Farmina Dry Cat Food Reviews


N&D Pumpkin
Go to Duck & Cantaloupe
Go to Herring & Orange
Go to Quail & Pomegranate – Adult
Go to Quail & Pomegranate – Neutered
Go to Venison & Apple
N&D Quinoa
Go to Digestion
Go to Skin & Coat Herring
Go to Skin & Coat Quail
Go to Urinary Duck
Go to Weight Management Lamb


Farmina
N&D Pumpkin – Duck & Cantaloupe

 

Ingredients

Fresh boneless duck, dehydrated duck, pea starch, chicken fat, dried pumpkin, dried whole eggs, fresh herring, dehydrated herring, hydrolyzed fish, fish oil (from herring), dried carrots, dried alfalfa, inulin, fructooligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), dried cantaloupe melon, dried pomegranate, dried apple, dried spinach, psyllium, dried blackcurrant, dried sweet orange, dried blueberry , sodium chloride, brewers dried yeast, turmeric, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Boneless Duck – This is the meat and skin of duck, without the bones.

Dehydrated Duck – Duck without the moisture content has been added to this formula prior to the cooking process of the cat food.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols) - Used as an energy source as well as providing Omega-6 fatty acids, perhaps too much. Usually sprayed on and entices the cat to eat the food.

Dried Pumpkin – The pumpkin had been dehydrated before being added to the formula. Pumpkin is a fiber source and has added benefits however it is not essential.

Ingredients to Point Out

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Fruits - Fruits are added to make the food appear healthier. While ingredients such as blueberries, apples, bananas, etc. look good in cat food the truth is they are unnecessary. It is just as likely they won't provide any additonal benefits..

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Pumpkin – Herring & Orange

 

Ingredients

fresh wild caught herring, dehydrated herring, pea starch, fish oil (from herring), hydrolyzed herring, dried pumpkin, dried whole eggs, dried carrots, dried alfalfa, inulin, fructooligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), dried sweet orange, dried pomegranate, dried spinach, psyllium, dried blackcurrant, dried blueberry, dried apple, sodium chloride, brewers dried yeast, turmeric, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Wild Caught Herring – Herring is a family of fish. This herring has been added to the formula as is, it was not dehydrated before being added to the formula.

Dehydrated Herring – This ingredient was dehydrated before being added to the formula. This means that the herring had the moisture content removed, making this ingredient lighter in weight.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Fish oil - Oil from fish, provides fat. Fish oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is the good kind of fat. Better alternative to unhealthy oils like sunflower.

Hydrolyzed Herring – This herring underwent a process to break down bonds to a simpler form. This is done with water. The protein bonds, which are long, are broken down into smaller bonds. It is possible it could aid with digestion as the protein bonds are less complex.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Fruits - Fruits are added to make the food appear healthier. While ingredients such as blueberries, apples, bananas, etc. look good in cat food the truth is they are unnecessary. It is just as likely they won't provide any additonal benefits..

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Pumpkin – Quail & Pomegranate – Adult

 

Ingredients

Fresh quail, dehydrated quail, pea starch, chicken fat, dried pumpkin, dried whole eggs, fresh herring, dehydrated herring, hydrolyzed fish, fish oil (from herring), dried carrots, dried alfalfa, inulin, fructooligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), dried pomegranate, dried apple, dried spinach, psyllium, dried blackcurrant, dried sweet orange, dried blueberry, sodium chloride, brewers dried yeast, turmeric, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Quail – Mid-sized bird. A unique protein source not commonly seen in cat food. Quail is arguably more beneficial than chicken.

Dehydrated Quail – This ingredient had the water content removed before being added to the formula. It is quite possible there is more of this ingredient in the formula then Quail itself after the cooking process of the food.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols) - Used as an energy source as well as providing Omega-6 fatty acids, perhaps too much. Usually sprayed on and entices the cat to eat the food.

Dried Pumpkin – The pumpkin had been dehydrated before being added to the formula. Pumpkin is a fiber source and has added benefits however it is not essential.

Ingredients to Point Out

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Fruits - Fruits are added to make the food appear healthier. While ingredients such as blueberries, apples, bananas, etc. look good in cat food the truth is they are unnecessary. It is just as likely they won't provide any additonal benefits..

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Pumpkin – Quail & Pomegranate – Neutered

 
Same formula as Quail & Pomegranate – Adult directly above. The amount of each ingredient in the formula differs. This one is higher in crude protein, lower in crude fat and has more crude fiber. The kcal/cup in this formula is lower than the one above.

