Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

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Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Farmina N&D Ocean Dry Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Farmina N&D Ocean dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars.

There are five recipes in this range which are mainly for adult cats.  However, there is also a kitten version.  All recipes have good quality protein sources and list a primary fish meat source as their first ingredient.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Supplemented with chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
Cons
  • Expensive versus other dry food
  • Moisture content is low
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

The Farmina N&D Ocean product line includes five cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Cod, Shrimp, Pumpkin and Cantaloupe Melon Kitten recipe 4.5 G
Herring and Orange Adult recipe 4.5 M
Herring, Pumpkin & Orange Adult recipe 4.5 M
Cod, Spelt, Oats & Orange Adult recipe 4 M
Herring & Orange Neutered Adult recipe 4.5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Farmina N&D Ocean Cod, Shrimp, Pumpkin and Cantaloupe Melon Kitten recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Farmina N&D Ocean Cod, Shrimp, Pumpkin and Cantaloupe Melon Kitten recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

47.8%

Protein

21.7%

Fat

22.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Cod, dehydrated cod protein, sweet potato, fish oil (from herring), dehydrated shrimp, dried pumpkin, dehydrated herring protein, dried carrot, alfalfa meal, inulin, fructo-oligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), dried cantaloupe melon, dried pomegranate, dried spinach, psyllium husks and seeds, dried blueberry, dried apple, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, dried brewers' yeast, turmeric, aloe vera extract, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, vitamin C, niacin, calcium d-pantothenate, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B12, choline chloride, beta‐carotene, zinc (zinc chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine), manganese (manganese chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine), iron [iron(ii) chelate of glycine hydrate], copper (copper chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine), dl-methionine, taurine, l-carnitine, green tea extract, rosemary extract, tocopherol extracts from vegetable oils


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.8%

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Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is cod, a marine species of fish native to both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America.

Although it is a quality item, raw fish contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight. 

The second ingredient is dehydrated cod protein.  Dehydrated cod is considered a meat concentrate and contains significantly more protein than fresh cod.

The third ingredient is sweet potatoSweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in cat food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fourth ingredient is fish oil.  Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to cats and humans. 

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

The fifth ingredient is dehydrated shrimp.  Dehydrated shrimp is considered a meat concentrate and contains significantly more protein than fresh shrimp.  

The sixth ingredient is dried pumpkin.  Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is dehydrated herring protein.  Dehydrated herring is considered a meat concentrate and contains significantly more protein than fresh herring.

The eighth ingredient is dried carrot.  Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product.

This food also contains chelated minerals that have been chemically attached to protein.  This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods.

Recipe star rating 4.5.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Farmina N&D Ocean Cod, Shrimp, Pumpkin and Cantaloupe Melon Kitten recipe looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 47.8%, a fat level of 21.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 22.4%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 46.5% and an above-average fat level of 19.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 43%.

This means this Farmina N&D Ocean range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate, higher than average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

This range lists a fish protein source as the first ingredient. Each recipe also contains dehydrated fish as additional quality protein sources.  It is worth noting that this product does not list inferior, lesser quality ingredients by-products nor bulk-adding fillers within its top ingredients. 

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this cat food.

Has Farmina cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  To the best of our knowledge, Farmina cat foods has never had a product recall.

You can view a complete list of all cat food recalls since 2021 here.

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About

In 1965 Francesco Russo founded Russo Mangimi, a company which specialized in animal nutrition.  

In 1999, the company’s focus shifted to the pet food industry – its aim was to develop foods based on scientific studies around pet well-being. It then teamed up with Farmina, an English company, which specialized in food research and formulation. 

Mangimi’s manufacturing facilities are based in Europe and Farmina foods are mostly sourced from Italy.

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