Austin and Kat Review 2021

Overall Score
84out of 100
Score Breakdown
20/30
22/25
14/15
10/12
Heather Allman
Written by Heather Allman, CBD Journalist
Last Updated
Leonard Haberman
Medically reviewed by Leonard Haberman, MD & Chemist
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The Bottom Line

My review of Austin and Kat is very good based on their organic hemp quality — which is in the process of becoming USDA certified, their sustainable farming methods, their available extract options, and their highly accurate lab results. They publish the exact potency and purity for each product on a centralized lab report hub for easy customer reference, but their product catalog is quite limited, including only pet products at this time. 

They offer premium quality, organic, broad and full spectrum CBD products that are pesticide free and non-GMO. They are available in pet tinctures and pet edible bites that range from $24.95 to $99.95, with an average price point of $.17. This means that Austin and Kat’s product prices are higher than average, when compared to other organic brands in the market that are GMP compliant. They offer free shipping on orders that are $50 and above, and they offer a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee on all orders.

The accuracy variances for these Austin and Kat products concerning potency are excellent, with both products testing well below the acceptable 10% variance limit allowed. Their products passed standard purity testing for microbial contaminants. However, lab test results for heavy metals and pesticides were unavailable at this time. Human grade, authentic food ingredients are used in these organic Austin and Kat pet CBD products, with nothing artificial used during manufacturing or formulation, according to the company. 

Pros: Cons:
  • Organic, non-GMO products
  • Human grade, all-natural ingredients used
  • Accuracy variances well below 10%
  • Limited product catalog
  • 50$ minimum for free shipping
  • Inadequate purity testing

Specs

Consumption Method
Pets - Tinctures, Pets - Edibles
Hemp Source
United States
CBD Strength
2 mg - 1200 mg, Oils & Tinctures: 3.33-40 mg/ml
Offers Tastes
Yes
Price Per Mg CBD
$0.25 - $0.12
Military Veteran Discount
No
Extract Types
Broad Spectrum
Money Back Guarantee
Yes
Price Range
$24.95 - $69.95
CBD Extract Method
CO2
Worldwide Shipping
United States
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Table of Contents

About the Company

Austin and Kat is a small, family owned and operated company that was founded in 2014 by Kat Donatello to find all natural solutions to help her dog, Austin, live a healthier and happy life. She established the company “to share my recipe with owners looking to give their pets the best life that they can.”

According to the company website, Kat refines her recipe with every batch made, creating blends that offer the “right amount” of CBD for dogs in every stage of life. Kat’s beloved pet Austin is the CPT, or Chief Product Tester, so she named the company ‘Austin and Kat’ as a tribute to him.

Transparency

Independent CBD testing is an invaluable quality and safety control measure to ensure that the labeled amounts of CBD and THC are very close to the contents of each final product a customer receives. All of the products in my Austin and Kat order were third party tested for CBD and THC potency and microbial contaminants, but none were purity tested for heavy metals and pesticides, to the best of our knowledge.

Using the “Lab Tests,” link provided, Austin and Kat customers can view all available third party lab reports for their CBD product catalog in one centralized location:

Accuracy

Using the “Lab Tests” link, it was easy to match the products with the independent third party lab reports provided. As far as the highest accuracy variance in this order, the 450 mg organic, broad spectrum ‘No Wiggles’ pet tincture tested with 471 total mg of CBD, which represents a 4.6% accuracy variance, lower than the acceptable 10% limit.

The lowest accuracy variance was found in the 300 mg full spectrum, organic Austin’s Active pet bites , which tested as containing 293.4 total mg of CBD, or 9.78 per chew. This is an accuracy variance of 2.2% and well below the 10% variance limit allowed, as seen here in the COA provided online:

All products were confirmed by independent third party testing to contain less than the legal 0.3% limit of THC or a non-detectable amount, and purity tests for microbes were passed. However, to the best of our knowledge, lab reports for pesticides and heavy metals were unavailable at this time.