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Pumpkin – Venison & Apple

 

Ingredients

Fresh boneless venison, dehydrated venison, pea starch, chicken fat, dried pumpkin, dried whole eggs, fresh herring, dehydrated herring, hydrolyzed fish, fish oil (from herring), dried carrots, dried alfalfa, inulin, fructooligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), dried apple, dried blueberry, dried pomegranate, dried spinach, psyllium, dried blackcurrant, dried sweet orange, sodium chloride, brewers dried yeast, turmeric, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Venison - This is usually deer meat. If the source is of good quality, then it is a good alternative to the usual chicken, beef, lamb, etc.

Dehydrated Venison – This ingredient had the water content removed before being added to the formula. It is quite possible there is more of this ingredient in the formula then Venison itself after the cooking process of the food.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols) - Used as an energy source as well as providing Omega-6 fatty acids, perhaps too much. Usually sprayed on and entices the cat to eat the food.

Dried Pumpkin – The pumpkin had been dehydrated before being added to the formula. Pumpkin is a fiber source and has added benefits however it is not essential.

Ingredients to Point Out

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Fruits - Fruits are added to make the food appear healthier. While ingredients such as blueberries, apples, bananas, etc. look good in cat food the truth is they are unnecessary. It is just as likely they won't provide any additonal benefits..

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Quinoa – Digestion

 

Ingredients

Fresh grass fed lamb, dehydrated lamb, pea starch, chicken fat, hydrolyzed fish, quinoa seed, dried whole eggs, flaxseed, dehydrated herrings, fish oil (from herring), dried fennel, dried mint, inulin , fructooligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), psyllium, potassium chloride, brewers dried yeast, sodium chloride, calcium sulphate dihydrate, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Lamb – This is the meat, skin, and bone of lamb.

Dehydrated Lamb – This ingredient had the water content removed before being added to the formula. It is quite possible there is more of this ingredient in the formula then lamb itself after the cooking process of the food.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols) - Used as an energy source as well as providing Omega-6 fatty acids, perhaps too much. Usually sprayed on and entices the cat to eat the food.

Hydrolyzed Fish – This fish underwent a process to break down bonds to a simpler form. This is done with water. The protein bonds, which are long, are broken down into smaller bonds. It is possible it could aid with digestion as the protein bonds are less complex. The term ‘fish’ in this case is vague. We don’t know what species of fish or even what family this fish belongs to.

Ingredients to Point Out

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Quinoa Seed – Farmina is using this ingredient as a way to promote a healthy food. Quinoa is fine for cats however it is not necessary. It is like fruits and vegetables, it makes the food look healthier but cats have no need for it. It is neither good nor bad but an ingredient to point out to you.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Quinoa – Skin & Coat Herring

 

Ingredients

fresh wild caught herring, hydrolyzed herring, pea starch, fish oil (from herring), quinoa seed, flaxseed, dried coconut, turmeric, inulin, fructooligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), psyllium, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate dihydrate, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, brewers dried yeast, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, L-lysine HCI, L-cystine, L-tryptophane, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Wild Caught Herring – Herring is a family of fish. This herring has been added to the formula as is, it was not dehydrated before being added to the formula.

Hydrolyzed Herring – This herring underwent a process to break down bonds to a simpler form. This is done with water. The protein bonds, which are long, are broken down into smaller bonds. It is possible it could aid with digestion as the protein bonds are less complex.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Fish oil - Oil from fish, provides fat. Fish oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is the good kind of fat. Better alternative to unhealthy oils like sunflower.

Quinoa Seed – The seeds of the Quinoa plant. Usually cooked like a grain, but technically is not a grain.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Quinoa Seed – Farmina is using this ingredient as a way to promote a healthy food. Quinoa is fine for cats however it is not necessary. It is like fruits and vegetables, it makes the food look healthier but cats have no need for it. It is neither good nor bad but an ingredient to point out to you.

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Quinoa – Skin & Coat Quail

 

Ingredients

fresh quail, dehydrated quail, pea starch, fish oil (from herring), quinoa seed, flaxseed, dried coconut, turmeric, inulin, fructooligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), psyllium, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate dihydrate, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, brewers dried yeast, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, Marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, L-lysine HCI, L-cystine, L-tryptophane, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Quail – Mid-sized bird. A unique protein source not commonly seen in cat food. Quail is arguably more beneficial than chicken.

