everything in the box was high-quality, and it was worth it to see Nugget playing like he was a kitten again. My only caveat is that if your cat doesn’t like tunnels, it might not be worth the money, since chutes seem to be the staple “large toy” in the cat Goody Boxes.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.