Dog and Cat Food Delivery: Chewy.com Review

Updated on October 18, 2018
KCO profile image

I bring you reviews of the latest household goods services with an eye for budget and practicality.

As a pet lover, you're used to budgeting for pet food and hauling the heavy bags through the store to your car and then inside. It's worth it to provide for your furry friends, so you don't think twice, but what if there was another option?

With the Chewy business model emerging, there might be a way to save you time and money if you plan it right and consider your options. Learn about buying dog or cat food from Chewy and whether or not it's better for you and your pet in the long run.

What Is Chewy.com?

Chewy began as a start-up looking to enable pet owners to save money on pet food by buying regularly. When the idea gained popularity and was soon aided by reliable customer service, the website caught on. Once the company grew large enough, it was acquired by PetSmart.

Shipping From Chewy

One of the biggest appeals of ordering your cat's or dog's food from an online store is the perk of not needing to haul in a heavy bag of pet food from the store.

Chewy charges a flat rate of $5 for shipping any order. Spending over $49 lets you skip the shipping charge, which is pretty easy to do if you have a couple hungry pups to feed. Orders are usually delivered 2 days after you place them, which is on par with Amazon Prime.

Dog food delivery right to your door, but be aware of shipping costs!
Dog food delivery right to your door, but be aware of shipping costs! | Source

Pet Food Selection on Chewy.com

The cat food and dog food brands available on Chewy cross a wide range of budgets. Common, affordable brands like Purina, Meow Mix and Pedigree are available in a variety of quantities. The higher-end, quality ingredient brands like Blue Buffalo and American Journey are also available.

Cats and dogs that need specialized diets prescribed by their vets can get their food from Chewy. These are often hard to find in stores.

Pet Food Costs at Chewy.com

Cross-checking dog and cat food prices between Chewy and brick and mortar stores shows that Chewy usually meets the lowest price you see on the shelves.

Pet food is usually marked up a good deal in stores, especially with the brands that make grain-free or high protein food. Pet supply chains often run sales on brands of dog and cat food to counteract the listed price increase, but this means that any given time you walk in the store you could be paying for the markup.

Being at the mercy of sales is not a great place to be when purchasing a necessity you buy regularly for your pet. Because of the unpredictability of pricing in stores, buying from an online retailer can be much more reliable.

Shopping cart from Chewy after 20% discount for first Autoship order.
Shopping cart from Chewy after 20% discount for first Autoship order. | Source

Real Savings With Autoship?

One of the main features Chewy.com offers pet owners is the ability to sign up for a recurring shipment. This program is similar to Amazon's Subscribe and Save option where you get a reduced price for signing up for a subscription that ships to your house automatically.

This can be a good type of program to subscribe to for something like dog food where you have a predictable level of consumption and you can guess when you'll need to buy the product again. Wouldn't it be nice to not have to remember to pick up dog food at the store or make a special trip that night when you run out?

Expect Autoship to give you a 5% discount. There are some select brands that give a 10% discount, but those are fairly pricey to start with so might not be the best option.

Chewy lets you set up an Autoship which you can cancel or change at any time. Its longest subscription period offers a delivery every 4 months.

Treats, Toys, Supplements, and Miscellaneous Goods

There's more than just pet food available from Chewy, they also carry products for fish and birds. You can find dog and cat treats and toys as well.

Like the food, the prices on these accessories are almost always going to meet or beat the prices in store. As with any big online retailer, they are able to offer lower prices because they have less overhead. Also, you can expect online retailers to have the lowest price on the market because it is much easier for buyers to shop around when they don't have to go store-to-store to compare prices. Take advantage of this as the consumer, and find the products that will keep your pets happy while saving your money.

Get brand name toys from Chewy
Get brand name toys from Chewy | Source

Should You Shop for Your Dog or Cat's Food at Chewy?

The bottom line is, if you avoid shipping charges and falling for the advertising gimmicks, Chewy can be the right choice for your dog or cat food.

If you don't order enough food at once to hit the free shipping mark, then the $5 shipping fee will be a large portion of the cost for you and it makes a Chewy purchase not worth it. In this case, stick to the brick and mortar pet store.

If you are ordering a large enough quantity to qualify for free shipping, then Chewy often has the best price—it is pretty hard to beat having huge bags of dog food delivered to your door!

Sign up for the Autoship option for extra savings if you are already hitting the minimum $49 for free shipping and you have a good feel for when you will need to restock.

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Katy Medium

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, pethelpful.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://pethelpful.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)