Reputation

With more than 15 years as an athlete and business leader in the endurance sports industry, Kat Donatello set out in 2014 to use her skills to create an all natural, holistic product that would help her dogs with their health, well being and various ailments. She started in her own kitchen and has expanded into a national pet CBD product leader, based on their company’s ‘Our Story’ page online.

In the past few years, Austin and Kat CBD has expanded far beyond their initial e-commerce platform, as they are now distributing and selling in numerous physical retail locations as of December 2020.

Manufacturing Process

Austin and Kat use Treehouse Hemp, the first National Animal Supplement Council preferred hemp supplier. Austin and Kat’s broad spectrum hemp is extracted using a CO2 process before being formulated with easily digestible MCT oil as the carrier for maximum bioavailability.

After formulation, the next step is independent third party CBD testing, which is an important quality and safety control measure utilized by Austin and Kat to ensure that the labeled potency of CBD and THC matches the contents. They conduct independent purity and potency lab testing for all of their products and post the available results online:

Range of Products

They offer premium quality, organic, broad spectrum CBD products that are available in pet tinctures and pet edible bites. Their products range from 2 mg to 1200 mg, and are higher priced than comparable premium organic brands, with an overall average price point of $.17 per mg of CBD.

CBD Pet Tincture

These Austin and Kat broad spectrum pet tinctures are specially formulated for use in pets based on weight. The oils include organic hemp seed oil and wild Alaskan salmon oil for the 100mg and 300mg classic tinctures and MCT oil for the 600mg and 1200mg classic tinctures.  Each product undergoes a CO2 extraction process and uses all natural, human grade ingredients only. This pet product is recommended by the company for oral or sublingual use only.

Product Name

Size

(ml)

Potency Price Price CBD per mg
CBD Classic Oil Tincture 30 ml

100 mg

300 mg

$24.95

$44.95

$.14

$.14

Austin’s Active CBD Tincture 30 ml 450 mg $64.95 $.14
Bailey’s No Wiggles CBD Tincture 30 ml 450 mg $64.95 $.14
Bakko’s Hip & Joint CBD Tincture 30 ml 450 mg $64.95 $.14
Brady’s Senior Formula Tincture 30 ml 450 mg $64.95 $.14
CBD High Potency Classic Oil Tincture 30 ml 600 mg $69.95 $.11
CBD High Potency Classic Oil Tincture 30 ml 1200 mg $99.95 $.08

CBD Pet Edible Bites

For furry family members, these 2, 5 or 10 mg broad spectrum CBD bites are CO2 extracted and crunchy in texture. These pet bites are veterinarian formulated, according to the product page and the label. The pet edibles are recommended for oral use only and include dosing instructions based on weight.

Product Name

Size

(mg)

Potency Quantity Price Price CBD per mg
CBD Classic Bites

80 mg

150 mg

300 mg

2 mg

5 mg

10 mg

40

30

30

$24.95

$34.95

$44.95

$.31

$.23

$.14

Austin’s Active Bites 300 mg 10 mg 30 $49.95 $.16
Bailey’s No Wiggles Bites 300 mg 10 mg 30 $49.95 $.16
Bakko’s Hip & Joint Bites 300 mg 10 mg 30 $49.95 $.16
Brady’s Senior Formula Bites 300 mg 10 mg 30 $49.95 $.16

Discounts

  • Welcome Discount for First Time Buyers

  • Subscribe and Save

Customers can choose to subscribe to any Austin and Kat product for a savings of 15% off each shipment. They offer regular shipments with their convenient “subscription” option for customers, and the discount is automatically applied.

