What is it with animals and survey sites? I recently reviewed Panda Research - today, I’ll be reviewing Curious Cat. I tend to get drawn to survey sites with creative branding. I know this may sound superficial, but it’s a good thing when a survey site tries to distinguish itself from the many competitors in the field, most of which are too samey for my tastes. Creative branding tells me that a company isn’t afraid of standing out (and being open to scrutiny). I dunno, I’m just a sucker for that sort of thing.
But back to Curious Cat… I know there has to be more going for it than that cute Curious Cat logo. So without further delay, here’s my Curious Cat surveys review. Do they make a cattery out of surveys? Read on to find out!
What is Curious Cat?
For those new to the scene, Curious Cat is what we commonly refer to as survey sites. Large companies hire survey sites to help them conduct market research. These companies hire survey sites because they aren’t always equipped to handle market research themselves. Survey sites are a vital component in market research. The info gathered from these surveys helps the companies make better business decisions. What’s in it for you, the regular person? You get paid for completing these surveys!
Curious Cat is a newcomer to the survey site scene - they were founded in 2017 by “an elite group of cat-loving mavericks who had a hunch that there was a better way of doing things.” Even if they’re sill new, they’ve amassed pretty impressive numbers. Over 35 million people in 92 countries have taken surveys through them.
Their site is simple, but pretty well-made. The layout is clean, the design is crisp. All the info you’ll need is easily accessible, and they don’t make any effort to hide pertinent details or mislead you with false or exaggerated claims.
Also: cats! The site has lots of cats! Okay, I’ll stop harping about those frisky felines now. Moving on…
How Does This Work, Exactly?
On the Curious Cat site or app (more on the app in a bit), you take surveys, and you earn points for each one you complete. Curious Cat surveys take about three minutes to complete, on average. You can still expect surveys that are shorter and longer than that, though. Once you've reached a minimum amount of points, you can convert them to cash.
You will be taking four kinds of surveys on Curious Cat:
- Consumer Diary Studies
- Opinion Polls
- Short Surveys
Sadly, Curious Cat doesn’t have are a referral system yet. That’s pretty disappointing, because who wouldn’t want to share the love for surveys and cats? Hopefully, Curious Cat steps up and provides this soon.
Each survey gives you about 20 to 200 points. 100 points is equivalent to around $1.32.
The amount of points you’ll earn every month depends on the length and complexity of the survey assigned to you. Surveys are usually targeted, meaning you have to fit a certain demographic to be able to complete it. And that tends to be variable.
As soon as you’ve accumulated a minimum of 100 points, you can request a payout. Payment is sent via PayPal. There are no gift card options, which to me isn’t a big deal - cash is king, always. But some people might miss being able to redeem points as gift cards.
How to Join
It's super simple, simply register on their site, and download their app in your mobile phone:
Curious Cat: The Pros and The Cons
As much as I adore cat, I need to give you an impartial review of Curious Cat. Here are two lists, one for the pros, and another for the cons, to help you decide whether Curious Cat is worth your time.
I received notifications about available surveys several times a week. I liked the frequency, because it meant I could keep the momentum going and earn as much as I could on Curious Cat.
With some sites, it isn’t unusual for you to wait days (even weeks) for a single survey.
Payment is sent almost instantly! No waiting, no arguing with customer service, no hassle.
It’s safe to assume most of us use survey sites for the convenience. Quick payment is one of the things that makes a survey site convenient.
Low minimum payout
It won’t be hard to accumulate 100 points. I usually save my earnings for a really big payout, but low minimum payout is still a big positive. It’s great that most of us will have the flexibility to withdraw our earnings when we need it.
No referral program
Referrals make up a large portion of my earnings on other survey sites. On some sites, particularly the ones with multi-tier referral earnings, referrals even became my main earning method. It would have been great if I had another way to earn on Curious Cat in addition to just surveys.
You can get screened out in the middle of taking a survey
A lot of sites do this, but it’s still irksome. Curious Cat will screen you out if you provide inconsistent answers. I have no problem with that. But I have a problem getting screened out because they suddenly decide I’m not part of the correct demographic for the survey. If that were the case, why did I have to take it in the first place?
Curious Cat is a new site, and I hoped they would bring new solutions to this frequent survey site problem.
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
Curious Cat is legit! They’re still new and will have a lot of opportunity for improvement. But as it is, they provide a great, solid service. Highly recommended!
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This review is based on my experience using Curious Cat. Now it’s your turn to share! Have you tried the site out? What were your earnings like?
Let’s hear your stories!