Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Farmina N&D Prime Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

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

These recipes are mainly for adult cats.  However, there is one recipe formulated for kittens.  Each recipe lists a good quality meat source as its first ingredient which means it contains high levels of protein.  The carbohydrate level is low and moisture content high.

Pros
  • Good quality protein sources
  • Moisture content is high
  • Low in carbohydrate
Cons
  • Limited range
  • Expensive versus other wet cat foods

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

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

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken and Pomegranate 4.5 G
Wild Boar and Apple 4.5 M
Chicken and Pomegranate Kitten recipe 4.5 M
Lamb and Blueberry 4.5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Farmina N&D Prime Chicken and Pomegranate 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 recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

56%

Protein

16.8%

Fat

19.2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken fillet, chicken drumstick, pomegranate, fish oil, animal fat, fructo-oligosaccharides, chondroitin sulphate, glucosamine, vitamins, minerals, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, choline chloride, 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


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.7%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first and second ingredients are chicken fillet and chicken drumstick.  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 third 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 fourth ingredient is animal fat.  Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from just about anywhere: salvaged roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat… even dead, diseased or dying cattle.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is this recipe contains fructo-oligosaccharides, an alternative sweetener  [1. Wikipedia definition] probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

The sixth and seventh ingredients are chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine.   Both of these are natural substances believed to support joint health.

The eighth ingredient is vitamins.  

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 Prime Chicken and Pomegranate recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 56%, a fat level of 16.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 19.2%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 52.9% and an above-average fat level of 20%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 38%.

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

Final Word

Farmina N&D Prime wet line is made from premium animal proteins, such as chicken and lamb along with fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome ingredients. The food is also formulated to provide a balanced diet that meets the nutritional needs of cats and some recipes are specifically for kittens.

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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