5 Cat Food Retailers With Trial Offers

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Pet food is increasing in price as much as human food. Combined with high fuel prices, energy costs and veterinary charges, how can we afford to feed our pets? ITV recently reported pet owners are going without food themselves and instead feeding their pets.

The following companies offer a food trial period for as low as £1. If your fussy cat enjoys the taste, you can continue with a monthly subscription after you’ve received your trial food box. The trial box can give your cat two weeks of food. And April 2023, I ordered an entire month of cat food for FREE. I’ll tell you how.

Some companies offer no grain, cereal, added sugar, or derivatives (animal parts). Tabitha loves her fish pate from Republic of Cats.

Whichever pet food subscription you choose, you must register and enter your details, payment information and cat details but each offers the option to pause or cancel without penalties.

Who offers cat food subscription trials?

Table of Contents:

1 – Republic of Cats’ taster box costs between £2.50 to £10

Order a trial taster box trial cat food box for cost of living to feed your pet
From Tabitha’s subscription box

“Our cat nutritionists choose high-quality ingredients for your cat’s short- and long-term health goals.”

Republic of Cats

The taster box combines dry biscuits flavoured with omega-boosting salmon or chicken & turkey, and 85g of wet food in a choice of pate, gravies and stews, or shredded pieces.

You personalise your taster box with flavours that cater to your pet’s taste, and after the trial, you decide if you want a monthly subscription. Trustpilot reviews are 82% so lower than Blink Cats and Cool Cat Club.

Watch the Video: What was in Tabitha’s Taster Box

Watch the Video: How to get free food from Republic of Cats

Packaging is also 100% recyclable.

  • Advertised as 28 meals but the taster box is enough for 15 days
  • Go to Republic of Cats direct and the Taster Box is between £7.50 to £10
  • Use my Referral Link and buy the Taster Box for £2.50
  • Delivered to your door each month
  • Friendly helpful staff
  • Manage using an online account
  • Build a Box means you can change flavours unless ‘off the table’ and then contact staff direct
  • Suitable for adults and seniors
  • You can opt for choices without dairy, eggs etc, but do not support complete allergy-free food
  • It contains meat and animal derivatives
  • Change the delivery date, pause or cancel – no penalties
  • Free delivery, although I suspect it’s built into the monthly cost
  • Refer a Friend option

What are the charges if you continue with the subscription?

The cost of your monthly subscription depends on your food choices. Republic of Cats increased its prices in April and November 2022. I paid £32 per month for my option of wet food only but eventually delayed deliveries for a few months. By the end of 2022, I was offered three months discount – £33 per month so if you have paused your account, keep checking your notification and online account for any offers. Since April, I’ve received three boxes of food free. each box is a month’s worth of food. My video explains how.

Join Republic of Cats for £2.50 using my referral link.

“With supermarket shelves packed full with “fast food” for cats, we created something much healthier… Get your subscription trial pack for just £1!”

Blink Cats

I have never tried Blink, but it has 92% excellent reviews on Trustpilot. Your cat can choose fillets or gravy food in non-recyclable pouches. Blink is transparent and highlights on the pouch packaging that food does not contain animal derivatives, added sugars, grain, or cereal – it sounds healthier.

  • The trial box costs £1
  • The website does not clarify how many days the trial food covers
  • Home delivery
  • Monthly subscription and free delivery
  • All ages
  • No grain, no added sugar, no cereal, no derivatives
  • Easy sign-up
  • Complete control of future orders
  • Cancellation option after you have received the trial box
  • Pouches are not recyclable
  • Available in Pets at Home, Waitrose, Ocado and Sainsbury’s

What are the charges if you continue with the subscription?

Here are the costs. Like all companies, prices may eventually increase because of energy costs.

Box SizePouchesPrice
Prices correct August 2022

Visit Blink Cats Amazon Store to understand the food choices, or join Blink Cats from their website.

3 – KatKin Fresh Food has 20% off the first 14 days

KatKins trial discount cat food cost of living 2022
From Tabitha’s trial box

“Happy food, happy cat.”


Here for uncompromising cat parents, KatKin goes hardcore for cat health. That starts with their 100% fresh-cooked meat cat food, designed for cats as carnivores. It’s gently steamed, frozen and portioned in KatKin’s kitchen, then delivered to you. There are no preservatives, no cheap derivatives, and no cut corners. But KatKin isn’t stopping there. Whether it’s litter, supplements or insurance, they’re relentless in making hardcore love the standard for cat care everywhere. And Katkin have a 95% score on TrustPilot!

Watch the Video: KatKin human-grade food for cats – original recipe

Watch the Video: Coming soon – YouTube video showing the new recipe – subscribe so you do not miss it!

KatKin offers 20% off your trial period, which covers 14 days. I paid about £14 for several large pouches, but now, in April 2023, expect the trial box to cost between £21.20 to £26.20; each pouch was enough for two meals, and I gave Tabitha biscuits too. I also received a tote bag, and a clip to secure opened pouches.

If your cat loves fresh meat, then ‘Green at heart‘ KatKin is the food for your fluffball. I ordered the trial box for Tabitha.

Visit KatKin Amazon store for planet-saving cat litter and 100% chicken breast and salmon fillet cat treats, or join Katkin using its website.

FSC-certified materials:

1: Materials from forests.

2: Biodegradable & compostable liner insulated from sheep’s wool, so use it as a cosy soft cat mattress! The outer is 100% recyclable and can be used as a cat playground or bed house!