  • Austin’s Rewards: Referral Program and Bark Bucks

For every dollar spent on all natural hemp pet remedies from Austin and Kat, customers earn ‘Bark Bucks’ that can be redeemed for product coupons. To help owners help their pets, Austin and Kat enlists customer help to tell other pet parents about their CBD, and new customers receive a $20 off coupon, while referring customers also receive a $20 off coupon:

Buying Experience

As mentioned earlier, all of the third party lab results available for the Austin and Kat CBD product catalog are located under a centralized “Lab Tests” link, located in the main menu online under the ‘LEARN’ heading. Austin and Kat’s FAQ section is also located under the “Learn” heading in the main menu, as seen here:

In addition, on their user friendly website, each product page provides comprehensive product information for each item in that category, as well as ingredients, potencies, and suggested uses. There is also an easy way to shop all products using the “Shop” link located in the main menu. Customers can utilize the company’s filter tool provided to search all products, based on condition or desired outcome:

Their customer support team is easily available via online messaging, email and phone. Customer service was contacted by email about their organic hemp quality. Austin and Kat team member, Becky, immediately responded the same day with the information requested:

Orders get free shipping with a $50 minimum order, otherwise, shipping is calculated during checkout. A shipping confirmation email with tracking was received. The order arrived via USPS in a colorful box that was not discreet, as the package is clearly labeled with the company’s name and logo. All products were securely packaged inside.

Products Reviewed

Austin’s Active Bites, 300 mg, 10 mg each, 30 count

These organic CO2 extracted broad spectrum pet edibles are hard, crunchy bites that are approximately the size of a quarter. Each bite is light brown in color, with a granulated texture that crumbles quite a bit. Priced at $49.95, this treat is priced at $.16 per mg of CBD. This 300 mg labeled product tested as containing 293.4 total mg of CBD, which represents a mere 2.2% variance, well under the 10% limit allowed. A non-detectable amount of THC was noted and the independent lab tests for microbial contaminants were passed; however, no test reports were available concerning heavy metals and other contaminants, such as pesticides.

Austin’s No More Wiggles Tincture, 450 mg, 30 ml

This organic CO2 extracted broad spectrum tincture is gold to medium brown in color. It exhibits a thicker oil like viscosity. The company recommended serving size is 1 ml, and there are visible measuring marks on the dropper for precise dosing. Priced at $64.95, this tincture costs $.14 per mg of CBD. This product tested as containing 471 total mg of CBD, which represents a mere 4.6% variance, well under the 10% limit allowed. A non-detectable amount of THC was noted on the lab report and purity tests for microbial contaminants were passed. Independent lab results for heavy meals and other contaminants, however, were not accessible, according to the centralized lab hub online.

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About The Authors
Heather Allman
Heather Allman
CBD Journalist
Heather Allman has worked in the higher education, reviewing, writing, and public speaking industries for over two decades. After earning her Bachelor and Master of Arts in English Education, she taught for 13 years at the University of West Florida in both the English and Communication Arts Departments. She also holds a Cannabis Fundamentals Certification from Green-Flower. From her current home in Pensacola, Florida, Heather works as a freelance U.S. Cannabis Journalist for the Cannabis Law Report and CBD World News, among others. She has educated and advocated for cannabis and CBD use on television, radio, and several podcasts. In May 2020, Heather was selected by the National Cannabis Information Project to be the Medical Cannabis Patient Speaker for their media briefing on "Cannabis Industry Response to COVID-19, as covered by Forbes and Bloomberg. She is a member of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses, where she holds a seat on their Sustainability National Standards Board.
Leonard Haberman
Leonard Haberman
MD & Chemist
Dr. Leonard Haberman is a physician and chemist who has been involved in solving chemical and medical problems for 43 years. He graduated from New York University as a dual major in chemistry and biology and went on to obtain a PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota where his focus was synthetic methods. He spent 18 years with the Shell organization, working in a mixture of technical and business roles. He returned to the university in 2005, graduating with an MD degree in 2009. He has published in the open literature and in the proprietary literature of the Shell organization. He holds two patents and currently works as a consultant, assisting clients with projects within the disciplines of medicine and chemistry that have potential business applications.

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