Yep, it’s a big call and it’s in capital letters, but I do truly believe that the Hepper cat bowl is the best cat food bowl IN THE WORLD. Just have a look at this thing. It’s beautiful!
I’ve never been a fan of the dual style cat food bowls – mostly because they’re fugly – but this is something else. I’ve also never in my life said or written ‘nom nom’ so it really is a day of firsts for me.
At a Glance
- What: Hepper NomNom Bowl
- Who: Hepper – making modern pet furniture since 2007
- Price: Variable, depending on where you buy. Best price: Amazon
- Does Sparrow approve? Mostly when there’s food in it
Who is Hepper?
Hepper the company was named after Hepper the cat and founded by Jed Crystal in 2007, out of a need for functional pet accessories that also look great. Jed had a house full of ugly cat furniture, so he put his design skills to work creating products that cats and their stylish owners would be proud to use and display. Hepper’s line of modern cat furniture is not driven by mass marketing, rather, Jed’s designs and the company philosophy are driven by the desire to create products that work well and look great.
Hepper’s products are made with the modern cat and the modern cat owner in mind. Their products are designed to add to your decor and perhaps be something of a conversation piece, rather than just another ugly cat thing.
What’s The Best Thing For a Cat to Eat From?
Being the fussy creatures that they are, cats can be particular about how their meals are served – get it wrong and your cat may refuse to eat altogether. Kitty’s dinner-wear must be large enough and shallow enough so that his whiskers don’t touch the sides when eating and made from pet-safe materials. Stainless steel, glass and ceramic are best in terms of durability and ease when it comes to cleaning, however, breakable materials are not recommended for cats who attack their food (or humans who are clumsy). A slightly raised bowl means kitty will not have to bend or hunch to get to his food, which is great for cats who have difficulty swallowing or breathing and those who tend to ‘scarf and barf’.
The Hepper NomNom Bowl
Like all of Hepper’s products, the NomNom bowl was designed with form and function in mind. It comes in a range of fresh colours to suit even the most modern of decor – no more ugly cat food bowls cramping your style. Hepper has thought of everything with their NomNom bowl…
- Raised off the floor – to make eating easier for cats with (or without) special needs.
- Crumb catching tray – because some kitties don’t have the best manners when it comes to their food, and you have better things to do than clean up after them. You could even fill the tray with water to stop large ants and other critters from getting into your cat’s food.
- Two removable stainless steel dishes – separate wet food from dry, mains from appetisers, food from water, or whatever combination kitty prefers. Pet-friendly material that is easy to hand wash, or throw in the dishwasher.
- Lightweight, pretty and easy to clean – this is a cat food bowl that you won’t want to hide. When your furry friend has finished, the whole thing can go in the dishwasher ready for the next meal.
What’s Good About it?
I purchased the Hepper NomNom Bowl out of pure frustration. Sparrow is picky about everything and after his latest hunger strike, I started thinking maybe it wasn’t the food, maybe it was the presentation. He also seems to prefer the most expensive of everything (thanks, mate) so I forked out and ordered one.
Without changing anything but the actual dish it was served on, the little fussy face is back on his food and I’m much less worried about him starving to death. I’m also spending less time cleaning up after him – but not because the crumb catcher is catching crumbs. The height of the bowls off the floor encourages him to eat over the bowls, rather than repositioning himself over the floor.
This thing looks great and seems to make the very important task of eating much easier for the little guy. I love that it’s so easy to pull the whole thing apart and keep it clean, either by hand washing or in the dishwasher.
As far as cat food bowls go, this is expensive – you could buy something similar from your local supermarket or dollar store for much less, with the quality to match. As a once-in-your-cat’s-lifetime purchase it’s definitely value for money but the higher price could be a deal breaker for some pet-owners. It’s very light, which means it skids across the floor as Sparrow is attacking his food.
The design would be perfected with something rubbery on the base of the tray to give it a non-slip quality, but a silicone feeding mat does the trick in its absence. An included spare dish would have been nice just to make the clean before feed process a bit more streamlined.
Does Sparrow Approve?
Sparrow doesn’t really like to eat, he has better things to do. I’ve tried all sorts of tricks and techniques to encourage food into him but nothing has had such a noticeable impact as switching to the Hepper NomNom Bowl. He loves it because…well I don’t know, he refuses to speak English, but I’m going to assume he loves it because it’s ergonomic and it has his food in it. I love it because it looks great, it’s unbreakable, easy to clean and my problem child is – at least for the moment – eating all of his dinner.
Do you nom nom? Is that even what the kids say these days? Please, correct my grammar in the comments below…