I said in that post that I hadn’t tried any of them because I didn’t think it would be worth £16 a month for a finicky cat. Naturally, my research made me rethink the whole thing and I signed up for the Cat Hampurr less than a day later.
From the very moment I subscribed, I was excited — more so than I get for my own box, actually! I couldn’t wait. The 15th of May seemed forever away. Even knowing that the chances of KitKat enjoying what came in the box were pretty slim because she’s a fussy eater, I was still on tenterhooks.
And then Cat Hampurr made it worse. Or I did by following them on Twitter. I was really looking forward to KitKat’s box that much. (They also have a Pinterest account, a Facebook page, and an Instagram account, by the way. Follow that last one at your peril.)
Whoever handles their Twitter stream is just as fun as their mascot kitty’s name (Kooki) suggests.
I’ve never really paid much attention to brands or how they interact with their customers outside of seriously awful customer support, but blogging has brought a whole new aspect of shopping to my attention. It started with the planning community when I tagged Me & My Big Ideas in a few of my happy planner pics on Instagram. There’s just something so cool about interacting with the people behind the faceless logos.
You probably already know all this because I’m late to the party as usual, but being able to enjoy a Twitter conversation with the Cat Hampurr team — and feeling like they were having fun too — gave the whole process a far more personal touch. (I’m pretty sure the CH team read my last post about subscription boxes, too, because they called KitKat by name in a thank you tweet! *giddy*)
Less than 24 hours after Cat Hampurr announced that the box had shipped early to make it to us by “Caturday”, my postie was ringing the bell.
I was in the middle of lunch so I didn’t get to open the box right away, and I forgot to take pictures. I did, however, manage to make a video of the whole affair and then trim it down to make several shorter versions instead. (You might have seen one or two on our Facebook page or Twitter feed. ¬_¬)
The moment I took out the catnip banana, KitKat claimed it as hers. She wasn’t interested in anything else (except maybe the box and tissue paper) but that banana was definitely the new favourite. (It’s seen less lovin’ since, but it does move a lot so either it’s one very possessed banana, or KitKat still plays with it more than most of her other toys.)
Is it worth it?
I signed up for the £15.90 single box per month subscription. I did consider going for the cheaper £8 bimonthly box, but it works out to £16 per hampurr. (I know it’s only 10p extra, but that seems like sacrilege for a cheapskate first-timer.) I think they’re basically the same box no matter what version you order, though; you just get more or less boxes per month.
What was in it?
I somehow signed up for the Cat Hampurr just in time for their third anniversary, so KitKat got an extra surprise treat in addition to the “usual” items. Otherwise, there were five items in all:
- 2 bags of treats
- 1 toy
- 2 tins of wet food
- 1 tube of dry food
Every single one of them is good quality, with 80%-90% meat content and 100% organic catnip. I’m not hell-bent on giving KitKat only the best because I have to get most of her food from the supermarket (4% meat max!) but it’s still highly reassuring to know she’s getting at least some nutritional goodies inside her.
Value for money
Five items doesn’t seem like that much to the aforementioned cheapskate in me, but to buy toys and good quality treats like this myself would cost plenty more so I think it’s safe to say that this month’s Cat Hampurr is value for money. The extra surprise makes it even more so.
Sadly, KitKat is a very fussy cat so there were only three items she actually liked (the banana and the two tins of Thrive). She will eat the dry food if I mix it in with her Gourmet paté, but the rest of the treats went to my uncle’s many, many cats instead.
That’s not Cat Hampurr’s fault. I said before that KitKat is a fussy kitty. It’s not the first time some of the toys and treats I’ve bought her have gone to “charity” so I expected at least some of the hampurr to go to waste. (I’m honestly impressed that she liked as much as she did! Three out of six items ain’t bad, especially if you consider the sixth to be free.)
If you also have a finicky cat, you might feel like a subscription box is a waste of money. For me, though, at least part of the value is in not stressing about what to buy for my cat. There’s so much out there that finding quality toys and treats that aren’t bad for them is overwhelming. Finding goodies that are actively good for them is a nightmare. It is well worth the money to sit back and let someone else make the decisions for you.
There’s emotional value for your cat, too. KitKat has more toys than either of us know what to do with. I try to rotate them so she doesn’t get bored, but she still has definite favourites. I hadn’t bought her anything new since Christmas and she’d been feeling a bit down lately between the onset of summer and a flare-up that meant I couldn’t play with her as much as she likes. Getting a new toy in the post was just the thing she needed to put a bit of a bounce back in her step.
I think the nutritional value of the foods has done her the world of good, too.
I wouldn’t look at these subscription boxes as the be-all and end-all of cat supplies. I see them as a way to trial products at something of a discount, figure out what your cat likes, and then go look for more of it on your own dime. Hampers still take out all the stress of deciding what to buy for yourself, and opens up your cat’s world to a whole new selection of goodies that might not normally be available in your own country.
To put it simply: if you can afford it, go for it! It’s worth a trial run, at the very least, and I suspect your cat will adore you for it. The Cat Hampurr team definitely win in my book.