This review is SUPER overdue, but after the fun and games of the first Cat Hampurr review, I decided to give their second box a go. This time, I invited Dexter, my big black tuxedoed cat to join me in the unboxing. Japes ensued.
DeeDee also demanded to be included.
This box was really heavy, and jam packed with goodies. The first item I picked out was the Feline Fayre tins. Cathampurr were kind enough to furnish us with five of them, wrapped in purple tissue…
Anyway, five tins is an excellent sample. My two fuzzbutts are greedy guts, so one of these wouldn’t go very far- more a snack than a meal. I was really pleased that the chosen protein source was fish, as I prefer to feed these two on fish products. I feel, probably erroneously, that the source/level of processing of fish in animal feeds is less than with poultry and meat. I also worry about growth hormones and such in poultry not of british origin… but I digress.
The packaging on these tins, plus the portion size, suggests this is a classy, premium product, and the cats were definitely interested. Truth be told, I’ll probably end up feeding some of this, if not all, to my rats, because I am a cruel mummy, and the cats eat a mainly dry food diet.
Since June marked the start of the football World Cup, Cathampurr included some catnip spiked toy balls so the cats can have their own kick about. I appreciate the inclusion of a two-pack, as it means they can have one each, instead of one of them (DeeDee) playing whilst the other stares on wistfully (Dexter). Also, my cats love to throw their toys under furniture, so at least they’ll still have one to play with if they lose the other.
Uhoh. Another catnip toy. This time it was an adorable floral bunny from the Natural Pet Toy Company. This went down a treat with the kitties, and it still has some mojo, nearly two months on. Here’s Dexter’s reaction to said little rabbit…
Pretty scary, really. Basically, they loved it. It’s a brand I’m not familiar with, but I’d use it again!
Next up was a sample of Burns’ chicken and rice dry cat food. Burns is a great brand and I have used them for years to feed my other pets. They provide excellent quality at competitive prices. I consider them to be a premium brand, but they won’t break the bank either. I’ve never used their cat food before, however, so the kitties will enjoy trying this out. The sample is about one meal’s worth.
Lilly’s Kitchen Crunchy nibbles are a wet food topper to add interest and promote dental health. My cats actually decided they wanted to eat them on their own, and tore into the packet one night when I left them unattended. I never said they were well behaved cats. They have no class. Anyway, the packaging of this product is so. Darn. Cute. I love it! It’s a brand I’ve never heard of, and given how much they enjoyed the product, and the lovely packaging (I’m a packaging fan- I can’t help it), I would be interested in trying it again.
I think the above picture sums up Dexter’s thoughts and feelings about this product.
It’s true love.
Arden Grange Liver Treat is a patê/paste treat, which I have never used for the cats, but they took to it like a duck to water. Or a pig’s liver to a cats face. It smells… rich, and the cats, once they worked out how the deliciousness was conveyed, went mad for it. I’ve used paste treats for other pets before, and for them it’s been excellent to mask medicine. I imagine this product would be perfect for getting ground up or liquid medicine into tricky customers, too. Regardless, it was a huge hit, a new brand to me and something pretty different to what I was expecting from the hampurr.
Finally there were some vouchers. One was a huge, laminated monstrosity for a brand that wasn’t even in the box.
If you have read previous unboxings, you’ll know I don’t tend to count vouchers towards box value, because they generally require additional spending, and that’s not what we’re about here at SWB. I also thought it was weird that this brand had put a voucher in, when they hadn’t provided a sample. Very odd.
So, as you can see, the box was jam packed, and pretty much every product was a hit with the fluffies. But, was it a good deal?
- Feline Fayre Simple cat food x5: 24 tins retail for £16.56, so 5 are worth £3.35
- Jolly Moggy Catnip Sisal Balls: £2.50
- The Natural Pet Company Catnip Bunny: £4
- Burns Original Cat Food: 2kg is worth £7.99, so this 50g sample is worth a minuscule £0.20
- Lilly’s Kitchen Crunchy Nibbles for Cats: 400g goes for £4.95, so this 40g sample is worth £0.49
- Arden Grange Liver Treat: £1.99
I think this total really proves that quantity, and even quality, doesn’t always mean value. On a subscription, a CatHampurr will cost you a total of £15.90 (£11.95 + 3.95 shipping)- it’s more if you want to order a one off box. That means that before shipping, the contents of this box aren’t worth much more than what you paid, and with shipping included, you’re out of pocket. I know that Cathampurr is a new start up (this was only their second box) but this is pretty poor. Subscription boxes across the board should be providing value for money, no matter who they are catering for. LootCrates regularly provide twice the box value, and LIB often give you thrice the cost of the box back in goodies. For this reason, I decided it wasn’t worthwhile at this point to continue getting the Cathampurr, no matter how much the cats enjoy opening them with me. For less than the cost of the box, I could buy them stacks of treats and toys each month. However, I would be very interested in following this company, and I hope they go from strength to strength. If their repute grows and they manage to increase the value of their boxes, I would definitely think about going back.
If you’d like to watch the unboxing, be sure to check out the video below for live action shenanigans!