Since Cougar Life does not run a strict confirmation process (apart from the email verification), it is quite understandable that they limited a standard account's freedom in terms of contacting other members.
For standard members, you can get around the cougar dating site with the following functionalities:
Cougar Life's free search function has several filters and options, making it possible for any cougar or cub to find suitable matches. You can refine your search according to profile fields, distance, and you can even put in your keywords.
The only downside is you can't save your search filters, so you have to set them each time.
Show your interest by sending a member a "Flirt." Cougar Life's version of the "Like," this wordless interaction is the subtle way to say you've got your eyes on them.
For paying members, however, you can get more bang for your buck by trying out these functions:
With this messaging, you can be more creative and generous by sending the cougar or cub of your choice a virtual gift (paid separately). You may also include your request for access if the member uploaded private photos.
Similar to chatting through social media platforms, this feature is a faster and easier way to contact the cougar or cub of your dreams.
This a free-form type of communication, but unlike the Priority Mail, you won't be able to do much in terms of sending graphics or media.
Take your flirting to the next level by sending a cougar or cub some virtual gifts. Use up 5 to 35 credits to buy anything from virtual chocolates to jewelry.
Keeping up with the members of Cougar Life is quite simple and straightforward with these user-friendly functions.