Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: May 14, 2024

Farmina N&D Prime Dry Cat Food Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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

There are five recipes in this range which cater mainly for adult cats.  However, a kitten recipe is also available.  The recipes feature high quality meat protein sources, such as chicken and lamb, as the first ingredient.

Pros
  • Contains protein from animal sources
  • Relatively low carbohydrate content compared to other dry foods
Cons
  • Low moisture content
  • Contains plant based protein
  • Expensive versus other cat foods

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

The Farmina N&D Prime dry product line includes 5 cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken and Pomegranate Kitten 4.5 G
Chicken and Pomegranate Adult 4.5 M
Chicken and Pomegranate Neutered 4.5 M
Boar and Apple Adult 4.5 M
Lamb and Blueberry Adult 4.5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Farmina N&D Prime Chicken and Pomegranate Adult 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 Prime Chicken and Pomegranate Adult recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

47.8%

Protein

21.7%

Fat

22.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Boneless chicken, dehydrated chicken protein, sweet potato, chicken fat, dried eggs, herring, dehydrated herring protein, fish oil (from herring), pea fibre, dried carrot, alfalfa meal, inulin, fructo-oligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), dried pomegranate, dried apple, dried spinach, psyllium husks and seeds, dried sweet orange, dried blueberry, sodium, dried apple, dried spinach, psyllium husks and seeds, dried sweet orange, dried blueberry, sodium, 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 boneless chicken.  Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 1

Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life. 

The second ingredient is dehydrated chicken proteinDehydrated chicken is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is sweet potato.  Sweet 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 chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.  

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is dried eggsA dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth ingredient is herring. Herring is a fatty marine fish naturally high in protein as well as omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

The seventh ingredient is dehydrated herring protein.  Because it is considered a meat concentrate, dried herring contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

The eighth ingredient is fish oil (from herring).  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.

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

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Farmina N&D Prime Chicken and Pomegranate Adult 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 47.8% and an above-average fat level of 19.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 42%.

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

Final Word

Farmina N&D Prime dry cat food is scientifically formulated to provide a range of balanced recipes.  All recipes contain high quality meat sources, providing good levels of protein.

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.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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