Dehydrated Quail – This ingredient had the water content removed before being added to the formula. It is quite possible there is more of this ingredient in the formula then quail itself after the cooking process of the food.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Fish oil - Oil from fish, provides fat. Fish oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is the good kind of fat. Better alternative to unhealthy oils like sunflower.

Quinoa Seed – The seeds of the Quinoa plant. Usually cooked like a grain, but technically is not a grain.

Ingredients to Point Out

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Quinoa Seed – Farmina is using this ingredient as a way to promote a healthy food. Quinoa is fine for cats however it is not necessary. It is like fruits and vegetables, it makes the food look healthier but cats have no need for it. It is neither good nor bad but an ingredient to point out to you.

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Quinoa – Urinary Duck

 

Ingredients

fresh boneless duck, dehydrated duck, pea starch, chicken fat, hydrolyzed fish, quinoa seed, dried whole eggs, dehydrated herrings, fish oil (from herring), dried cranberry, chamomille, fructooligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), psyllium, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, brewers dried yeast, sodium chloride, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, L-lysine HCI, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Deboned Duck - Meat and skin without the bone of a duck. A good quality animal protein source.

Dehydrated Duck – This ingredient had the water content removed before being added to the formula. It is quite possible there is more of this ingredient in the formula then duck itself after the cooking process of the food.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols) - Used as an energy source as well as providing Omega-6 fatty acids, perhaps too much. Usually sprayed on and entices the cat to eat the food.

Hydrolyzed Fish – This Fish underwent a process to break down bonds to a simpler form. This is done with water. The protein bonds, which are long, are broken down into smaller bonds. It is possible it could aid with digestion as the protein bonds are less complex. The term ‘fish’ in this case is vague. We don’t know what species of fish or even what family this fish belongs to.

Ingredients to Point Out

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Quinoa Seed – Farmina is using this ingredient as a way to promote a healthy food. Quinoa is fine for cats however it is not necessary. It is like fruits and vegetables, it makes the food look healthier but cats have no need for it. It is neither good nor bad but an ingredient to point out to you.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Overall Score


Farmina
N&D Quinoa – Weight Management Lamb

 

Ingredients

Fresh grass fed lamb, dehydrated lamb, pea starch, chicken fat, dried whole eggs, fiber vegetable of peas, quinoa seed, fresh herrings, dehydrated herrings, hydrolysed fish, fish oil (from herring), flaxseed, dried broccoli, dried asparagus, dried carrots, dried alfalfa, inulin, fructoligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), psyllium, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, calcium sulfate dihydrate, brewers dried yeast, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (source of lutein). Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin H, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Beta‐Carotene, zinc chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, manganese chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, ferrous chelate of glycine hydrate, copper chelate of the analogous methionine hydroxylase, selenised yeast inactivated, DL‐methionine, taurine, Organoleptic additives: aloe vera extract, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Antioxidants: tocopherol‐rich extracts of natural origin.

First 5 ingredients

Lamb – This is the meat, skin, and bone of lamb.

Dehydrated Lamb – This ingredient had the water content removed before being added to the formula. It is quite possible there is more of this ingredient in the formula then lamb itself after the cooking process of the food.

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols) - Used as an energy source as well as providing Omega-6 fatty acids, perhaps too much. Usually sprayed on and entices the cat to eat the food.

Dried Egg – Egg or egg product that has had the moisture removed.

Ingredients to Point Out

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Fiber – The jury is still out as to whether ingredients like pea and potato fiber, beet pulp (which doesn't contain the sugar) are bad or good. They are bolded here just to quickly point out both sides of the story. On one hand, the argument can be made that these are cheap fiber sources that do more harm than good. On the other hand, fiber (both insoluble and soluble, fermentable and non-fermentable) has many benefits that shouldn't be overlooked. Too much of one type of fiber is where problems may occur. Each cat reacts differently.

Quinoa Seed – Farmina is using this ingredient as a way to promote a healthy food. Quinoa is fine for cats however it is not necessary. It is like fruits and vegetables, it makes the food look healthier but cats have no need for it. It is neither good nor bad but an ingredient to point out to you.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Overall Score


N&D Pumpkin
Go to Duck & Cantaloupe
Go to Herring & Orange
Go to Quail & Pomegranate – Adult
Go to Quail & Pomegranate – Neutered
Go to Venison & Apple
N&D Quinoa
Go to Digestion
Go to Skin & Coat Herring
Go to Skin & Coat Quail
Go to Urinary Duck
Go to Weight Management Lamb

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