3: The ice bag is filled with water or refreeze for camping

What’s INCLUDED – 100% Fresh Premium Meat:

1: From U.K. farms

2: One pouch serves 2 meals for one cat ( more for smaller kitten)

3: Food is Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist

4: Premium ingredients we’d eat ourselves

5: Transparent ingredient labels

6: Steam cooked to keep nutrients

7: Fresh food which can be frozen

8: Option to warm up

What’s NOT included:

1: Hidden ingredients

2: Animal derivatives & by products

3: Nutrients destroyed from cooking at high temperatures

4: No fillers or unknown ingredients

5: Sterilised so it lasts years and found with detergents

KatKin has the KatKin Shelter Scheme and recommends rescues to apply, or cat parents to recommend an animal rescue. Shelters are given a discount for food, and the page mentions a £20 donation.

  • Vet formulated recipes
  • 100% fresh meals for all ages
  • The meat is not heat blasted to prolong life and is steamed to preserve its natural goodness
  • No grains or fillers
  • All ages
  • Monthly subscription and free delivery
  • Change the order date
  • Option to cancel your subscription
  • KatKins has appeared in The Telegraph, Sunday Times and Real Homes

What are the charges if you continue with the subscription box?

After signing up, you get the cost of a month’s food. In 2022, Tabitha’s food was priced between £40 to £50 for 100% fresh meals. The KatKin website shows a cost of £1.89 to £2.25 per day (price April 2023) but it depends on selection, diet and calories.

Join KatKins.

Update April 2023:

In recent weeks, KatKins have received many complaints regarding changing recipes and updating packaging from pouches to trays. It has led to unhappy customers and some felines. KatKins listened and issued a statement on 24th April 2023 regarding the cooking process and materials.

Read the statement.

There’s good news from 9th May:

  • Old-fashioned pouches will be available alongside
  • Three original pouch recipes are back for the next 6 months at least
  • KatKins will continue improving and testing the new recipes until customers and felines are happy
  • 79% of cats were happy with the new recipe
  • 64% preferred the new trays compared to the pouches
  • 28% of cats were unhappy with the transition from original to new food
  • 23% of customers say the food doesn’t reach the expectation of fresh food
  • Customers must manually update to old-style pouches in their online account

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4 – The Cool Cat Club’s taster box for £5

“We are 100% independently owned and proud. We have no involvement with any big multinationals and answer only to all the cool cats we’re fortunate to serve.”

Cool Cat Club

I quite like the sound of this company because, for each monthly subscription, they donate five pouches to an animal rescue. I also like that you can use a slider to get a monthly subscription price before registering for the taster box. It is transparent about the taster box contents too. And finally, reviews on Trustpilot are at 91% excellent.

3Chicken pouches
2Fish pouches
4Mixed trays
1Sample bag of dry biscuits
Taster box contents

I love that the Cool Cat Club is independently owned and not part of a large enterprise.

  • A monthly subscription box with free delivery
  • You have control and can change flavours
  • Flavours contain premium-grade ingredients
  • All ages
  • Grain-free and no added sugar
  • Change delivery date
  • Option to cancel the subscription
  • Choice of 9 wet food options and 3 dry biscuits options
  • Recyclable aluminium trays, delivery boxes and paper packaging
  • 100% compostable dry food bags
  • Food donation to animal shelters, not cash – it means animals benefit, not campaigns, wages, etc

What are the charges if you continue with the subscription box?

I used the dry and wet food price slider – my results are results.

30Wet pouches / trays£21.99
60Wet pouches / trays£39.99
800g & 30Dry biscuits & wet food£29.99
800g & 60 Dry biscuits & wet food£47.99
Prices correct August 2022

Join The Cool Cat Club.

5 – Untamed’s trail box for £8

“Animal derivatives are, unfortunately, one of the most commonly used ingredients in cat food. It’s a catch-all term that can legally include low quality animal parts like hooves and beaks, which are poorly digested and low in nutrients. No matter where they fall on the ingredient list, we suggest you avoid them. At Untamed, we are committed to not using animal derivatives and we choose to exclusively use human-grade, nutritious whole meats so your cat can be healthier and happier.”


Untamed supplies its cat food in tins, consisting of human-grade food instead of low-quality leftover body parts from slaughtered animals. Food from this company may benefit pets with allergies too.

They have the highest Trustpilot review score at 96%.

  • Food is not frozen
  • Free from common allergens
  • It does not contain animal derivatives, sugars, grain, vegetable proteins
  • Contains human-grade food
  • Free reusable tote bag
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • Free delivery
  • Cancel anytime if required

Untamed doesn’t give much away – you get 12 tins and a small gift in the trial box. The trial period will last 6 days or 12 depending on how much your cat eats.

What are the charges if you continue with the subscription box?

The only price I could find was £1.71 per day based on a 4kg cat eating two daily cans.

Join Untamed

Key Takeaways:

  • Some offer cat food that doesn’t contain grain, cereal, or sugar
  • You can help a rescue centre by choosing The Cool Cat Gang
  • KatKins offer help to shelters but asks them to become customer
  • Some companies offer cat food without derivatives so healthier food for your cat
  • Blink Cats and Cool Cats are the better trial choice for the cost of living
  • Republic of Cats does not promote grain-free etc, but you can select foods without certain ingredients.
  • Some brands may be healthier than others
  • Always shop around. I found a 3-month deal that helps me financially at the moment.

Poppy’s Pets has a column in an East Yorkshire newspaper.


The reason I write and make YouTube videos is to help you and your pets from my experiences, and to take you through a journey of Green Living from worm composting and bokashi.

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