Curious Cat App Review: Surveys for Cash

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The Curious Cat app is one of the many survey apps on the market.  According to the official company, it’s “No funny business.  Just cash and cats.”  Of course, cats aren’t part of the app, but I think it’s used because cats seem to be a hot commodity online.

Whether you’re looking for another survey app or as a way to make a few dollars online, I wanted to play around with the Curious Cat app and report back my findings.  As in all of my reviews, I’m always 100% honest, only promoting what I feel is worth your time.

How the Curious Cat App Works

The Curious Cat app works just like any other survey app if you have ever used one before.  The app will prompt you with survey opportunities and you can select the ones that you feel are worth your time.  Each survey invite will tell you how much you can earn, how long it will take you as well as a “success rate,” which is a unique feature that many survey apps don’t offer.  This success rate will help you determine how many people succeeded in taking the survey.  So, if you see a 100% success rate, that means 100% of the people who clicked on it qualified.

Signing up for Curious Cat

If you want to download the Curious Cat app, it’s only available for your mobile phone, either through the Google Play Store or iTunes.  There’s no desktop option at the moment.

To start, the app does ask that you verify your phone number.  There’s no way around this, unfortunately.  According to the company, this is done so that they can verify your account and prevent fraud.

You will also be asked to add your email address so that you can withdraw your earnings.  The company promises they won’t share your phone number or email address with any third parties.

After you authenticate your phone number, you can immediately start using the app.

To qualify, you must be at least 16+ years old, and it does appear it’s open to members worldwide.  However, some countries may see fewer survey invites than others.  Typically, U.S., Canadian and U.K. residents tend to have the most luck.

Creating Your Profile

Before you start taking your surveys, the company will ask you to create a profile so that they can find surveys tailored to you.  This is standard in the survey/research market and I always highly recommend you complete these profiles 100% so that you can receive as many targeted surveys as possible.  It can also help you from being disqualified.

The initial profile survey will take you a few minutes and the company will pay you 60 points, about $1.36~ in value, in doing so.  Since the company pays in pounds, you will have to convert it to U.S. currency, which can change depending on market conditions.  With this survey, you must do it in one sitting as you will only get one chance in taking it.

The Surveys

Once you take your profile survey, you can then see which surveys you qualify for.

It can take some time for these surveys to show up, but if they do, it will look something like what you see above.  It will be a picture of a cat, but you will have to click on it to learn more about it.  And, when you do, it will show you something such as this…

Again, like the profile survey, you will see the points you’re awarded, the time it takes as well as the success rate.  If the survey is something of interest, then you can click on the “I’m ready!” button and start the survey process.

How many surveys should I expect?

Depending on your demographics, you can expect about a few surveys a day, maybe more, maybe less.  When I played around with it, I usually saw a few invites throughout the day.  Like most survey apps, these invites will constantly refresh, so be sure to check in to see if anything new pops up.

How much do the surveys pay?

On average, most surveys pay less than 100 points, but you will see some higher than that on occasions.  As mentioned, every 100 points is worth about $1.36~, depending on the pound to USD rate, but you should expect about $0.25 to $0.75 in value for every survey you complete.


The Curious Cat app only requires you to have 100 points in your account to cash out.  This is £1 in rewards, or again, about $1.30~ or so depending on currency conversion.

When it’s time to cash out, the company pays out via PayPal and that’s it.  Seeing 99% of us want this as an option, there shouldn’t be a problem here.  Just click on the “confirm” button, confirm your PayPal account and they will ship off your money.

All payments are usually sent out fairly quickly, but in some cases, it can take up to 24 hours to see your payment post.

The Pros:

  • You only need 100 points in rewards, which makes it one of the lowest thresholds on the market (£1 in value)
  • 100% free to join
  • Open worldwide, but remember that only a few countries will see most of the survey opportunities
  • PayPal is a cash out option

The Cons:

  • It can be difficult to qualify for a lot of surveys.  I read a lot about people taking surveys and then being disqualified after spending minutes on them.  This is commonplace among survey companies, so there’s no surprise here
  • No desktop version
  • Only PayPal, which can be a bummer to some if you’re looking for more options
  • Not going to get rich

Final Thoughts

6/10It seems as if Curious Cat used to be awesome, but as time has gone on, they seem to have slipped a bit.  That doesn’t mean it’s a dud; rather, I see it as another survey app that will only send you a few surveys every day.  You won’t make much with this survey app, but honestly, this can be said about any survey app online.  If you make more than $30 in a month with almost any survey app, you’re doing great.

In the end, Curious Cat is meh.  It’s okay just because you can reach the minimum threshold fast, but I have read too many complaints about getting disqualified from so many surveys.  This can be annoying to some.  So, I will leave it up to you whether or not you want to join.  The company is legit, so they will pay, but you just may find yourself frustrated with the survey invites.  Just let that be a warning.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, if you want to comment on your experience or this post, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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